Posts Tagged ‘Podcast’


Writing Long Week 23 – 12. June, 2017

It’s the week after submitting to the fellowships and I kind of half-assed it.

I did read that Seinfeld spec about the Twin Towers.

I admit, I laughed out loud.

I watched Wonder Woman and Gone Girl. Both are pretty damn great, albeit a tad too long.

As for my own work, I’m starting back up with my horror pilot and I’m also cultivating ideas for a fiction podcast, ala Homecoming (soon to be a Julia Roberts TV show — WHAT?!), The Truth, and Welcome to Nightvale.

Do you have a favorite fiction podcast? If so, send it my way.

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To Write Better, Listen More – 18. June, 2015


We live in the Golden Age of the podcast and we should thank this man.


Meaning Ira Glass, not Fred Armisen.

Because of podcasts, it’s possible to learn SO. MUCH. MORE about any topic. If you’re an aspiring screenwriter, you absolutely should be listing to these awesome podcasts.

The Nerdist Writers Panel focuses on the television writers room but every so often they’ll have a feature writer. Here’s an interview with Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling.


Scriptnotes is the best screenwriting podcast in the land. They tackle everything from formatting trends to industry news. This is a “must listen” for any writer.


Want a TV writing podcast that’s both in-depth and off the wall? You can’t go wrong with the Children of Tendu.


If you prefer a pushy interviewer trying to dig secrets out of filmmakers (that’s why my buddy Ted *LOVES* this podcast), then you must check out The Q & A.


Looking for a friendlier interviewer of screenwriters? If so, On The Page is your jam.


Do you want to be so appalled that you’re crying from laughter? Subscribe to The Black List Table Reads and start with Balls Out (and thank me later).


I love the Writers Guild Foundation. They’re awesome, they have an amazing library and they have a podcast too.


Lastly, there’s the Austin Film Festival On Story podcast. They’re the best fest for writers and they present many of their panels in podcast form. If you like what you hear, sign up to attend.


Subscribe. Listen. Learn.

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Studio 360 with Alec Baldwin (What?!) – 12. April, 2010

So it’s been a while since I wrote about my favorite NPR podcasts and I almost skipped this one for one obvious reason… but then I had to include it for one obvious reason.

Studio 360 is a great radio program about film, literature, music, the arts that’s normally hosted by Kurt Anderson but this episode is hosted by Alec Baldwin and it’s awesome.

Please listen.


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Theater Talk – 28. December, 2009

I caught most of NINE and just wasn’t blown away. I talked to some friends that also saw it and they just couldn’t put their finger on it either. Then I heard this episode of Theater Talk.

Once again I have KCRW to thank for their insight.

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This American Life – 25. December, 2009

My holiday gift to you is my holiday gift to myself. Last night I bought one of the sweetest shirts I’ve ever seen but there’s a bit of backstory required.

First, you need to check out THIS AMERICAN LIFE. Maybe you’ve seen the cable show but you should really listen to the radio program or podcast them like I do.

Second, you need to listen to this story (it runs about 14 minutes).


Now check out the shirt I bought by clicking on the TAL logo below.  Don’t cheat.  Listen to the whole story first before clicking below.



Lastly, this is public radio so they operate off the generosity of your donations and this year it’s easier than ever to support THIS AMERICAN LIFE.  You can now text the word LIFE to the number 25383 and you’ll make a one-time donation of $5; it’ll show up on your mobile phone bill.  After you send the text, you’ll need to reply YES to the confirmation and you’re done.  If that story and shirt made you smile, why not do the right thing and show this great radio program a little Christmas love.

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Friday Fun: Coverville – 11. December, 2009

Pink Floyd, Nine Inch Nails, The Cure, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Pulp, NWA, Gloria Gaynor, Nirvana… what do they all have in common? Each has had a song covered and now retired to the Coverville Hall of Fame. Therefore, today we celebrate Coverville.

Happy Fun Friday!

Okay, I know most of are asking yourself, “Cover-what?” Allow me to explain. First, a bit of back story. I jumped on the podcasting bandwagon the second I got my first iPod. One of my first subscriptions was Coverville, a music podcast by Brian Ibbott that celebrates the art of the cover. When I started listening, it was well before the show hit triple digits; as of this writing they’ve just posted episode #633, the one referenced above.

I could go into a long explanation about the Coverville Countdown or the Coverville Hall of Fame but let me just say that episode #633 is wall-to-wall awesome and these songs might never be played on Coverville again. Want a preview? Here’s one track you’ll find in episode #633. Warning: this song is not safe for work.

[audio:Nina Gordon – Straight Out Of Compton.mp3]

If that doesn’t get you to subscribe, I don’t know what’s wrong with you.

Also, let me make a little pitch for Coverville. This is a free podcast, as in it doesn’t cost you anything. There’s only one or two commercials in the show and a list of sponsors at the end. Brian is a stand-up guy so he licenses all the music on his show and that’s a heavy financial burden. To ease that burden, he started the Coverville Citizenship program. Donate $40 and you’ll get a t-shirt, a DVD with the previous 100 episodes either as MP3 or AAC (which let’s you skip the commercials) and access to a bonus podcast.

Did I also mention that Brian put together a cover tribute to Spinal Tap? Did I also mention that it’s free, too?

So here’s your mission. First, subscribe to the podcast. Coverville is about to start their annual countdown so you’re guaranteed the cream of the crop. Second, download the Spinal Tap cover album. Third, if the first two things put a smile on your face do the right thing and become a Coverville Citizen. I’m a citizen and look at how happy Brian and I are…

GABF 2009 - 28
(we’re also at the GABF but that’s another story)

Have a great Friday!

(Oh-my-God, my fingers are so tired from embedding all those links!)

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The Business Brief – 16. November, 2009

A while ago I covered The Business by KCRW but they also have a sister program hosted by their producer Matt Holzman. This week’s topic sent a shiver down my back.

I’m gonna assume you’ve seen THE BOONDOCK SAINTS. Have you seen the documentary OVERNIGHT? If not, do that next.

That Troy Duffy gets held up as a 2.0 filmmaking hero and that it’s suggested that others should try to emulate his resolve, well, I know what they mean but that also kinda makes me sick.

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Second Opinion – 30. September, 2009

In my continuing effort to turn you on to KCRW’s wonderful programming, may I suggest you take a listen to A Second Opinion.

So why this particular episode? Allow me an indulgence. Growing up, I had a best friend that was a genius. I don’t use that as hyperbole; he was studying to become a doctor (both PhD and MD) at the same time. Therefore he studied, researched, trained and worked like a mad man (did I ever mention the sumer he and I drove strippers around town at night? No? Well, that’s for another post).

My buddy couldn’t afford to sleep more than 3-4 hours a night but after a while the body starts to buckle. This was when a medical school friend of his turned him on to Ritalin. “Once in a while” turned into “once a week” which turned into a crystal meth addiction that led to his heart exploding one night.

And I can say with certainty that he isn’t the only MD I knew that (ab)used Ritalin (also knew a few more MDs that partook in the crystal meth).

So to answer Dr. Michael Wilkes, I don’t think we need jacked up doctors that can see more patients. I think we need well rested doctors that don’t need the crutch.

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Planet Money – 16. September, 2009

I just realized that it’s been about one year since our economy went to Hell. Therefore, it’s been just under a year since I started listening to NPR‘s Planet Money Podcast.


If you’ve ever wanted someone to explain the financial meltdown to you in human terms, I don’t think anyone does it better.

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Art Talk – 10. August, 2009

If you’ve ever found yourself under the spell of a Russian baritone expounding on art then you’ve heard one of the true treasures of KCRW. If not, allow me to introduce you to Art Talk:

Edward has got to be one of the most forthright commentators on the station. And fie on LACMA for ending their film series. At a time when Hollywood is packing more theaters with the same tent pole fare, Los Angeles needs to preserve every possible alternative theater space imaginable. That means we can’t lose The Egyptian, The New Beverly or The Bing at LACMA.

Also, if you haven’t been to the summer screening series at Hollywood Forever Cemetery, you’re missing out on one of the truly awesome Los Angeles experiences. Need a better reason? August 22 they’re showing SINGING IN THE RAIN.

‘Nuff said.

PS, if I had the stones I’d come dressed up as Alex DeLarge and bring a few of my droogies for a bit of the ol’… whoa, pardon, that was Dark Tony popping up out of nowhere. Ignore that.

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