Nova Launches Investigative Podcast ‘Unpacked! The Britney Spears Story Explained’

Nova Launches Investigative Podcast ‘Unpacked! The Britney Spears Story Explained’
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The crimes that shocked the nation, the celebrity sagas that captivated the world and the stories that you just couldn’t make up if you tried. Nova’s new original investigative podcast Unpacked aims to shed light on these stories.

Unpacked cuts through the gossip, opinions and theories to deconstruct some of the world’s most complex and compelling stories and how they shone the spotlight on who we are as a society.

Hosted by journalist Edwina Stott, season one of Unpacked investigates the saga of Britney Spears, her conservatorship and how the media, her family and the public have been complicit in Britney losing control of her career, her money and her life.

This long-form podcast will cover the story through gripping investigative storytelling, exhaustive research and interviews with the people who were there, including:

  • Perez Hilton, gossip blogger
  • Daniel Ramos, the paparazzi who Britney attacked with an umbrella in 2007
  • Skye Sweetnam, the Canadian singer-songwriter who toured with Britney in 2004
  • Hayley Herms, key influencer supporting the #FreeBritney movement

Each episode of Unpacked breaks down a different factor that contributed to Britney’s current situation.  From the music industry machine and how it markets young women, to the relentless media scrutiny, the role her family and the people around her played and the impact of the #FreeBritney movement.

The podcast explores how the story of Britney Spears became a part of a wider cultural conversation about mental health, human rights and our obsession with celebrity.

Dax Holt, TMZ, said: “There was always this like feeling of frenzy. It’s absolutely true. We were always under the gun and you don’t want to lose in entertainment news. You want to beat everyone else.”

Perez Hilton, said: “People want there to be villains because it’s easier to place the blame on somebody but mental health is complex, it’s not black or white. I carry with me deep shame and regret. I own up to all of that. I can’t go back in time. If I could, I would do things differently.”

Edwina Stott said: “We all know Britney’s story, but we definitely don’t know everything. This series is an in-depth look at the way Britney has grown up under the lens of the media, been manufactured by the music industry and crumbled under the pressure placed on her to be perfect. The series offers a closer look at Britney’s life but looks at important questions about the society we live in that we all have a responsibility to consider.”

Edwina Stott is a broadcaster and journalist with more than 15 years experience with the BBC in the UK and the ABC in Australia. Stott has made documentaries for ABC Radio National, reported for BBC Business and has worked extensively for the BBC’s flagship news programs on Radio 4 and 5Live.

Rachel Corbett, NOVA’s head of podcasts & digital content said, “Investigative podcasts are such a popular genre and with good reason.

“They give you so much scope to unpack complex stories and there’s no story more compelling right now than the conservatorship of Britney Spears. We’re really excited to be launching this as our first original investigative podcast under the Nova Podcasts banner and look forward to unpacking more great stories in subsequent seasons.”

Each season of Unpacked will investigate a different story that captivated the public and get to the bottom of some of the most talked-about modern events.

Unpacked is an original Nova Podcast launching on Thursday 7 October with weekly episodes and is available here, on the NOVA Podcasts Player or wherever you access your podcasts.




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