3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast

3rd & Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America West, features information and updates about the Guild and interviews with top writers.

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Executive Producers: Brian Gary and Steve Trautmann
Hosts: Aaron Fullerton, Brian Gary, Josephine Green Zhang, Hilliard Guess, Jon Gutierrez, David Radcliff, Luciano Saber, David Sheftell, Susie Singer Carter, Monique Sorgen, Steve Trautmann, Andra Whipple, Moon Zappa

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DECEMBER 2 ,2022

Ep. 355 – Abi Damaris Corbin & Kwame Kwei-Armah
Host Hilliard Guess chats with screenwriter-director Abi Damaris Corbin & co-screenwriter Kwame Kwei-Armah about their recent film Breaking, whose title resonates in more ways than one.

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NOVEMBER 29, 2022

Ep. 354 – Alfred Gough & Miles Millar
Host Andra Whipple speaks with Wednesday creators-showrunners Alfred Gough & Miles Millar (Smallville, The Shannara Chronicles) about their Netflix Addams Family spinoff comedy-mystery series, creative process, and more.

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NOVEMBER 28, 2022

Ep. 353 – Gordon Smith & Alison Tatlock
All Things Must Come to an End: Host David Radcliff talks with Better Call Saul writers-EPs Gordon Smith and Alison Tatlock about the final season of AMC’s acclaimed, award-winning series.

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NOVEMBER 22, 2022

Ep. 352 – Charles Shyer
Home for the Holidays: Host Susie Singer Carter chats with filmmaker Charles Shyer (Father of the Bride, Baby Boom) about co-writing and directing Netflix’s holiday romantic drama The Noel Diary, his career, and more.

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NOVEMBER 18, 2022

Ep. 351 – Attica & Tembi Locke
Host Aaron Fullerton speaks with From Scratch creators-writers-sisters Attica & Tembi Locke about their Netflix limited series romantic drama, which is based on Tembi’s memoir about finding love and home in Sicily.

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NOVEMBER 14, 2022

Ep. 350 – Vanessa Ramos
Be Kind Rewind: Host Andra Whipple chats with Blockbuster creator-showrunner Vanessa Ramos (Superstore, Kenan) about her new Netflix comedy series and more.

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NOVEMBER 12, 2022

Ep. 349 – Veterans Day Episode
To salute Veterans Day, hosts Steve Trautmann and Ken Pisani speak with veteran writers Brian Anthony (Station 19), Megan Ferrell Burke (Outlander), and Jalysa Conway (9-1-1: Lone Star) about how their military experience informs their work and their collaboration on the new comic book anthology Soldier Stories.

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NOVEMBER 8, 2022

Ep. 348 – Andrew Hinderaker
Host Moon Zappa talks with Let the Right One In creator-showrunner Andrew Hinderaker (Away, Penny Dreadful) about adapting the Swedish horror film and novel with a fresh, diverse spin for Showtime’s new series.

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NOVEMBER 4, 2022

Ep. 347 – Carlton Cuse
Host Brian Gary talks with writer Carlton Cuse (Jack Ryan, Locke & Key) about co-developing the AppleTV+ drama series Five Days at Memorial, chronicling the impact of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath at a local hospital.

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NOVEMBER 1, 2022

Ep. 346 – Dana Stevens
Host Hilliard Guess talks with screenwriter Dana Stevens (Fatherhood, Safe Haven) about the historical epic The Woman King and more.

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OCTOBER 28, 2022

Ep. 345 – Walter Hill
Host Brian Gary speaks with veteran filmmaker Walter Hill (48 Hours, The Warriors) about writing and directing his latest film, the Western Dead for a Dollar, career, and more.

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OCTOBER 25, 2022

Ep. 344 – Greg Garcia
Host Monique Sorgen talks with creator-showrunner Greg Garcia (My Name is Earl, Raising Hope) about his Amazon Freevee comedy series Sprung and more.

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OCTOBER 23, 2022

Ep. 343 – Gary Goldstein
Host Brian Gary speaks with writer Gary Goldstein (Forever Christmas, For Love & Honor) about his new Hallmark holiday movie, Lights, Camera, Christmas!, his latest novel, The Mother I Never Had, and pivoting from screenwriter to author.

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OCTOBER 20, 2022

Ep. 342 – Raamla Mohamed
Host Hilliard Guess talks with Reasonable Doubt creator-showrunner Raamla Mohamed (Scandal, Little Fires Everywhere) about her new Hulu legal drama series and more.

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OCTOBER 18, 2022

Ep. 341 – Rodrigo Garcia
Host Susie Singer Carter speaks with screenwriter-director Rodrigo Garcia (Four Good Days, Last Days in the Desert), about his latest film, Raymond & Ray, a dramedy which explores how two half-brothers reunite to honor their father’s final wish.

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OCTOBER 13, 2022

Ep. 340 – Steven Rogers
Host Moon Zappa talks with screenwriter Steven Rogers (I, Tonya, Love the Coopers) about creating and writing Hulu’s limited series, Mike, chronicling the controversial life and career and heavyweight champion boxer Mike Tyson.

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OCTOBER 11, 2022

Ep. 339 – David A. Goodman
Host David Sheftell speaks with past WGAW President David A. Goodman (The Orville, Family Guy) about writing the dark comedy Honor Society and more.

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OCTOBER 4, 2022

Ep. 338 – Allison Miller
Host Andra Whipple talks with The Resort co-showrunner-writer Allison Miller (Angelyne) about Peacock’s time-jumping, comedic mystery series and more.

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SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

Ep. 337 – Lucy Alibar
Host Aaron Mendelsohn speaks with screenwriter Lucy Alibar (Troop Zero, Beasts of the Southern Wild) about her recent film Where the Crawdads Sing and more.

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SEPTEMBER 27, 2022

Ep. 336 – Jennifer Kaytin Robinson
Host Andra Whipple speaks with screenwriter-director Jennifer Kaytin Robinson (Someone Great) about her latest movies, from Marvel superhero blockbuster Thor: Love and Thunder to Netflix dark comedy Do Revenge, and more.

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SEPTEMBER 22, 2022

Ep. 335 – Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton
Host Susie Singer Carter talks with writers Ben Lustig & Jake Thornton about smashing gender roles and fairytale tropes in their action-packed Hulu film The Princess.

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SEPTEMBER 20, 2021

Ep. 334 – Matthew Federman
Host David Sheftell speaks with Blood & Treasure co-creator-showrunner Matthew Federman (Limitless, Jericho) about season 2 of the action-adventure series streaming on Paramount+.

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SEPTEMBER 4, 2022

Ep. 333 – Claudia Forestieri & Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz
Host Monique Sorgen talks with Gordita Chronicles creators-showrunners Claudia Forestieri & Brigitte Muñoz-Liebowitz about their coming-of-age comedy series and more.

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AUGUST 30, 2022

Ep. 332 – Liz Meriwether
Host Brian Gary speaks with The Dropout showrunner-writer Liz Meriwether on how she drew fresh blood to chronicle the rise and fall of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes in Hulu’s docudrama limited series.

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AUGUST 26, 2022

Ep. 331 – Matt Wolpert & Ben Nedivi
Host Luciano Saber has a conversation with For All Mankind’s co-creators-showrunners Matt Wolpert & Ben Nedivi as season 3 of Apple TV+’s alternate-reality sci-fi series launches a Space Race to Mars.

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AUGUST 23, 2022

Ep. 330 – Natasha Lyonne and Allison Silverman
Host David Sheftell speaks with Russian Doll co-creator-showrunner-star Natasha Lyonne and writer Allison Silverman about how season 2 of Netflix’s trippy, dark comedy continues to play with time travel, family history, and more.

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AUGUST 18, 2022

Ep. 329 – Amy Schumer
Host Josephine Green Zhang talks with writer-actor-comedian Amy Schumer (Trainwreck, Inside Amy Schumer) about her career and her Hulu series Life & Beth.

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AUGUST 16, 2022

Ep. 328 – Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch
Host Susie Singer Carter speaks with ROAR creators-showrunners Liz Flahive & Carly Mensch (GLOW, Nurse Jackie) about their women-centric Apple TV+ anthology series and more.

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AUGUST 9, 2022

Ep. 327 – James Gunn
Host David Sheftell talks with Peacemaker creator-writer-director James Gunn (The Suicide Squad, Guardians of the Galaxy) about HBO Max’s hit superhero action-comedy series, what’s next in the DC Extended Universe, and more.

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AUGUST 4, 2022

Ep. 326 – Dennis Lehane
Host Brian Gary interviews novelist (Mystic River), screenwriter (The Drop), and showrunner Dennis Lehane (The Wire, Mr. Mercedes) about his true-crime limited series Black Bird streaming on AppleTV+.

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JULY 26, 2022

Ep. 325 – Reid Carolin
Host Aaron Fullerton speaks with screenwriter/co-director Reid Carolin (Magic Mike, Magic Mike XXL) about his recent film Dog, an unlikely buddy comedy about two Army Rangers on a road trip that leads them to some unexpected places.

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JULY 22, 2022

Ep. 324 – Brian Petsos
Host Brian Gary speaks with screenwriter-director Brian Petsos (Revenge for Jolly) about his recent film, Big Gold Brick, a genre-bending dark comedy.

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JULY 19, 2022

Ep. 323 – Arash Amel
Host Brian Gary talks with screenwriter Arash Amel (A Private War) about his latest film, Rise, the Disney+ family sports drama about the inspiring coming-of-age story of NBA superstar Giannis Antetokounmpo.

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JULY 15, 2022

Ep. 322 – Krystin Ver Linden
Host Hilliard Guess talks with screenwriter-director Krystin Ver Linden about her recent film Alice, an empowerment fable set in the post-Civil Rights-era American South.

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JULY 12, 2022

Ep. 321 – David DiGilio
Host Luciano Saber talks with The Terminal List creator-showrunner David DiGilio about adapting Jack Carr’s novel for Amazon’s political thriller series.

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JUNE 30, 2022

Ep. 320 – Justin Noble
Host Monique Sorgen speaks with The Sex Lives of College Girls co-creator-showrunner Justin Noble about HBO Max’s comedy series focused on four college roommates navigating their lives on campus.

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JUNE 27, 2022

Ep. 319 – Chris Mundy
Host David Sheftell speaks with Ozark showrunner-writer Chris Mundy about mapping the path toward the Netflix drama series’ finale.

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JUNE 24, 2022

Ep. 318 – Danny Strong
Host Brian Gary talks with Dopesick creator-showrunner Danny Strong about Hulu’s drama series that chronicles the personal cost and devastating impact of opioid addiction.

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JUNE 22, 2022

Ep. 317 – Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson
Host Josephine Green Zhang talks with Yellowjackets creators-showrunners and married writing team Ashley Lyle & Bart Nickerson about their Showtime series that stings with a mix of horror, mystery, and pitch-black comedy.

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JUNE 17, 2022

Ep. 316 – Molly Smith Metzler
Host Brian Gary speaks with Maid creator-showrunner Molly Smith Metzler about bringing Stephanie Land’s memoir to the screen for Netflix’s drama series that empathizes with everyday struggles of the working poor.

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JUNE 13, 2022

Ep. 315 – Saladin K. Patterson
Host Hilliard Guess talks with The Wonder Years creator-showrunner Saladin K. Patterson about reimagining ABC’s series as a Black coming-of-age story set in the ’60s-era South.

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JUNE 9, 2022

Ep. 314 – Kathleen Robertson
Host Brian Gary speaks with Swimming with Sharks creator-showrunner Kathleen Robertson about reimagining the ’90s movie for Roku’s drama series.

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JUNE 6, 2022

Ep. 313 – Alec Berg & Bill Hader
Host Moon Zappa talks with Barry co-creators/co-showrunners Alec Berg & Bill Hader about exploring even darker places, while still finding the funny, on the latest season of HBO’s pitch-black comedy series.

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JUNE 3, 2022

Ep. 312 – Robbie Pickering
Host Aaron Fullerton speaks with Gaslit creator-showrunner Robbie Pickering about Starz’s limited series that explores untold stories involving Watergate’s political scandal.

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MAY 25, 2022

Ep. 311 – Aaron Cooley
Host Hilliard Guess talks with The First Lady creator-showrunner Aaron Cooley about reframing American leadership through the lens of the First Ladies in Showtime’s historical drama series that dives deep into these women’s personal and political lives.

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MAY 23, 2022

Ep. 310 – Brendan Hunt and Brett Goldstein
Host David Sheftell speaks with Ted Lasso co-developer/co-star Brendan Hunt and writer/co-star Brett Goldstein about the game plan for Apple TV+’s sports comedy series.

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MAY 19, 2022

Ep. 309 – Robin Veith
Host Aaron Fullerton talks with Candy co-creator/co-showrunner Robin Veith (The Expanse, The Act) about transforming an ’80s suburban murder case into Hulu’s true-crime limited series.

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MAY 16, 2022

Ep. 308 – Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with The Man Who Fell to Earth creators-showrunners Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds) about reimagining the ’60s novel and ’70s film for Showtime’s sci-fi series involving a new alien who must confront his past to determine our future.

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MAY 12, 2022

Ep. 307 – Michael Patrick King
Host Monique Sorgen speaks with …And Just Like That developer-showrunner Michael Patrick King (2 Broke Girls, The Comeback) about updating HBO’s culture-defining comedy series Sex and the City and more.

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MAY 9, 2022

Ep. 306 – Jonathan Tropper
Host Brian Gary talks with creator-writer Jonathan Tropper (Warrior, Banshee) about co-screenwriting Netflix’s time-travel, sci-fi action-comedy The Adam Project.

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MAY 5, 2022

Ep. 305 – Courtney Lilly
Monique Sorgen talks with writer-producer Courtney Lilly (black-ish, The Cleveland Show) about his rise from staff writer to showrunner.

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MAY 2, 2022

Ep. 304 – Liz Hannah & Patrick Macmanus
Host Moon Zappa speaks with The Girl From Plainview creators-showunners Liz Hannah (The Post, Mindhunter) & Patrick Macmanus (Dr. Death, Homecoming) about the social responsibility of their Hulu drama limited series based on real-life tragedy that addresses mental health, toxic relationships, and teen suicide.

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APRIL 29, 2022

Ep. 303 – Tom Gormican & Kevin Etten
Host Brian Gary talks with screenwriters Tom Gormican (director) & Kevin Etten about how art imitates life in the meta Nicolas Cage action-comedy The Unbearable Weight of Massive Talent.

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APRIL 27, 2022

Ep. 302 – Ali Schouten
Host Monique Sorgen speaks with iCARLY showrunner-EP-writer Ali Schouten about season two of Paramount+’s revival and taking a modern, inclusive approach to the comedy series.

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APRIL 18, 2022

Ep. 301 – Krister Johnson
Host David Sheftell talks with Murderville developer-showrunner-EP-writer Krister Johnson (Medical Police, Children’s Hospital) about Netflix’s unique series that’s a hybrid of scripted and improv comedy.

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APRIL 14, 2022

Ep. 300 – Dan Erickson
Host Aaron Fullerton speaks with Severance creator-showrunner Dan Erickson about his mind-bending AppleTV+ sci-fi series.

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APRIL 11, 2022

WGA 101 – Meg LeFauve & Josh Cooley
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with screenwriters Meg LeFauve and Josh Cooley about writing Disney-Pixar’s acclaimed animated film Inside Out, one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).

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APRIL 6, 2022

Ep. 299 – Jeb Stuart
Host Brian Gary speaks with screenwriter Jeb Stuart (Die Hard, The Fugitive) about creating Netflix’s epic historical drama series Vikings: Valhalla, his writing career, and more.

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APRIL 4, 2022

Ep. 298 – Jordan Weiss
Host Monique Sorgen interviews Dollface creator-showrunner Jordan Weiss about her Hulu comedy series about a group of young women navigating work, love, and a deeper relationship with themselves.

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MARCH 31, 2022

WGA 101 – Karen McCullah & Kirsten ‘Kiwi” Smith
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with screenwriters Karen McCullah & Kirsten ‘Kiwi” Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, The Ugly Truth) about writing hit comedy Legally Blonde, named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).

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MARCH 28, 2022

Ep. 297 – Matt Lopez
Host Luciano Saber speaks with Promised Land creator-showrunner Matt Lopez about his drama series centering on two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in Sonoma Valley’s wine country—and how representation matters onscreen and in the writers’ room.

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MARCH 25, 2022

Ep. 296 – Matt Reeves
Host Brian Gary talks with screenwriter-director Matt Reeves (War for the Planet of the Apes, Let Me In) about his decidedly darker take on Gotham City’s iconic superhero in The Batman.

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MARCH 22, 2022

Ep. 295 – Morgan Cooper
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with Bel Air co-developer-showrunner Morgan Cooper about reimagining ’90s sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air with a more dramatic vibe updated for 2022.

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MARCH 17, 2022

Ep. 294 – Aaron Sorkin
Host Brian Gary talks with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin about writing and directing the recent Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz behind-the-scenes biopic, Being the Ricardos, as well as The Social Network, ranked #3 on WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).

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MARCH 14, 2022

WGA 101 – Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg
Host David Sheftell speaks with Seth Rogen & Evan Goldberg about writing the hit teen comedy Superbad, named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).

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MARCH 10, 2022

Ep. 293 – Ann Slichter and Scott Saltzburg
Host Luciano Saber interviews Weakest Link head writer Ann Slichter and writer Scott Saltzburg about what it takes to put together a primetime game show.

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MARCH 7, 2022

WGA 101 – Diana Ossana
Host Gary Goldstein talks with screenwriter Diana Ossana about the journey from page to screen and enduring impact of Brokeback Mountain, named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far), and her late writing partner Larry McMurtry.

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MARCH 3, 2022

Ep. 292 – Yahlin Chang
Host Brian Gary speaks with The Handmaid’s Tale writer-executive producer Yahlin Chang about Hulu’s acclaimed dystopian drama.

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MARCH 1, 2022

Ep. 291 – Kourtney Kang
Host Monique Sorgen talks with TV comedy writer Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat, How I Met Your Mother) about developing and showrunning Doogie Kamealoha, M.D., Disney+’s dramedy series about a 16-year-old prodigy juggling her medical career and life as a teenager.

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FEBRUARY 25, 2022

Ep. 290 – Ben Cleary
Host Brian Gary speaks with filmmaker Ben Cleary about writing and directing sci-fi drama Swan Song, and how personal experience inspired the film’s exploration of love, loss, and hard choices.

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FEBRUARY 23, 2022

Ep. 289 – Patrick Somerville
Host Aaron Fullerton talks with Station Eleven creator-showrunner Patrick Somerville (Made for Love, Maniac) about HBO Max’s post-apocalyptic limited series that’s eerily timely in our pandemic era.

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FEBRUARY 17, 2022

WGA 101 – Barry Jenkins
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with filmmaker Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk, The Underground Railroad) about writing and directing his breakthrough film, Moonlight, named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).

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FEBRUARY 14, 2022

Ep. 288 – Tony McNamara
Host Brian Gary talks with The Great creator-showrunner-writer Tony McNamara about season 2 of Hulu’s revisionist period piece comedy series—huzzah!

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FEBRUARY 10, 2022

Ep. 287 – Marissa Jo Cerar
In honor of Black History Month, WGAW Committee of Black Writers Co-chair Hilliard Guess talks with Women of the Movement creator-showrunner Marissa Jo Cerar about bringing the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley, who sought justice for her slain son Emmett Till, to the screen for ABC’s limited series.

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FEBRUARY 7, 2022

Ep. 286 – Susan Soon He Stanton
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Susan Soon He Stanton about writing for HBO’s darkly comic drama series Succession.

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FEBRUARY 3, 2022

Ep. 285 – Amy Koppelman
Host Moon Zappa talks with screenwriter-director-author Amy Koppelman about adapting her novel A Mouthful of Air for the recent film which explores postpartum depression.

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JANUARY 31, 2022

Ep. 284 – Marvin Lemus & Linda Yvette Chavez
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Gentefied creators-showrunners Marvin Lemus & Linda Yvette Chavez about Netflix’s Latinx dramedy series, which explores the impact of gentrification, immigration, and cross-cultural identities in an L.A. neighborhood.

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JANUARY 27, 2022

Ep. 283 – Sterlin Harjo
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Reservation Dogs co-creator/showrunner Sterlin Harjo about the ground-breaking Hulu comedy, why Native American/Indigenous inclusion is vital in the writers’ room, and how representation matters on both sides of the camera.

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JANUARY 21, 2022

Ep. 282 – Virgil Williams
Host Hilliard Guess talks with screenwriter Virgil Williams (Mudbound) about the military drama/love story A Journal for Jordan.

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JANUARY 19, 2022

WGA 101 – Lulu Wang
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with filmmaker Lulu Wang about writing and directing The Farewell, named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).

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JANUARY 18, 2022

Ep. 281 – Sian Heder
Host David Sheftell speaks with CODA screenwriter-director Sian Heder (Little America, Tallulah), about her recent film, which explores the coming-of-age of a teenage girl growing up as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), torn between family obligations and the pursuit of her own dreams.

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JANUARY 14, 2022

Ep. 280 – Steven Knight
Host Moon Zappa speaks with screenwriter Steven Knight (Locked Down, Allied) about how he got inside the mind of Princess Diana for the royal drama Spencer.

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JANUARY 11, 2022

Ep. 279 – Tracey Scott Wilson
Host Hilliard Guess talks with writer Tracey Scott Wilson (Fosse/Verdon, The Americans) about bringing the life and career of iconic singer Aretha Franklin to the screen for biopic Respect.

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