Episodes
In her debut podcast, Nancy joins Aaron for an in depth conversation, covering her entire legendary career. As the most commercially successful female filmmaker in history, Nancy is one of the rare directors to be a household name. She’s also one of the last filmmakers standing who gets to tell original stories for adults about recognizable human beings, starring A-list actors. From Private Benjamin to Baby Boom to Father of the Bride to Something’s Gotta Give…hear Nancy and Aaron discuss...
Published 06/28/18
Celebrated journalist for The New York Times, Dave Itzkoff joins Aaron to discuss the life and work of Screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky. Dave wrote an extraordinary book about Chayefsky, “Mad As Hell,” which goes in depth on the making of Chayefsky’s most celebrated film, “Network.” Aaron and Dave discuss Chayefsky’s impact on film, his naturalistic stories, his great farces, and why he’s often regarded as the greatest screenwriter of all time. Dave is also the author of the bestseller,...
Published 06/21/18
Curious about how Pixar movies are written? Aaron welcomes Stephany Folsom onto the podcast to discuss her work as sole screenwriter on the 4th installment of the Toy Story franchise. Stephany explains the multi year process, working with animators, what’s it like on the Pixar campus, and the responsibility she feels to the billion dollar franchise. They also discuss Stephany’s writing for Marvel, and how she was ready to quit Hollywood before her spec script landed her on the Black List.
Published 05/31/18
Join Aaron and Ed — in person at the Yale Broadcast Studio — for the conclusion of their conversation about Ed’s incredible screenwriting career. Ed was catapulted onto the A-List with Men in Black, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Ed co-wrote the blockbusters, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Now You See Me, among many others. On TV, Ed was on staff for the ground-breaking series, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and, this year, after decades writing mega-budget studio films, Ed...
Published 05/17/18
Join Aaron and Ed — in person at the Yale Broadcast Studio — as Ed discusses his incredible screenwriting career. Ed was catapulted onto the A-List with Men in Black, starring Will Smith and Tommy Lee Jones. Ed co-wrote the blockbusters, Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure, and Now You See Me, among many others. On TV, Ed was on staff for the ground-breaking series, It’s Garry Shandling’s Show, and, this year, after decades writing mega-budget studio films, Ed turned to TV drama, teaming with...
Published 05/10/18
Brian’s podcast, The Moment, has been a big influence on To Live & Dialogue. Join Aaron and Brian as they dive into the kinds of issues facing screenwriters that Brian talks about on his pod, including the importance of morning pages, and tuning out the Hollywood gatekeepers. The wide-ranging discussion also touches on Brian’s Showtime series, Billions, as well as his many screenplays, most notably, Solitary Man. In addition to breaking down a scene from that movie, Brian also talks...
Published 05/03/18
This week, Aaron welcomes into the studio one of his all-time screenwriting heroes, Jack Epps. Along with his partner Jim Cash, Jack wrote some of the biggest movies of the 1980s, including Top Gun, The Secret of My Success, Turner & Hooch, and Legal Eagles. Jack currently teaches screenwriting at USC.
Published 04/19/18
Aaron is thrilled to welcome Craig Turk onto the show. Craig has written some of the best series on broadcast networks in recent memory, including Cold Case, Boston Legal, plus Private Practice and The Good Wife, both of which he ran. Aaron and Craig talk about the pain of produced pilots that don’t go to series, working with Dick Wolf, writing the penultimate Good Wife episode, and Aaron pumps Craig for anecdotes about his old boss, David E. Kelley.
Published 04/12/18
Aaron is thrilled to welcome Oscar-winning screenwriter Bobby Moresco onto the show. Aaron and Bobby discuss how training as an actor can help one’s writing, the TV project they collaborated on together, Bobby’s unique method of breaking story, and Bobby goes deep into the genesis of some of his most acclaimed works, including Million Dollar Baby.
Published 04/05/18
Aaron is thrilled to welcome acclaimed screenwriter, and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright, Donald Margulies, into the broadcast studio! Aaron talks to Donald about the brilliant structure of his great screenplay The End of the Tour, the creation of his many plays, and how he deals with the highs and lows of the life of a Hollywood screenwriter. They also gush over their shared love of Broadcast News.
Published 03/29/18
Aaron is thrilled to have theoretical physicist and best-selling author Brian Greene on the pod to discuss a host of subjects, including Brian’s works of dramatic writing, Light Falls, and Icarus at the Edge of Time. Aaron tries not to embarrass himself when he asks Brian about the big questions of the universe, like why there’s something rather than nothing, and the current thinking about the infinite universe. They discuss their favorite movies about science, and the similarities between...
Published 03/22/18
Michael Rauch joins Aaron in person at the Yale Broadcast Studio to discuss the latest show he’s created, CBS’s Instinct, starring Alan Cumming. They discuss Michael’s extraordinary career in TV, from getting his first two series picked up on the same day, to his work creating and running Life is Wild, Beautiful People, Love Monkey, and serving as co-showrunner on USA Network hit Royal Pains. Aaron also wants to hear about working with 80s superstars Molly Ringwald and C. Thomas Howell, and...
Published 03/15/18
TV Creator and Showrunner Dana Calvo joins Aaron to discuss her expansive writing career. Dana was the Creator and Showrunner on the beloved Good Girls Revolt on Amazon. She’s written on some of Aaron’s favorite shows, including Narcos, and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip. Aaron geeks out with Dana about Aaron Sorkin, her writing routine, and the lonely life of a writer who’s selling pilots.
Published 03/08/18
TV Creator and Showrunner Andrew Lenchewski joins Aaron to discuss his long-running, hit USA Network series, Royal Pains, as well all his many collaborations with Aaron. They mourn their recent pilot, The Tap, which was shot by USA, but very sadly never got ordered to series. On a happier note, they discuss their ongoing partnership with one of their heroes, Rob Reiner.
Published 03/01/18
Screenwriter and director Billy Ray joins Aaron to discuss his extraordinary Hollywood career. From writing and directing his first feature, Shattered Glass, which Aaron is obsessed with, all the way through Breach, The Hunger Games, Captain Phillips, and his Amazon series The Last Tycoon. They also discuss Billy’s all-time favorite scene from The Godfather.
Published 02/22/18
Terence Winter joins Aaron at Yale to discuss being one of the key writers on The Sopranos, then following that up as Creator and Showrunner of HBO’s Boardwalk Empire. His next job led to an Academy Award nomination for writing The Wolf of Wall Street for director Martin Scorsese. They also discuss Terry’s early days writing for Flipper and The PJ’s, pretending to be his own agent, and some of their all-time favorite screenwriters.
Published 02/15/18
Join Aaron on the campus of Yale University, as he previews his upcoming conversations with fellow TV and screenwriters.  Aaron will go deep into craft with the creators and writers behind series such as Narcos, The Good Wife, Boardwalk Empire, Royal Pains, House of Cards, and The Sopranos, as well as the screenwriters behind Top Gun, The Hunger Games, Shattered Glass, The Wolf of Wall Street, Men in Black, and many, many more.
Published 02/07/18