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    Listen: Miranda July Conned Herself While Writing Her Film “Kajillionaire”

    "I felt kind of punched in the gut, like, I read it back and I was like, oh, this was... Did I just pull a con on myself? 'Cause I just somehow accidentally wrote about all this queasy family stuff that I would never willingly go straight into."

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    Miranda July at Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, Jan. 25.

    On today's episode:

    1. The Department of Justice absolutely wanted children to be taken away from their parents at the US–Mexico border in 2018, according to a draft inspector general report.

    2. Sorry, no stimulus before the election, Trump says, to literally everyone’s dismay and confusion.

    3. A Texas county is actually charging Netflix with a felony for its promotion of the French movie Cuties.

    4. Our audio engineer Dan has a fitting tribute to the late Eddie Van Halen.

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    Guitarist Eddie Van Halen performs at the Billboard Music Awards, May 17, 2015.

    5. Screenwriter-director Miranda July talks with us about her new movie Kajillionaire and her previous life of (very petty) crime.

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