John and Craig invite investigative reporter Zeke Faux (Bloomberg) for a new round of How Would This Be A Movie. They cover stories ranging from the secret history of sushi to fake Scottish rappers. Zeke shares what it’s like to option an article to Hollywood and tricks for getting noticed by producers.
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- How Thieves Stole $40 Million of Copper by Spray-Painting Rocks By Andy Hoffman and Benedikt Kammel
- Secret History of Sushi by Daniel Fromson with illustrations by Igor Bastidas for the NYT
- The Migrant Laborers Who Clean Up after Disasters by Sarah Stillman for the New Yorker
- ‘The story of a weird world I was warned never to tell’ by Sarah McDermott for the BBC
- Silibill N’ Brains: Meet the Two Scottish Rappers Who Conned the World by Tom Seymour for Vice and Fake It Till You Make It: The Great Hip Hop Hoax by Samuel on DDW Magazine
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UPDATE 12-1-21 The transcript for this episode can be found here.