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Boom and Bust

The second two-hour episode of The 2000s: A New Reality continues the decade’s story with TV host Nate Berkus sharing his vivid and emotional personal experience of the Indian Ocean tsunami of 2004, a tragedy that gave rise to citizen journalism. A nation traumatized by terrorism and an unpopular war is given a triumphant reprieve with the capture of Saddam Hussein. But away from the war on terror, celebrity gossip dominates the news — and no story is bigger than Janet Jackson’s infamous “wardrobe malfunction,” which helps kick-start the creation of YouTube.