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EPISODE # 262

Oliver Stone on Ukraine, Putin, and the Military-Industrial Complex

Oliver Stone studied at Yale University, taught English in South Vietnam, and served in the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army where he earned two Purple Hearts and a Bronze Star. He then attended film school at NYU and studied under the acclaimed director Martin Scorsese.

Stone won his first Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Midnight Express (1978) and won his second and third as Best Director for Platoon (1986) and Born on the Fourth of July (1989) respectively. Stone also wrote the screenplay for Scarface, which went on to become one of the most iconic films in history. His directed several documentary films, including Comandante (2003), the Putin Interviews (2017), and the controversial JFK Revisited: Through the Looking Glass (2021).

Shermer and Stone discuss:

  • the relationship with truth in dramatic films vs. documentary films
  • how the world would be different if JFK were not assassinated
  • why diplomacy and trade agreements are necessary with Russia, even now after the invasion of Ukraine
  • the Cuban Missile Crisis, U.S. Jupiter missiles in Turkey, and Nikita Khrushchev’s response
  • Putin’s justifications for Soviet/Russian actions in Hungary, Afghanistan, Georgia, Chechnya, Syria, and Crimea
  • what he thinks Putin would say to justify the invasion of Ukraine
  • why he thinks we can’t trust Western media
  • U.S. foreign policy and how he thinks it is just as aggressive as Russia’s
  • his moral equivalency argument for American vs. Russian aggression.

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This episode was released on April 12, 2022.

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