To Live & Dialogue in LA
To Live & Dialogue in LA
Yale Podcast Network
From the campus of Yale University, a new conversation every week with some of the brightest names in TV and Screenwriting. Join Yale lecturer and screenwriter Aaron Tracy as he investigates the mysteries of dramatic writing, talking to his guests about what, how, when, where and why they write what they do.
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. Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for show updates.
May 21, 2020
43 min
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. Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for updates.
May 7, 2020
57 min
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. Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for show updates.
Apr 30, 2020
59 min
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. Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for show updates.
Oct 31, 2019
51 min
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. 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. Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for show updates.
Oct 24, 2019
36 min
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. Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for updates.
Oct 17, 2019
36 min
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. Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for updates.
Oct 10, 2019
43 min
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. Follow Aaron on Twitter @aarondtracy for updates.
Oct 3, 2019
48 min
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.
Jun 27, 2019
41 min
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. Follow Classic Movie Musts at: And find Aaron at
May 16, 2019
1 hr 3 min
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