The 1995 Blog

1995: The year the future began

Recalling John Doe No. 2, phantom suspect of the 1995 OKC bombing

HLN aired recently a two-installment retrospective about the Oklahoma City terrorist bombing of 1995, as part of the cable outlet’s “How It Really Happened” crime series. The program’s timing was … Continue reading

September 30, 2019

The 1995 Blog turns five: A look back at five top posts

The 1995 Blog was launched five years ago today, in the run-up to publication of my book, 1995: The Year the Future Began. The blog has served to promote the … Continue reading

July 1, 2019 · 1 Comment

Recalling a senator’s ill-timed ’95 announcement for president

The death the other day of former U.S. Senator Richard Lugar stirred recollections about the unfortunate timing of his announcement in 1995 that he was seeking the presidency. Lugar, a … Continue reading

April 30, 2019

‘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 · 3 Comments

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

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 · 5 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 · 6 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 · 6 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

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 · 35 Comments

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