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Science for people who give a sh*t. The 6-time Webby nominee delivers deep conversations with the world's smartest people (scientists, doctors, CEO's, farmers, and more!), and digestible news updates every single week. Get Action Steps you can take to feel better, and build a better future for everyone. We're talkin' clean energy and coral reefs, COVID vaccines and pediatric cancer research, clean water and carbon capture tech, asteroid deflection and artificial intelligence ethics. "A vital ...
 
The official podcast of the miniseries Chernobyl, from HBO and Sky. Join host Peter Sagal (NPR’s “Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me!”) and series creator, writer and executive producer Craig Mazin after each episode as they discuss the true stories that shaped the scenes, themes and characters. Chernobyl airs Mondays at 9 PM on HBO and Tuesdays at 9 PM on Sky Atlantic. The Chernobyl Podcast is also available to stream on HBO NOW and HBO GO starting Monday, May 6 at 10 PM.
 
The official podcast of the HBO series Watchmen. Over three episodes, host Craig Mazin (HBO's Chernobyl) discusses Watchmen with its Executive Producer and Writer, Damon Lindelof. Join Mazin and Lindelof as they divulge narrative choices, explore the show’s connection with the groundbreaking graphic novel, and how it reflects our modern times. Watchmen airs Sundays on HBO at 9 PM.
 
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A woman’s right to choose is under renewed attack in America and the federal protection it has benefited from for so long, however tenuous, is closer than ever to going away. It's vitally important we understand the underlying systems behind any singular issue, and ask “Why is this this way?” and “Does it have to be this way?” It is 14 times more d…
 
This week: Water in the West Who will get Long COVID? The baby formula shortage, explained Drug overdoses and gaslighting Data privacy improvements Get more: Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com Got feedback? Email us at questions@importantnotimportant.com Follow us on Twitter at @importantnotimp Get fun…
 
John welcomes Willa Paskin on to discuss Sideways Effect, centering on an episode of her podcast Decoder Ring. Willa looks at how dialogue in the 2004 film upended the red wine industry. John and Willa then look at other movie moments that have have shaped cultural behavior, including Clark Gable’s missing t-shirt sales and the scene that inspired …
 
This week: India's heat continues When a surge is not a surge Antibiotics (still) in meat Abortion Email cybersecurity is...lacking Get more: Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com Got feedback? Email us at questions@importantnotimportant.com Follow us on Twitter at @importantnotimp Get fun merch at import…
 
John and Aline Brosh McKenna welcome writing team Dan Gregor and Doug Mand (How I Met Your Mother, Most Likely to Murder, Chip ’n Dale Rescue Rangers) to chat about made-to-stream movies. They discuss the joys of niche IP and how changes in the film landscape have resurrected certain genres. We follow up on ‘Murder House Architecture’ and the econo…
 
If you give a shit, well, you’ve probably had at least a few moments where the enormity of what’s in front of us has challenged your mental health in some way. I can’t imagine there are many folks listening to this show who’ve never felt the heaviness of our climate future, of our climate present. There’s a lot of guilt, a lot of shame, a lot of sh…
 
This week: Wind isn't profitable Kids vaccines on the hold up The kitchen sink answer to food waste, it's metaphors galore today Menthol cigarettes are all smoked out America's new AI chief Get more: Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com Got feedback? Email us at questions@importantnotimportant.com Follow…
 
John invites Anna Jane Joyner and Quinn Emmett from Good Energy Stories to discuss climate change on screen. Climate change affects every creature on our planet, so why don’t we see it more on television? They discuss opportunities for writers to inspire change and raise awareness to capture the environmental concerns of our time. We follow up on d…
 
This week: Should we mine the ocean? Mask mandates are over, what else? Split up the FDA Alzheimer's trials are very white Ronan Farrow comes for Pegasus spyware Get more: Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com Got feedback? Email us at questions@importantnotimportant.com Follow us on Twitter at @important…
 
John welcomes writer/creators Liz Meriwether (New Girl, The Dropout) and Liz Hannah (The Girl from Plainville, The Post) to discuss the genre/form of “limited series based on actual events.” Meriwether and Hannah explain what compelled them to each project and the process of realizing each story on screen. We also play a lightning round of How Woul…
 
This week: Carbon removal: Hope is not a plan. A bajillion dollars might be! COVID and diabetes is the new Bennifer Walmart's regenerative farming pledge is about dirt PFAS in food wrappers, not delicious How hospitals get cyberattacked, but why Get more: Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com Got feedback…
 
John talks with Joan Rohlfing (Nuclear Threat Initiative, U.S. Department of Energy) and author/reporter David E. Hoffman (Washington Post) about nuclear energy, nuclear safety and nuclear war — both the current reality and how these issues are portrayed in Hollywood. Joan and David explain how the nuclear landscape has changed over the decades, th…
 
TLDR: INI/Membership is here. Today we’re launching the first way for INI readers and listeners to come together, to go deeper, and to unlock a place where you can gain wisdom and organize to make concrete progress towards a cleaner, more equitable world — for everyone. And just in time. Here’s what won’t change: The newsletter and podcast will rem…
 
Craig answers listener questions ranging from craft to career: how do you find your voice? What questions should you ask before writing a new project? When should silence carry a scene? Craig offers professional advice and gets dangerously close to starting a cult. We follow up on Barton Fink, writer’s block, and keyboards. In our bonus segment for…
 
Over the past few years, more and more voters have cited “action on climate” as a reason for voting the way they do. From Data for Progress, in October: Over two-thirds of voters (68 percent), agree that the U.S. should lead the world in addressing climate change so other countries will follow suit. From November: Roughly two-thirds of voters (64 p…
 
This week: The climate tech gap, explained Free COVID tests, over (for some) The future of freshwater Millions of nurses, lost Facebook, unregulated, still Get more: Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com Got feedback? Email us at questions@importantnotimportant.com Follow us on Twitter at @importantnotimp…
 
John answers listener questions on craft and industry. When are you ready to send a script? How do you rewrite scenes during production? Is it cool to take a picture with your celebrity crush on set? John offers professional advice for writers on the page and in real life. We follow up on screenwriter dexterity (typing speed) and ergonomic keyboard…
 
This week: The SEC's new climate rule, summarized J&J's COVID shot, redeemed? How to protect food workers in the climate age PTSD and ecstasy Russia's lack of cyber warfare, hypothesized Get more: Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com Got feedback? Email us at questions@importantnotimportant.com Follow us…
 
John and Craig investigate backstabs and double-crosses onscreen and share how writers can set up plot twists on the page. We answer listener questions on imposter syndrome, negative feedback, and hear about John’s journey to find the right ergonomic keyboard. We also follow up on meet-cutes, charismatic aspiring writers, and angry costume designer…
 
A little while ago, I had a conversation with Dr. Madhukar Pai about vaccine equity. In it, I tried to understand why and how developed countries were spending billions on COVID vaccine boosters, but so relatively little in low-income countries. Not to say that nothing has been done, but it’s a pretty clear-cut case where whatever we have done, how…
 
This week: ESG's crumbling COVID on the rise, funding vanishes California's breadbasket at risk Gene therapy pricing Your biometric data for sale, part 73 Get more: Get more news, analysis, and Action Steps at newsletter.importantnotimportant.com Got feedback? Email us at questions@importantnotimportant.com Follow us on Twitter at @importantnotimp …
 
John and Craig breakdown the ideal attributes of the “screenwriter” character. Looking at the ratio of craft to charm, they debate which combinations lead to success in Hollywood. We also host a round of the Three Page Challenge. Samples this week range from stories on earthquakes to community theatre, but all feature surprising reveals. The guys o…
 
There’s no word for “conservation” in many Indigenous languages. Some come close, but mean something more like “taking care of” or “looking after.” And that’s probably because the very idea of conservation, to “prevention the wasteful use of a resource”, would have been, and continue to be, foreign to many of North America’s Indigenous peoples, who…
 
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