Writer and director Judd Apatow first became known for the cult TV series Freaks and Geeks, which gained a cult following when it aired on NBC from 1999 to 2000. Since then, the former stand-up comic has turned his attention to the big screen, directing Knocked Up and The 40-Year Old Virgin. Apatow’s latest film, Funny People, stars his former roommate Adam Sandler as a stand-up comedian with an incurable blood disorder. With one foot in the grave, Sandler’s character decides to mentor and befriend an amateur comic and deli employee played by Seth Rogen — a relationship Apatow has acknowledged loosely mirrors his friendship with Sandler. In the film, Sandler’s character George stars in a movie-within-the-movie Re-do. In this clip, George plays a man who asks a wizard for youth and is transported into the body of an infant. Yo Teach, a television show within the movie, features a young teacher reaching out to at-risk youth. In this clip Jason Schwartzman gives an interview in character as “teach” Mark Taylor Jackson.
We continue our coverage of the battle over health care legislation with another point of view on what is at stake. As congress and the President grapple with the complicated issues surrounding health care legislation insurers have launched an aggressive ad campaign conjuring up “Harry and Louise” to share their concerns about the Obama campaign with the public. Our guest WENDELL POTTER is a former corporate executive with one of the nation’s largest insurers who has concerns about the health insurance industry and how they do business.
As humans have evolved, so has God. From the Stone Age to the Information Age, God has gotten better, says our guest, ROBERT WRIGHT. In his new book, “The Evolution of God,” Wright describes how cultural sensibilities adjust as human dynamics change, thus shaping the God people worship.
Act One. Stranger In the Night. Mike Birbiglia talks about the sleepwalking that nearly killed him. It’s an excerpt of his one-man show “Sleepwalk with Me” that begins Off-Broadway in October. His story was recorded at The Moth, which has other stories like this on their free podcast and at their website themoth.org. Check out Mike’s website, with his tourdates and other work. Both his comedy albums are available for download at the iTunes store. The poem Ira reads in this act is called “The Scratch.” It’s in Raymon Carver’s collection All Of Us. (13 minutes) Act Two. Sleep’s Tiniest Enemies. This American Life producers Nancy Updike and Robyn Semien report on critters that can kill sleep: cockroaches and bedbugs. (11 minutes) Act Three. The Bitter Fruits of Wakefulness. Joel Lovell explains why, as an 11-year-old, he trained himself not to fall asleep, and how that had some unintended consequences. Note that the Internet version of this story has slightly different language than the version broadcast on the radio. (10 minutes) Act Four. Hollywood-Induced Nightmare. This American Life‘s own Production Manager Seth Lind explains how he ended up watching Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining when he was six years old, and how it led to two years where every night he had trouble falling asleep and nightmares. Seth is a member of the improv comedy group Thank You, Robot. (7 minutes) Act Five. A Small Taste of the Big Sleep. For some people, the fear of sleep is linked to the fear of death. We hear from some of them. In the radio broadcast version of this act, Ira Glass also read from Philip Larkin‘s poem, “Aubade.” (3 minutes)
The Brooklyn-based experimental rock group Dirty Projectors is the brainchild of frontman and chief songwriter Dave Longstreth, who released his own first album, The Graceful Fallen Mango, in 2001, before formally creating the band that launched his career. The group has pushed its sound with each new release, creating concept albums ranging from an opera about Don Henley to a re-imagining of Black Flag songs written from memory. With each new album, Longstreth’s style and cast of musicians has changed. Longstreth and company released Bitte Orca in June, earning rave reviews from critics and fans. The new album continues the band’s trademark experimentation, mixing traditional string arrangements with exploding drums, spidery guitars and boisterous keyboards. The band’s evolving songwriting has helped make Bitte Orca its best work to date. In their World Cafe debut, The Dirty Projectors’ members discuss their new album, while Longstreth talks about his personal relationship with music.