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Launch

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Three out of five people dream of writing a book. Maybe you're one of them. But what does it take to go from dream to launch? Screenwriter John August (Go, Big Fish, Charlie and The Chocolate Factory) sought to find out as he tackled something he’d o...Show More
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05:18 | Nov 5th, 2018

What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of the latest podcast from Wondery, IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- o...Show More

49:14 | May 29th, 2018

Surprise, it's a bonus episode! A couple weeks ago, John and Launch Executive Producer Ben Adair sat down at the Los Angeles Festival of Books to give a behind-the-scenes look into the creation of Launch — from their favorite parts of the show, to th...Show More
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10:58 | Mar 19th, 2018

Sometimes the workplace can get crazy and messy, there's where the podcast Safe For Work comes in. Join the former head of marketing for Nike, NatGeo, and the Oprah Winfrey Network, Liz Dolan and recovering lawyer turned comedian and executive recrui...Show More

58:32 | Feb 27th, 2018

When you really think about something, the chances of anything happening are so small. But people are planners. We make things happen. Where fate and plans align, that can be something special. Consider just writing and publishing a book, for example...Show More

52:18 | Feb 20th, 2018

John took Arlo on the road, hitting nine cities in thirteen days. We're absolutely sure that this is what rock stars feel like. These are some of the questions and answers that you sent in via email and asked John on the road. Thank you to our spons...Show More

45:02 | Feb 13th, 2018

So, this is it. This is the day. After two years of writing and editing, proofreading and obsessing, Arlo Finch is finally out in the world. This book has gone from being an idea to an actual physical thing you can buy at a store. As a writer, John’...Show More

47:10 | Feb 6th, 2018

This is the exclusive Inside Hollywood edition of printing and distributing books. Even Connie doesn’t know how it works. Paper factories make logs into pulp and presses make pages into books. The books are shipped out to be put on shelves. The most ...Show More

49:26 | Jan 30th, 2018

In this episode, we’re going to be judging a book by its cover, and we talked to Vivienne To, artist hired to come up with the design for Arlo Finch. We’ll also be nerding out over fonts and grammar. Plus, we’ll sit down with one of the most importa...Show More

50:27 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Saying “It’s like Harry Potter” is a useful way to describe a book, but He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named should absolutely not be named in children’s publishing. Like Facebook or Instagram, it’s the unicorn that warps the industry, and “sets impossible expec...Show More

41:43 | Jan 23rd, 2018

Arlo Finch sprang from a phone call in an Austin hotel room in October 2015 during an epic thunderstorm. Screenwriter John August spent the next month tracing Arlo's journey over seven chapters and realized he had a book series on his hands. After ta...Show More

02:05 | Jan 4th, 2018

Three out of five people say they dream of writing a book. Chances are you’re one of them.  But what does it take to actually go from dream to launch?  Screenwriter John August wants to find out. After writing hit films like Big Fish, Go, and Charl...Show More