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Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling

Nobody I know is funnier, smarter, or has a wider breadth of references than my friend Jonathan Shapiro. This book is a bit of a miracle: informative, insightful, poetic, and funny. —Paul Reiser, comedian, actor, and bestselling author Using famous real-life court transcripts, television scripts, and story after story, Lawyers, Liars, and the Art of Storytelling shows the reader how to get their message across and the result they want using the time-tested elements and basic structure of great stories. Part how-to manual, part memoir, always entertaining and never lecture, this book provides storytelling lessons gleaned from years of trial practice and television writing, wrapped in—what else?—great stories.
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Wall Street Will Be Back for More


AP / Richard Drew

When the bailout trillions run out, Wall Street’s maladjusted gamblers will come back for more until our currency becomes junk. Not that any of these people, who exhibit the same traits as psychopaths, have thought this through.

Posted on Jan 10, 2010 READ MORE
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Chris Hedges on Obama, Michael Jackson, ‘Empire of Illusion’

Chris Hedges

Never one to shrink from a strong debate, “Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle” author and Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges comes out swinging in this lecture recorded last month, giving his audience at the New School in New York City more than a few big ideas to grapple with about our current president, the state of our democracy and the cancer of celebrity culture in contemporary American society.

Posted on Jan 8, 2010 WATCH & LISTEN

The Pictures of War You Aren’t Supposed to See


AP / Adem Hadei

The state and the press work hard to keep the reality of war hidden. We rarely see images that capture the evil of war, what it does to young minds and bodies.

Posted on Jan 4, 2010 READ MORE

One Day We’ll All Be Terrorists


AP / Mary Altaffer

The gravest threat we face is not from Islamic extremists, but the codification of draconian procedures that deny Americans basic civil liberties and due process.

Posted on Dec 28, 2009 READ MORE

Nader’s Utopia: The World According to Ralph


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Ralph Nader describes his new book as a “practical utopia.” His quixotic answer to Ayn Rand’s “Atlas Shrugged,” it is a window into the world the consumer advocate and independent presidential candidate wishes he could create.

Posted on Dec 21, 2009 READ MORE

Gravel’s Lament: Fighting Another Dumb War


Collage: Gravel photo from Flickr / Center for American Progress Action Fund

Few voices in American politics have been as consistent, as reasoned and as moral as his, which is one reason why Mike Gravel, on a chilly December morning, is in front of the White House, not inside it.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 READ MORE

Kucinich, Hedges, Nader Rally at the White House

A who’s who of opponents of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan spoke at a rally at Lafayette Park, across the street from the White House, on Saturday. Chris Hedges, Ralph Nader, Rep. Dennis Kucinich and more after the jump.

Posted on Dec 13, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

Liberals Are Useless


AP / Jens Meyer

The gravest danger we face as a nation is not from the far right, although it may well inherit power, but from a bankrupt liberal class that has lost the will to fight and the moral courage to stand up for what it espouses.

Posted on Dec 7, 2009 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Books About War

Chris Hedges

The Truthdig columnist, veteran war correspondent and author of “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” tells “On the Media” that when it comes to capturing war, “fiction is a better medium.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

Addicted to Nonsense


AP / Kiichiro Sato

Will Tiger Woods finally talk to the police? Who will replace Oprah? We stand on the cusp of one of the most seismic events in human history and our obsessions revolve around the trivial and the absurd.

Posted on Nov 30, 2009 READ MORE

Refuse Allegiance to Coal


AP / Oded Balilty

There are some 614 coal-fired power plants in the United States, and it is up to us to shut them down. No one in the White House will do it. No one in Congress will do it. And no one at the coming U.N. climate change conference in Copenhagen will do it.

Posted on Nov 23, 2009 READ MORE

Hedges and Friends Debate Illusion, Conservatism and 9/11

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Chris Hedges, George Packer and Sam Tanenhaus mix it up on this Miami Book Fair panel about the fascinating times in which we live. Don’t miss Hedges take on the charge that his lingo is limited to the Harvard set.

Posted on Nov 18, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

The New State Solution


AP / Hatem Moussa

The collapse of the Palestinian Authority, the result of Israel’s 42-year refusal to implement a two-state solution, leaves the Palestinians no option but to unilaterally declare an independent state.

Posted on Nov 16, 2009 READ MORE

Afghanistan’s Sham Army


AP / David Guttenfelder

American military commanders measure progress by the swelling size of the Afghan army, although the force is said to be poorly trained, sympathetic to the Taliban and the scourge of local populations.

Posted on Nov 9, 2009 READ MORE

Opium, Rape and the American Way


AP / Musadeq Sadeq

The warlords we champion in Afghanistan are as venal, as opposed to the rights of women and basic democratic freedoms, and as heavily involved in opium trafficking as the Taliban.

Posted on Nov 2, 2009 READ MORE

War Is a Hate Crime


AP / Rafiq Maqbool

The first major federal civil rights law protecting lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, passed last week, was attached to a measure funding ongoing military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Posted on Oct 26, 2009 READ MORE

A Reality Check From the Brink of Extinction

Greenland melting
AP / John McConnico

The oil and natural gas industry, the coal industry, arms and weapons manufacturers, industrial farms, deforestation industries, the automotive industry and chemical plants will not willingly accept their own extinction. They are indifferent to the looming human catastrophe.

Posted on Oct 18, 2009 READ MORE

The Victims of Pornography


AP / Jae C. Hong

Pornography does not promote sex. It promotes masturbation. It promotes the solitary auto-arousal that precludes intimacy and love. Pornography is about getting yourself off at someone else’s expense.

Posted on Oct 11, 2009 READ MORE

Globalization Goes Bankrupt

G-20 protest zone
AP / Gene J. Puskar

The rage of the disposed is fracturing the country, dividing it into camps that are unmoored from the political mainstream. Movements are building on the ends of the political spectrum that have lost faith in the mechanisms of democratic change. You can’t blame them. But unless we on the left move quickly, this rage will be captured by a virulent and racist right wing, one that seeks a disturbing proto-fascism. 

Posted on Sep 20, 2009 READ MORE

Chris Hedges on Alex S. Jones’ ‘Losing the News’

Losing the News

Are we entering an age in which the electronic image, endowed with the ability to manufacture its own reality, is hurling us into a state of collective self-delusion? Welcome to a brave new post-literate world where we confuse how we are made to feel with knowledge.

Posted on Aug 14, 2009 READ MORE

Chris Hedges Talks ‘Illusion’ and Morality on GRITtv

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Is the unflagging popularity of reality television a sign of the entertainment industry’s relentless reliance on producing fodder for the lowest common denominator—or a symptom, as Truthdig columnist Chris Hedges argues in this clip from “GRITtv With Laura Flanders,” of a society in serious moral decline?

Posted on Jul 31, 2009 WATCH & LISTEN

Becoming What We Seek to Destroy

Gates and soldiers
AP photo / Jason Reed, pool

The bodies of dozens, perhaps well over a hundred, women, children and men, their corpses blown into bits of human flesh by iron fragmentation bombs dropped by U.S. warplanes in a village in the western province of Farah, illustrates the futility of the Afghan war.

Posted on May 10, 2009 READ MORE

Party to Murder

Gaza officer
AP photo / Fadi Adwan

Can anyone who is following the Israeli air attacks on Gaza—the buildings blown to rubble, the children killed on their way to school, the long rows of mutilated corpses, the wailing mothers and wives, the crowds of terrified Palestinians not knowing where to flee, and our callous indifference to this widespread human suffering—wonder why we are hated?

Posted on Dec 29, 2008 READ MORE

‘Silhouette City’: Christian Nationalism on the Rise

Silhouette City

Just how did we get the Christian right we have today? In his truly scary documentary “Silhouette City,” director Michael W. Wilson takes a close look at the key figures and ideologies that played some part in forming the apocalyptic mass movement that’s looking to influence American politics and culture.

Posted on Nov 3, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Hedges Moderates Third-Party Presidential Debate Between Nader and Baldwin

Nader and Baldwin

Award-winning journalist and Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges does his part to give third-party candidates Ralph Nader and Chuck Baldwin a (televised) forum to debate each other and to describe what they stand for and what they believe would constitute “change” for the country.

Posted on Oct 25, 2008 WATCH & LISTEN

Hedges, Klein Join The Nation, ACLU in FISA Lawsuit

Bush signs FISA
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

Following Thursday’s announcement that Congress had passed the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, there were some who weren’t willing to take the news sitting down. In fact, Congress’ capitulation sparked a legal response from the ACLU and The Nation magazine and two of its key contributors—Chris Hedges and Naomi Klein—in the form of a lawsuit.

Posted on Jul 10, 2008 READ MORE

The Horrors of ‘The Other War’

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AP Photo / Toni Nicoletti, pool

Truthdig contributor Chris Hedges teamed up with Laila Al-Arian for The Nation’s shocking report “The Other War:  Iraq Vets Bear Witness,” in which American vets describe, in graphic detail that will challenge even the least fainthearted readers, “the disparity between the reality of the war and how it is portrayed by the US government and American media.” 

Posted on Jul 11, 2007 READ MORE

Chris Hedges: I Don’t Believe in Atheists

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Truthdig / Todd Wilkinson

On Tuesday night, Chris Hedges and Sam Harris debated “Religion, Politics and the End of the World.” The following is Hedges’ opening statement, in which he argues that Harris and other critics of faith have mistakenly blamed religion for the ills of the world, when the true danger lies in the human heart and its capacity for evil.

Posted on May 23, 2007 READ MORE

Jesus ‘Love-Bombs’ You

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AP Photo / Rick Bowmer

The author of “American Fascists” reports on the cult-like recruiting tactics of the Christian right, including the manipulative and highly successful practice of “love bombing.”

Posted on Apr 23, 2007 READ MORE

Praying for the Apocalypse

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AP Photo / HO / The Bohle Co.

The author of “American Fascists” explores the Christian right’s obsession with Armageddon and the self-fulfilling holocaust it will produce.

Posted on Apr 9, 2007 READ MORE

Weekly Video Roundup

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This week, our selection of Truthdig-flavored videos includes a preview of Fox’s answer to “The Daily Show”; The Dixie Chicks’ Natalie Maines speaking about artistic courage to the ACLU; and Chris Hedges laying a smackdown to Colbert and the Christian right.

Posted on Feb 16, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

Hedges Explores Colbert’s Alternate Reality

Chris Hedges and Stephen Colbert

Here at Truthdig, we can’t get enough of Chris Hedges and his takedown of the radical Christian right. (See our interview with him.) So here’s the “American Fascists” author (No. 29 at Amazon.com) holding his own against Stephen Colbert’s absurdist onslaught. Jump for videos.

Posted on Feb 12, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

The Road Map to Despotism

Sami Al-Arian
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Despite spending an estimated $80 million, the government was unable to prove that Dr. Sami Al-Arian was a terrorist, yet he remains in prison and his sentence will probably be extended. Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Chris Hedges warns that the abusive imprisonment of this nonviolent Palestinian dissenter does not bode well for the rest of us.

Posted on Feb 11, 2007 READ MORE

Hedges on Christian Fascism

Chris Hedges

If you’d like a video supplement to the Truthdig interview with controversial author Chris Hedges, check out Hedges’ recent appearance on the Canadian talk show “The Hour.”

Posted on Feb 8, 2007 WATCH & LISTEN

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