Are you ready to go back to the year 2000?Combining storytelling and commentary, this podcast returns to some of the noughties’ biggest cultural moments, trends and figures, and explores them with the added benefit of twenty years’ hindsight. The world of entertainment is re-examined by hosts Simran Hans and Tara Joshi, two self-proclaimed fangirls who grew up on the internet. Film critic, Simran, and music critic, Tara, explore how it feels to return to the defining songs, shows and sleepover movies of their childhoods, and what they tell us about pop culture today. Special guests will be joining the hosts each month.Join us on a journey into the new millennium, a period of change and optimism, examining the surprising, funny and poignant parallels between then and now.Launching 6 October 2020 – new episodes available every Tuesday.
White Teeth: Sharmaine Lovegrove on Zadie Smith’s Literary Debut
The new millennium brought with it a fresh wave of optimism and excitement for the future. Zadie Smith's best selling debut novel White Teeth embodied this mood and symbolised a changing of the guard. Smith was lauded with critical acclaim and lavished with media attention — an overnight literary sensation at just 24 years old. With special guest Sharmaine Lovegrove, publisher at Dialogue Books, we explore the impact of the novel and the legacy of its author.Content Warning: Mention of suicide Got a favourite culture moment from 2000 you want us to talk about? Suggest an episode idea here. You can also follow us on Twitter and InstagramFollow Sharmaine on Twitter here.Find out more about the Black Writers Guild here. Select books Sharmaine mentions in the episode: The Lonely Londoners, Sam SelvonSecond Class Citizen, Buchi EmechetaThe Buddha of Suburbia, Hanif KureishiThe Black Album, Hanif KureishiBlonde Roots, Bernardine EvaristoGirl, Woman, Other, Bernardine EvaristoQueenie, Candice Carty WilliamsBridget Jones Diary, Helen Fielding Select work by Zadie Smith referenced: Fences: A Brexit Diary, NY BooksStormzy at GlastonburyIntimationsSharmaines question to Zadie in the Guardian Clips Used: Tony Blair wins landslide general election win for Labour (1997) - Newsnight archivesAmerica's Internet Trading Boom (1990) - Journeyman PicturesTony Blair on immigration (2004) - London Business School
Reality TV: Big Brother, Faking It and a new kind of fame
The year 2000 saw the launch of two new reality TV shows. Big Brother made instant celebritiesof ordinary people and was deemed the most addictive show on telly. Faking It won two BAFTAs and took home an International Emmy, but remains a cult hit.In this episode, we discuss these two shows and what they can tell us about the UK at the turn of the 21st century. We also explore the concept of reality TV fame, then and now. CW: mentions of self-harmIf you're in the UK, you can watch all of Faking It on 40D or its available to buy on Amazon. The early seasons of Big Brother are less readily available, but Channel 4 did a "Best Bits" show recently where you can enjoy memorable moments from across the seasons. Other links mentioned and clips used in this episode:0:34 - Big Brother, Series 1, Day 22 - Davina Intro1:00 - Faking It - Faking it Changed My Life12:58 - Big Brother, Series 1, Episode - Phycologist comments on Mel 15:07 - Big Brother, Series 1 - Confronting Nasty Nick 19:20 - Reality TV Me, Jia Tolentino - you can find in her book Trick Mirror, and here is a video of her reading the essay22:27 - Big Brother, The Reunion, Radio 4 - Tim Gardam quote 24:00 - Faking It - Faking it Changed My Life28:45 - Faking It - Shop Girl to It Girl31:09 - Faking it - Lawyer to Garage MC
High Fidelity: What came first, the music or the misery?
“What matters is what you like, not what you are like" or so says Rob Gordon, the protagonist of High Fidelity. In this episode, we look back at the 2000 film starring John Cusack, and ask if there's value in the idea that our favourite songs, films and books reveal who we are. We talk about music snobbery, cultural gatekeeping and the politics of taste in the original film and the 2020 television remake starring Zoë Kravitz. Films and TV referenced in the episode:Say Anything (1989)High Fidelity (2000)High Fidelity, Hulu (2020)500 Days of Summer (2009)Almost Famous (2000) The OC (2003-2007) Other links mentioned and clips used in this episode: 6:00 - Opening scene of 500 Days of Summer10:30 - John Cusack, NYT interview (2020)17:00 - The Rap Against Rockism, Kelefa Sanneh (2004)19:40 - Beam Me Up Softboi Instagram account20:27 - Men Explain Music to Me, Kim Kelly22:49 - James Acaster, Perfect Sounds, BBC Sounds 33:31 - Janet Jackson, I Get Lonely 38:21 - Fan Girls, Hannah Ewens38:30 - Jessica Hopper tweet
Destiny’s Child: The rocky road to the definitive line-up
Kelly, can you handle this? Michelle, can you handle this? Beyoncé, can you handle this? It’s a roll-call so iconic, it’s easy to forget this wasn’t Destiny's Child’s original line-up. A decade after the band first came together under a different name, it was in 2000 that they found their final form after a brutal year of line-up changes and legal battles. We go back to relive the drama and think about how it laid the foundations for who Beyoncé is today.Got a favourite culture moment from 2000 you want us to talk about? Suggest an episode idea here. You can also follow us on Twitter and Instagram where we are running a giveaway of Sylvia Patterson’s book ‘I’m Not With The Band.Links mentioned and clips used in this episode: 4:20 - Say My Name Video4:50 - Girls Tyme on Star Search8:30 - No, No, No Part 1 Video 13:00 - Survivor Video13:30 - Interview from 199814:20 - I’m Not With The Band, Sylvia Patterson16:20 - Interview by Toazted Best off16:40 - Vibe Magazine Profile21:10 - Cribs23:30 - Wendy Williams Radio Show26:00 - Interview, MTV News27:00 - Tara’s interview with Ray Blk29:30 - Flawless remix30:30 - Superbowl performance32:50 - Homecoming, Netflix35:20 - LaToya’s red carpet interview 36:30 - Beychella - From Homecoming
Are you ready to go back to the year 2000? Introducing Twenty Twenty
Are you ready to back to the year 2000? Join two culture critics in their twenties, as they delve into the most memorable pop culture from twenty years ago.
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Escape to 2000s and fascinating reflections
This was not only a very welcome nostalgic reminiscing of the 2000s (and escape from 2020 hellhole). The hosts are really engaging and fun and made some super fascinating reflections, 200% recommend !
A new favourite podcast
Love this new podcast! Super interesting discussion and packed full of nostalgia for 90s kids. Can’t wait for more!
What a hoot!
Wowee this took me back to the good old days - yet another brilliant piece of work from Message Heard. Encore encore!