In August 2011, Leah Carroll talked with MTV News anchor Kurt Loder on the network's 30th birthday.
The year you were born, George L. Kelling and James Q. Wilson wrote about the theory behind "broken windows" policing, and how the practice could make communities safer.
In October 2012, Megan Garber celebrated the 30th birthday of the CD player and the compact disc.
Clueless was released in 1995.
In December 2011, Jim Tankersley wrote about how the euro's failure could cause another American recession.
In April 2006, Matthew Teague recounted the previously untold story of how British intelligence infiltrated and undermined the IRA.
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The conflicts and displacements touched off around the world by the attacks have been reverberating for the majority of your life. “This ‘war’ [on terrorism] will never be over,” wrote James Fallows, a few years after the towers fell.
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When 26-year-old Mohamed Bouazizi set himself on fire, he ignited a tinderbox of protests that continue to roil the Middle East, and kindled the beginnings of democracy in Tunisia.
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In November 2015, Katie Kilenny wrote about The Theory of Everything and Felicity Jones's less-talked-about performance as Jane Wilde.
In August 2015, Alakananda Mookerjee wrote about what new Mars colonists would be able to eat—and how they'd grow it.
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