Jon Wiener

  • Calendar

    May 9, 2013
  • Blogs

    December 6, 2012

    Lincoln Movie Not as Honest as Abe, Says UCI Professor and Expert on South Jon Wiener

    Disney opened Lincoln in 11 theaters on Nov. 9, expanded Steven Spielberg's historical saga to more North American theaters the next two weekends and now plans to go even wider thanks to more demand than there are movie seats.A UC Irvine history professor who caught the flick believes past and futur ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 14, 2012

    The Week in Forgetfulness: Books by Crooks, the Cold War and a Writer to Remember

    My kind editor, The Mexican, offered to reimburse me for purchase of the ex-governor of California's memoirs. I considered reading and reviewing the provocatively titled Total Recall:  My Unbelievably True Life Storybut I felt so uncomfortable at even the thought of walking into a bookstor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2012

    Best of the LA Times Book Fest: New California and Old, and Bruce, too!

    Mr. Bib caught up with friends, and met new ones, at last weekend's Los Angeles Times Festival of Books at USC. I'd like nothing better than to do that every weekend. Imagine: a world where the value of literacy, poetry, science, the arts, civic participation is assume, despite or in opposition to t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 22, 2012

    OC Bookly at the LA Times Festival of Books

    I've attended nearly all of the previous 16 years of the annual Los Angeles Times books festivals, this one again on the campus of USC. There was that one year I missed, when the bibliochild was born and some friends, fellow writers and Santa Monica Review volunteers staffed the SMR booth, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 26, 2012

    Wanted: Richard Nixon Library Director

    ​Tim Naftali left last month as the first director of the Richard Nixon Presidential Library and Museum since the National Archives in 2005-06 took over the tapes, documents and most of the facilities from the private foundation that dedicated the Yorba Linda tourist trap 15 years before. You'll n ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 28, 2011

    Timothy Naftali, Nixon Library Chief, is Leaving

    "One lie I corrected was this big."​Timothy Naftali, the George H.W. Bush biographer and respected historian the National Archives chose to run the Richard Nixon Library and Museum in Yorba Linda after the disgraced 37th president's loyalists from a private foundation first built and operated the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 11, 2011

    [UPDATED] Irvine 11 Charged With Misdemeanors, Face Jail, Probation, Community Service if Convicted

    Photos by Christopher Victorio/OC WeeklySeven of the Irvine 11​UPDATE, MARCH 11, 4:08 P.M.: The arraignment of the Irvine 11 was continued this morning until April 15 so the court can consider defense motions to seal grand jury documents, remove the Orange County District Attorney (OCDA) from the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 28, 2011

    [UPDATED] Irvine 11 Charged With Misdemeanors, Face Jail, Probation, Community Service if Convicted

    ​UPDATED, FEB. 28, 8:33 A.M.: The Islamic Institute of Orange County hosts "Stand With the Irvine 11: Community Town Hall and Action" at 6:30 p.m. Saturday in the IIOC Multipurpose Room, 1220 N. State College Blvd., Irvine.The event flier follows after the jump. (Also, scroll down a couple posts i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 12, 2011

    Jon Wiener, UCI History Professor, Advocates Arming Some But Not All Faculty Members

    ​The Weekly has chimed in when author/KPFK radio host/UC Irvine history professor Jon Wiener has pressed the federal government to release secret FBI files on John Lennon, academia to better police historians and our owners to loosen what he perceived to be a stranglehold on our sister paper, LA W ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2010

    Lennon Scholar Jon Wiener's Top Five John Lennon Songs

    ​Had four gunshot wounds not claimed the life of John Lennon on Dec. 8, 1980, the prolific singer-songwriter would have enjoyed his 70th birthday tomorrow. The former Beatle was murdered outside of the apartment complex he shared with Yoko Ono almost 30 years ago by Mark Chapman, but his musi ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Ramona Ripston Retires as ACLU/SC Executive Director

    Ramona Ripston​Ramona Ripston, who has been executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California for 38 years, announced her retirement today."This organization has not only been my work but also my life for a long time, so a decision like this one certainly comes with m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2009

    Richard Nixon, Leonard Bernstein and Frank Gannon

    UC Irvine history professor Jon Wiener has mined books, lectures and a documentary film consulting gig out of the FBI spying on John Lennon at the behest of the Richard Nixon White House. So when featured a post this week on Nixon-era surveillance of Leonard Bernstein, you had to wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2007

    More Fallout from Anti-OC Weekly Article in The Nation

    On newstands now is what we wrote about last month: A Nation piece by UC Irvine professor Jon Wiener criticizing the Weekly's new ownership and the tumultuous turnover here earlier this year. Rumor has it the Nation will print a response by Weekly jefe Ted Kissell, which means our own must be out of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 29, 2007

    Schou Mug Shot Hits LA Times

    Yes, OC Weekly investigative reporter Nick Schou got his mug shot in today's Los Angeles Times. No, he wasn't participating again in a riot, peeking inside an undercover DEA 18-wheeler or even driving solo in the HOV lane. A year or so ago, Schou thought it'd be fun to perform his normal work duti ... More >>

  • Film

    January 18, 2007

    Just Another Bloody Sequel

    Filmmakers of Vietnam-era DISSENT documentaries see parallels to Iraq War

  • Film

    January 11, 2007

    Special Screenings

    Movie of the Week: The U.S. vs. John Lennon

  • Blogs

    December 20, 2006

    Happy Xmas (War is Over?)

    It was a long fight-- a generational struggle, as President Bush might say-- but UCI Professor Jon Wiener has finally prevailed: the government agreed yesterday to release the last of the classified FBI surveillance files on John Lennon. For 25 years, Wiener, a historian who has written two books ... More >>

  • News

    October 12, 2006

    Jumping Down the Memory Hole

    'The War Within: Dissent During Crisis in America'

  • News

    September 7, 2006

    Ending War 101

    UCI profs book could be the real roadmap to peace

  • Film

    May 25, 2006

    Get Inside!

    Your three-month forecast of the summers top movies

  • Culture

    December 15, 2005

    Historians Misbehaving Wonderfully

    UCI prof Jon Wiener examines his own kind

  • News

    November 25, 2004

    Minimize This

    Whats Worse: Blowjobs or Watergate?

  • Culture

    April 3, 2003


    Christopher Hitchens strange odyssey leads him to the Hollywood Right

  • Columns

    January 16, 2003
  • Features

    November 21, 2002

    The Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy Against Mike Davis

    UC Irvine history prof Mike Davis cant write a damn thing without the nuts going nuts. This time, the controversys over an obscure reference to Winston Churchill.

  • News

    May 16, 2002

    Hey, Professor!

    UC Irvine snares renegade historian Mike Davis

  • Columns

    July 19, 2001

    Not So Liberal

    Did Bill Billingsleys study of liberal anti-communists in the university kill his job prospects?

  • Culture

    September 21, 2000

    Duck and Cover-up

    "Atomic City" Doesn't quite reveal the whole truth of our curious relationship with Nukes

  • News

    March 30, 2000

    Bigger Than the Beatles

    UC Irvine professor Jon Wieners fight for John Lennons FBI file reveals something ugly about democracy in America

  • News

    April 15, 1999

    The Unabauer Manifesto

    Roy Bauer is South County colleges' professor of dissent

  • News

    April 1, 1999

    Tip-Toe Thru the Bureau

    Paranoid FBI chief ordered Tiny Tim probe