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1995: The year the future began

‘Othering’ and the 1995 OKC bombing: Wiping away McVeigh?

The site of the deadliest domestic terror attack in American history nowadays is a meditative outdoor memorial featuring a reflecting pool guarded by loblolly pines, and 168 bronze-and-glass chairs (see … Continue reading

April 27, 2018

Messaging, sequencing a puzzle as CNN launches ’90s series

It’s certainly commendable that the 1990s — a decade Americans too often treat casually or dismissively — is receiving extended attention from CNN, in a seven-part documentary series that premieres … Continue reading

July 9, 2017 · 3 Comments

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 · 4 Comments

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 · 5 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 · 25 Comments

Defying critics to publish the Unabomber ‘Manifesto’

It may not have been courageous necessarily, but the joint decision by the Washington Post and New York Times 20 years ago to publish the Unabomber “Manifesto” certainly cut against the … Continue reading

September 18, 2015 · 4 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 · 31 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 · 14 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 · 38 Comments

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