FDL Movie Night: Bombshell

By: Monday February 17, 2014 4:59 pm

Bombshell, produced and directed by Jason Lehel and starring Kelly Mullis–both guests tonight–follows Marilyn Monroe in the final hours before her death. The short film takes us into the actress’s psyche, her addictions to substances and to John F. Kennedy. Using biographies and Monroe’s diaries as a foundation for the film, Bombshell is a shattering, painful look at a woman destroyed by forces internal and external.

 

FDL Movie Night: The Garrison Tapes — Exploring the JFK Assassination with John Barbour

By: Monday November 25, 2013 4:59 pm

John Barbour has led a storied life in show business as a writer and producer, and as creator of the first reality TV show Real People; he is the only person to win an Emmy for both entertainment and news, and was critic-at-large for KNBC in Los Angeles. Barbour also became close friends with Jim Garrison, the New Orleans District attorney who brought businessman Clay Shaw to trial for conspiracy in the killing of John Kennedy, and was instrumental in sounding the alarm that a conspiracy was involved in the President’s murder. In 1980 at the height of his career with Real People, Barbour interviewed Garrison for NBC news, the interview was re-edited without Barbour’s knowledge or permission making Garrison look foolish and unbalanced.

What Fidel Castro Told Me After JFK’s Assassination

By: Saturday November 23, 2013 3:45 pm

Taking advantage of my dual U.S./French citizenship, in the summer of 1963 I flew to Cuba on a dare from the French photo-weekly Paris-Match to do a ‘portrait’ of Fidel Castro. After the story was published, lavishly illustrated with photos of Fidel scuba-diving by the French photographer Roger Pic, I was invited back, having momentarily broken a Western anti-Cuba mold that began with the 1959 revolution and was exacerbated by the Missile Crisis the year before.

I Have Been Acquainted With the Night

By: Friday November 22, 2013 7:00 pm

Tragically, power has corrupted the entire political establishment, the history of the last 50 years has revealed the moral degeneracy of this nation’s leaders.

JFK, and the band played on

By: Friday November 22, 2013 5:00 pm

My parents were conventional Republicans, I did not grow up in a household that idolized JFK, and to be honest, I never did. But I know enough now to know we were robbed of a better future that day, it was a day that changed the world.

JFK, Secrecy & the Unspeakable Forces of the National Security State

By: Friday November 22, 2013 11:18 am

The establishment media, which has been commemorating the fiftieth anniversary of John F. Kennedy’s assassination for the past week, will not take the time to appropriately present the dynamics in military and intelligence agencies leading up to when he was killed in Dallas.

JFK & the Anti-Conspiracy Conspiracy

By: Thursday November 21, 2013 4:30 pm

Every day, people are charged with criminal conspiracy in courtrooms around the country. In those cases, a “conspiracy” merely describes a criminal act involving two or more individuals.

Also every day, the establishment media reports on various criminal conspiracies—including racketeering, insider trading, political corruption, sex scandals and murder plots.

JFK Fifty Years On

By: Tuesday November 19, 2013 4:30 pm

In some ways it does not seem like it has been fifty years. In other ways, it seems like it has been even longer.

“Oops I Shot the President” and Other JFK Conspiracies

By: Wednesday November 6, 2013 6:43 pm

There are plenty of conspiracy theories floating around about the assassination of President Kennedy, and some are just as plausible as the Warren Commission’s report of a crazed gunman acting alone. We’ll be exploring these theories on November 25, when television pioneer John Barbour, who interviewed New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison about the Kennedy assassination, will be my guest on Firedoglake.com’s Movie Night with special co-host JP Sottile.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Jon Wiener, How We Forgot the Cold War: A Historical Journey Across America

By: Saturday March 23, 2013 1:59 pm

Wiener’s new book How We Forgot the Cold War is a travelogue of visits to sites across the US (plus one in Cuba and one in Grenada) where the Cold War is publicly commemorated. As different as they are—among them are half a dozen presidential libraries, a general’s tomb, missile silos, a VIP fallout shelter, a CIA museum that’s closed to the public, and a proposed $100 million Victims of Communism museum, a grandiose project that was never built—all of them are notable for a curious lacuna: the Cold War itself, or perhaps more accurately, the neo-conservative, triumphalist narrative about the Cold War that has been so successfully projected onto the memory of Ronald Reagan.

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