Monthly Archives: March 2018

Ep. 51 – Why Baseball Matters



Baseball is America’s Pastime but can it survive in the technological era when games are longer than most attention spans? Susan Jacoby, author and longtime baseball fan, discusses the history of the game and what it can do to keep fans engaged. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Soundcloud


Donald Margulies — Screenwriter, Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright



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.


Part 1- The Women’s Movement



Join us on The Other Side as we discuss THE WOMENS MOVEMENT with our special guest: Heaven Berhane. In this two-part episode we examine: Womanism vs Feminism. The #MeToo and #TimesUp Movements. We also explore a very important question: Have the needs of Women of Color been addressed or dismissed by The Women’s Movements of the past and present?


Ep. 50 – The Art of Libation in Classical Athens



Explore the prevalence and the significance of images of liquids being poured from vessels in the fascinating and beautiful artworks of 5th century Athens. Yale associate professor Milette Gaifman, with a joint appointment in the Departments of Classics and History of Art, is perfectly situated to discuss what it is the

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Brian Greene — best-selling author, theoretical physicist, dramatic writer



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 Hollywood and Theoretical Physics (there are more than you’d think!).


Michael Rauch — TV Creator and Showrunner



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 the two of them geek out on William Goldman and the craft behind Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.


Ep. 49 – Picasso and Drawing



Drawing serves as a vital thread connecting artist Pablo Picasso’s entire body of work. Christopher Lloyd – former Surveyor of The Queen’s Pictures in the British Royal Collection – talks to George Miller about Picasso’s drawings, tracing the artist’s lifelong achievement as a draughtsman. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Soundcloud


Dana Calvo — TV Creator and Showrunner



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.


20th Anniversary of the Environmental Performance Index



The 2018 Environmental Performance Index (EPI) ranks 180 countries on 24 performance indicators across ten issue categories covering environmental health and ecosystem vitality. These metrics provide a gauge at a national scale of how close countries are to established environmental policy goals. The EPI thus offers a scorecard that highlights leaders and laggards in environmental performance, gives insight on best practices, and provides guidance for countries that aspire to be leaders in sustainability.


Ep. 48 – The History of Modern Iran



What events have shaped Iran as we know it today? What lies at the foundation of Iran’s culture and society? Where does it see itself on the global stage? Abbas Amanat discusses modern Iran’s past and present. Subscribe: iTunes | Stitcher | Soundcloud