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  • War and Peace: Gulf War Protests, 1990-91

    War and Peace: Gulf War Protests, 1990-91

    The US has once again declared war in the Middle East. To some, it may feel like history is repeating itself. We’ve gone to the archives to pull out a collection of anti-war protests from the Gulf War. These are pleas from nearly 25 years ago that still apparently remain unheeded. You can watch the full “Anti-War Tapes” episode of The 90’s or explore more of our Global Perspectives on War and Peace Collection at Media Burn. Be there for … Continue reading

  • [Joan Jett Blakk at C.I.S.P.E.S. Benefit]

    00:00 Joan Jett Blakk puts on false eyelashes and talks to Bill Stamets about the speech he plans to give later at the event. “I’m gonna talk off the top of my head but I’ll tell ya–what’s going on in El Salvador is not funny. I can’t make a joke about it. So I’m gonna make a joke about the C.I.A.–it’s easier to make a joke about the C.I.A.” 00:53  Stamets asks if Blakk plans to use the event to … Continue reading

  • Farm Wives

    Camera original interviews with farm wives. Continue reading

  • Beijing Journal (Tiananmen Square, 1989)

    Beijing Journal (Tiananmen Square, 1989)

    25 years ago today, the protests in Tiananmen Square turned into a massacre as China’s own military turned against the protesting citizens, resulting in hundreds of civilian deaths. The struggle for democracy was summarily crushed, and in the months and years that followed, the Chinese government further strengthened its position and tightened restrictions in the country. In memory of that grave day, we present the tape “Beijing Journal,” which was recorded over the course of a few months in the … Continue reading

  • The creation of a news story

    The creation of a news story

    A day in the life of Newsday‘s Mike Waldman On assignment for THE 90’s, Washington correspondent Eddie Becker spent a day with Myron “Mike” Waldman, correspondent for Newsday‘s Washington Bureau, as he went about his job. Waldman’s assignment that day was a story about a bill for the extension of unemployment benefits, and while it may not be the most sensational topic, it provides a unique look into the day-to-day life of a journalist at the time, even when it’s … Continue reading

  • A followup to one of our favorite videos from THE 90′s

    A followup to one of our favorite videos from THE 90′s

    One of our most powerful and popular videos is this interview by Eddie Becker with his daughter, Erika Becker, recorded in 1989 when Erika was 11. She talks openly about living with cerebral palsy, including what it does, how it makes her feel, and how other people treat her because of her disability. Twenty-five years later, Erika is now a mother and fashion designer. Today, we’d like to share with you the original video and this followup video from 2012 … Continue reading

  • “I won’t pay taxes for killing…”

    “I won’t pay taxes for killing…”

    As April 15 approaches, some people will write their checks feeling as if the money they pay will be spent by the government to pay for things that directly contradict their beliefs. This tax week’s videos were originally part of THE 90’s TV series, seen on TV in 1991 and 1992. The first segment is about a Massachusetts couple who file their tax returns, but give the money to charities—for disabled veterans and for local needs. The husband is serving … Continue reading

  • Frankie Knuckles brought a Chicago sound to the world

    Frankie Knuckles brought a Chicago sound to the world

    A pioneering legend of Chicago house music has died. Here’s a short excerpt from Greg Kot’s excellent obituary in the Chicago Tribune: Frankie Knuckles, who died Monday at age 59 in Chicago, was not just the “godfather” of Chicago house music. He was a pioneer in the way he cultivated a culture, a sound and a community around dance music that decades later encompasses the world. Now DJs such as Skrillex, Tiesto, Deadmau5 and Afrojack can fill stadiums internationally as … Continue reading