Transcripts

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Episodes

PROLOGUE: DECEMBER 31, 1999
EPISODE 1: JANUARY 1-9, 2000
EPISODE 2: JANUARY 10-16, 2000
EPISODE 3: JANUARY 17-23, 2000
EPISODE 4: JANUARY 24-31, 2000
EPISODE 5: FEBRUARY 1-6, 2000
EPISODE 6: FEBRUARY 7-13, 2000
EPISODE 7: FEBRUARY 14-20, 2000
EPISODE 8: FEBRUARY 21-29, 2000
EPISODE 9: MARCH 1-5, 2000
EPISODE 10: MARCH 6-12, 2000
EPISODE 11: MARCH 13-19, 2000
EPISODE 12: MARCH 20-26, 2000
EPISODE 13: MARCH 27-31, 2000
EPISODE 14: APRIL 1-9, 2000
EPISODE 15: APRIL 10-16, 2000
EPISODE 16: APRIL 17-23, 2000
EPISODE 17: APRIL 24-30, 2000
EPISODE 18: MAY 1-7, 2000
EPISODE 19: MAY 8-14, 2000
EPISODE 20: MAY 15-21, 2000
EPISODE 21: MAY 22-31, 2000
EPISODE 22: JUNE 1-4, 2000
EPISODE 23: JUNE 5-11, 2000
EPISODE 24: JUNE 12-18, 2000
EPISODE 25: JUNE 19-25, 2000
EPISODE 26: JUNE 26-30, 2000
EPISODE 27: JULY 1-9, 2000
EPISODE 28: JULY 10-16, 2000
EPISODE 29: JULY 17-23, 2000
EPISODE 30: JULY 24-31, 2000
EPISODE 31: AUGUST 1-6, 2000
EPISODE 32: AUGUST 7-13, 2000
EPISODE 33: AUGUST 14-20, 2000
EPISODE 34: INTERLUDE – AUGUST 27, 2000
EPISODE 35: AUGUST 28-31, 2000
EPISODE 36: SEPTEMBER 1-10, 2000
EPISODE 37: SEPTEMBER 11-17, 2000
EPISODE 38: SEPTEMBER 18-24, 2000
EPISODE 39: SEPTEMBER 25-30, 2000
EPISODE 40: OCTOBER 1-8, 2000
EPISODE 41: OCTOBER 9-15, 2000
EPISODE 42: OCTOBER 16-22, 2000
EPISODE 43: OCTOBER 23-31, 2000
EPISODE 44: NOVEMBER 1-5, 2000
EPISODE 45: NOVEMBER 6-12, 2000
EPISODE 46: NOVEMBER 13-19, 2000
EPISODE 47: NOVEMBER 20-26, 2000
EPISODE 48: NOVEMBER 27-30, 2000
EPISODE 49: DECEMBER 1-10, 2000
EPISODE 50: DECEMBER 11-17, 2000
EPISODE 51: DECEMBER 18-24, 2000
EPISODE 52: DECEMBER 25-31, 2000
EPILOGUE: DECEMBER 31, 2000

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PROLOGUE: DECEMBER 31, 1999

(INTRO MUSIC)

Scene 0.1

(New Year’s Eve 1999. A flat in north London. A crowded party. Everyone is very drunk. Door opens. JESS and KAT sneak into a room, JESS wants to show KAT something on the computer. Giggling. Party noises.)

JESS

Come on! Close the door!

(door shuts, party noises abate)

KAT (giggles)

What? I wanna party like it’s 1999! (tries to sing the Prince song but can’t remember the words)

(JESS sits down, computer clicks, modem dial-up tone)

JESS

(distracted) Well it won’t be 1999 for much longer… (mutters) Where is that link?

KAT

I think Johnno wants to *kiss* me. (makes kissy noises) He keeps staring at me. He’s ok I guess…

JESS

I want to show you what I found yesterday. (computer clicks) Look!

KAT

What? It’s just loading… charging… wait what’s it called?

JESS

Remember I’m leaving tomorrow? And that phone calls to New Zealand are expensive? Not to mention the time difference thing? (computer dings) Well, ta-da!

KAT

Ta-what? (sits down) Wait, (reads) Free Online Voicemail – the easy way to stay in touch… Catchy slogan (more serious, slightly more sober) You mean we can leave each other voice mails? For free??

JESS

Yup! I just need to figure out how to get internet once I’m in Auckland, and then we’re all set! Of course the dial-up connection costs a little, but —

KAT

(interrupts) That’s perfect! (suddenly sad) But I will miss you. So much.

JESS

I’ll miss you too my dear. Damn! We said no tears and I’m sticking to it! (beat) Look, I’ve set you up as KatLondon and me as JessAuckland, so we can find each other.

KAT

Damn! (holds back tears) I mean, that’s great. And I *am* happy for you. It’s just — (tries to be cheerful) what if some serious accounting person moves into your room and just kills all the fun?

JESS

And paints my walls cafe au lait? Yuck!

BOTH

And makes stinky tuna in the microwave! (laughter)

JESS

Oh God, he was awful, wasn’t he? What was his name? Lou? Lenny?

KAT

Lee. (starts saying something but stops herself) Actually I- Yes, good thing he moved out. (laughs)

JESS

You do know that you’ll have a say on the next flatmate, right?

KAT

I know. But I might get outvoted… Downvoted? You know what I mean.

JESS

I wouldn’t worry about it. (beat) Anyways, what were you saying about Johnno before? That he was looking at you?

KAT

Yeah. I mean, he’s nothing special really but with the luck I’ve been having… You know. It’s nice to be noticed.

JESS

Yeah. It’s just I’ve heard he’s not so nice to his girlfriends.

KAT

(laughing) I’m not going to be his girlfriend (laughs) so, no worries, OK?

JESS

Right. No worries. Wait, do they even say that in New Zealand or is it just Australia? Guess we’ll find out–

(door opens, party noise, fireworks)

JOHNNO

Kat! C’mon! It’s almost midnight!

KAT

Be there in a sec Johnno!

(door closes, party noises abate)

KAT

Maybe I’ll go out and grab that New Year’s kiss. (beat) Don’t worry, ok? It’ll be great.

JESS

OK. Let’s bring in the new year. (toast) Hey, maybe the world *will* end?

KAT

Nah! It’ll be fine. The year 2000 is going to be amazing!

JESS

Let’s go drink to that!

(They laugh. Door opens, party noise. Fireworks! Explosions!)

(OUTRO MUSIC)

Scene 0.2

KARIN

Hi! Karin Heimdahl, creator of Y2K and also voice of Jess here. Thank you so much for listening to our prologue. Episode 1 drops in January and we will have weekly releases throughout 2020. You will hear these wonderful folks:

(MUSIC)

KIRSTY

Kirsty Woolven as Olivia

JANIS

Janis Westin as Kat

KARIN

Karin Heimdahl as Jess

ADAM

Adam Blanford as Johnno

FELICITY

Felicity Boyd as Rachel

ANJALI

Anjali Kunapaneni as Shirin

SHEKENDRA

Shekendra Morgan as Maia

MADDY

Maddy Searle as Claire

ANNA

Anna Jartin as Tammi

LORCAN

Lorcan NicGiollaBhain as Bri

CHARLOTTE

Charlotte Norup as Kirsten

NERYS

Nerys Howell as Emma

KARIN

You can subscribe for free right now in your favorite podcatcher. Please find us on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number 2, and check out our website y2kpod.com for more information. This episode was part of International Podcast Month 2019. Please go to to internationalpodcastmonth.com to find out more about this wonderful celebration of podcasting. We will be back in January. For now, we leave you with the full song “Welcome to the Year 2000!” by Jake Haws, please check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more of his work.

OLIVIA

Thank you for listening, and welcome back when we return to the year 2000.

MANY VOICES

Welcome to the year 2000!… Welcome… Welcome… to the year 2000… to the year 2000… to the year 2000! Welcome to the year 2000!

(OUTRO MUSIC – Welcome to the Year 2000!)

EPISODE 1: JANUARY 1-9, 2000

(Intro music)

Scene 1.1

OLIVIA

Hey, um, I’m Olivia and this is the Y2K podcast! I’m a little nervous, I’ve never done anything like this before. But I guess I should tell you what this is all about… So a few days ago I managed to get my Mum’s old laptop working. I was hoping to find baby pictures of me, there are hardly any and I was just, well, curious. I rummaged around this really old black-and-white dodgy-looking interface and found — absolutely no baby pictures. No pictures at all actually. But I did find something el se. These old audio files, dozens of them, all labeled with dates from January 2000 onwards. It seems to be a conversation in voicemails between my Mum and a friend of hers, and I’ve only listened to a couple of them but they seem… interesting somehow. Though it’s weird to hear Mum so young – I’ll be 20 this year and she would have been about… 25 when this was recorded. Almost the same age. Cool. But so strange. Right I’m rambling. I thought this would make an interesting podcast. So… Here are the first two messages.

Scene 1.2

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

(library ambience)

JESS

(whispering) Hi Kat! I’m here! And *so* jetlagged. New Zealand sure is a long way away. Sorry about the whispering, I’m at the library computer as I’m still staying in the hostel. Been calling ads for rooms to rent and think I have a few good leads. (muffled footsteps receding, speaks slightly louder) Right, the librarian is out of earshot so I can talk a little louder. Where was I? Yeah. Housing. Auckland is beautiful, it’s summer here and still warm. Flowers everywhere. Really messes with your mind after London winter. One thing I really didn’t grasp before I got here was how incredibly hilly Auckland is – on the map the hostel and the university seem really close together, but in reality there’s an incredibly steep hill between them! Downhill in the morning, thankfully, I couldn’t have coped with the other way around. Anyways, I guess that’ll be an important factor in deciding where to live – whether it’s uphill or downhill from school! Though – come to think of it – I guess I’m not going to be able to afford walking distance so maybe it doesn’t matter. I haven’t quite figured out the buses yet, but they seem  fairly straightforward. The flight was very long but uneventful. I got a little sleep on the first leg but on the flight to Auckland I got seated right behind the smoking seats and it was torture. I thought they’d banned smoking on airplanes. Ugh. Sorry. I know you’re a smoker, but you’re a considerate smoker (laughs). Remember that time –

RACHEL

Shh! This is a library you know.

JESS

Sorry! Almost done! (in lower voice) Let me know how you’re doing – what are you auditioning for? Any luck with the day-job-hunting? And are Shirin and Emma pestering you to let some annoying person have my room? Let me know! Love you! Bye!

(Clicks)

Scene 1.3

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Hello Jess! Great to hear your voice! Feels like you are much closer than the other end of the world… London is gray. Or at least Wood Green is gray. (Sighs) I miss you. Emma and Shirin are great but they’re not you. And I miss working with you – even that awful Cinderella disaster — I mean that lovely panto — we did at Christmas. I’ve been auditioning for everything I can find but it’s always the same. You know. They want some really specific British regional accent that I just can’t do. Or perfect RP for that matter. Or else it’s two lines unpaid in something and 300 girls auditioning. (deep sigh) Anyway. I just want to run home to Trollhättan and bury myself in my old bedroom at my mother’s house and eat cheese. (groans) Sorry to be so depressing. (beat) I did find a bartending job, though. You know it’s not my favourite thing but at least it pays the bills, and I really really need that. The only thing is… it’ll mean working for Lee. You know, microwave-tuna-Lee? Stop laughing! He’s OK, really. He gave me a job so I have to think he’s OK, right? It’s five nights a week and the pay is OK. I start tomorrow. Also… I’ve been thinking about Johnno since New Year’s. You know we had that drunken kiss at midnight and it just… hit me, you know? Definite spark. But maybe I’m just so starved in that department that anything will get me going. We will see. OK, what else… Emma and Shirin have called a flatmates’ meeting tomorrow, so I guess I’ll find out then who they have lined up to move in. I know, I know, I’m supposed to have a say but Shirin’s nan does own the flat and I’m just not as good at standing up to them without you. They’re off to the pub in a bit but I said no, I’m just too… something. Not depressed but just down, you know? I’m just going to sit here and… be depressed I guess. (beat) Hang on. You would tell me to go to the pub. In fact, you would drag me there and cheer me up. OK. (laughs) Stop pestering me! I will follow your silent advice. Be right back! (footsteps, door opens, muffled yell) Shirin! Emma! Are you still here?

SHIRIN

 (muffled) We’re in my room!

KAT

(muffled) Don’t leave without me!

SHIRIN

 (muffled) All right but you’d better get a move on, we’re almost ready!

KAT

(Muffled) OK! (footsteps) Right, sorry Jess! Let me know how everything goes – what’s uni like? Did it start already? Are you meeting any nice people? I miss you! Bye! (clicks)

Scene 1.4

OLIVIA

Right, so that’s it for today. I hope you enjoyed it! I rather like hearing their voices from 20 years ago – before I was even born… Anyway. I’ll put these out weekly for as long as it’s fun I suppose. There are a LOT of these files, I haven’t counted them but I think they go until at least December. So, listeners, of which I as yet have none (laughs) did any of you know my mum or her friend around the year 2000? Do you know anything about the other people they mention? I’d like to get more of the story around these voicemails.  Please e-mail me at y2kpod@gmail.com, or find me on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number two. Our wonderful music is created and recorded by Jake Haws, check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more. I guess I’ll put a link to that… somewhere. I’m still figuring out this podcasting thing. Right. (reads) Thank you for listening, and welcome back next week when we return to the year 2000.

(click like something’s turned off but it’s still recording) (lets out a sigh) (mumbles) Too cheesy? Maybe. They might wonder why I don’t just ask my mum but… Well they can wonder. (deep sigh) Hang on, that light’s still on. (click)

(OUTRO MUSIC)

EPISODE 2: JANUARY 10-16, 2000

(INTRO MUSIC)

Scene 2.1

OLIVIA

(reads) My name’s Olivia and this is the Y2K podcast – welcome to the year 2000! (beat) Yeah. Hey. That’s rather cheerful, isn’t it? Just trying to figure out how to open the podcast. Got any ideas? Answers on a postcard… Hang on, why do people say that? I think my parents say it, so I suppose it’s some old reference. They’re full of those. Anyway, e-mail me if you have any tips… I really don’t know what I’m doing. (laughs) So to recap I’ve found a bunch of files on my Mum’s old laptop, it’s 20-year-old voicemails between my Mum and a friend of hers, and I’m turning them into a podcast. And I’m calling it Y2K because that’s short for the year 2000, when the voicemails were recorded. Yeah. But you probably got that. (laughs) So. I’m back at uni and just had a Sedimentology lecture and it was all right I guess but I was just so tired and unfocused that I couldn’t really grasp what they were saying. Like the information just didn’t reach my brain. (sighs) Sorry. So last week (slight hesitation) Jess had just arrived in Auckland and was whispering in a library, while (slight hesitation) Kat was feeling blue back in London. And here is the second round of audio files from January 2000. They seem to be in completely opposite moods here.

Scene 2.2

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Jess! Oh I wish I could talk to you directly! Right now! I feel so great! (hums, speaks text) Livin’ La vida Loca… I’m living the ‘loca’ life over here! So, Johnno came to the pub Tuesday night, and he was… He was really cool. It was pretty quiet at the start of the night, and he just ordered a pint and sat there and talked to me when I wasn’t busy. And he’s really smart, you know, I never realized that. We talked about books and politics and theatre – of course we talked about theatre! And music – he’s a huge music nerd and listens to all sorts of stuff I’ve never heard of. We also ended up talking about TV shows, and of course I had to check – and he IS a Buffy fan – maybe even more so than I am! AND he has the first half of season 4 on video and so OF COURSE I invited myself over to watch it. Clever me, huh? So last night I went to his place – he lives in Chalk Farm and he has his own apartment! Haven’t quite figured out how he can afford that… He’s a musician. At least I think so? Yes, he’s in that band, you know? Plays bass? We did NOT talk about our jobs. OK, anyway, we did watch Buffy, like two episodes, you know ‘The Freshman’, and that one with the horrible room-mate – Kathy! – remember how angry we were with her? Anyway, Johnno and I kind of lost interest in TV somewhere around there and… Well it was seriously the best sex I’ve ever had, which is strange, right? But also absolutely amazing. And it wasn’t just sex, we talked. And got hardly any sleep… (serious) I know you’ve heard things about him. But it can’t be right. He’s lovely. And, you know, it’s only been one night – maybe he doesn’t want it to be anything more. Maybe *I* won’t want it to be more. We haven’t promised each other anything. So, no worries, ok?

(00s text noise) Oh! (pause) It’s him. (smiles) He wants to see me tonight! There’s a gig in Brixton – some band I’ve never heard of, but who cares! I have to figure out what to wear. Cross your fingers there’s more amazing sex tonight! (laughs) Love you – bye!

(clicks)

Scene 2.3

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Sorry! I mean, let me know what’s up with you – met anyone nice at university? And how is it anyway – it started this week, right? OK, really really wish you were here! Bye again!

(clicks)

Scene 2.4

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

(library ambience)

JESS

Hi Kat. I’m happy you’re so happy. It makes me feel better too. And maybe you’re right about Johnno, maybe it’s all just rumours. But, please, be careful? Have as much sex as you like, but guard your emotions a little. (laughs) I feel like someone in an Austen novel saying that, though of course Lizzie never told Jane to have as much sex as she liked! Maybe she should have, huh? Anyways, remember you’re in that lust-fog now where you feel like you’re in love just because the sex is so good? Don’t trust that feeling! Wait ’til the fog lifts and then figure out what you want to do. All right? And of course congratulations on best sex ever – that’s great. (smiles) No, I’m not jealous. Or bitter. Lonely. Ugh. My dear I’m so happy for you, I’m just having a hard time. Moving to a new country – again – is just exhausting. I did all this when I moved to London five years ago, and it was mostly fun, you know, figuring out where the post office was and what milk to buy and how to get bus passes. I was so happy to be there – and so happy to NOT be in Edmonton – that it didn’t register as a chore. But now, I’m… kind of wondering if I did the right thing coming here. Maybe I didn’t think it through properly. I was just so happy to be accepted, and get the scholarship and everything, and — I was still reeling from the break-up. You know. I do want to do this, and I am sure I will learn a lot, but it’s just so hard. (verge of tears) Damn! I can’t cry in the library! (sniffles, pulls herself together) Yep, still in the library. I move into the new place on Friday. It seems good, the new flatmates are Maia and Tia, and they seem nice enough, just a little stand-offish you know? Like they’re happy to share a flat but don’t really want to hang out. Which is fine, of course, just — And on top of that I’ve now completed two whole days of the *Master of Creative Writing* and talked to exactly no-one apart from the registration person yesterday. (lowers voice) I thought Kiwis were supposed to be friendly, but so far, nope. (normal volume) I know, I know. Give it time. It will get easier. And I can’t give up after two days – I moved all the way to the other end of the world to do this after all. All that ocean between us. That’s actually wonderful here in Auckland – the sea is never far away, and some places are so incredibly beautiful I can hardly believe it. (footsteps approaching, whispers) Crap! Here’s the librarian! 

RACHEL

(kindly) You do need to keep it down you know.

JESS

Sorry! Again! I’ll be done in a sec–

RACHEL

What is that anyway, why are you talking to the computer?

JESS

It’s… I just moved here, so my friend and I are doing internet voicemails. To keep in touch. Phone calls to England are really expensive, and —

RACHEL (interrupts)

How clever! Sorry —

JESS (interrupts)

No, I’m sorry —

(They laugh)

JESS

Go ahead.

RACHEL

I forgot what — Oh! Just how clever, to do voice mails on the computer. I’ve never heard of that.

JESS

Yeah, it’s new I think. Pretty handy. (beat) I’m Jess, by the way.

RACHEL

Rachel. Good to meet you. (smiles) So you just moved here? You a student?

JESS

Yep. Creative Writing. Just started, so can’t really tell you anything about it.

RACHEL

(laughs) All right, I won’t ask. Yet anyway. Where are you staying?

JESS

At the hostel down the street right now, but I’m moving into a flatshare in Newmarket this Friday.

RACHEL

Newmarket’s nice, I hope you’ll enjoy — Oh! There’s someone waiting at the desk, I’d better go. Finish this quickly, right?

JESS

All right, thanks! (pause, footsteps retreating) Did you catch all that Kat? I actually talked to someone! And they were nice! I’ll try to take it as a positive sign. There are nice people here – maybe not kindred spirits like you… and Anne Shirley and Diana Barry (laughs) I’m all literary today, maybe some of the creative writing atmosphere is rubbing off on me after all. (laughs) Not that anyone’s mentioned Montgomery yet – or Austen for that matter. (laughs) The professors seem quite good actually. Though lots of work and super fast paced. We will see. So, my kindred spirit, take care of yourself, and don’t jump into anything too fast, right? Sending you hugs across all the oceans – oceans of hugs!  (laughs) Let me know how everything goes with Johnno, of course, and everything else. Love you!

(clicks)

Scene 2.5

OLIVIA

Right. That’s – (stops herself) I’m glad she seemed happier toward the end there. But – (shudders) — all that sex talk. Do NOT wish to hear my Mum or her friends on that topic. It’s… just odd. I know they’re around 25 here and sex talk in your 20s is to be expected, but still. I don’t have to like it… Anyway. I’m still wondering if any of you knew my mum or her friend around the year 2000? Or maybe you know anything about the other people they hang out with? I’d like to get more of the story around these voice mails.  (reads, still a little uncertain) Please e-mail me at y2kpod@gmail.com, find me on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number two. Our wonderful music is created and recorded by Jake Haws, check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more. (comments aside from text) I’m doing episode descriptions now, so the link is there. This is Olivia, signing off. (reads, still a little uncertain) Thank you for listening, and welcome back next week when we return to the year 2000.

(OUTRO MUSIC)

EPISODE 3: JANUARY 17-23, 2000

(INTRO MUSIC)

Scene 3.1

OLIVIA

(full of energy) Hey, this is Olivia and the Y2K podcast – once again I welcome you to the year 2000! But not quite yet (laughs) Today I’ve spent all day outdoors and it was very cold but so so beautiful. (laughs) Most of you probably wouldn’t enjoy looking at rocks for a whole day — outdoors — in January — in England, (laughs) but it really is my idea of bliss. Anyway. Happy you are coming with me on this peculiar trip into the past… Last week Kat was all aglow with lust and excitement and Jess was stressed out and met a librarian. And we’re now at the point where I haven’t actually listened to the voice mails in advance – I thought it would be cool if I listened along with you. So I have no idea what they’re talking about this week. Exciting, right? Let’s do it!

Scene 3.2

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Hi there Kat. Sooo… (sighs) I got a text from Claire saying she’s moving into my old room on Saturday. It’s fine. I’m fine. I guess she just wanted me to hear it from her, which is nice of her. But – I would really have preferred hearing it from you. I know, I know, you have a lot on your mind right now, walking on cloud 9 and all that (smiles) but, you know, it hurts. Damn! Claire and I spent a lot of time in that room when we were together, and it’s… painful… to think of her in there with her new girlfriend. Rose, she’s Rose. And not all that new anymore. (deep breath) And to think of them hanging out with all of you. Also it’s like Shirin and Emma have picked sides now – I thought they were more my friends than Claire’s and I talked so much to them, especially Shirin, you know,     after the break-up. Not as much as I talked to you, but, you know. And of course I get that you were steam-rolled into this, and it’s not your fault, I just – I just wish you had told me. Just –

(knock on door)

JESS

Yes?

(door opens)

MAIA

Hey, Jess, I’m out of milk, can I take some of yours?

JESS

Sure, go ahead.

MAIA

Hold on, are you all right?

JESS

Yes.

MAIA

No you’re not. What happened?

JESS

(strained laugh) You don’t want to hear my troubles. I’m fine. Or I will be.

MAIA

(sits down) Sure I want to hear your troubles. We don’t really know each other yet but I can’t let you be this miserable all on your own.

JESS

Right. Thanks. It’s – I just found out that my ex is moving into my old flatshare. Into my room. I lived there for almost four years and we spent a lot of time there together. And I – it’s just hard. It hurts! (starts crying)

MAIA

Oh, I’m so   sorry, that’s really rough. (pats Jess on arm) All right, cry if you need to. (pause, JESS cries, MAIA makes comforting noises) Was it recent? The break-up I mean?

JESS

Um… Four months ago?

MAIA

So it’s still quite fresh then. And raw. Did he treat you ok?

JESS

She. Claire. (surprised reaction from MAIA) Yes. And no. She was pretty decent about the actual breaking up with me – as decent as you can be I guess. But… we were supposed to be exclusive and I found out later she’d been cheating on me for at least a year. (near tears) With Rose, who became Claire’s new girlfriend three days after she broke up with me. So that was fun.

MAIA

That’s horrible. And now she’s moving into your old flat?

JESS

Yup. With my old flatmates. It – it feels like they’re choosing sides. Betraying me. (starts crying again) Re- Rep  lacing me.

MAIA

I’m so sorry. (pause, Jess cries) But they’re not replacing you, you know. If they are your friends they will stay your friends. Even if they are friends with… Claire, too.

JESS

(collects herself, deep breath) I know. (beat) You’re right.

MAIA

And you know, they say it takes at least a year to fully recover from a break-up. So maybe give yourself some time?

JESS

Yeah. (pause) Thanks for listening, Maia.

MAIA

(smiles) Anytime.

JESS

(beat) Hey Maia – how come you ended up in Auckland? You’re American, right?

MAIA   

I am. Lived here since I was 15, so almost an honorary Kiwi at this point. (smiles) My parents moved here for work, my Mom has relatives here. (beat) You going to be all right?

JESS

(shaky smile) I will be.

MAIA

Good. (gets up, stops at door) And hey, Jess?

JESS

Yeah?

MAIA

I’m glad you’re our new flatmate. (beat) Also, I guess Tia and I can stop pretending we sleep in separate rooms now.

JESS

Why– Oh! Right. Yes, you can definitely do that. (laughs) Why would you pretend you weren’t a couple?

MAIA

Homophobes.

JESS

(almost at the same time) Of course, sorry.

MAIA

They’re everywhere, and we really needed a new flatmate to make rent, and soon! So we decided to keep it quiet so we could suss you out a little. (catches herself) Sorry! Didn’t mean to flaunt my happy couplehood in the middle of your ex-crisis.

JESS

That’s ok. Gives me hope, I guess. That there *are* happy couples out there (smiles).

MAIA

OK. Good. I’m going to go text Tia to let her know we are officially outed. You sure you’re going to be all right?

JESS

Yes. Thanks. Don’t forget your milk.

MAIA

Thanks, Jess!

(door closes)

JESS

(back to computer) Hi again Kat. I seem to keep recording conversations with people for you. I- I feel better now. And I feel petty. I know you and Shirin and Emma can be friends with Claire AND me. It’s just — she hurt me so much and I guess I want her to be punished. And being denied your friendship would be a real punishment. Anyways. I’m rambling. As you could tell I’m in the flat now, and I guess I just figured out why Maia and Tia were a little stand-offish (laughs) Maia is so kind. This will be a good place to live. School is still a real challenge both socially and — increasingly — academically. They are so many books to read! So many writing assignments! But at least I’m not bored (smiles). So tell me what’s up with you – still on cloud 9? I miss you. And I love you. Sorry for being a petty grump. Sending oceans of hugs!

(clicks)

Scene 3.3

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Oh, Jess! I am so sorry! I forgot! I can’t believe I forgot. I’m an idiot. A bad friend. Shit. (deep sigh) I just feel horrible. I really tried to persuade Emma and Shirin to pick someone else, but — majority vote. I know Claire treated you like shit and I won’t be her friend, I promise! I’ll punish her with my non-friendship, so there! (rueful laugh) And you are not a petty grump. You are right. I should have told you. I meant to. But then I started this thing with Johnno and everything else just flew out of my mind I guess. (exasperated sound) I broke the friendship code! Sorry! Sorry sorry sorry! Shit. Hang on. (opens window, lights cigarette, blows out smoke) Smoking calms me down, you know. Johnno doesn’t like it, though, he says — Sorry. Never mind what he says. (inhales) Your new flatmate seems really nice. I’m glad you’ve moved in and that you have started to make yourself at home. I’m a little worried about your workload, though – remember final production at drama school when it got to be too much and you were just frantic and then you kept having panic attacks? Do not let it go that far. Ever again, please. OK? (inhales) Maybe I should recruit that nice flatmate of yours to keep an eye on you, huh? Don’t think I won’t! (Puts out cigarette, closes window) If there are no interesting people at uni maybe you should go back and talk to that librarian, she seemed nice. I miss you! I love you! And oceans of hugs – that’s perfect!

(clicks)

Scene 3.4

OLIVIA

(preoccupied) All right. That was pretty emotional. You know, I thought there would be only my Mum and her friend on these files, but other people seem to creep in as well. I haven’t decided yet if I like that or not. Will let you know. (beat) Anyway, I’ve gotten some e-mails. So I know at least four people are listening! (laughs) They were all about the same thing — which of the two friends is my Mum. A very reasonable question, really. But… I won’t tell you. Sorry about that. I’m not using any last names anywhere, and I want to respect my family’s privacy. I guess there could come a time when something in the recordings reveal some details, but I will deal with that when it comes. So you can speculate all you like but I will say nothing. I’ll just call them (very slight hesitation) Kat and (very slight hesitation) Jess. However I would still be interested to hear from you if you knew them around the year 2000? Or maybe if you know anything about the people around them? (reads, a little more confident) Please e-mail me at y2kpod@gmail.com, find me on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number two. You can also check out our website at y2kpod.com – we have a website! Very exciting! Our beautiful music is created and recorded by Jake Haws, check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more. The link is in the episode description. I’m Olivia, thank you for listening, and welcome back next week when we return to the year 2000.

(OUTRO MUSIC)

EPISODE 4: JANUARY 24-31, 2000

Scene 4.1

(INTRO MUSIC)

OLIVIA

Hey everyone, I’m Olivia and you are listening to the Y2K podcast – welcome to the year 2000! Wait, perhaps I should move that phrase to the end of this intro-thingy-ma-goob? Yes, I will try that. (clears throat) So, what’s up at my end… I’m taking Genetics this term, which is fascinating. I look at my parents, my grandparents, and at myself, and think about what is genes, and what is learned behavior. It’s especially interesting for me as I am only biologically linked with some of my family, yet I feel I have many similarities with all of them. In class we’re mostly studying genetic variation and not really heredity though. Anyway, are you ready for this week’s voice mails from the past? Last week Jess was freaking out over her ex moving into her old room, and Kat apologized for not telling her. All right. Welcome… to the year 2000!

Scene 4.2

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Hi Kat. Thanks. And you don’t need to withhold your friendship from Claire, even though I really appreciate the offer. You’re going to be flatmates — from tomorrow I think — so you need to get on. But, you know, you don’t have to become best friends or anything, right? (laughs) Anyways. I miss you. Maia and Tia are great, and Tia lured me off to pilates the other day which was great — Right, two ‘greats’ in a row… They ARE great. I’m just not feeling so… great, I guess. (laughs) I drag myself to class and back and do the mountains of assignments – so far it’s not really that exciting but I think it will *get* really interesting down the line – but I don’t have energy for much else. (pause) I thought I was mostly over Claire but this has brought back all the old feelings again and I – I – it hurts so much. I don’t want her back but — how can it still hurt so much? How could I have trusted her? For that matter, how can I trust anyone? I can’t even trust my own judgement. (emotional sigh) It’s becoming very clear to me that I wasn’t ready for this. This moving to another country and starting a really challenging degree. That I was running away. (beat) No, that’s not the only truth. I want to do this and I want to immerse myself in creative writing, I want to learn all I can. I like acting a lot but it never really felt like *me* you know? But writing… I can imagine a whole world and make it come alive. I love that. Right. Sorry for being an emotional wreck. I will stick it out. I will make it work somehow. And yes, I will take care of myself. As should you, my dear. And you can tell me all about Johnno, you know. I wanna know. Right. I somehow feel better just talking to you. (smiles) Oceans and oceans of hugs!

(clicks)

Scene 4.3

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

(worried) Oh Jess. I’m so sorry you are hurting so much. You know, maybe it would be a good idea to find a therapist, just to sort through these feelings? I know you’ve found it helpful before. And yes, I know, expensive, and student budget and so on, but you cannot have less money than you did here, Auckland *has* to be less expensive than London, right? I mean, isn’t everywhere? Well except for places like New York I guess. So no excuses. Maybe your housemates could help you with where to start looking? OK? At least think about it. (pause) Aaaand… you asked about Johnno (laughs) Well, since you asked… It’s going very well. He challenges me, and I need that. He doesn’t let me get away with anything and I like it. You know I risk overpowering guys? Yeah, not him. And he comes up with all these fun things we can do – like yesterday he showed up at work – I was on the afternoon shift so finished at six – with tickets to The Globe that night! It was some obscure Shakespeare play I’d never even heard of, but it was amazing to experience The Globe properly – I hadn’t been yet as it’s a little expensive. Yeah… that’s one thing that is a little uncomfortable. He keeps treating me. He makes quite a lot of money at his day job – turns out he’s an IT-something-or-other – who knew? Anyway I as you know never have any money. I try to treat him sometimes when we’re at less expensive places, but he never seems to realize how even those minor costs create huge holes in my budget. OK, I know what you’re going to say – talk to him about it. And I kind of have, but maybe I need to try again. Hang on — I haven’t told you about our talk last week, have I? I – bravely, points for me! – brought up the where-are-we-heading-conversation. And it went pretty well. We decided we are ‘dating’ in the American sense, but not exclusively. Not that I can imagine being with someone else at this point – nor do I understand how we would have time to ‘date’ anyone as we spend so much time together. So, there we are. Not quite a relationship, but not just sex either. He’s been hurt in relationships before and wants to take it slow, which is fine by me. We —

(Bumps and thuds outside, voices, heavy things being carried)

CLAIRE

(muffled) Shirin! Kat! Emma! Anyone there?

(KAT opens door)

KAT

Hello Claire. Wow – that’s a lot of stuff.

CLAIRE

Yeah, could you give me a hand? Rose went downstairs to get the rest.

KAT

Sure, I just have something to finish up. I’ll be right there.

CLAIRE

Ta!

(Bumps and thuds resume, KAT closes door.)

KAT

Sorry Jess. I thought she wasn’t moving in until tonight. It’ll be OK, you know? It’s not like I’m here much anyway, I’m mostly at Johnno’s. So, take care of yourself. Breathe. Get a therapist. And no worries. All will be fine. OK? Love you!

CLAIRE

(muffled) Kat! Come help me with this desk!!

KAT

(to CLAIRE) Coming! (to JESS) Oceans and oceans of hugs!

(clicks)

Scene 4.4

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Hi again Kat. Wow. That was… weird. Actually hearing Claire move in. Yikes! But also good in a way. It’s done, I heard it, it’s happened. Right. Breathe. (breathes) You’re right. I’m going to talk to Maia and see if they know how to get hold of a therapist. And if not, maybe the student service centre could help. I — I was pretty close to a panic attack yesterday, but managed to breathe through it like that therapist taught me final year. (breathes) Anyways. I’m glad that Johnno makes you happy. Though this whole ‘dating non-exclusively’ thing seems a little… not you. You’ve always been a serial monogamist, or had casual flings where it’s been all about the sex. This seems… different. But I guess it could be a good thing you’re not committing, at least not yet, so you can keep being careful with your emotions. You are being careful, right? Please be careful? I don’t want you getting hurt. But I guess this could be a good way to have a bit of a trial period before deciding if you want to commit to him. Just make sure he is kind, right? If I learned one thing from the horrible break-up with Claire it’s that you need to be with someone who is kind and respects you. She tried to be kind but wasn’t very good at it. Also she really didn’t respect me. She didn’t-

(JESS’ mobile rings, 00s signal)

JESS

(looks at phone, agitated) I’d better get this. I think I was rambling anyway. (nervous laugh) Love you! Bye! (answers phone – beep) Hi-

(clicks)

Scene 4.5

OLIVIA

Oh, I wonder who was calling Jess? Hopefully we’ll find out next week. Anyway, I’m off to study my Genetics notes, we have a tutorial tomorrow. It’s fascinating but complicated, I need to make sure I have a firm grasp of the basics. So, dear listeners, I would still like to hear from you if you knew my mum and her friend around the year 2000? Or maybe if you know anything about their friends? (reads, more confident) Please e-mail me at y2kpod@gmail.com, find me on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number two. You can also check out our website at y2kpod.com. Our tremendous music is created and recorded by Jake Haws, check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more. The link is in the episode description. My name’s Olivia, thank you so much for listening, and welcome back next week when we return to the year 2000.

(OUTRO MUSIC)

EPISODE 5: FEBRUARY 1-6, 2000

(INTRO MUSIC)

Scene 5.1

OLIVIA

Hello listeners, this is Olivia and the Y2K podcast. I’m… hungover. Yeah. Wasn’t going to tell you that but I’m not very good at pretending. (smiles) Anyway I’m sure most of you can relate. I’m not that much of a party person but yesterday after class my friend Tammi dragged me to the pub and we were only going to have one pint, but we got to talking and had another and another and all of a sudden it was like 6 am and we’d been dancing and were very very drunk. It’s always like that when I hang out with her, she’s… magic I guess? (laughs, stops suddenly) Ow! My head. Yeah, I know. Only myself to blame. And Tammi, actually. I blame her! (very quiet laugh) Ouch. Wouldn’t be recording today but I couldn’t fit it in earlier in the week and this is supposed to go out tomorrow so I don’t really have a choice. I’m not about to mess with the podcast release dates. So you’re stuck with this hungover wreck today I’m afraid. (smiles) And that told you I was out all night on a Wednesday, yep, living the glamourous student life out   here in Brum… (yawns) All right, let’s get this started so I can grab some painkillers and some more water. Last week Kat wanted to talk to Johnno about money, Claire moved in, and Jess got a mystery phone call. Let’s hope they don’t yell a lot today! (winces, subdued) Welcome to the year 2000.

Scene 5.2

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Jess! Hello my dear. I can’t help wondering who called you – you don’t usually stop recording for anything… Interfering librarians and nosy flatmates included (laughs). Fill me in on what’s going on, OK? Oh, and did you ever meet that librarian again? She seemed nice. Also I hope you’re feeling better. Claire is all moved in, and it’s pretty strange having her living here. Though she spends some time at Rose’s as well so at least she’s not here all the time. And I’m at Johnno’s quite a lot, so that helps. Emma and Shirin are acting like Claire’s a nice normal person but I just can’t. She was awful to you. Though I realize I do have to get on with her so I’m trying to find that ice-cold-but-cordial mode. Not easy! Sorry. Maybe you don’t want to hear this. Let me know, OK? And I’ll shut up about it. Hang on. (opens window, light early afternoon traffic noise, lights cigarette, inhales smoke, lets it out) Ah… Let’s see, Johnno and I are going to see some band called (tries a few different pronounciations) Queensrike- Queensrush- Queensryche? Anyway, see them at Brixton Academy on Sunday. You know I’m always up for trying new things, but progressive metal? Yeah, I’m a little skeptical. Actually a lot skeptical. (laughs, inhales) Johnno says the lead singer has a really powerful and emotional voice, whatever that means (laughs). But he thinks I will like it, so I’ll give it a go. (hums Genie in a Bottle) Christina Aguilera, now *there’s* a powerful and emotional voice! But it should be fun.   (inhales) I’m fairly happy working at the pub, Lee is a pretty chill  manager, and the people are friendly but not out to be my new best friends. You know. Nice. Also it’s only moderately popular so it’s never too busy, even on Fridays and Saturdays. (puts out cigarette, closes window) And I’m auditioning, of course, but it feels pretty hopeless. Rejections piling up and, well, it hurts. Especially the theatre ones where I know it’s a long shot but I still have to invest in the play and the character in order to audition. And for a moment I feel as though the part is mine and I think about how wonderful it will be and then – boom – I fall back into reality again. Maybe I should have become an engineer like my mother (laughs) – no! I would hate that! (laughs) – or you know something more sensible where it was possible to get an actual *job*. (beat)What am I saying? I love acting. I want to act. I will act.  I just need to convince someone to hire me. Easy-peasy. (beat) Yeah.  I was rejected for a Moliére maid today, can you tell? (smiles) I’ll be back to my optimistic self in a day or two. OK, I’m off to work now, take care my dear, and let me know what’s up with you. Love you!

(clicks)

Scene 5.3

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Hi Kat, you always know when something’s off, don’t you? I should have told you who called but I froze. It was Mom. Yeah, I know. My estranged mother. You know I cut my parents off after I came out and they — well, didn’t? Hardest damned thing I’ve ever done. And then London and drama school and you and Claire and I felt like the world was the right way around again. (beat) What I never told you – I didn’t know how – is that Mom reached out to me last year right before final production. She was… civil? And she’s been calling me now and then ever  since, chatting, steering clear of all the no-go-zones. And I’ve picked up her calls. I thought maybe we could — I don’t know. Be something to each other — have some sort 

of relationship again? I wanted to talk to you about it but it felt so unreal and somehow so delicate, like the slightest draft would disintegrate it. I can’t explain it any better than that. So I’ve talked to her about her gardening and her church friends and my studies, you know, safe things. And it’s been nerve-wracking and difficult but also good. Good to be in some sort of touch again. But the other day I happened to mention that things were a little tough at school and she freaked out and started some weird rant about how I should have stayed in college and in Edmonton. (angry tears) I dropped out five years ago! (beat) I let her rant on for a while but then I made up some excuse and finished the call. Kat, I don’t know what to do. Everything is hard work right now, and I can’t handle this on top of everything else. I think I’ll have to not pick up her calls. At least for a while. (sighs) Oh, but   you’d be proud of me, I found a therapist through the university health services – they were incredible. I have an appointment next week, I hope they’re good. Let’s see, what else is going on… Sunday is Waitangi Day here, like the New Zealand national day, but apparently it’s also controversial as many are protesting celebrating a day commemorating a treaty where the Māori people lost their land. Maia and Tia have some Māori friends, and they’ve invited me to join as they visit them for a Hāngī. I’m sure it will be delicious! And the Monday after that is a bank holiday, so I am abandoning my writing assignments and reading for the day and we are heading to the beach! I’ve spent surprisingly little time at the beach since coming here and it’s time to remedy that before fall comes and it’s too cold. Anyways. Have to go write ‘an emotion through the description of a tree’. Yeah, that makes no sense. I’d better go find a really good tree! And.. hug it? (laughs) Good thing I like trees! Love you!

(clicks)

Scene 5.4

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Jess! (laughs) I love that! An emotion through a tree!! You have to e-mail me what you come up with – I must read this! Are all your assignments like that? Sounds about as cuckoo as drama school! Amazing! (hums “Don’t Sit Under the Apple Tree”) I’m having a great day, Johnno and I slept in and had brunch at this wonderful café and then went to the London Aquarium – you know I love aquariums but I’d never been to this one as it’s silly expensive. Yeah. Guess who paid… (sigh) Anyway it was magical. Such beautiful blue light through the water and colorful fish and scary sharks swimming by and just so… so mesmerizing – Ha! Vocab word! Remember at drama school I was trying to expand my English vocabulary and you found those “weekly vocab” lists? And then you quizzed me every Friday afternoon at the pub? Thank you! Apparently I learnt something! Mesmerizing! Though I still don’t think I’ve ever used ‘bucolic’ or ‘binomial’ in a sentence. (laughs) But I know what they mean! And I know those were both in week ‘B’! Anyway. (more serious) Thank you for telling me about your mother. And I’m so sorry you are hurting. You really didn’t need that on top of everything else. I’m crossing my fingers your new therapist is all right. More than all right – amazing! OK? You don’t need to pick up your mom’s calls if they just stress you out. On the other hand, I get that just her calling will stress you out regardless. Try to relax this week-end, and have fun with Maia on Waitangi Day. I’ll just have to admit that I’d never heard about it before. But I hope it is wonderful, and that you have a lovely day at the beach on Monday! OK, looking out at the grey rain that is London and wish I could teleport over and join you! I have to rush to work – in the freezing sideways rain! Love you! Oceans!

(clicks)

Scene 5.5

OLIVIA

All right, I’m back. Headache is receding slightly but now I’m nauseous. (groans) Better wrap this up. So, Jess’s mum is being horrible and Kat’s been looking at fish. (sigh) I am never drinking again. Ever. Um, so e-mail me if you know anything. About anything. (reads, a little too quickly) You can reach me at y2kpod@gmail.com, find me on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number two. Check out our website at y2kpod.com. Our exhilarating music is created and recorded by Jake Haws, check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more. The link is in the episode description. My name’s Olivia, thank you for listening, and welcome back next week when we return to the year 2000. (relieved) All right, I’m gonna go lie down somewhere…

(OUTRO MUSIC)

EPISODE 6: FEBRUARY 7-13, 2000

Scene 6.1

(INTRO MUSIC)

OLIVIA

Hello listeners, this is Olivia with the Y2K podcast. Feeling much better this week, thank you for asking. Will go easy on the beer for a while though (laughs). So, next term I am going on an exchange somewhere, to study Geology and Palaeontology at a university overseas, and do lots of exciting field work. Listening to these files makes me really want to go to New Zealand. Maybe it’s that they’ve been talking about summer and beaches and February is unusually dreary here this year, but maybe it’s that it sounds interesting. Beautiful. Challenging. Not that Jess has been very happy there so far. (beat) Anyway. We’re supposed to hand in our preferences next week, and I might just put University of Auckland at the top of my list… We’ll see what happens. Wherever I end up, I hope to continue with this podcast for as long as it’s fun, and there seem to be files available for at least the whole year of2000! What I’m trying to say is I’ll bring my mic and laptop and the podcast will continue. All right? So last week Jess’s mum had been calling from Canada and ranting at her, and Kat was feeling pessimistic about her future as an actor but had a great time at the aquarium. Let’s dive into this week, shall we? Welcome to the year 2000!

Scene 6.2

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

 Kat! I wish you *could* have teleported over! I had the most incredible long week-end and somehow getting over Claire and Mom being (beat) her awful self again – feels a little further away. Still hurts like hell but not quite *bleeding* anymore, you know? So we went to see Maia’s and Tia’s friends and had the most wonderful time. We had a really fun, relaxed night. And today we’ve been at the beach in Devonport along with every other city dweller … But it was fine, there was a lot of people but it somehow didn’t feel very crowded, and we splashed and swam and lay around in the shade reading – I realized I hadn’t read an actual novel – well apart from those I read for school – since the flight over here – no wonder I’m not feeling myself! So I picked up a Stephen King – “The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon” – and it was good. Not his best, but *definitely* not his worst. And King is perfect for a beach read, completely immersive and trilling yet the scary bits are tempered by calming waves and gentle breeze and golden sand. It was so beautiful, Kat. (beat) I’ve decided to not pick up if Mom calls again. At least not for a while. I need to deal with everything else before I – maybe? – deal with her. But today at least I feel ready –

(sound of door being unlocked, opened, in distance)

MAIA (muffled)

Jess? You there?

JESS

In my room!

(knock on Jess’s door)

JESS

Come on in, I’m just-

(door opens)

MAIA

Hey Jess, we’re making ratatouille, you want to join us?

JESS

Hi…

MAIA

Oh, this is my friend –

JESS

(smiles) Rachel, right?

RACHEL

(smiles) And you’re Jess.

MAIA

You know each other?

(Jess and Rachel speak at the same time)

JESS

Not really, we met-

RACHEL

Sort of-

(Rachel and Jess laugh)

RACHEL

Jess came to the library a while back. I had to tell her off for being too loud. (smiles)

MAIA

(laughs) Well I can start on dinner if you two want to… (smiles) I don’t know – talk about books? Make a collage? (laughs, goes to kitchen).

RACHEL

(distracted by Jess) Sure, thanks. (gestures to bed) Can I-

JESS

Sure!

RACHEL

(sits down on bed, rustling, smile) So it was *this* Newmarket flat you were talking about. How did you find it?

JESS

Oh, newspaper listing. I’ve been really lucky, Maia and Tia are great. Have you known them – or Maia – long?

RACHEL

A few years, since Maia started working part-time at the library.

JESS

Right! I’d forgotten they do that. I always just see them knitting enormous yarn with their arms or hand-dyeing fabric or stuff like that, and then –

RACHEL

(interrupts) Then all of a sudden they’ve turned it into incredible art!

JESS

Exactly! Don’t know how they manage to do that every time, but their stuff is so cool.

RACHEL

I don’t know if you noticed the huge blue-green-sparkly thing by the entrance of the library?

JESS

Of course! That one’s incredible. Plus it has Maia all over it. Wow.

RACHEL

(nodding at book) So, what are you reading?

JESS

(hands Rachel book) Stephen King. Just finished it today.

RACHEL

(pages rustle) Any good?

JESS

Pretty good. Not his best, but you know –

RACHEL

Not his worst either?

JESS

(laughs) How did you know I was going to say that?

RACHEL

I’ve read a *lot* of Stephen King. Some of them are- (hesitates)

JESS

Barely readable?

RACHEL

(laughs) Exactly. Haven’t read this one though. Can I borrow it?

JESS

Yeah. I-

MAIA (muffled)

Can you two stop flirting and come give me a hand?

JESS

We weren’t-

RACHEL

(interrupts) Weren’t we? (smiles) Coming?

JESS

Yeah. (remembers) Oh! I just have to finish up my message to Kat. To my friend Kat. In London. Where it’s raining. Probably. (stops herself) I’m babbling.

RACHEL

You are. Kind of dadaist (beat) but I like it. (smiles) Thanks for the book. I’ll go help Maia. See you in the kitchen. (leaves with book)

JESS

Yeah. See you… (sits down, to Kat) Hey Kat. That was Rachel. Again. She’s- She’s- Wow. Yeah. She just showed up in my room. Well you heard that. And she’s wonderful. Right. I have to go. Let me know what’s up with you – love you! Oceans of hugs!

(clicks)

Scene 6.3

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Hey Jess, so glad you had a good week-end! I almost felt like I was there with you! And I can’t believe Rachel is friends with Maia. So… flirting, huh? (laughs) I get that you have other things going on, but there was some definite chemistry there. Anyway. I keep asking you about uni and you keep not saying much, apart from it’s a lot. So how is it really? Assignments, professors, fellow students? Is it all day every day lectures or seminars or – I don’t know – feedback sessions or group assignments… Or is it more you completing a ton of writing assignments on your own? See? I have no clue. Also you have to send me a picture of your room once you feel like you’ve made it yours. What does your neighborhood look like? What do you see when you look out of your window? You know exactly what *I’m* looking at after all… Same old Wood Green. (sighs) Johnno’s on a business trip this week. In Florida, lucky bastard. I miss him. So much. In such a short time he’s become really important to me. To the point where I don’t like sleeping alone, and I put off going to bed so I don’t have to. Last night I got home from work at midnight and had this idea for new earrings, so I started bending wire and fiddling with beads and then all of a sudden it was 4 in the morning… Yeah, not good for my sleep! But it was so much fun, and I haven’t had time to make anything for a while… Anyway, he needs to come home so I get more sleep! Not very romantic perhaps, but I’ve always been more pragmatic… Johnno’s pretty damned romantic, though. He keeps hinting at something he’s planning for Valentine’s day next week, but he won’t tell me what. (smiles) So that should be fun. What else? Claire hasn’t re-painted your room yet, I think she likes the grey. You know she- Never mind. Also I got my hair cut by some student at Toni & Guy, so it only cost 5 pounds. But I had very little say in what they did, so now I have trendy-ish asymmetrical hair. It’s not what I would have chosen, but it’s kind of cool. She wanted to dye the roots dark too, which I thought was a funny idea. Anyway her instructor said no, and she just did highlights. Very relieved at that, you know how I hate when my hair grows out blonde under a darker color and it just looks like I’m bald? Yeah, saved by the bell I guess! OK, I should finish this up. Let me know what your therapy appointment was like. And take care of yourself. OK? Love you! Bye!

(clicks)

Scene 6.4

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Hi Kat, so… I saw my therapist today. It was a guy, which was a little weird. I’ve only had female therapists before. But I decided to give him a chance and told him about Claire, and Mom, and coming here, and feeling out of place. All the stuff. And he was pretty good. I mean, there was a *lot* for him to take in all at once, and he made lots of notes, but he listened, and the responses he gave me     made sense, and I feel like I can talk to him, so, yeah. Pretty good overall. I’m seeing him again in three weeks. Things are better, but they’re not great. I guess I haven’t been talking about school because I don’t know what to say. It’s pretty good, but… I expected it to be incredible. So, yeah. (beat) Anyways. We usually have lectures and/or seminars every weekday morning. Most of them are interesting, some are very very boring. We have this one professor who cannot structure the discussions, which means the – few! – wackos in my discussion group completely take over, and bring up their own specific hobbyhorses which have little or nothing to do with what we’re actually supposed to be talking about. Drives me up the wall. He’s a great lecturer, and seems very nice, but he’s so useless at structure. He gave us the ‘emotion through a tree’-assignment, which was weird but interesting – I will e-mail it to you, have to remember – and when half of us had handed it in he told the other half they needn’t bother as one or two had objected to the assignment. So why give it out in the first place?? Yeah. Then in the afternoons we have feedback sessions in groups, and also individually once a week, and time to read and write. It’s actually ´-

(JESS’ mobile rings, 00s signal)

JESS

Better not be Mom- (looks at phone, surprised) Oh! It’s Bri, I have to get this – I’ll get back to you! So sorry to do this again! (answers phone – beep) Hi Bri!

(clicks)

Scene 6.5

OLIVIA

Aaaall right… Who is Bri? Maybe we’ll find out next week! I got an e-mail from someone named Cassandra in Wellington, she says she lived in Auckland twenty years ago and might have known Jess, but she’s not sure – she says there were a lot of Jess’ and Jessicas around the university at that time. She’s going to follow the podcast to see if she picks up any other clues. Thank you, Cassandra! So, please check out our webpage y2kpod.com, you can go there for more info, and, of course, to listen to episodes. We are also on Apple Podcasts (what used to be iTunes), Google Podcasts, Spotify and most other podcatchers. Isn’t that a great word – podcatcher! Like you stick it up in the air and it catches random podcasts for you! I learned that today listening to the Oz 9 podcast. It is so funny! It’s about a doomed spaceship – the Oz 9 – with a completely useless but hilarious crew. You should listen, they could make anyone laugh! Also their AI’s named Olivia, which is just… a really great name (laughs). So… If anyone – like Cassandra – thinks you might have known Kat or Jess or their friends around the year 2000 I would be very interested to hear from you. Please e-mail me at y2kpod@gmail.com, find me on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number two. Our amazing music is created and recorded by Jake Haws, check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more. The link is in the episode description. I’m Olivia, (reads) thank you for listening, and welcome back next week when we return to the year 2000.

(OUTRO MUSIC)

EPISODE 7: FEBRUARY 14-20, 2000

CONTENT WARNING

OLIVIA

Hey everyone, Olivia here. After listening to today’s voice mails I feel I need to put some kind of warning here. This episode contains descriptions of a suicide attempt, as well as descriptions of homophobia and transphobia. Please take care of yourself, and if you need to, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.

(INTRO MUSIC)

Scene 7.1

OLIVIA

Hello, my name is Olivia and this is the Y2K podcast. (beat) How are you today, listeners? I’m fine, a bit of a cold, pouring rain so not much fun outdoors… So yeah. February in Birmingham! A bit grey and dull really. I hope you are somewhere nicer – I saw the other day that I have a listener in Singapore, which is just… WILD. And great – thank you so much for listening! Either way, I am sure it’s warmer there – but maybe it’s monsoon season? Let me check (grabs her phone to google) Blimey, it rains more than here! But, yes, warm. And humid! All right, suddenly not so jealous of your weather, listener in Singapore! But I bet Singapore is brilliant in any weather! All right, let’s get to the story, shall we? Last week Jess had a great week-end and talked to someone named Bri, and Kat missed Johnno and got a haircut. Today I hope we find out who Bri is! Welcome… to the year 2000!

Scene 7.2

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Hello Jess – Happy Valentine’s Day! In Swedish it’s “All Hearts Day” which I love – gets me thinking about *all* the people I love and not just one romantic partner. And so of course I want to check in with you! So… haven’t heard from you for (jokingly) *four whole days*. What’s up? Anything going on with Bri and your family? Your mother bugging Bri this time? You OK? It’s not like you were dancing around like Julie Andrews in the hills of Austria last I heard from you… (hums “The Hills Are Alive”) So let me know, OK? Let’s see… I just auditioned for a toothpaste commercial, have no clue why – yes I do, it’s paid work. And at least toothpaste is something I actually use – remember that weird viagra thing we auditioned for last year? So very happy neither of us got that one! What were we thinking? And it was everywhere – still is I think – and the girl who got it didn’t want to go out for months. (laughs) Or so her flatmate told me, anyway. Poor thing. (beat) Still haven’t talked to Johnno about the money-thing. Everything else is good and I don’t want to rock the- wait, what is that saying? Rock the… cradle? No, bridge? Boat? No, doesn’t sound right. You know what I mean. But, yeah, I’m falling for him. How could I not? He’s smart and cute and fun and takes care of me and… I like him. And he doesn’t let me get away with stuff, you know? I need that. Remember my wimp of an ex? Don’t want to deal with that again. (beat) Work is OK. I’ve gotten some afternoon shifts lately which is much quieter. It’s nice in a way, but also a little dull. I –

(Door opens)

JOHNNO

Kat! (sees her, happy) You’re here! (gives KAT a big kiss) Miss me?

KAT

(befuddled but pleased) Johnno! Yeah, but… I thought we were meeting at seven?

JOHNNO

I just missed you . (kisses the top of her head) And… Surprise! I have tickets to see The Hives at six! Happy Valentine’s Day!

KAT

(still taken aback, but happy) Wow. Thank you! That’s great. (smiles) Though I’ve never heard of them.

JOHNNO

(laughs) They’re Swedish, I thought you’d know all about them!

KAT

Really? (laughs) Nope! (beat) Um, I was going to- never mind. (beat) Oh, but I only got you this silly little thing, I should have –

JOHNNO

(interrupts) That’s OK sweetheart, you can buy dinner! (kisses KAT)

KAT

OK. Right. (beat) When do we have to leave?

JOHNNO

(looks at watch) Half an hour? It’s at the Astoria. (beat) Hold on, what did you do to your hair?

KAT

Oh yeah, I had a haircut. Toni & Guy. What do you think? (twirls)

JOHNNO
(thinks) Hm. I liked you with longer hair. And… (takes a closer look) It’s lopsided?

KAT

(taken aback) It’s supposed to be asymmetrical.

JOHNNO

All right. (laughs) Never mind. It’ll grow out. (hugs KAT again, nuzzles her neck) So what should we do now?

KAT

(a little happier, slowly) Well… (remembers) Oh! I was in the middle of leaving a voice mail for Jess, let me just finish up.

JOHNNO

All right then. (kisses KAT, to computer) Hi Jess! Hope everything’s good in New Zealand! (to KAT) I’ll just grab a magazine and wait for you. (rustle of magazine, quick peck for KAT, settles down on KAT’s bed)

KAT

OK. (to computer, clearly uncomfortable that Johnno stayed in the room) Um, hi again Jess. So, that was Johnno. But you heard that. Yeah. Where was I? Oh. Update. I didn’t get the Ayckborn play, did I even tell you I auditioned for it? (JOHNNO’s magazine pages rustling) They called me back, but I found out yesterday they’d cast someone else. It wasn’t a huge part, but it was some pay and I like Ayckborn. Also a small tour which would have been fun.

JOHNNO

(from behind his magazine, slightly muffled, distracted) But I would have missed you, sweetheart.

KAT

(pleased at the sentiment but annoyed at the interruption) Yeah. But it was only a week, I think we could have managed a week. (nervous laugh, back to JESS) I think that’s it. Take care of yourself, and let me know what’s up with Bri and… everyone. Also, remember to e-mail me that thing we talked about.

JOHNNO

(from behind his magazine, slightly muffled, distracted) Sounds like you’re talking in code, sweetie, just pretend I’m not here.

KAT

(annoyed but tries not to show it) OK. (beat) Love you, Jess, hope to hear from you soon. B-

JOHNNO

(sits up, lays down magazine) You tell your friends you love them?

KAT

Yeah. Well mainly Jess, we’ve been friends a long time. (beat) And I do love my friends, why shouldn’t I tell them?

JOHNNO

It sounds so… American.

KAT

Jess is Canadian. (beat) I guess technically that’s on the American continent. North American continent. The American continents? Anyway. You say that like it’s bad. 

JOHNNO

No, no I guess not. (pause) You’ve never said it to me.

KAT

And you’ve never said it to me.

JOHNNO

I… I’ve told girls I loved them before. And they’ve hurt me. So I suppose I’m careful with it now.

KAT

(slowly) O–K

JOHNNO

And we’re not there.

KAT

I guess we’re not, no.

JOHNNO

(hugs and kisses KAT) You’re my sweetheart! Isn’t that enough?

KAT

Of course.

JOHNNO

(looks at watch) We have to run – are you ready?

KAT

OK, just let me get my things. (noise of grabbing purse, jacket)

JOHNNO

Let’s be off!

(door opens and closes, footsteps. Pause. Running feet, door thrown open)

JOHNNO

(muffled) Get a move on!

KAT

Sorry! Bye Jess!

(clicks)

Scene 7.3

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Hi Kat, sorry about the radio silence… And for hanging up on you, twice. Ugh. Sorry again. Bri was really upset. And so far away. I was inches from calling the emergency services in Edmonton from the landline and get them to send an ambulance over. But in the end I didn’t, just kept her talking. Down from the ledge as it were. Literally. Bri had the sleeping pills on hand. Kat, it was so scary!! (swallows, pause) My wonderful parents have done it again. To Bri this time. I am so fucking angry! Furious doesn’t even begin to cover it. Bri and I have been e-mailing since I left – neither of us can really afford the phone calls – but you know it’s been occasional, we’re both busy, and she’s graduating college this year – or was supposed to — OK I’m stalling. (beat) Bri finally came out to our parents as transgender. Which they should have figured out years ago, but they are not exactly perceptive… And they took it, well, not at all really. They closed off and asked Bri to leave and not come back. Perfect parents, right? God I hate them. (yells) I HATE MY PARENTS. (pause) So Bri is coming here. I booked hi- fuck! her a plane ticket on my credit card – have to deal with that one later – and am going to meet her at the airport in a few hours. Bri’s roommate helped pack and made sure she got on the plane. And Maia and Tia have agreed to let her stay here for a while – they even cleared out their study so Bri can stay there. They really are the best flatmates ever. Thank God for them. Or – I don’t believe in God. At least not my parents’ awful patriarch with a big beard and even bigger prejudices. Ugh! Wish you were here, Kat. I need someone to hold my hand through all of this. Bri is in really bad shape and I’m not sure we know each other that well anymore. Haven’t seen her for over five years and we’ve only talked on the phone like once a year. But I love Bri. And I will protect her and support her with everything I’ve got. (long pause) So that’s my news… Oh, and school is tough still but starting to get really interesting. Also I’ve finally started making some acquaintances – we started some group assignments and it seems everyone else in my group were as freaked out by the workload as I was and didn’t really talk to anyone else either. Anyways. (beat) That was an… interesting conversation you and Johnno had. How do you feel about that? The ‘love’ thing? And — sorry about the Ayckbourn play. You would have been great, and they’re silly not to see it. So there. Right, I’m gonna finish up here – have to grab lunch before I get Bri. I MISS you! I love you! Oceans of hugs!

(clicks)

Scene 7.4

OLIVIA

All right. So now we know who Bri is. I – (stops herself) I wonder if Bri turns up somewhere. Her voice I mean. I suppose we will find out. (looks outside) I think I will finish this now and defy the rain and go running – I always feel better after a good run. (lightly) It’s not like I’m going to celebrate Valentine’s Day – it’s a silly meaningless capitalist construct. (slight laugh, cheerfully) Also there is zero romance in my life, and that’s the way I like it.  I have other things to occupy my time. So, listeners, check out our webpage, at y2kpod.com, where you can find more info, and, of course, listen to episodes. We are also on Apple Podcasts – what used to be iTunes – Google Podcasts, Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts. If you think you may have known Kat or Jess or their friends twenty years ago I would be super  interested to hear from you. Please e-mail me at y2kpod@gmail.com, find me on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number two. Our fantastic music is created and recorded by Jake Haws, check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more. The link is in the episode description. My name’s Olivia, (reads) thank you for listening, and welcome back next week when we return to the year 2000.

(OUTRO MUSIC)

EPISODE 8: FEBRUARY 21-29, 2000

CONTENT WARNING

OLIVIA

Olivia here again. So another warning this week. My friend Tammi told me it’s called a content warning or trigger warning. Makes sense. Anyway. This time for homophobia, transphobia and verbal and emotional  abuse. Please take care of yourself, and if you need to, don’t be afraid to reach out and ask for help.

 (INTRO MUSIC)

Scene 8.1

OLIVIA

My name is Olivia, and you are listening to the Y2K podcast. How are you today, listeners? I do know there are a few of you now, which is exciting! Thank you, and thank you especially to those writing in – I will do an episode at some point where I try and answer some of your questions. So tonight I’m recording at the uni radio station studio – a friend of mine convinced them to let me use it and it is so much better than recording under a blanket in my room! Thanks Tammi! And thank you BurnFM! Though it’s quite late as it was the only time it wasn’t in use, and it’s a little spooky here in the basement… Never mind. Let’s head into today’s voice mails – there are a few more than usual today, though they are shorter. Last week Jess talked Bri down from a ledge, and Kat got a Valentine’s surprise from Johnno. Once again – welcome to the year 2000!

Scene 8.2

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Oh Jess, just heard your latest, this is just a quick message before work – I am so so sorry your parents are being such absolute jerks. Give Bri a big hug from me – I know we’ve never met but I feel like I know her from all you’ve told me. And a big hug to you as well – don’t forget to take care of yourself in the middle of all this, OK? I’ll record a proper message soon – love you! Bye!

(clicks)

Scene 8.3

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Thanks Kat! I love you! (beat) Everything is fairly stable now. Bri is here, the flight went well, and we’ve talked and talked and talked. Seems our parents never ever mentioned me to Bri, and when Bri said something – you know a general comment like “So I heard Jess is playing Gertrude in Hamlet this semester” they just ignored it. Actual example. I don’t get it. Must take so much energy for them. But I guess now they have no kids. I wonder what they’ll say to their friends. Anyways. Doesn’t matter. I’ll get back to you soon with more – love you!

(clicks)

Scene 8.4

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Hi Jess! So glad things are stable. And I get that you and Bri have a LOT of talking to do. Five years of talking, right? But make sure you get sleep and food and that you get some time to yourself as well please? I know it’s not easy when Bri is having a crisis but you won’t be much help if you don’t take care of yourself too. OK? And I know this is so easy to say and so much harder to do, but just do it. For Bri if not for yourself, OK? OK! (pause) And don’t feel like you have to get back to me with a huge long message, or at all for a while. Of course I want updates, and I’m always here to listen, but I don’t want to add myself to your already mile-long to-do-list. (snort) Muddled metaphor, I know, but you know what I mean. All is ok here, so no worries. Okidoki? Love you! Oceans of hugs!

(clicks)

Scene 8.5

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Kat. I just talked to Mom. It was – She – (starts crying, but gets it under control) I wouldn’t have picked up, but I was asleep and confused. It’s 4 am here. She — she yelled at me. About Bri and – somehow it was all my fault. I couldn’t get a word in. So I just – sat here. And then she said this was God’s punishment on her for reaching out to me. (beat) And that she’d told her friends at church today that – that – that I was dead.(sobs quietly) There’s something wrong with her. I see that. But it hurts so much. I was going to hang up on her but she beat me to it. And now – Bri’s asleep, of course, and I don’t know if I should tell her about this. It’s hard, Bri is in such a fragile place yet she is so strong. And so open and trusting despite all the garbage our parents have done. Yeah. I’ll tell her. Enough secrets. But first I’ll try to sleep some more. Always a relief to talk to you my dear. Thank you for being there. Love you!

(clicks)

Scene 8.6

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

JESS

Good morning Kat! TGI Saturday – I slept late and feel better. Got my coffee and chocolate croissant… Yes a chocolate croissant is breakfast, Kat! More breakfasty than those stinky cheese sandwiches you eat! Anyways. (takes a bite) Just wanted to leave a message that’s a little more zen than the last, um, five or so? I will be ok, and Bri will be ok, we will make our own family, and it will be wonderful. So there. (sips coffee) If Bri gets  up in the next hour or so I’m gonna suggest we go do something – we’ve been holed up talking since she arrived – we really needed to – but now I think it’s time to get outdoors and grab some fresh air. Maybe a hike? Might be easier to tell Bri about Mom’s latest horror surrounded by trees… I’ve heard there are some great trails around here. I’ll ask Maia and Tia, they’re bound to know. (sips coffee) So what are you up to, Kat? I feel like my crises have overshadowed everything lately. Things good at work? Johnno and you still happily dating non-exclusively? Any new auditions coming up? You know when I’m a famous playwright I’m going to write you the most incredible part, right? And we will make a smash-hit West End show together! (smiles through tears) Yay! I love you! Oceans of hugs!

(clicks)

Scene 8.7

(Modem dial-up tone) (click)

KAT

Oh, Jess! So happy you are feeling a little better! And I hope you and Bri do end up going hiking – take lots of pictures, I’m sure it’s beautiful! I always find it easier to talk about difficult stuff while walking. Remember all those walks we took around Wood Green when we were freaking out about final production last year? Don’t know if I would have graduated without those. (takes sip of coffee) Would you believe I’m also having Saturday breakfast – though it’s about 13 hours later than yours (smiles). Time difference is strange! No stinky cheese today though, just had an egg sandwich (laughs). Which can be a little stinky too, I suppose… And coffee, always lots of coffee! (takes another sip) I’m at Johnno’s, he’s still asleep, so I’m borrowing his computer to send this. We’re doing really well – he actually asked me to be his girlfriend last night! (squeals) We’d been out with some friends of his – I was a little nervous but they were nice! Anyway just as we’d walked in the front door he grabbed me and pushed me up against the wall in the hallway and kissed me, and then he looked into my eyes and just (beat) asked. No-one’s ever asked me to be their girlfriend before. It felt tender and sexy and serious all at the same time. I said yes of course! (giggles) So we are now officially a couple and I couldn’t be happier. Lately I’ve been here almost every day – and night. So haven’t really seen much of (beat) Claire – or Shirin and Emma for that matter. Maybe I’ll stay at the flat tonight – have to do some laundry – I’m forever carrying underwear and t-shirts around and never get around to washing them. Anyway. Still haven’t –

(steps approaching)

JOHNNO

(sleepy, hugs KAT) Good morning sweetheart!

(JOHNNO nuzzles KAT’s neck, KAT squeals. They kiss.)

KAT

(happy) Good morning my love.

JOHNNO

(lets her go, steps away) Told you I don’t – I don’t want to use that word. (disdainful) Love. (mumbles) I’ve used it before.

KAT

(crushed) Oh. OK. Sorry. (pause)

JOHNNO

That’s all right, I forgive you sweetheart! (kisses her passionately) Is there coffee?

KAT

(flustered) No, sorry – Um, you’re not usually up this early. I can make–

JOHNNO

(interrupts) All right, you can’t fit everything into that sweet head of yours. You focus on being gorgeous, I’ll make coffee. (laughs) What were you up to anyway, reading all my e-mails?

KAT

No, of course not! I-

JOHNNO

(interrupts again) Joking! Can’t you take a joke sweetie? (laughs, kisses KAT again and leaves)

KAT

I- (sighs) Never mind. I was leaving a voicemail for Jess. (sighs again, sits down) Sorry Jess. I don’t know what I was talking about. Take care of yourself, and of Bri. I’ll call again soon.

JOHNNO

(yells from kitchen) I’m making pancakes – come have some!

KAT

(to JOHNNO) Coming! (to JESS) Bye!

(clicks)

Scene 8.8

OLIVIA

I- I- all right. That was a lot. Yeah. Heavy stuff. It’s funny, I get worried about what’s going to happen next, but it was twenty years ago – it’s already happened! And yet I know so little about it. Which is why if you know anything about Jess or Kat or their friends during this time I would like to hear from you. Please e-mail me at y2kpod@gmail.com, find me on Twitter or Instagram @y2kpod, that’s the number two. Also check out our webpage, at y2kpod.com, where you can find more info, and, of course, listen to all our episodes. We are also on Apple Podcasts – what used to be iTunes – on Google Podcasts, Spotify and wherever you get your podcasts. If you like Y2K podcast, please tell your friends to listen too! And if you have a minute, it would mean so much if you would rate and review us on Apple Podcasts. It can help others find the show, also it just makes me happy (smiles). Our awe-inspiring music is created and recorded by Jake Haws, check out his podcast “Making Music with Jake Haws” to hear more. The link is in the episode description. My name’s Olivia, (reads) thank you for listening, and welcome back next week when we return to the year 2000.

(OUTRO MUSIC)

EPISODE 9: MARCH 1-5, 2000

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EPISODE 10: MARCH 6-12, 2000

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EPISODE 34: INTERLUDE – AUGUST 27, 2000

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EPISODE 45: NOVEMBER 6-12, 2000

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EPISODE 46: NOVEMBER 13-19, 2000

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EPISODE 47: NOVEMBER 20-26, 2000

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EPISODE 48: NOVEMBER 27-30, 2000

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EPISODE 49: DECEMBER 1-10, 2000

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EPISODE 50: DECEMBER 11-17, 2000

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EPISODE 51: DECEMBER 18-24, 2000

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EPISODE 52: DECEMBER 25-31, 2000

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EPILOGUE: DECEMBER 31, 2000

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BEHIND THE SCENES 1

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BEHIND THE SCENES 2

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BEHIND THE SCENES 3

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BEHIND THE SCENES 4

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BEHIND THE SCENES 5

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BEHIND THE SCENES 6

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