Rough Draft with Reza Aslan
There’s only one way to really get to know a writer: over drinks. Reza Aslan sips Old Fashioneds with today’s most important voices in writing, across multiple disciplines, diving into their process, inspiration, and backgrounds. Cheers.
Episode 1 - Melissa Rosenberg
Melissa Rosenberg (Dexter, Jessica Jones) talks with Reza about her screenwriting journey from using her dance background to create the movie Step Up, managing the rabid fan base of Twilight, and bringing Jessica Jones to life on screen.
Episode 2 - Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely (screenwriters behind 'Avengers: Infinity War' and 'Avengers: Endgame') talk with Reza Aslan about crafting the highest-grossing film of all time.
Episode 3 - Vic Mensa with musical guest Johan Lenox
Vic Mensa (activist rapper) talks with Reza Aslan about growing up in Chicago, questioning authority from a young age and the creation of the 93PUNX collaboration album. Johan Lenox joins Mensa to discuss their collaboration and perform together
Episode 4 - Ramy Youssef with musical El Ten Eleven
Golden Globe winner Ramy Youssef (writer, actor, comedian) talks with Reza about writing, Muslim representation in Hollywood and more. Special musical guest: El Ten Eleven.
Episode 5 - Gloria Calderón Kellett & Tanya Saracho
Writer/showrunners Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day At A Time) & Tanya Saracho (Vida) talk with Reza Aslan about growing up Latin and creating diverse roles in TV.
Episode 6 - Viet Thanh Nguyen with musical guest Thao and the Get Down Stay Down
2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction winner for 'The Sympathizer', Viet Thanh Nguyen, talks with Reza Aslan about what it means to be a refugee vs. an immigrant and how to write a sequel. Thao & the Get Down Stay Down perform.
Episode 7 - Steven Canals with musical guest Trans Chorus of LA
Creator, writer, and executive producer of the Golden Globe-nominated series, Pose, Steven Canals talks with Reza Aslan about his career change into screenwriting and the origins of Pose.The Trans Chorus of Los Angeles featuring Maggie Szabo preform.
Episode 8 - Robin Coste Lewis
LA's poet laureate and 2015 National Book Award for Poetry winner, Robin Coste Lewis talks with Reza Aslan. Special guest Marquesha Babers performs.