The Nineties

November 2017

Season 1 Episode 8 - Race Relations

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Race relations are a perpetual and prominent part of the American political and cultural conversation, and never more so than in the 1990s. Beginning with the unavoidable racial overtone of the Clarence Thomas/Anita Hill hearings, the ’90s saw a succession of individuals and events - Al Sharpton and the Crown Height riots, Rodney King and the LA riots, O.J. Simpson and his murder trial – that exposed how raw race relations in America remained. New York elected its first black mayor (David Dinki...

Season 1 Episode 7 - Terrorism

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Beginning with the stand-offs at Ruby Ridge, Idaho and Waco, Texas, politically-inspired violence plagued America throughout the 1990s. CIA headquarters in Virginia and the World Trade Centre in New York were sites of terrorist attacks. The anti-abortion group the Army of God conducted a murderous campaign that included planting a bomb at the 1996 Olympics. The Unabomber, Ted Kaczynski, terrorised the nation with his lethal mailings. In the worst domestic terrorist attack to date, Timothy McVei...

Season 1 Episode 6 - Technology

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Where would we be without Google, Amazon, PayPal, eBay and How about email? So many things woven through the fabric of contemporary life began in the 1990s and none would have a bigger impact than the Internet and the World Wide Web. Bill Gates and Microsoft dominated the decade and Steve Jobs returned to Apple. But of course there was a dark side to this brave new tech world as well in the form of hackers, on-line predators and the proliferation of pornography. The world didn’t cras...

Season 1 Episode 5 - New World Order

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The world changed in fundamental ways in the first few years of the 1990s. The Warsaw Pact was dissolved and East and West Germany were united. Nelson Mandela was freed from prison and Mikhail Gorbachev was forced out of office as apartheid ended in South Africa and the Soviet Union collapsed. After Saddam Hussein invaded Kuwait, President Bush led an international coalition in the Persian Gulf War. In the 1992 election, Ross Perot, a flamboyant multi-millionaire businessman challenged the poli...

Season 1 Episode 4 - Clinton Era

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Bill Clinton’s presidency got off to a rocky start. The most consequential of his initial missteps was his inability to reform America’s health care system. As a result, the Republicans, led by Congressman Newt Gingrich gained control of both houses of Congress for the first time in decades. In addition to political problems at home, President Clinton faced military disaster in Somalia, genocide in Rwanda and ethnic cleansing in Bosnia. But as he always seemed to do, Clinton rebounded and was d...

Season 1 Episode 3 - Music

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The 1990s was a decade of great musical diversity. Genre begat subgenre to appeal to nearly every musical taste. Grunge, alternative and indie rock were dominant. The focus of hip hop migrated west with gangsta rap. Country music exploded commercially as artists like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain began selling out stadiums and the Nashville Network (TNN) hit the airwaves. Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Oasis and the Foo Fighters were among the most influential rock bands of the era. Alanis Morissette, She...

Season 1 Episode 2 - Television Part 2

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Johnny Carson signed off and Jay and Dave duked it out to see who would sign on. The news became increasingly sensationalised (the OJ Simpson trial) and even tawdry (the Monica Lewinsky scandal). At the end of the decade HBO hinted at where television was headed with Sex and the City and The Sopranos.

Season 1 Episode 1 - Television Part 1

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Executive produced by producers Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman in association with HBO and producer Mark Herzog, this series examines milestones from the 1990s, including the rise of the Internet and the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. In television the 1990s was a decade of the fantastic and the familiar. The gang at Cheers hoisted their last drink but the doctors at ER began to save lives. The Simpsons got a show of their own while Beavis and Butthead lived in a world of their own. Story...