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  May 5, 2017

Oliver Stone: A controversial and provocative original (Part I)

The Oscar-winning director discusses his unique take on history through his films. [Contains adult language]


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Robert Scheer is the editor-in-chief of Truthdig. He's also a professor at the University of Southern California's Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, and host of the KCRW podcast Scheer Intelligence. For decades, Bob was the national correspondent, and then columnist, for the Los Angeles Times. He's the author of many books, including The Great American Stickup, The Pornography of Power, and most recently They Know Everything About You: How Data-Collecting Corporations and Snooping Government Agencies Are Destroying Democracy.

Oliver Stone is a three-time Academy Award-winning director and screenwriter. A Vietnam War veteran, he has made around two dozen acclaimed films, including Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, JFK, Nixon, W., and Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps. Now Oliver Stone and historian Peter Kuznick from American University have teamed up to produce a 10-part Showtime series called Untold History of the United States. It also features a companion book with a similar title.



Oliver Stone's award-winning films include Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July and Platoon. Stone recently conducted lengthy interviews with Vladimir Putin, which will air next month on Showtime. In part one of their conversation, Stone tells host Robert Scheer about his privileged upbringing as well as his time as a soldier in Vietnam, both of which strongly influenced his films. Stone says that his directing choices have never been pragmatic ones in order to advance his career. And he discusses his skepticism about the media and many politicians' portrayal of Russia as the enemy.

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