Category Archives: To Live & Dialogue in LA

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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James Patterson — The World’s Best Selling Author



Aaron welcomes the biggest name in books to the pod for a rare, career-spanning interview. Patterson is the best selling writer of the past several decades. He’s sold more than 300 million copies of his books, including 114 New York Times bestsellers. 67 of those have hit #1, which is a Guinness World Record for a single author.

Patterson walks Aaron through his work habits, his film and TV adaptations, and the secret to his immense output. They also discuss Patterson’s mega-fans Bill Clinton, and Serena Williams, as well as the new scripted series Aaron is writing based on one of James’ most beloved works.

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Ron Howard — Director, Producer, Writer, Actor



Welcome to a new season of To Live & Dialogue! Aaron sits down with one of his filmmaking heroes, Ron Howard, for a wide ranging conversation about Ron’s legendary career, focusing on the extraordinary screenwriters and TV creators he’s worked with since Happy Days. Hear the origin stories of some of Ron’s most beloved films.

Films discussed include: Night Shift, Splash, The Paper, Ransom, A Beautiful Mind, Frost/Nixon, Cinderella Man, One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest (one of Ron’s favorites), and many more.

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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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