December 31, 1999: The world braced for disaster as midnight approached. Then, nothing happened. The hysteria over the Y2K computer bug quickly became an afterthought; a punch-line. In Surviving Y2K, Dan Taberski takes you back to the turn of the millennium to meet the people for whom it was anything but a joke — computer coders, conspiracy theorists, survivalists, and true believers — as they each face their own version of the apocalypse. And Dan tells a new millennium story of his own, about a decision that could destroy his life.
Headlong is Dan Taberski’s documentary podcast that explores the lives of overlooked people, moments and events in our culture. Season 1 is Missing Richard Simmons. Season 3 is Running From COPS.
Out Now: Running from COPS - Headlong Season 3
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Season 3: Running From COPS - Coming April 23
Dan Taberski and the team behind Missing Richard Simmons investigate COPS — the longest running reality show in TV history — and its cultural impact on policing in America. Our story begins with the footage of a routine arrest behind a church in Georgia... Search for Running From COPS and subscribe today!
Bonus: Josh Gondelman’s Y2K | Surviving Y2K
In this bonus interview, comedian Josh Gondelman (Desus and Mero, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver) tells Dan the story of his Y2K, when he was 14. It’s a tale of vengeance, as Josh and his friends take action on behalf of all the other nerdy 90's teenagers who were promised spectacular technological disaster and got a lame New Year’s party instead.
6: The New Millennium | Surviving Y2K
You can’t predict when disaster will strike. Even when it’s marked on your calendar with a big, red X.
5: New Year’s Day | Surviving Y2K
We’re all still here. Now what?
4: New Year’s Eve | Surviving Y2K
A very Russian love story. The first baby. Sixteen hostages at gunpoint. As the new millennium dawns across the globe, three stories of lives defined at the stroke of midnight.
This was absolutely fascinating to me. I was in my late 20’s and expecting my second child when Y2K hit. Some of this was a flashback to me but most was new information. I absolutely love the sound of Dan’s voice. Most podcasts I have to rewind to get information I missed when I zoned out - not with Dan. I’ve binged every series of his and will be sad when I finish the current one and have nothing left to listen to. More, please!
Thank you for this series! Really enjoyed it. I was 25 when 2000 rolled in, and my husband worked in IT for the US government. We were acutely aware of all the Y2K issues at the time. It’s so cool to hear all the different perspectives and experiences. Great work.