John and Craig look at three current news stories from a screenwriter’s perspective, discussing how each lends itself to becoming a movie.
Would FIFA’s Stepp Blatter make a better Coen Brothers hero or a Sorkin villain? Could the Large Hadron Collider lend itself to a romantic comedy? Is there even a movie to make about campus sexual politics and academic freedom?
Also discussed: the trap of “Do what you love.”
- A timeline on the FIFA scandal
- Large Hadron Collider turns on ‘data tap’, and the Large Hadron Collider on Wikipedia
- Star Trek’s Prime Directive and Zefram Cochrane on Wikipedia
- Sexual Paranoia Strikes Academe by Laura Kipnis
- Title IX Investigation Opened Against Female Northwestern Professor Over Column, Tweet
- In the Name of Love
- “Carasc” Tibetan Bridge
- So Good They Can’t Ignore You by Cal Newport
- Game of Thrones by Telltale Games
- Traveling back into the past to trade for present gain by Tyler Cowen
- Outro by Scriptnotes listener Rajesh Naroth (send us yours!)
UPDATE 6-12-15: The transcript of this episode can be found here.