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Reza Aslan sits down for drinks with the most influential writers working today across film, literature, and music.

Reza Aslan sits down for drinks with the most influential writers working today across film, literature, and music.

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Melissa Rosenberg
Nov 23, 2020

Melissa Rosenberg has written some of the most successful, resonant scripts of the last two decades, from Dexter to Twilight to Jessica Jones. She and Reza chat about finding her own perspective on the Twilight saga, wrapping up Jessica Jones, and navigating harassment in Hollywood. They also play “Team Bella or Team Jessica”!

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Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

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Steven Canals
Nov 16, 2020

Steven Canals, the creator of FX’s award-winning show Pose, speaks with Reza about his journey to get the show made. They touch on finding community in Paris Is Burning, framing Pose as a family drama, and writing a show that is fantastical but not a fantasy.

Featuring a special guest performance from the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles!

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Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

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Bess Kalb
Nov 9, 2020

Comedian, screenwriter, and all-around awesome person Bess Kalb joins Reza for a socially-distanced chat about her book Nobody Will Tell You This But Me. They talk about diversifying late-night comedy, the similarities between Jewish grandmothers and Persian mothers, and how writing in her grandmother’s voice gave Bess a new understanding of her mom and grandma.

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This talk was originally presented by the 92nd Street Y.

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Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

Twitter | @roughdraftreza

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Vic Mensa
Nov 2, 2020

The sensational Vic Mensa sits down with Reza this week. The two talk Vic’s politically aware childhood, the search for freedom, and the power of mythology. Then, Johan Lenox joins the chat to talk collaborating with Vic on their album 93PUNX.

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Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

Twitter | @roughdraftreza

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Email us at roughdraftpodcast@topic.com

For transcripts and full credits, head to https://www.topic.com/rough-draft-podcast

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Tanya Saracho & Gloria Calderón Kellett
Oct 26, 2020

The incredible writers and showrunners Gloria Calderón Kellett (One Day at a Time) and Tanya Saracho (Vida) join Reza for a lively discussion about their careers and ethos. They discuss starting out in theatre, remaking a writer’s room from scratch, the importance of representation on and off camera, and the utter perfection of When Harry Met Sally.

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Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

Twitter | @roughdraftreza

Facebook | Rough Draft with Reza Aslan

Follow Reza @rezaaslan

Email us at roughdraftpodcast@topic.com

For transcripts and full credits, head to https://www.topic.com/rough-draft-podcast

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Lawrence Wright
Oct 19, 2020

Lawrence Wright, the author of Going Clear and The Looming Tower, joins Reza for the first ever socially-distanced episode of Rough Draft. They talk about his eerily accurate prediction of the COVID-19 crisis in his new book The End of October, swap Church of Scientology stories, and explore Lawrence’s focus on the “donkey character.”

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This talk was originally presented by the 92nd Street Y.

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Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

Twitter | @roughdraftreza

Facebook | Rough Draft with Reza Aslan

Follow Reza @rezaaslan

Email us at roughdraftpodcast@topic.com

For transcripts and full credits, head to https://www.topic.com/rough-draft-podcast

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Christopher Markus & Stephen McFeely
Oct 12, 2020

Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeely, the writing team behind the mega-blockbuster Marvel Avengers movies, drop by to talk about writing the Biggest Movie of All Time (adjusted for inflation). They share their experience writing meta Baywatch spec scripts and balancing 20+ protagonists in The Avengers. Reza quizzes them in “God or Superhero,” and they debate the religious resonance of modern superhero movies.

Watch Rough Draft and other Topic shows on the Apple TV app. Go to apple.co/topic to get your free 7-day trial.

Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan.

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

Twitter | @roughdraftreza

Facebook | Rough Draft with Reza Aslan

Follow Reza @rezaaslan

Email us at roughdraftpodcast@topic.com

For transcripts and full credits, head to https://www.topic.com/rough-draft-podcast

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Viet Thanh Nguyen
Oct 5, 2020

Viet Thanh Nguyen, the author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Sympathizer talks with Reza about growing up in San Jose, identifying as a refugee writer, and learning to write for himself. Thao Nguyen (from Thao and the Get Down Stay Down) joins them to talk about the internal Orient/Occident divide, and then she plays her song “Age of Ice.”

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Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

Twitter | @roughdraftreza

Facebook | Rough Draft with Reza Aslan

Follow Reza @rezaaslan

Email us at roughdraftpodcast@topic.com

For transcripts and full credits, head to https://www.topic.com/rough-draft-podcast

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Ramy Youssef
Sep 28, 2020

Reza and Ramy Youssef, the Golden-Globe-winning actor/creator of Hulu’s Ramy, chat about being the representative for all muslims on TV and swap immigrant mother stories. Later, they’re joined by Ramy staff writer Sahar Jahani to discuss diverse perspectives within the Muslim community. With special musical guest El Ten Eleven!

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Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series.

Hosted by Reza Aslan

Executive Produced by Reza Aslan, David Andreone, Alfredo de Villa, and Safa Samieyazde’-Yazd. Executive Producers for Topic, Ryan Chanatry, Anna Holmes, and Gena Konstantinakos. Production aid from Russell Sperberg.

Music and Theme by Jacob Snider. Sound by Sean Oakley. Editing and mixing by Will Stanton, with additional editing by Blake V.

Twitter | @roughdraftreza

Facebook | Rough Draft with Reza Aslan

Follow Reza @rezaaslan

Email us at roughdraftpodcast@topic.com

For transcripts and full credits, head to https://www.topic.com/rough-draft-podcast

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Rough Draft with Reza Aslan | Trailer
Sep 15, 2020

We all have that friend - the one you stay up with all night, drinks in hand, dissecting the latest book or album you just can’t get enough of. Reza Aslan is that friend. Each week on Rough Draft, Reza sits down for drinks with the most influential writers working today. These irreverent, insightful conversations will have you feeling like you’re at the best cocktail party ever. Film, poetry, music - who knows where the conversation may end up?

Rough Draft is a Topic Original Series hosted by Reza Aslan and produced by David Andreone and Topic Studios.

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Rough Draft with Reza Aslan: Full Show Credits

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Reza Aslan

Reza Aslan is a renowned writer, commentator, professor, Emmy-nominated producer, and scholar of religions. A recipient of the prestigious James Joyce award, Aslan is the author of three internationally best-selling books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller, Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth. His producing credits include the acclaimed HBO series The Leftovers and the upcoming Chuck Lorre comedy, United States of Al. He is the host and Executive Producer of Rough Draft with Reza Aslan.