Headlong: Surviving Y2K
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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 was Missing Richard Simmons. Season 2 is Surviving Y2K.
||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.||12/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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. Stay tuned after the show for a sneak peak of the next season of Headlong.||12/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||5: New Year’s Day | Surviving Y2K||We’re all still here. Now what?||12/4/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||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.||11/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||3: December | Surviving Y2K||The final days of the year are upon us, and Dan faces a millennium decision that could ruin the rest of his life.||11/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||2: 1999 | Surviving Y2K||For some, the looming apocalypse isn’t terrifying. It’s a dream come true.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||1: Millennium Approaches | Surviving Y2K||As awareness of the Y2K bug grows, the world braces for disaster to strike at midnight on January 1, 2000.||11/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitIntroducing Headlong: Surviving Y2K | November 13||December 31, 1999: As midnight approached, the world braced for disaster. Then, nothing happened.||11/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit18 Months Later | Missing Richard Simmons||Dan Taberski checks back in.||11/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit6: A Day at the Beach | Missing Richard Simmons||Dan says goodbye to Richard Simmons.||3/20/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit5: O Brother, Where Art Thou? | Missing Richard Simmons||Dan talks to Lenny Simmons, Richard’s brother. Then he looks into some of the stranger, more personal aspects of being a Richard Simmons fan.||3/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit4: "Till the Day I Die" | Missing Richard Simmons||We head to New Orleans, Richard’s hometown. From the food to the burlesque to the Southern religiosity, this city shaped young Dickie Simmons into the Richard we all know. It’s also where his brother lives. Dan tries to make contact.||3/8/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit3: The Maid and the Masseuse | Missing Richard Simmons||The two people closest to Richard at the time of his disappearance hate each other. This episode is about them. Plus, Dan investigates possible claims of a hostage situation and explains what’s up with Richard’s (still very active) social media presence.||3/1/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit2: Stakeout | Missing Richard Simmons||Dan begins to explore the main theories about Richard’s disappearance. A lot of his friends think Richard may just be sitting in his house. So that's where we go.||2/22/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit1: Where's Richard? | Missing Richard Simmons||On February 15, 2014 Richard Simmons didn’t show up to teach the exercise class he had led for 40 years. He hasn't been seen in public since. Filmmaker Dan Taberski starts investigating the disappearance of his friend.||2/15/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitPreview: "Mirror, Mirror on the Wall"||Missing Richard Simmons starts tomorrow.||2/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitComing Soon: "Missing Richard Simmons"||On February 15, 2014, fitness guru Richard Simmons ghosted the world. Three years later, we're going to try to find him.||2/6/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
So fawkin good
Never thought I'd be hooked on a podcast about treasure hunting an 80s fitness icon, but here we are, and you should join us
This podcast is frustrating and sad. I really wanted to like it- it could've easily been a fantastic character portrait of Richard Simmons' fame, personality, and even personal struggles and history without the entitled, hounding narrative. This podcast holds the overarching theme that Richard Simmons owes people his emotional labor. He doesn't owe you anything. Maybe if people were expecting him to continue to be his personal therapist they should've paid for him to be his personal their personal therapist instead of expecting him to be an emotional dumping ground for free. It shouldn't be up to some podcast producer to weasel him out of hiding because he'll thinks he'll be the hero if he finds him.
Isn't this a betrayal of his friendship
I just started listening to this and am immediately struck by a sense of betrayal by you of your friendship with Richard. He took you into his life and now you exploit it. I am an unlikely fan of Richard and grew up watching him explode in pop culture. If the man needs a break, why not honor it respectfully? I will cautiously continue to listen to this and yes you will get ratings but let's see if you gain or lose respect.