The ’90s

What the West Gets Wrong About the Rwandan Genocide

What the West Gets Wrong About the Rwandan Genocide What the West Gets Wrong About the Rwandan Genocide

The mass killings haunt US foreign policy and distort how we understand ethnic violence.

Dec 15, 2022 / Feature / Jina Moore

America Online: A Cautionary Tale

America Online: A Cautionary Tale America Online: A Cautionary Tale

On the rise and fall of the quintessential ’90s online service provider—and a warning about today’s social-media giants.

Dec 15, 2022 / Feature / Joanne McNeil

Lessons on Resistance From a Child of the First Climate-Change Generation

Lessons on Resistance From a Child of the First Climate-Change Generation Lessons on Resistance From a Child of the First Climate-Change Generation

No one sang me a lullaby about the future—and we shouldn’t do that for this generation of kids, either. They need the truth to start to prepare for the changes that are coming.

Dec 15, 2022 / Feature / Mary Annaïse Heglar

House Music is Still the Sound of the Future

House Music is Still the Sound of the Future House Music is Still the Sound of the Future

As raves took over the world, American electronic music kept growing in the places it began.

Dec 14, 2022 / Feature / Hubert Adjei-Kontoh

Democrats Got Tough on Crime. Now There’s a Crisis of Aging Behind Bars.

Democrats Got Tough on Crime. Now There’s a Crisis of Aging Behind Bars. Democrats Got Tough on Crime. Now There’s a Crisis of Aging Behind Bars.

California and New York legislators are trying to undo the damage caused since the 1994 Crime Bill. But elder parole isn’t working as hoped.

Dec 14, 2022 / Feature / Victoria Law

Reading Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble” in the Age of Ron DeSantis

Reading Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble” in the Age of Ron DeSantis Reading Judith Butler’s “Gender Trouble” in the Age of Ron DeSantis

More than 30 years after it was published, the seminal queer theory text still has some things to say.

Dec 14, 2022 / Feature / Naomi Gordon-Loebl

The Birth of a New Brand of Exercise Fetish

The Birth of a New Brand of Exercise Fetish The Birth of a New Brand of Exercise Fetish

From Bikram yoga to Tae Bo, the 1990s exploded with exoticized consumer fitness products.

Dec 13, 2022 / Feature / Natalia Mehlman Petrzela

Sister Souljah in Harlem in 1993

How Sister Souljah Went From Radical Activist to Scapegoat to Blockbuster Novelist How Sister Souljah Went From Radical Activist to Scapegoat to Blockbuster Novelist

After Bill Clinton used her to catapult himself to the presidency, the activist Souljah was sidelined. But the novelist Souljah continued to produce work that spoke to millions.

Dec 13, 2022 / Feature / Dani McClain

How the Third Way Made Neoliberal Politics Seem Inevitable

How the Third Way Made Neoliberal Politics Seem Inevitable How the Third Way Made Neoliberal Politics Seem Inevitable

An overhyped new paradigm proved to be a slogan without a movement.

Dec 13, 2022 / Feature / Lily Geismer

The 1990s Were Meant to Be the End of History—Instead They Birthed the Future

The 1990s Were Meant to Be the End of History—Instead They Birthed the Future The 1990s Were Meant to Be the End of History—Instead They Birthed the Future

Welcome to The Nation’s '90s issue, a heady romp through the decade that set the stage for the present moment.

Dec 12, 2022 / Editorial / Lizzy Ratner, Regina Mahone, Ludwig Hurtado, and Alana Pockros

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