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The History of 1995

From the OJ Simpson trial to the Oklahoma City Bombing, 1995 was a year like no other. This podcast series will look at some of the events of 1995 and how they shaped the world we live in today. Season one is about the Paul Bernardo Murder trial. Podcast host Kathy Kenzora covered the trial and provides a first hand look at how the justice system dealt with Canada's most notorious killer. Follow @1995podcast on Facebook for updates on the show.
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Jun 8, 2018

On June 8, 1995, the Mike Harris Conservatives were elected to run the province of Ontario.  Harris campaigned on a platform that he called The Common Sense Revolution.  For the next seven years Ontario underwent massive changes in everything from Welfare to Health Care.  Conservative Cabinet Ministers were often on the hot seat as they implemented the changes in an atmosphere of protest and push-back.  This episode of 1995 looks back at Mike Harris Government and the first year of their Common Sense Revolution in Ontario.  

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Apr 18, 2018

In honor of the 23rd anniversary of the Oklahoma City Bombing, a replay of a previously released episode that looks back at the attack on the Alfred P. Murrah federal building. 

 

 

Feb 15, 2018

On this day in 1995, February 17th, a verdict was handed down in one of the most bizarre criminal trials ever.  Colin Ferguson was charged with six counts of murder in connection with the Long Island Rail Road Massacre in 1993.  His lawyers wanted him to plead guilty by reason of insanity but he refused to accept that plea.  Ferguson fired his lawyers and defended himself.  He took on the demeanor of an experienced lawyer and referred to himself in the third person when he cross examined 17 of the 19 people who survived the shooting spree.

 

Feb 6, 2018

February 8, 1995, iconic rapper and actor Tupac Shakur was sentenced to prison in connection with the sexual abuse of a 19-year- old woman.  Shakur and his road manager had been charged with numerous offences after the Brooklyn woman said she was attacked by Shakur and three other men in a hotel room.  They were found guilty of three counts of first degree sex abuse but found not guilty of the more serious charge of sodomy.  The judge sentenced Shakur to 18 months to 4 and half years in jail.  Shakur was out 8 months later after Suge Knight of Death Row Records posted $1.4 million in bail pending an appeal in the case. 

Jan 16, 2018

In November 1995, the Middle East Peace Process came to an abrupt halt when Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin was assassinated.  Two years before his death, Rabin had brokered a peace deal with PLO leader Yasser Arafat that would lead to Israel's withdrawal from the occupied territories. 

25 year old right wing Jew Yigal Amir along with occupiers and other extremists were against the plan.  Amir decided the only way to stop it from moving forward was to kill Prime Minister Rabin. 

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Nov 14, 2017

On March 20th, 1995, a deadly nerve gas was released in the Tokyo Subway system.  Passengers stumbled out of the trains coughing and choking.  Many collapsed and went into convulsions.  No one had any idea what was going on.  Thousands were injured and 13 died in the attack which was carried out by a doomsday cult that was trying to provoke a world war.  Thanks to Professor Paul Midford from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology for his contribution to this episode.  Twitter: @1995podcast FB:1995Podcast Email: 1995podcast@gmail.com

Oct 25, 2017

In the shadow of the OJ Simpson trial, another high profile trial grabbed public attention in 1995.  The trial of Susan Smith would reveal many shocking secrets about the young woman from South Carolina accused of killing her 2 young sons.  All music in this episode is written and produced by Lee Revere. Twitter: @1995podcast Facebook: 1995 podcast

 

Aug 23, 2017

It took years to unravel what really happened at Ipperwash Provincial Park in September 1995.  A native protestor was shot dead by police after heavily armed officers marched to the park to confront a small group of natives who were occupying the park.  This episode looks back at the criminal case and the public inquiry that took place after the shooting.

 

 

Aug 5, 2017

In September 1995, a small group of natives in Southwestern Ontario, occupied a provincial park and campground on the shore of Lake Huron.  They claimed Ipperwash Provincial Park contained sacred native burial grounds.  Within days the peaceful protest erupted in violence when heavily armed police officers marched to the park to confront the natives.  Native protestor Dudley George was shot and killed by a police sniper.  Part one of this two part series looks back at the years leading up to the occupation and at the night that George was killed.  The opening music in this episode was recorded at a Chippewa Pow Wow at the Kettle and Stony Point Reserve.  Thanks to Peter Edwards who shared his knowledge about this complicated case.  His book about the Ipperwash crisis is called One Dead Indian.

Jul 1, 2017

In honor of Canada Day a special episode of 1995!  One of the most intense moments in Canadian history happened on October 30th, 1995.  A referendum was held in Quebec asking people of that province if they wanted to separate from Canada and create their own independent country.  The road to the vote was equally as intense and dates back to the 1960's when a radical separatist group terrorized Quebec.  Music in this episode written and performed by Min Y Llan and Downliners Sekt.  You can reach me on Facebook @1995podcast and on Twitter @1995_podcast.

Jun 9, 2017

In August 1995, a commute home on a hot Friday evening became a horrific nightmare when a Toronto train crashed at full speed into the back of a stopped train.  This episode looks back at the collision that killed 3 people and injured dozens more.  The investigation after the crash found that almost everything went wrong that night.  All music written and produced by Lee Rosevere and Jorge Mario Zuleta. 

May 11, 2017

Before 9-11 there was the Oklahoma City Bombing.  When the bombing occurred on April 19th, 1995, it was the worst act of terrorism in US history.  But in this case it was an act of homegrown violence not international terrorism.  This episode of 1995 looks back at the rescue efforts at the bomb scene and the hunt for John Doe #1 and John Doe #2 which eventually resulted in the arrest of US Army Veteran Timothy McVeigh and his army buddy Terry Nichols.  All music in this episode written and performed by Lee Rosevere.  1995 is on Facebook @1995podcast and Twitter @1995_podcast. 

Apr 20, 2017

On Oct 3, 1995 over 95 million people watched live on TV as the verdicts were read in the OJ Simpson Murder Trial.  The country waited anxiously to find out what would happen on the streets of Los Angeles.  If OJ was found guilty would there be a race riot.  I was outside the LA county courthouse with microphone and tape recorder covering the reaction for my radio station back in Toronto.  This episode of 1995 recreates that day when OJ Simpson was found not guilty. 

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