Whatever Happened to Alternative Nation?

A year-by-year walk through of the decade that birthed a mainstream culture called ‘Alternative’ and the bands that were deified and destroyed by it.

  1. Part 1: 1990: “Once upon a time, I could love you”

  2. Part 2: 1991: “What’s so civil about war anyway?”

  3. Part 3: 1992: Pearl Jam, the perils of fame, and the trouble with avoiding it

  4. Part 4: 1993: Smashing Pumpkins, Liz Phair, and Urge Overkill forsake the underground

  5. Part 5: 1994: Kurt Cobain is dead! Long live Soundgarden!

  6. Part 6: 1995: Live, Bush, and Alanis Morissette take the pop path

  7. Part 7: 1996: Layne Staley and Bradley Nowell are the living dead

  8. Part 8: 1997: The ballad of Oasis and Radiohead

Weedmart

On the pair of entrepreneurs behind a Wal-Mart of weed in Oakland. The duo is talking IPO. “Everybody I was meeting was a little bit older, more a part of the hippie generation,” says one. “I was like, ‘I bet there’s so much room for innovation and new ideas.’”

The Last Temptation of Ted

What has Ted Haggard, who left the New Life megachurch after admitting he purchased crystal meth and sexual favors from a male escort, been doing in the four years since? Selling insurance door to door and then… founding a new church and returning to the pulpit.

Shoot!

Most military experts agree that robots, not people, will inevitably do the fighting in ground wars. In Tennessee, a high-end gunsmith is already there. The story of Jerry Baber and his robot army.