1989: The Year That Made The Modern World
A chronicle of the most consequential events of 1989, which saw the rise of radicalism, the intensification of tabloid news culture, the birth of the internet, and diverse voices gaining unprecedented traction.
Part 1: From Communism to Terrorism
A year of revolution around the world; Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev’s new policies lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall; a government crackdown follows protests in Beinjing’s Tiananmen Square; a power shift sweeps across Eastern Europe.
Part 2: If It Bleeds It Leads
A look at tabloid journalism in the late 1980s; sensational TV shows focus on sex, scandal and celebrities, instead of politics; TV show hosts Larry King, Connie Chung and Maury Povich reveal how this new format blurred the lines.
Part 3: Show Me the Money
James Brooks and Peter Guber peel back the curtain on the world of entertainment, revealing how the overnight success of Bart Simpson, Batman and the Little Mermaid turned the old show business model into the multifaceted modern industry it is today.
Part 4: Bring the Noise
Chuck D and Arsenio Hall discuss the pop-culture revolution of 1989 that raised the collective social consciousness.
Part 5: The Dawn of Digital
Filmmaker Kevin Smith and a host of tech insiders examine the dawn of the digital age in 1989, the year the first modern GPS satellites roamed above the earth, the Game Boy appeared, and the World Wide Web debuted.
Part 6: World in Revolution
From the protests of Tiananmen Square to the fall of the Berlin Wall, 1989 transformed global politics in profound ways that still resonate today; former Secretary of State James Baker and journalists provide eyewitness accounts.