Oliver Stone: Vladimir Putin and War in Ukraine | Lex Fridman Podcast #286


Lex Fridman is a Russian-American computer scientist, artificial intelligence researcher, and podcast host working and teaching at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Wikipedia

Outside of academia, Fridman is more popularly known for his podcast and YouTube video series where he interviews a wide variety of guests including scientists, mathematicians, historians, political commentators, authors, philosophers, economists and artists.



Oliver Stone is a filmmaker with 3 Oscar wins and 11 Oscar nominations. His films include Platoon, Wall Street, Born on the Fourth of July, Scarface, JFK, Nixon, Alexander, W, Snowden, and documentaries where he has interviewed Fidel Castro, Hugo Chavez, and Vladimir Putin.

OUTLINE: 0:00 – Introduction 2:54 – Nuclear power 15:52 – Russia and US relations 21:07 – JFK and the Cold War 26:24 – Interviewing Putin 50:02 – Invasion of Ukraine 59:20 – Why Putin invaded Ukraine 1:13:44 – Propaganda 1:21:02 – Interviewing Putin in 2022 1:28:17 – Nuclear war 1:34:28 – Advice on interviewing 1:38:09 – Interviewing Hitler 1:41:30 – Putin interview language barrier 1:42:41 – Love 1:44:36 – Advice to young people 1:47:42 – Mortality 1:48:44 – Regrets 1:50:41 – Meaning of life


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