3rd & Fairfax: The WGAW Podcast - 2022
3rd & Fairfax, the official podcast of the Writers Guild of America West, features information and updates about the Guild and interviews with top writers.
Executive Producers: Brian Gary and Steve Trautmann
Hosts: Aaron Fullerton, Brian Gary, Josephine Green Zhang, Hilliard Guess, Jon Gutierrez, David Radcliff, Luciano Saber, David Sheftell, Susie Singer Carter, Monique Sorgen, Steve Trautmann, Andra Whipple, Moon Zappa
Episode transcripts available upon request.
Ep. 357 – James Gray
Host David Radcliff speaks with screenwriter-director James Gray (Ad Astra, The Lost City of Z) about his latest film, Armageddon Time, a personal coming-of-age story about the strength of family and the generational pursuit of the American Dream.
Ep. 356 – J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay
Host Brian Gary talks with The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power developers-showrunners J.D. Payne & Patrick McKay about Amazon’s epic fantasy series set in in the Second Age of Middle Earth, thousands of years before J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings.
Ep. 349 – Veterans Day Episode
To salute Veterans Day, hosts Steve Trautmann and Ken Pisani speak with veteran writers Brian Anthony (Station 19), Megan Ferrell Burke (Outlander), and Jalysa Conway (9-1-1: Lone Star) about how their military experience informs their work and their collaboration on the new comic book anthology Soldier Stories.
Ep. 343 – Gary Goldstein
Host Brian Gary speaks with writer Gary Goldstein (Forever Christmas, For Love & Honor) about his new Hallmark holiday movie, Lights, Camera, Christmas!, his latest novel, The Mother I Never Had, and pivoting from screenwriter to author.
Ep. 341 – Rodrigo Garcia
Host Susie Singer Carter speaks with screenwriter-director Rodrigo Garcia (Four Good Days, Last Days in the Desert), about his latest film, Raymond & Ray, a dramedy which explores how two half-brothers reunite to honor their father’s final wish.
Ep. 330 – Natasha Lyonne and Allison Silverman
Host David Sheftell speaks with Russian Doll co-creator-showrunner-star Natasha Lyonne and writer Allison Silverman about how season 2 of Netflix’s trippy, dark comedy continues to play with time travel, family history, and more.
Ep. 311 – Aaron Cooley
Host Hilliard Guess talks with The First Lady creator-showrunner Aaron Cooley about reframing American leadership through the lens of the First Ladies in Showtime’s historical drama series that dives deep into these women’s personal and political lives.
Ep. 308 – Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with The Man Who Fell to Earth creators-showrunners Jenny Lumet & Alex Kurtzman (Star Trek: Strange New Worlds) about reimagining the ’60s novel and ’70s film for Showtime’s sci-fi series involving a new alien who must confront his past to determine our future.
Ep. 304 – Liz Hannah & Patrick Macmanus
Host Moon Zappa speaks with The Girl From Plainview creators-showunners Liz Hannah (The Post, Mindhunter) & Patrick Macmanus (Dr. Death, Homecoming) about the social responsibility of their Hulu drama limited series based on real-life tragedy that addresses mental health, toxic relationships, and teen suicide.
WGA 101 – Karen McCullah & Kirsten ‘Kiwi” Smith
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with screenwriters Karen McCullah & Kirsten ‘Kiwi” Smith (10 Things I Hate About You, The Ugly Truth) about writing hit comedy Legally Blonde, named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).
Ep. 297 – Matt Lopez
Host Luciano Saber speaks with Promised Land creator-showrunner Matt Lopez about his drama series centering on two Latinx families vying for wealth and power in Sonoma Valley’s wine country—and how representation matters onscreen and in the writers’ room.
Ep. 294 – Aaron Sorkin
Host Brian Gary talks with screenwriter Aaron Sorkin about writing and directing the recent Lucille Ball & Desi Arnaz behind-the-scenes biopic, Being the Ricardos, as well as The Social Network, ranked #3 on WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).
WGA 101 – Diana Ossana
Host Gary Goldstein talks with screenwriter Diana Ossana about the journey from page to screen and enduring impact of Brokeback Mountain, named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far), and her late writing partner Larry McMurtry.
Ep. 291 – Kourtney Kang
Host Monique Sorgen talks with TV comedy writer Kourtney Kang (Fresh Off the Boat, How I Met Your Mother) about developing and showrunning Doogie Kamealoha, M.D., Disney+’s dramedy series about a 16-year-old prodigy juggling her medical career and life as a teenager.
WGA 101 – Barry Jenkins
Host Hilliard Guess speaks with filmmaker Barry Jenkins (If Beale Street Could Talk, The Underground Railroad) about writing and directing his breakthrough film, Moonlight, named one of WGA’s 101 Greatest Screenplays of the 21st Century (*so far).
Ep. 287 – Marissa Jo Cerar
In honor of Black History Month, WGAW Committee of Black Writers Co-chair Hilliard Guess talks with Women of the Movement creator-showrunner Marissa Jo Cerar about bringing the true story of Mamie Till-Mobley, who sought justice for her slain son Emmett Till, to the screen for ABC’s limited series.
Ep. 284 – Marvin Lemus & Linda Yvette Chavez
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Gentefied creators-showrunners Marvin Lemus & Linda Yvette Chavez about Netflix’s Latinx dramedy series, which explores the impact of gentrification, immigration, and cross-cultural identities in an L.A. neighborhood.
Ep. 283 – Sterlin Harjo
Host Josephine Green Zhang speaks with Reservation Dogs co-creator/showrunner Sterlin Harjo about the ground-breaking Hulu comedy, why Native American/Indigenous inclusion is vital in the writers’ room, and how representation matters on both sides of the camera.
Ep. 281 – Sian Heder
Host David Sheftell speaks with CODA screenwriter-director Sian Heder (Little America, Tallulah), about her recent film, which explores the coming-of-age of a teenage girl growing up as a CODA (Child of Deaf Adults), torn between family obligations and the pursuit of her own dreams.