Category Archives: To Live & Dialogue in LA

Stephany Folsom Redux! – Toy Story 4 Screenwriter



With Toy Story 4 just released, we’re reposting our great conversation with screenwriter Stephany Folsom.

Stephany explains the multi year process of screenwriting at Pixar, working with animators, what it’s like on the Pixar campus, and the responsibility she feels to the billion dollar franchise.


12 Angry Men (1957) w/ special guest Aaron Tracy



Today we’re posting the most recent episode of Classic Movie Musts, which Aaron guested on. Aaron does a deep dive on one of his favorite movies, 12 Angry Men, with the show’s host, Max Baril.

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Jules Feiffer – Screenwriter, Cartoonist, Playwright



Join Aaron on stage at the Bay Street Theater in Sag Harbor, NY for a remarkable evening with legendary, Pulitzer-winning screenwriter and cartoonist, Jules Feiffer.

Recorded on Jules’s 90th birthday, after a screening of his 1970s masterpiece, Carnal Knowledge (starring Jack Nicholson, Dir. Mike Nichols), Jules walks us through this extraordinary film, his collaboration with Nicholson, Nichols, Bergen, and Garfunkel, as well as touching on his lengthy career as America’s best known satirist.

Winner of the Polk Award, an Oscar, an Obie, an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Pulitzer, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the WGA, this is a rare opportunity to hear from a living legend.

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Terence Winter Redux! – The Sopranos 20th anniversary



In honor of the 20th anniversary of one of the greatest TV shows ever made, we’re replaying our very first episode of the podcast with a new introduction.

Terry Winter worked his way up The Sopranos writing staff to become one of the three key contributors to the series. Terry went on to a 20 year career at HBO, creating and showrunning two additional series after the end of The Sopranos. He was also nominated for an Oscar for writing The Wolf of Wall Street.

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Dale Launer – Screenwriter (My Cousin Vinny, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Ruthless People)



Dale has written some of the most memorable and enjoyable comedies of the last few decades, including two of the WGA’s 101 Funniest Screenplays Of All Time. From My Cousin Vinny to Dirty Rotten Scoundrels to Ruthless People, Dale’s scripts poke fun at the class system, and champion the underdog against whatever ruling system is in place. These are laugh out loud comedies that aren’t afraid to be smart. Join Aaron and Dale for a wide ranging conversation about Dale’s process and career.


Michael Rauch is back! – TV Creator, Showrunner



To Live & Dialogue’s first-ever returning guest! Join Aaron and Michael in front of a packed crowd in New Haven to discuss Michael’s prolific career. A successful TV Creator and Showrunner, Michael’s current series is the CBS drama “Instinct,” starring Alan Cumming, which returns for its second season next month. Michael speaks about the nuts and bolts of running a network show, his thoughts on directing, casting, and much much more.


Emily Nussbaum – Pulitzer Prize Winning TV Critic at The New Yorker



Emily is one of the sharpest, most innovative, most influential TV critics working today. She’s the TV critic at The New Yorker, and recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for criticism.

Emily was kind enough to shlep up to New Haven where she spoke to Aaron’s class, then did a larger Q&A on stage, answering questions about her career, her process, her run-ins with the TV creators she’s reviewed, and her thoughts on the current state of TV writing.


Cinco Paul – Screenwriter (Despicable Me, The Secret Life of Pets)



One of the biggest names in animated movies, Cinco Paul has co-written the screenplays for Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2 and 3, Horton Hears A Who, Hop, The Lorax, and The Secret Life of Pets, among many others. Cinco and his writing partner, Ken Daurio, are giants in the field, who have now turned their eye on TV, while continuing to write blockbuster films. Join Aaron and Cinco for an in-depth convo about how to write with a partner, how to pitch comedy vs. drama, and where those damn minions come from.


Nell Scovell – TV Creator/Writer (The Simpsons, Late Night, Sabrina)



Nell Scovell has written on some of the most iconic TV comedies of the past few decades, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, Coach, The Muppets, Monk, and she’s Creator and Executive Producer of Sabrina, the Teenage Witch.

In books, Nell collaborated with Sheryl Sandberg on Lean In, which resulted in a worldwide movement. And Nell’s memoir about her career, Just the Funny Parts, has recently come out in paperback.


Gavin Edwards – Writer, Journalist, Biographer



Gavin is an incredibly talented non-fiction writer.  Prolific on music and movies, he’s written entire books on Bill Murray, Tom Hanks, and River Phoenix.  This last one brought Gavin’s well-researched and insightful work to Aaron’s attention. Gavin’s writing has been published in Rolling Stone, The New York Times, and Wired, among other outlets. Aaron is excited to talk to Gavin about his writing process, interacting with his famous subjects, and finally solving the mystery of how one gets in touch with Bill Murray.