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  May 5, 2017

Oliver Stone: A controversial and provocative original (Part 2)

The Oscar-winning director discusses taking on wall street through film and American foreign policy.This conversation includes adult language.


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 films include Nixon, Snowden and Platoon, for which he won an Oscar. A four-part interview with Vladimir Putin conducted by Stone will air next month on Showtime. In part two of their conversation, Stone tells host Robert Scheer that his father's financial services career strongly influenced the making of “Wall Street” in the 1980s and how the corporate greed and materialism from that era had only worsened when he made the sequel over 20 years later. Stone says he initially started making the documentary series The Untold History of the United States because he saw George W. Bush's presidency and entry into the Iraq War as an aberration but ultimately learned it had historical precedent. And Stone tells Scheer that the chance of a nuclear war in his lifetime seems more likely than ever.

Note: This conversation contains adult language.

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