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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.

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News and Features


Update on Sgt. Pequeño

Amherst, Mass.

Accusations by right-wing Zionists of anti-Semitism at the University of California, Irvine, are suspect at best.

A new book explores the historical ties between African-American and Japanese-American communities in Los Angeles.

A new book reveals the FBI Director's distinctive relationship with his publisher.

A close look at Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas reveals a deeply conservative and increasingly bitter man.

ALTERNATIVE VERSIONS

Los Angeles

It's early in the game, but his bid to unseat Minnesota Republican Senator Norm Coleman is gaining strength.

How much worse a president would Rudy Giuliani be than George W. Bush? Author Kevin Baker counts the ways.

The Rupert Murdoch effect: The progressive LA Weekly has gone from a well-reported newspaper to a flashy tabloid with "gotcha" articles.

Four decades later, much of the thrill is gone from The Beatles' magnum opus. Except for one song.

Blogs

DeLillo and Mailer, Caro and Bugiolsi—and Stephen King.
A leading critic has called on a leading publisher to withdraw and reissue a new book.
Under the deal negotiated by Gloria Allred, students get paid for remaining silent. 
The US must send a message not only to Assad, but also to the Syrian opposition.
A federal court rules that Veterans Affairs can’t lease land for rent-a-car lot, hotel laundry and film studio storage.
The first page, from 1960s, says Vidal made disparaging remarks about J. Edgar Hoover.
Crucifixion was the punishment that Rome reserved for the crime of sedition.