Television

Episode 93 — Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Ali discusses the musical dramedy series, Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist, created by Austin Winsberg. She shares how it captivated her from the start, praising the show’s moving themes, beautiful choreography and talented cast while sharing her favorite moments of empathy and character growth throughout the first season.

Here’s the article Ali talks about at the beginning of the episode: Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist creator reveals the emotional true story behind NBC’s musical drama.

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Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist

Animation, Interview, Television, Writing

Episode 66 — The World of Writing with David Steven Cohen

Ali interviews Emmy award-winning writer, lyricist and composer, David Steven Cohen, whose credits include Pee-wee’s Playhouse, ALF, Arthur, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Balto and many other projects, including serving as the head writer of Courage the Cowardly Dog. David shares how he got his start, notable moments in his career, favorite episodes and songs he’s written, his experience as the executive producer of the Writers Guild Awards, advice for up and coming writers, what he’s currently working on and much more!

Check out David’s website, dstevencohen.com, and be sure to follow him on Twitter.

David Steven Cohen
Interview, Musicals

Episode 19 — Musical Mania with Casey Reed

Ali interviews music director, Casey Reed. He talks about his experience working on various projects, favorite composers and Broadway musicals, the importance of music in storytelling, tips for aspiring professional musicians and much more. Plus, an impromptu discussion about favorite Nicktoon composers.

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Broadway musicals