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Monday, August 20, 2012

Mike Birbiglia as Matt Pandamiglio, Danny Borbon as Tommy, and Amanda Perez as Tammy in Mike Birbiglia’s "Sleepwalk with Me." (Photo by Adam Beckman. An IFC Films release.)

On today’s show: Richard Duncan explains how the rise of easy credit has put the U.S. economy at risk of a depression today. Rob Whitehair talks about his documentary “True Wolf,” about a married couple who share rescued a wolf pup. Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia discuss collaborating on the new film, “Sleepwalk with Me.” Bob Spitz tells how Julia Child became an icon as much for her love of fun as for her role in revolutionizing American home cooking.

Economic Breakdown

Richard Duncan explains how credit creation and consumption created a new economic dynamic and why he thinks the global recession is in danger of becoming another Great Depression. In The New Depression: The Breakdown of the Paper Money Economy he explains the economic calamity now unfolding: its causes, the government's policy response to the crisis, and what is likely to happen next.

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"True Wolf"

Rob Whitehair, director the documentary “True Wolf,” is joined by Bruce Weide and Pat Tucker, who adopted an abandoned wolf pup. The film is an account of how the couple and their dog came to live with a wolf, facing dangers, sharing adventures, and forming unbreakable bonds. “True Wolf” opens at Cinema Village August 17.

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Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia on "Sleepwalk with Me"

Ira Glass and Mike Birbiglia discuss collaborating on the new movie “Sleepwalk with Me.” The film was written, directed by, and stars Mike Birbiglia, and it’s based on his one-man show and “This American Life” stories about his adventures with sleep disturbances and relationship upheaval. "Sleepwalk with Me" opens August 24 at the IFC Center.

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The Remarkable Life of Julia Child

Bob Spitz tells about the life and times of Julia Child, the warble-voiced doyenne of television cookery who became an iconic figure and joyous rule-breaker who touched off the food revolution in America more than fifty years ago. Dearie: The Remarkable Life of Julia Child is Spitz’s affectionate biography of an influential woman.

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Guest Picks: Mike Birbiglia

Mike Birbiglia was on the Lopate Show (along with "This American Life" host Ira Glass) to talk about writing, directing and starring in the new film, "Sleepwalk With Me." He also told us what he's been listening to and that he's a fan of "Friday Night Lights." Find out what else he's a fan of!

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