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Jon Wiener teaches American history at UC Irvine and is a contributing editor of The Nation.  He hosts a weekly radio program on KPFK 90.7 FM...

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Nixonland, Then and Now: Q&A With Rick Perlstein

Nixon
politickernj.com

“Nixonland”—that’s Rick Perlstein’s term for the political world where candidates win power by mobilizing people’s resentments, anxieties and anger, where politics destroys its victims. Do we still live in Nixonland, and if so, when will we leave?

Posted on May 18, 2008 READ MORE

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Pico Iyer on Tibet, China and the Dalai Lama

Pico Iyer and Open Road
sikhtimes.com/worldhum.com

As opening day of the Beijing Olympics approaches, the Chinese government and official media have intensified their attacks on the Dalai Lama, blaming him for the recent violent demonstrations in Tibet. Pico Iyer, whose new book is “The Open Road: The Global Journey of the Fourteenth Dalai Lama,” talks with Truthdig’s Jon Wiener about this intercultural conflict and about the Dalai Lama himself.

Posted on May 10, 2008 READ MORE

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UC Irvine Fires Liberal Law School Dean

In a move that shocked legal scholars and outraged faculty, University of California Irvine Chancellor Michael Drake has fired noted liberal law professor Erwin Chemerinsky, who had signed a contract only a few days ago to become the first dean of UC Irvine’s new law school.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE
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Carl Bernstein:  Hillary?s Politics From 1968 to 2008

Hillary Clinton
AP Photo / Jim Cole

The Pulitzer Prize-winning Washington Post reporter on Watergate has just published “A Woman in Charge,” a biography of Hillary Clinton, for which he interviewed almost 100 of her friends and enemies.  Carl Bernstein spoke recently with Truthdig’s Jon Wiener about the first former first lady to make a bid for the presidency.

Posted on Jul 20, 2007 READ MORE

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Christopher Hitchens: Religion Poisons Everything

Hitchens
Edward McNamara

Jon Wiener spoke with Hitchens in 2007 about his views on religion and the book that would turn out to be one of the milestones of Hitch’s career as a public intellectual.

Posted on Jun 6, 2007 READ MORE

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Palestinians’ Hard Choice: An Interview With Sari Nusseibeh

Nusseibeh
bcm.bc.edu

Palestinian intellectual, political figure and former PLO official Sari Nusseibeh (above) talks with Jon Wiener, historian and contributor to The Nation, about Nusseibeh’s new memoir, future prospects for peace between Israelis and Palestinians, and the 2006 July War in Lebanon—a war, he says, that “both sides lost.”

Posted on May 3, 2007 READ MORE

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Was Nixon Worse?

Bush and Nixon
Composite: MediaSpin White House Photo: Eric Draper

A historian and contributor to The Nation uses a stark metric to evaluate the presidencies of Richard Nixon and George W. Bush.

Posted on Dec 11, 2006 READ MORE

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Jon Wiener
Jon Wiener

Jon Wiener teaches American history at UC Irvine and is a contributing editor of The Nation.  He hosts a weekly radio program on KPFK 90.7 FM featuring interviews on politics and culture. Wiener is the plaintiff in a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the FBI for the John Lennon FBI files.

He is also the author of “Historians in Trouble: Plagiarism, Fraud and Politics in the Ivory Tower,” “I Told You So: Gore Vidal Talks Politics,” and “How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey across America.”

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