11 episodes

Reza Aslan sits down for drinks with the most influential writers working today across film, literature, and music.

Rough Draft with Reza Aslan Topic

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 16 Ratings

Reza Aslan sits down for drinks with the most influential writers working today across film, literature, and music.

    Mikel Jollett

    Mikel Jollett

    Mikel Jollett’s memoir Hollywood Park isn’t your typical rock star memoir. The frontman for The Airborne Toxic Event joins Reza for a socially-distanced chat about his genre-defying, rule-breaking book. They discuss Mikel’s childhood in the infamous Synanon cult, the difference between writing a book and writing a song, and Mikel’s love for boundary-pushing memoirs. There’s also a special acoustic performance of his song “Come On Out”!
     
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    This talk was originally presented by the 92nd Street Y.
     
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    Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.
     
    Hosted by Reza Aslan
     
    Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.
     
    Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.
     
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    • 1 hr 10 min
    Melissa Rosenberg

    Melissa Rosenberg

    Melissa Rosenberg has written some of the most successful, resonant scripts of the last two decades, from Dexter to Twilight to Jessica Jones. She and Reza chat about finding her own perspective on the Twilight saga, wrapping up Jessica Jones, and navigating harassment in Hollywood. They also play “Team Bella or Team Jessica”!
     
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    Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.
     
    Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.
     
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    • 1 hr 26 min
    Steven Canals

    Steven Canals

    Steven Canals, the creator of FX’s award-winning show Pose, speaks with Reza about his journey to get the show made. They touch on finding community in Paris Is Burning, framing Pose as a family drama, and writing a show that is fantastical but not a fantasy.
    Featuring a special guest performance from the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles!
     
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    Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.
     
    Hosted by Reza Aslan
     
    Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.
     
    Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.
     
    Twitter | @roughdraftreza
     
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    • 1 hr 9 min
    Bess Kalb

    Bess Kalb

    Comedian, screenwriter, and all-around awesome person Bess Kalb joins Reza for a socially-distanced chat about her book Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. They talk about diversifying late-night comedy, the similarities between Jewish grandmothers and Persian mothers, and how writing in her grandmother’s voice gave Bess a new understanding of her mom and grandma.
     
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    This talk was originally presented by the 92nd Street Y.
     
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    Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.
     
    Hosted by Reza Aslan
     
    Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.
     
    Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.
     
    Twitter | @roughdraftreza
     
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    • 59 min
    Vic Mensa

    Vic Mensa

    The sensational Vic Mensa sits down with Reza this week. The two talk Vic’s politically aware childhood, the search for freedom, and the power of mythology. Then, Johan Lenox joins the chat to talk collaborating with Vic on their album 93PUNX.
     
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    Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.
     
    Hosted by Reza Aslan
     
    Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.
     
    Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.
     
    Twitter | @roughdraftreza
     
    Facebook | Rough Draft with Reza Aslan
     
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    • 1 hr 30 min
    Tanya Saracho & Gloria Calderón Kellett

    Tanya Saracho & Gloria Calderón Kellett

    The incredible writers and showrunners Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time) and Tanya Saracho (Vida) join Reza for a lively discussion about their careers and ethos. They discuss starting out in theatre, remaking a writer’s room from scratch, the importance of representation on and off camera, and the utter perfection of When Harry Met Sally.
     
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    Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.
     
    Hosted by Reza Aslan
     
    Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.
     
    Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.
     
    Twitter | @roughdraftreza
     
    Facebook | Rough Draft with Reza Aslan
     
    Follow Reza @rezaaslan
     
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    • 1 hr 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

manderzereviews ,

Well Researched and Well Done

As a fellow Iranian-American, I have been keeping up with Reza Aslan for quite some time mostly through social media so when I saw he was hosting a podcast I got excited!! The episodes so far are culturally relevant showcasing people of all different walks of life with thorough interviews. It showcases the importance of storytelling from all types of people. Can’t wait to continue listening!

Cobbycobb-UK ,

Complete idiot

Just another idiotic blowhard that doesn’t know what he is talking about.

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