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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. 

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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. 

    JonBenét Ramsey | 7

    JonBenét Ramsey | 7

    In the early morning hours of December 26, 1996, a 39 year old stay-at-home mom in an upscale neighbourhood of Boulder, Colorado made a shocking discovery. Her 6-year-old daughter had been kidnapped while the family slept and a mysterious ransom note had been left in her place.

    The handwritten 2-and-half page letter demanded $118,000 and instructed the family to wait for a call later that morning from the kidnappers. They warned that any contact with police would lead to their daughter’s murder.

    It was the beginning of one of the longest and most baffling true crime whodunnits of all time that continues to raise questions 25 years later.

    On this episode of History of the 90s host Kathy Kenzora looks back at back at the mysterious case of JonBenet Ramsey.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Blog: www.historyofthe90sblog.ca

    Guests:

    Stephen and Joyce Singular, authors of Presumed Guilty: An Investigation Into the JonBenet Ramsey Case, the Media, and the Culture of Pornography. www.stephensingular.com

    Twitter: @StephenSingular

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    • 33 min
    The Simpsons | 6

    The Simpsons | 6

    When The Simpsons debuted in December 1989 it was a radical move by the Fox TV Network. There had not been a successful prime-time animated sitcom for adults since The Flintstones in the 1960s. Plus The Simpsons was a lot edgier than the clean family sitcoms on the air at the time.

    But not only was The Simpsons an instant hit, it became a cultural phenomenon that continues over 30 years later.

    On this episode of History of the 90s host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the creation of the ground-breaking show and some of the controversy it created with help from Yeardley Smith, the voice of Lisa Simpson.

    Guests:
    Yeardley Smith - Twitter: @Yeardley Smith www.smalltowndicks.com
    Mathew Klickstein www.mathewklickstein.com Springfield Confidential: Jokes, Secrets, and Outright Lies from a Lifetime Writing for The Simpsons by Mathew Klickstein and Mike Reiss

    Contact:

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Blog: www.historyofthe90sblog.ca

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    • 34 min
    The Rwandan Genocide | 5

    The Rwandan Genocide | 5

    For 100 days in 1994 evil descended upon the small country of Rwanda. A long simmering conflict between Hutus and Tutsis boiled over after the country’s president died when his plane was shot down by a missile.

    Police stood by as approximately 800,000 people, mainly Tutsis were killed by violent mobs armed with clubs, sticks and machete’s. From the capital city of Kigali to small rural villages, unspeakable crimes were committed by militia groups, soldiers and neighbors against neighbors. During that time the international community largely remained on the sidelines.

    On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the Rwanda Genocide.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Blog: www.historyofthe90sblog.ca

    Guest:

    Allan Thompson, former Toronto Star Reporter and now the Journalism program head at Carleton University in Ottawa.

    Twitter: @Profallan

    Resources about Rwanda:

    Media and Mass Atrocity: The Rwandan Genocide and Beyond, Edited by Allan Thompson

    Rwanda Chronology | FRONTLINE | PBS

    Shake Hands with the Devil: The Failure of Humanity, By Romeo Dallaire

    Hotel Rwanda

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    • 33 min
    The Rise of Trashy Daytime TV | 4

    The Rise of Trashy Daytime TV | 4

    In the 1990s the most violent thing on television wasn’t wrestling, or NHL hockey it was The Jerry Springer Show. The daytime talk show regularly devolved into wild physical fights between guests that were excitedly cheered on by riled up audience members

    During the 90s more than two dozen similar daytime talk shows, that ranged from provocative to downright trashy, ruled the airwaves.

    Big names you probably remember like Jenny Jones, Geraldo Rivera and Maury Povich and others you may have forgotten about like Ricki Lake & Montel Williams were adored by millions of fans until a shocking tragedy turned the industry on its head.

    On this episode of History of the 90s host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the era of trashy daytime talk shows.

    Contact:

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Blog: www.historyofthe90sblog.ca

    Guests:

    James Nadler; Graduate Program Director, Masters of Arts in Media Production at Ryerson University

    Laura Grindstaff; Professor of Sociology at UC Davis & author of The Money Shot: Trash, Class and the Making of TV Talk Shows

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    • 37 min
    Console Wars | 3

    Console Wars | 3

    After the home video game industry crashed spectacularly in 1983 one company rose from the ashes and helped breathe new life with a new 8 bit video console.

    The Nintendo Entertainment System with games like Super Mario Bros. and The Legend of Zelda ruled the console market until another Japanese company started going after older and more serious gamers.

    For the first time the Sega Genesis console and the company’s blue mascot Sonic The Hedgehog took a bite out of Nintendo’s supremacy in the North American market. And that was just the beginning of the Nintendo vs Sega Console War that dominated the 90s.

    On this episode of History of the 90s, host Kathy Kenzora takes you through the twists and turns of the epic battle that defined a generation of gamers.

    Guest:

    Blake Harris, author and director of The Console Wars: Sega, Nintendo and the Battle That Defined a Generation. www.blakejharris.com

    Twitter: @blakejharrisNYC

    Contact:

    Twitter: @1990shistory

    Facebook: @1990shistory

    Instagram: @that90spodcast Email: 90s@curiouscast.ca Blog: www.historyofthe90sblog.ca

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    • 37 min
    Ska and Swing | 2

    Ska and Swing | 2

    In the late 1990s two unexpected musical genres that centered around big bands with horns and retro clothing burst back onto the scene in North America.

    Third wave ska and retro swing with breakthrough mainstream hits infiltered pop culture from movies and video games to the Gap’s famous khaki swing commercial.

    Life was good in the 90s and the music reflected it. The fun upbeat sounds of Ska and Swing were the perfect fit for the time.

    On this episode of History of the 90s host Kathy Kenzora looks back at the rise of 90s ska and swing.

    Guest:

    Kenneth Partridge, author Hell of a Hat: The Rise of 90s Ska and Swing  

    www.kennethpartridge.com  

    Twitter:  @kenpartridge 

    Show contacts:   

    Twitter: @1990shistory 

    Facebook: @1990shistory 

    Instagram: @that90spodcast 

    Email:  90s@curiouscast.ca 

    Blog:  www.historyofthe90sblog.ca 

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    • 40 min

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