The 90’s, episode 112: Drugs And Other Wars

Episode 112 of the award-winning TV series The 90's. This episode is called "DRUGS & OTHER WARS" and features the following segments:

01:37Copy video clip URL Cold Opening with Bill Sampson. “These folks are permanently poor – it’s new in America. It’s not what welfare was supposed to be, it’s not what public housing was supposed to be…”

02:25Copy video clip URL “Anti-Trident Missile Action” by Greenpeace. In December 1989, the United States Navy was preparing to launch a Trident Two Missile off the coast of Florida. Greenpeace set out to block the test with an 800-ton boat and video camera. The Navy claimed it had a right to protect itself under international law, and proceeded to ram the Greenpeace boat, leaving a 3-foot gash in its side. After two hours, the trident missile was successfully launched.

04:44Copy video clip URL “Life’s A Beach” by Marilyn Wulff and Wayne Fielding. Animated. A sunbather is stripped to the bone by polluted water.

05:15Copy video clip URL “John Parker” by Skip Blumberg. In New Haven, Connecticut, ex-addict John Parker illegally distributes clean needles to intravenous drug users to prevent the spread of AIDS. Parker is in thousands of dollars of debt, paying for the program entirely himself. He claims that his program empowers people to feel like they can make a difference in their own lives, which is the first step towards treatment. On the day when Blumberg is shooting, Parker is also being interviewed by an ABC news crew. Blumberg ‘s shooting style contrasts greatly with that of the ABC crew, who prefer to set up artificial situations rather than shoot events as they unfold.

17:38Copy video clip URL Todd Alcott performance piece by Skip Blumberg. Hyper, hysterical Todd loses his keys and can’t leave his apartment.

22:55Copy video clip URL “High School Poets” by Skip Blumberg. High schoolers read poetry that speculates on the future of the ’90s.

24:03Copy video clip URL Greater Yellowstone News by Phil Morton and Elizabeth Laden. Ice fishing for trout at Yellowstone.

28:45Copy video clip URL “Fish Peace” by Jim Jenkin. Underwater shots of salt water fish and sea life.

30:05Copy video clip URL “Voices of Cabrini” by Fred Bridges. Youth Leadership volunteer Anthony Tharpe reports on how his organization has motivated the Chicago Housing Authority to make repairs at Cabrini Green.

32:37Copy video clip URL Patricia Ford commentary. Academic counselor Patricia Ford encourages African Americans who have “made it” to return to their communities and lend a helping hand. “People don’t reach back and lift others up as often as they should.”

35:15Copy video clip URL “The Las Vegas Tapes” by Scott Jacobs and Valjean McLenighan. [Note: for the full director’s cut of this video, visit] A 1976 black-and-white look at the gambling, greed and corruption of Las Vegas.

38:05Copy video clip URL “Jerry Lewis in Las Vegas” by Randy Marcus. Jerry Lewis impersonator makes predictions for the ’90s.

39:27Copy video clip URL “Days of Swine and Roses” by Dennis Darmek. At the Wisconsin State Fair, a pig farmer sings the praises of swine: “They’re very intelligent, they never overeat, they have great toilet habits… and they really bring people together.” We also meet “Popeye,” a man who can pop his eyes out of his head.

44:14Copy video clip URL “High School Poets” by Skip Blumberg. Students speculate optimistically about the future.

45:30Copy video clip URL “Images of the Homeless” from the student video magazine show “San Diego Stew.” Video montage of homeless street people with Bruce Springsteen singing “This Land is Your Land” in the background.

47:00Copy video clip URL “Policing the Police” by Educational Video Center. A teenager in New York City talks about police harassment.

49:30Copy video clip URL “John Parker” by Skip Blumberg. We visit a “shooting gallery” where IV drug addicts inject themselves. We learn that the health department has cut off his support and Parker has competition from gay organizations. An ABC news story reports that Parker has been found “not guilty” on the criminal charges against him.

58:07Copy video clip URL An unidentified street performer plays under credits. By Esti Marpet.

1:00:01Copy video clip URL Promo for THE 90’s.

1:00:36Copy video clip URL End of tape.



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