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From the campus of Yale University, a new conversation every week with some of the brightest names in TV and Screenwriting. Join Yale lecturer and screenwriter Aaron Tracy as he investigates the mysteries of dramatic writing, talking to his guests about what, how, when, where and why they write what they do.

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    • 4.8 • 53 Ratings

From the campus of Yale University, a new conversation every week with some of the brightest names in TV and Screenwriting. Join Yale lecturer and screenwriter Aaron Tracy as he investigates the mysteries of dramatic writing, talking to his guests about what, how, when, where and why they write what they do.

    Sophie Zucker — Writer/Actress (Dickinson on Apple TV)

    Sophie Zucker — Writer/Actress (Dickinson on Apple TV)

    Live from campus — pre quarantine — Sophie tells Aaron about the unique way she got her first staff job, what happens when Tim Cook walks into a table read of your script, and how she’s navigated the beginnings of an acting resume that already includes gems like The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, The Other Two, and Dickinson.

    A fascinating conversation for fans of those shows, as well as anyone interested in breaking into the TV industry.

    Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for show updates.

    • 43 min
    Ben McKenzie — Actor, Director, Producer, Writer

    Ben McKenzie — Actor, Director, Producer, Writer

    Live on campus!…before the quarantine…Aaron and Ben sit down in front of a packed audience to discuss Ben’s successful career as the star of three consecutive broadcast dramas. From The O.C., to Southland, to Gotham, Ben is on a remarkable run, recently adding writer/director/producer to his resume.

    Ben goes deep on his early days in the industry, his most important influences, his work ethic, and a lot more.

    Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for updates.

    • 57 min
    Michael Douglas — Oscar-winning Actor, Producer

    Michael Douglas — Oscar-winning Actor, Producer

    Hollywood legend Michael Douglas walks Aaron through highlights of his era-defining career. They pay particular attention to Michael’s working relationship with screenwriters, including those behind Wall Street, Fatal Attraction, The American President, and many others.

    Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for show updates.

    • 59 min
    Daniel Pink — Bestselling Author

    Daniel Pink — Bestselling Author

    Dan Pink’s TED Talk on the science of motivation is one of the 10 most-watched TED Talks of all time, with more than 20 million views. Dan’s research and writing has a lot to say about how to navigate the creative life, which made Aaron jump at the chance to get him on the show. Join Aaron and Dan for a fascinating conversation about Dan’s recent book, “When: The Scientific Secrets of Perfect Timing.”

    Dan’s subtle but convincing message is that when we do things matters every bit as much as what we’re doing.

    Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for show updates.

    • 51 min
    Laurie Santos — Creator/Host of megahit podcast, The Happiness Lab. Yale Professor

    Laurie Santos — Creator/Host of megahit podcast, The Happiness Lab. Yale Professor

    Dr. Laurie Santos joins Aaron in the studio for a fascinating conversation about happiness research, and how it pertains to the creative life.

    Laurie is a professor of psychology and cognitive science here at Yale. She’s also the Creator/Host of the #1 trending podcast in the nation right now, The Happiness Lab. https://www.happinesslab.fm/

    Laurie’s show has its origins in a class she taught last year. A class that became, quite simply, the most popular course in Yale’s 300 year history. One out of every four students signed up for it. They had to hold it in the symphony hall.

    Both Laurie’s class and her podcast focus on how science and research can help us lead healthier, happier, more satisfying lives. You won’t want to miss this.

    Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for show updates.

    • 36 min
    Richard Curtis — Screenwriter, Director (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually)

    Richard Curtis — Screenwriter, Director (Four Weddings and a Funeral, Love Actually)

    Aaron sits down with one of the great screenwriters of charming romantic comedies. Wait, no qualifier necessary. Aaron sits down with THE greatest screenwriter of charming romantic comedies. From Four Weddings and a Funeral…to Notting Hill…to Love Actually…to Bridget Jones’s Diary…Richard in a class by himself.

    Aaron asks Richard about various pieces of writing advice he’s given over the years, and whether he continues to stand by it all. A must listen for anyone interested in the art of screenwriting. Aaron and Richard also dissect a key scene from Four Weddings to Aaron’s great delight. And much, much more.

    Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for updates.

    • 36 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
53 Ratings

53 Ratings

Andie Bacon/Moon ,

1st show I heard

Just listened to your Michael Douglas interview - fantastic. Discovered your show when you were a guest on Classic Movie Musts. Looking forward to hearing more podcasts.

B€1253 ,

Great show

Got directed here from Classic Movie Musts podcast where Aaron was a guest. Glad I found this show, great interviews from some of the best writers out there!

Ello R ,

Love the intros

Aaron has a nice voice

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