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History of the ’90s podcast: Oklahoma City bombing

The north side of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., is shown after an explosion that killed 168 people and injured hundreds on April 19, 1995.
The north side of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City, Okla., is shown after an explosion that killed 168 people and injured hundreds on April 19, 1995. AP Photo/File

On this episode of History of the ’90s, host Kathy Kenzora is looking back at the devastating story of the Oklahoma City bombing.

Twenty-five years ago, on April 19, 1995, the face of terrorism in the United States changed forever when Timothy McVeigh detonated a five-ton truck bomb in front of the Alfred P. Murrah Building in Oklahoma City, Okla. A total of 168 people were killed in the blast, including 19 children who attended a daycare centre on the second floor of the building.

Initially, media and others speculated that the explosion may have been the work of Islamist terrorists, but Americans were shocked to learn it was a former U.S. soldier who had taken aim at his own country.

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On this episode, you will hear from a woman who survived the blast that killed many of her work colleagues and learn what it was like to be buried under mounds of concrete and granite, hoping that rescuers would find her.

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Sekibakiba Peter Lekgoathi, PhD, associate professor of history at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa

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