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Jon Wiener

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Jon Wiener

Jon Wiener

Contributing Editor

Jon Wiener teaches US history at UC Irvine. His most recent book is How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey across America. He sued the FBI under the Freedom of Information Act for its files on John Lennon. With the help of the ACLU of Southern California, Wiener v. FBI went all the way to the Supreme Court before the FBI settled in 1997. That story is told in Wiener's book, Gimme Some Truth: The John Lennon FBI Files; some of the pages of the Lennon FBI file are posted here. The story is also told in the documentary, “The U.S. Versus John Lennon,” released in 2006.  His work has also appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the New Republic, and the Los Angeles Times. It has been translated into Japanese, German, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, Danish and Italian.

Wiener hosts a weekly afternoon drive-time interview show on KPFK 90.7 FM in Los Angeles His guests have included Gail Collins, Jane Mayer, Joan Didion, Gore Vidal, Barbara Ehrenreich, Frank Rich, Seymour Hersh, Amos Oz, Mike Davis, Elmore Leonard, John Dean, Julian Bond, Al Franken, and Terry Gross.

Jon Wiener was born in St. Paul, Minnesota and attended Central High School there. He has a B.A. from Princeton and a Ph.D. from Harvard, where he began working as a writer in the late sixties for the underground paper The Old Mole. He lives in Los Angeles.

Articles

News and Features

On the war’s 50th anniversary, peace activists will be challenging the Pentagon’s whitewashed history.

In America today, people owe more on their student loans than they do on their credit cards. But there’s a simple and elegant way to end this travesty.

He was a fighter for social justice for sixty-five years.

The New York Times columnist discusses his new book, Fire Shut Up in My Bones.

Menopause isn’t “The Change,” she says. Instead, fertility is what’s unusual.

The comedian on drawing blue crowds in red states, his campaign to unseat a terrible Congressman and why it’s wrong to say anyone should be taken off the air.

The legendary documentary filmmaker takes on the unknown knowns of Donald Rumsfeld.

The author of The Flamethrowers weighs in on literary inspiration, motorcycle crashes and why radicals prefer hardcover.

Blogs

The only thing that cuts freeway traffic is unemployment. It’s not really worth it.
Right-wing blogs are excited about a report today that in Lennon's last days he was “a closet Republican.” That seems unlikely.
JFK failed to defeat Fidel; then he needed to prove his “toughness” somewhere else.
Dylan sang about a place “where the executioner's face is always well hidden”—you could call that “political.”
Why are the Republicans going after a history professor who calls himself a “centrist”?
How a Hollywood star offered herself in a hostage trade.