18 episodes

On History of the 90’s we’ll travel back in time through the stories that defined a decade. The last 10 years of the 20th century was a time like no other, from Columbine to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Seinfeld, Air Jordan, and the Spice Girls …if it happened in the 90’s you’ll hear about it on this podcast. Join Kathy Kenzora as we journey through the History of the 90's every other Wednesday. 

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On History of the 90’s we’ll travel back in time through the stories that defined a decade. The last 10 years of the 20th century was a time like no other, from Columbine to Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Seinfeld, Air Jordan, and the Spice Girls …if it happened in the 90’s you’ll hear about it on this podcast. Join Kathy Kenzora as we journey through the History of the 90's every other Wednesday. 

    WWE Attitude Era | 17

    WWE Attitude Era | 17

    Between 1997 and 2002 professional wrestling’s Attitude Era broke boundaries in ways like never before with risqué programming, adult oriented content and larger than life superstars like Stone Cold Steve Austin, the Rock, Bret Hart, The Undertaker and Sean Michaels.

    Throw in the Monday night ratings war between the WWF and the WCW and it was the perfect storm of wrestling greatness. 

    WWF’s Monday Night Raw and the WCW’s Monday Nitro aired each week at the same time forcing fans to choose between the two.  On June 17, 1996, Monday Nitro won the battle of the Monday night ratings for the first time.  And It would go on to win the ratings war for the next 84 weeks in a row. 

    It would take WCW two years to claw its way back to the top thanks to the outrageous programming of the Attitude Era. 

    On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora takes a look back at some of the most memorable moments of the Attitude Era as we try to understand why fans can’t get enough of 90s wrestling.

    Contact: 

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast

    Email:  90s@curiouscast.ca

    Guest:

    Kevin Michie, Senior Broadcast & Content Associate, Anchor, Sportsnet.ca Contributor

    https://www.sportsnet.ca/author/kevin-michie/

    Twitter: @kevinmichie

    • 42 min
    The Somalia Affair | 16

    The Somalia Affair | 16

    Somalia was struck by a famine of staggering proportions which was made worse by the fact that militia leaders were stealing foreign aid that was shipped from other nations. 

    The Canadian military was part of a UN humanitarian peacekeeping mission to ensure food and medical supplies got to desperate Somali’s.  Canada’s elite Airborne Regiment was deployed as part of the mission in December 1992 and within months would become involved in one of Canada’s ugliest moments in history. 

    In March 1993, a 16-year-old Somali boy was beaten and tortured to death after he was caught by soldiers sneaking into a military compound.  Soldiers took photos posing with Shidane Arone after he had been brutalized for hours. 

    The same regiment would come under fire two years later when homemade videos were released to the media which showed Airborne Commandos making racists remarks and taking part in a disturbing hazing ceremony.

    On this episode, host Kathy Kenzora, looks back at these events as well as the court martials and public inquiry that followed what has become known as the Somalia Affair.

    To read more about the report mentioned in this episode entitled, Dishonoured Legacy: The Lessons of the Somalia Affair: Report of the Commission of Inquiry into the Deployment of Canadian Forces to Somalia follow this link:

    https://qspace.library.queensu.ca/handle/1974/6881

    Contact: 

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast

    Email:  90s@curiouscast.ca

    Guest:

    Scott Taylor, editor and publisher of Esprit de Corps magazine 

    http://espritdecorps.ca/

    Twitter: @EDC_Mag

    Facebook: @EspritDeC

    Instagram: @espritdecorps_magazne

    • 50 min
    The Menendez Brothers | 15

    The Menendez Brothers | 15

    On August 20, 1989, Jose and Kitty Menendez were brutally murdered inside the home of their Beverly Hills Mansion. The scene was so gruesome that early speculation focused on the possibility of a mob hit. But soon the focus shifted to the couple’s handsome young sons.

    Lyle and Eric Menendez were eventually arrested for the murders and their sensational televised trial kicked off an era of high-profile criminal trials that captured the public’s imagination through the ‘90s. 

    In fact, it was the Menendez case that cleared the way for the trial of the century, the OJ trial, and foreshadowed our fascination with true crime docuseries and reality TV. 

    On this episode we’re taking a second look at the murder trials of Erik and Lyle Menendez and ask the question, if the brother’s stood trial today, would there be a different outcome in light of our current understanding of sexual abuse and family violence?

    You’ll hear from Robert Rand, a journalist and author who has been working on the Menendez story for 30 years and recently uncovered incredible new evidence regarding the brother’s allegations of sexual abuse by their father. 

    Contact: 

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast

    Email:  90s@curiouscast.ca

    Guest:

    Robert Rand, author of The Menendez Murders: The Shocking Inside Story of an American Tragedy.  

    www.menedezmurders.com

    Twitter: @Menendezrand

    • 50 min
    The Birth of Online Dating | 14

    The Birth of Online Dating | 14

    Depending on who you talk to, the introduction of online dating in 1995 either revolutionized society or destroyed it.

    On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the creation of online dating and how it became such a normal part of our lives. 

    We talk to the creator of Match.com and the first mainstream dating website about what inspired him to use the internet to solve the age-old problem of finding a perfect match. 

    And we unpack the data that has been collected by sociologists who have been studying online dating to understand how swiping left and right has impacted how we meet and who we meet.

    Contact: 

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast

    Email:  90s@curiouscast.ca

    Guests:

    Gary Kremen, pioneer of online dating.

    Twitter: @gkremen

    www.kremen.com

    David Kushner, author of The Player’s Ball: A Genius, A Con Man, and the Secret History of the Internet’s Rise

    Twitter: @davidkushner

    www.davidkushner.com

    • 25 min
    The Top 10 Stories of 1990 | 13

    The Top 10 Stories of 1990 | 13

    If 1990 was anything, it was a year of incredible change -- Sure it was the beginning of a new decade but more than that….much more….it was  the start of a new era in human history. The decade that followed ushered in the end of communism, and apartheid. It saw the beginning of technological wonders that would both bring the world together and divide it …..and along the way change the very way we communicate with each other …..  It was also a time for some of the greatest achievements in  music, television, and sport.

    On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back and counts down 10 of the most memorable events from 1990. 

    Contact: 

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast

    Email:  90s@curiouscast.ca

    • 26 min
    Olympic Bombing and The Wrong Man, Richard Jewell | 12

    Olympic Bombing and The Wrong Man, Richard Jewell | 12

    In July 1996, a back pack bomb rocked the Summer Olympics in Atlanta killing one person and injuring over 100 others.  The bomb had been left under a bench in the middle of Centennial Olympic Park on the eighth day of the games.

    On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the tragedy that struck the 100th games and the police investigation that followed.   Security Guard Richard Jewell who discovered the bomb before it exploded was first hailed a hero.  Then just a few days later he was identified as the main suspect by the media who had a field day with his reputation. 

    This is the story of Richard Jewell, a cautionary tale about what happens when the police and the media rush to judgment.   

    Contact: 

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast

    Email:  90s@curiouscast.ca

    Guests:

    Kent Alexander, former US Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia

    Twitter: @Kentbale

    Kevin Salwen, Journalist

    Twitter: @KevinSalwen

    They co-authored:  The Suspect: An Olympic Bombing, The FBI, The Media and Richard Jewell, The Man Caught in the Middle.

    www.TheSuspectbook.com

    • 43 min

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