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George Packer on the Unwinding of America; Alex Gibney on Wikileaks

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Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Julian Assange is a subject of Academy Award winner Alex Gibney’s new documentary feature We Steal Secrets:  The Story of WikiLeaks Leaks, a Focus World release. Julian Assange is a subject of Academy Award-winner Alex Gibney’s new documentary feature "We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks Leaks," a Focus World release. (Focus World)

George Packer discusses the social, political and economic upheaval the United States has experienced over the past generation. And Alex Gibney talks about his documentary “We Steal Secrets: the story of Wikileaks.”

George Packer on The Unwinding of America

George Packer discusses the Seismic shifts in the United States that have created what he calls a country of winners and losers, allowing unprecedented freedom while rending the social contract, driving the political system to the verge of breakdown, and setting citizens adrift. In The Unwinding: An Inner History of the New America Packer journeys through the lives of several Americans, interweaving intimate stories with biographical sketches of the era’s leading public figures, from Newt Gingrich to Jay-Z.

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The Story of Wikileaks

Academy Award-winning documentary filmmaker Alex Gibney talks about his new film “We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks.” He details the creation of Julian Assange’s controversial website Wikileaks, which facilitated the largest security breach in U.S. history. “We Steal Secrets: the story of Wikileaks” opens May 24 at Elinor Bunin Monroe Film Center at Lincoln Center and the Angelika Film Center.

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Guest Picks: Danny Meyer

Restaurateur Danny Meyer was on the Lopate Show's Food Fridays series recently to talk about the food that chefs cook for each other for the family meals at each of his restaurants. He also told us what toppings he puts on his favorite pizza.

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Outcry Over Bear Bile Farming in China

There's an article in today's New York Times about anger over bear bile farming in China and the growing animal rights movement in that country. Bear bile is an ingredient in some Chinese medicine, and the methods for collecting it from bears held in captive is seen by many as animal cruelty. Listen to Leonard's 2012 interview with Jill Robinson, founder and CEO of Animals Asia, discussing bear bile farming and bear rescue efforts and the documentary "Cages of Shame."

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