Keep in mind when watching the sitcoms “Martin,” and “Dwelling Single” or the range present “In Dwelling Shade” meant that it was the tip of the day and it was time to have fun? Or when Tyra Banks gave her now iconic “We have been rooting for you!” rant on “America’s Subsequent High Mannequin?”
On “Again Difficulty,” a podcast produced by Pineapple Street Studios, Tracy Clayton, 38, and Josh Gwynn, 32, rewind to a number of the popular culture moments they’ve at all times needed to know extra about, with an authority on the episode at their aspect.
In the course of the first episode, which premiered in late August, Ms. Clayton and Mr. Gwynn mentioned lots of Ms. Banks’s selections whereas she was on the helm of the “America’s Subsequent High Mannequin” manufacturing with Jay Manuel, a artistic director on the present. The second episode featured Tommy Davidson, a breakout star on “In Dwelling Shade.”
The hosts, who consumed the films, music and tv exhibits they focus on on their podcast individually again within the day, sound like siblings who shared the ground in entrance of their glowing tv set and watched the occasions collectively. The pair labored collectively on “Robust Black Legends,” a Netflix podcast that focuses on well-known Black actors, however by no means earlier than as co-hosts.
Ms. Clayton acquired her begin in audio in 2015, when BuzzFeed premiered “One other Spherical,” a podcast she hosted with Heben Nigatu. That includes friends like Hillary Clinton and Issa Rae, it gained recognition shortly and was topped the very best of 2015 by iTunes, Slate and The Atlantic. Nonetheless, BuzzFeed pulled the plug on the present in 2017.
“It acquired actually huge and the cash that we have been being given to make the present didn’t,” Ms. Clayton mentioned, including that she and Ms. Nigatu are in ongoing talks with BuzzFeed for possession of the catalog.
“I used to be severely depressed for a few years after,” Ms. Clayton mentioned. “I used to be type of left empty and didn’t know what to do or the place to show.”
She took the time to discover ways to relaxation and heal, she mentioned, however quickly missed sharing her tales. When she was requested by Jenna Weiss-Berman, a co-founder of Pineapple Avenue, to host “Robust Black Legends,” Ms. Clayton mentioned she initially didn’t need to do it. However “my pockets was like ‘Lady, you higher strive,’” she mentioned. “After months, I acquired used to the water once more. I’m so glad and so blessed that I’m able to enter on this medium and this area.”
Mr. Gwynn, who began as an intern on the podcast studio earlier than graduating to producer and now host, had labored with Ms. Clayton on different podcasts earlier than. “One of the best phrases I’d use to explain our connection is simple,” Ms. Clayton mentioned. “You possibly can blurt out what goes by my head.”
The hosts have the identical disposition relating to popular culture. The labor of getting to determine if an individual is well-versed in the identical slices of popular culture as you’re doesn’t exist between them, they each mentioned. There isn’t a want to determine if considered one of them is sufficiently old to recollect the second. or in the event that they each watched a specific tv present: it’s simply identified.
“There may be much less psychological work that we’ve to do to get to sq. one and that’s the place you construct,” Mr. Gwynn mentioned. “You could have a lot extra psychological actual property to be artistic.”
The podcast is supposed to be a balm for listeners coping with the nation’s present turmoil within the nation. The duo is making an attempt to copy the pacifying impact they really feel after they rewatch an episode of “Dwelling Single,” a sitcom starring Queen Latifah that was a precursor to “Associates.”
“You could have your issues with work and life and there’s quite a lot of distressing issues happening however tv takes you again to your personal youth, which is one thing that may be interesting,” Tim Brooks, a tv and radio historian, mentioned. “It simply looks like a extra orderly world. A world the place you possibly can belief the federal government and police and public service. It brings again fond recollections for your self and in addition for the world.”
The hosts of “Again Difficulty” imagine that revisiting content material, because it’s now referred to as, from yesteryear may help some assuage the anxieties of at this time. For a lot of, together with Mr. Gwynn, turning on a brand new movie makes him really feel like “the stakes are too excessive,” however watching one thing from his childhood works.
“There’s a purpose these moments caught with us and why they’re so elementary,” he mentioned.