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Nutrition and Food Science: Episode II



YJBM editors and podcast hosts chat with David Hafler, the Chair of the Department of Neurology and Professor of Neurology and Immunobiology at Yale, about the connection between food and metabolism, the nervous system, and the immune system for our second episode about food and nutritional science.


Gina Gionfriddo – Playwright, TV writer (Law & Order, The Alienist, Cold Case, House of Cards)



Award-winning playwright and TV writer Gina Gionfriddo joins Aaron for an extensive discussion about TV and theatre writing. They talk Law & Order, the politics of TV writers’ rooms, and how to tackle a scene. Gina is a recipient of a WGA award, an Outer Critics Circle award, a Guggenheim fellowship, and she’s a two-time finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in Drama.


Ken Levine — TV writer (Cheers, Frasier, MASH, The Simpsons)



Join Aaron for his in-depth convo with the man who co-wrote 36 episodes (!) of Cheers, the greatest sitcom of all time. Behind the scenes stories, memories from production, and what made the show such a classic. Stick around for stories about working with Tom Hanks, rewriting Mannequin, and Ken’s love for The Producers.


Nancy Meyers — Oscar-nominated Screenwriter, Director



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 her truly remarkable and unique career.


Dave Itzkoff – Journalist, The New York Times. Author, “Mad As Hell” and “Robin.”



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, “Robin,” a biography of Robin Williams.


Sensory Biology and Pain: Episode II



We will be following up our first episode by interviewing a neuroscientist studying the visual cortex, Dr. Jess Cardin from the Department of Neuroscience at Yale. We will discuss our current understanding of visual processing, the role of visual cortex, her research interests, and more.


Stephany Folsom — Screenwriter, Toy Story 4



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.


FAITH, CAKE, and THE FIRST AMENDMENT



Evan and Erin are joined by their guest Paul Daniels to discuss the upcoming Supreme Court Case: Masterpiece Cake Shop vs Colorado Civil Rights Commission, in which a Christian baker declined to bake a wedding cake for a same sex couple. In this much anticipated legal battle, the court will determine the extent of freedom of religion and what exactly qualifies as discrimination.