Television

Episode 90 — Modern Family

Ali discusses the long-running family mockumentary series, Modern Family, created by Steven Levitan and Christopher Lloyd. She shares how she got into the show, scenes that always make her laugh, favorite emotional moments and episodes with clever storytelling methods, plus her thoughts on the series finale.

Modern Family
Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 89 — Network and Niche TV with Nick Adams

Ali interviews author and TV writer, Nick Adams, whose writing credits include New Girl, black•ish, People of Earth, Tuca & Bertie and BoJack Horseman. Nick shares what his process was for writing his book, Making Friends with Black People, what it’s like working in a TV writers’ room, favorite jokes he’s contributed, hitting a crucial story beat in one of the final episodes of BoJack he wrote, “Xerox of a Xerox,” plus his advice for aspiring TV writers.

Be sure to follow Nick on Twitter.

Nick Adams
Animation, Movie

Episode 88 — Who Framed Roger Rabbit

Ali caps off ’80s Movies Month by discussing the timeless comedy and mystery movie, Who Framed Roger Rabbit. She reminisces about watching it for the first time over her cousins’ house one New Year’s Eve, sharing her favorite moments while praising its seamless blend of animation and live-action.

Who Framed Roger Rabbit
Movie

Episode 86 — Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Ali continues ’80s Movies Month by discussing another iconic movie written and directed by John Hughes, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off. She recaps her favorite moments and shares which part of the movie is her favorite overall. She also talks about its wonderful and always relevant message, favorite parodied scenes and which two characters she feels had the most satisfying arcs.

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
Movie

Episode 85 — The Breakfast Club

Ali kicks off ’80s Movies Month (the first themed month of the podcast!) by discussing the iconic movie written and directed by John Hughes, The Breakfast Club. She recaps the film’s memorable scenes while praising its brilliant writing, relatable themes and unforgettable ending.

The Breakfast Club
Novel

Episode 82 — The Help

Ali discusses Kathryn Stockett’s debut bestselling novel, The Help, recapping key plot points amidst the heartbreakingly honest portrayal of racism during the 1960s, all the while praising the realistic characters and how much they truly make you feel.

The Help