Global ConflictThe 90s, pilot
12:10 "Iran-Contra Affair" by Eddie Becker. Discussion of the impact of the Iran-Contra scandal on the American government and its attitude toward secrecy. Malcolm Byrne admits that "there's been no significant legislation out of the Iran-Contra hearings... nothing to prevent similar disasters from happening again." Peter Kornbluh warns, "We need more documentation, more congressional scrutiny or the next decade will see deeper, darker covert operations."
14:19 David Halberstam commentary by Tom Weinberg and Skip Blumberg. Halberstam talks about how young people today are going to compete with people from around the world for jobs that their parents were almost guaranteed. "The new definition of national security is... 'How good is your high school graduate?' The easy affluence has gone; other nations have caught up... Americans are now competing with people their age from Osaka, Beijing, Singapore, Jakarta etc."
16:30 "Flying Morning Glory (on fire)" by Skip Blumberg. At an outdoor restaurant in Phitsanulok, Thailand, a cook demonstrates how to make a stir-fried dish with morning glory leaves. "Make sure the wok is very hot," he says, and then tosses the meal in the air behind him, which is caught on a plate by the server. probably. Just double check with us
20:19 Bill Murray introduces "Wired In."
20:25 "Wired In." This segment from the early 1980s examines the generational gap present in attitudes towards computers.
23:12 Bill Murray does a monologue about technology.
23:44 1958 Edsel Commercial. The car features automatic gear shifting. ACCESS ONLY
24:40 "Buckle Up Commercial" by Paul Chen. PSA urging seat belt use. ACCESS ONLY
25:15 Tony Schwartz commentary. "The most important role for the media in the future is to prevent disease, illness and accidents... it's better than medicine. If you stop 5% of people from smoking, you could prevent more cancer than medicine can cure."
28:24 Nixon Resignation. White House pool feed of Nixon before his resignation broadcast on August 8, 1974. Nixon jokes with the photographers and reporters: "My friend Ollie is always taking pictures. I'm afraid he'll catch me picking my nose... You wouldn't print that, now would you, Ollie?"
28:53 Excerpt from "Rostenkowski" by Tom Weinberg. House Majority Leader Rep. Jim Wright (D-Texas) claims that influence is gained in government by earning a reputation as an honest person.
31:12 Chuck Olin introduces his piece on human rights abuses in Guatemala. "When it comes to human rights around the world, the odds have always favored the abusers. They have the political power, they have the money, they have the land, and, as we saw in Beijing, they have the tanks. And yet despite those odds, there seems to be something in the world, something about the human rights movement, that's persistent, powerful, and growing. The human rights movement worldwide is made up of the thousands of stories, in countless small places, involving individuals fighting to get their rights back. Guatemala has one of the worst human rights records in the world, and the worst in this hemisphere. With 100,000 people killed and 40,000 disappeared in the last decade alone. We've been following one story, about the struggle for human rights, in the highlands of Guatemala."
31:59 "In Small Places" by Chuck Olin. April, 1989. Over shots of rural farm life, a debate plays out between General Ortega, speaking for the Guatemalan government, and Amilcar Mendez, speaking on behalf of those suffering political repression. This segment focuses on the issue of men around the countryside being forced to join "voluntary" civil patrols under the threat of death, and the movement to stop this oppression.
38:02 Greater Yellowstone News by Phil Morton and Elizabeth Laden. Morton and Laden document the battle for survival for buffalo and newborn calves in Yellowstone National Park.
39:34 "Root Beer Rags" by Bill O'Neil, music by Billy Joel. Simple color animation.
43:07 Jimmy Piersall commentary. Former Major League baseball player Jimmy Piersall discusses the future of baseball.
45:19 90's Sports Quiz. Question: What's the best-known horticultural display in the U.S.? Answer: The outfield wall of Wrigley Field in Chicago, IL. Bill Veeck, in 1985, explains: "The ivy happened because I inadvertently mentioned that the brick walls were so bare and so harsh."
49:44 sociologist, scholar, community organizer, educator, and activist, Helen Lewis commentary by Appalshop. Lewis, a coal miner organizer, talks about what is to come in the '90s.
51:23 Paul Krassner commentary by Nancy Cain. Cain shows us garbage on Venice Beach, Krassner discusses the '90s.
53:23 "People and the Land: Ending the Silence" by Deep Dish TV. At farmer's rights rally in Iowa City, Iowa, a priest says, "I'm gonna borrow me a pickup, and I'm gonna take a piece of equipment the FDIC wants and I'm gonna liberate it... I'm gonna give sanctuary to a manure-spreader."
54:35 "International Women's Day Festival" by Deep Dish TV. Experimental piece about women's rights. Probably. Double check with us.
56:08 Grace Paley commentary by Skip Blumberg. "So many people watch TV that it really has the obligation to be truthful on occasion."
KeywordsBeijing Protest, House Majority Leader Rep Jim Wright re: influence, Human Rights abuses in Guatemala, Buffalo survival in Yellowstone National park, Helen Lewis talks about 90s, Paul Krassner commentary, Farmers Rights rally in Iowa, International Women's Day Festival, Grace Paley commentary by Skip Blumberg