The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Timeless lessons of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing

The attack came without warning, at a little after 9 a.m. local time, on April 19, 1995. A 7,000 pound bomb, made of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil and packed … Continue reading

April 18, 2017 · 1 Comment

PBS doc on OKC bombing pushes hard on vague, distant connections

To its credit, the “American Experience” documentary airing tomorrow night on PBS about the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing has little patience with extravagant and bizarre conspiracy theories that have flourished … Continue reading

February 6, 2017 · 1 Comment

PBS doc on OKC bombing signals anew the significance of 1995

PBS on Tuesday is to air an “American Experience” documentary about the deadliest episode of home-grown terrorism in U.S. history, the Oklahoma City bombing of 1995. The program revisits a … Continue reading

February 4, 2017 · 3 Comments

Looking back at a watershed year: 1995 in blog posts

The year 1995 was a watershed in digital media, domestic terrorism, political scandal, crime and justice, and international diplomacy. Over the past 12 months, The 1995 Blog revisited the watershed … Continue reading

December 27, 2015 · 20 Comments

1995 as tipping point: Recalling Smith Corona’s bankruptcy

Even as 1995 unfolded, it became clear that the year would be regarded as a hinge moment, as an important transitory time near the end of the millennium. As I … Continue reading

July 5, 2015 · 2 Comments

Closing off Pennsylvania Ave.: 1995 and a psychology of fear

The uglying-up of the nation’s capital in the name of security and terrorism-prevention can be traced to 20 years ago this week when, without warning, a two-block section of Pennsylvania … Continue reading

May 18, 2015 · 24 Comments

Media fail: The flawed early coverage of 1995 OKC bombing

“This is the deadliest terror attack on U.S. soil ever. A U.S. government source has told CBS News that it has Middle East terrorism written all over it.” So declared … Continue reading

April 19, 2015 · 7 Comments

Terror in the heartland: Oklahoma City, April 1995

The year 1995 was memorable for many reasons — including the frequency with which terrorism intruded. In March 1995, members of a Japanese cult attacked the Tokyo subway system with … Continue reading

April 13, 2015 · 34 Comments

Part One: Highlights of ‘1995’ interview with Reason.com

Nick Gillespie, editor-in-chief of Reason.com and Reason TV, recently spoke with me about my latest book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The video and the transcript of the interview … Continue reading

February 21, 2015 · 11 Comments

What ‘Time’ forgot in its look back to 1995

“Does 1995 feel like just yesterday or a lifetime ago?” Time magazine asked in a recent writeup online that offered a puzzling look back at 1995. Puzzling for what Time … Continue reading

January 10, 2015 · 8 Comments

Going ‘Majic’ for a brisk discussion about 1995

I went on the “Morning Show” today on WMJI (Majic 105.7 FM) in Cleveland for what was a brisk, lively, and engaging discussion about my recently released new book, 1995: … Continue reading

January 5, 2015 · 8 Comments

Watershed status of 1995 explored in book rollout at Newseum

Why 1995 merits recognition as a watershed was a central discussion point yesterday at the rollout of my new book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The reasons for the … Continue reading

January 4, 2015 · 16 Comments

Media fail: A 1995 subtext that’s familiar today

Nineteen ninety-five was the year the Internet and World Wide Web entered the mainstream consciousness. It was the year of the deadliest act of domestic terrorism in the United States. … Continue reading

January 3, 2015 · 37 Comments

Rolling out 1995

I’ll be rolling out 1995: The Year the Future Began at an “Inside Media” program tomorrow afternoon at the Newseum, the $450 million museum of news on Pennsylvania Avenue in … Continue reading

January 2, 2015 · 28 Comments