Introducing: Home Cooking
18 min

We want to introduce you to a brand new emergency quarantine podcast mini-series called Home Cooking. It’s from Hrishi and chef Samin Nosrat, author of the award-winning cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and host of the Netflix show by the same name. The first episode just came out, and features Josh as the special guest. If you’ve missed hearing Josh and Hrishi in conversation, we thought you’d appreciate this excerpt. The rest of the episode centers around giving people advice about what to cook with whatever they’ve got in the house, and we think you’ll really enjoy it! Listen and subscribe to Home Cooking on your favorite podcast app, or at

Heat Rocks
Heat Rocks
VanJess on Amy Winehouse's "Back To Black" (2006)
When Amy Winehouse released her debut studio album _Frank_ back in 2003, it made waves in her native UK, but it didn't quite make it across the pond. Those who heard it, loved her contralto vocals, relatable lyrics, and blending of musical genres. A few years later, she would go on to release her second and final album, _Back to Black, _to both critical and commercial success, earning the Grammy for Best Pop Vocal Album and selling over 16 million copies worldwide. Unfortunately, the success was short-lived; Winehouse struggled with substance abuse and mental illness and died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, at just 27 years old. R&B sister duo VanJess sits down with us to discuss Amy's influence on artists today, blue-eyed soul, and what direction her next album would have gone if she were still here with us. More on VanJess * Check out VanJess' new single Slow Down * VanJess Are The Sister Two-Piece Cultivating Their Own Strand Of R&B (Vogue) * Twitter | Instagram More on Back to Black * Salaam Remi on producing the album * ‘Back To Black’: How Amy Winehouse Crossed The Atlantic (uDiscoverMusic) * ‘Back to Black’: 10 Things You Didn’t Know (Rolling Stone) Show Tracklisting (all songs from _Back to Black_ unless otherwise indicated): * Rehab * VanJess: Touch the Floor * Addicted * Jazmine Sullivan: Round Midnight * Amy Winehouse: In My Bed * Tears Dry on Their Own * Back to Black * Tears Dry on Their Own * Waking Up Alone * Love Is A Losing Game * Rehab * Amy Winehouse: Valerie * He Can Only Hold Her * The Icemen: (My Girl) She's A Fox * Love Is A Losing Game * Just Friends * Back To Black * Amy Winehouse: Mr. Magic (Through the Smoke) * Me and Mr. Jones * Back to Black * Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings: Let Them Knock * Amy Winehouse: Amy, Amy, Amy * Corinne Bailey Rae: Till It Happens to You * Sade: Tar Baby * Snoh Aalegra: Fool For You Here is the Spotify playlist of as many songs as we can find on there. If you’re not already subscribed to Heat Rocks in Apple Podcasts, do it here!
55 min
Script Apart
Script Apart
Script Apart
Zodiac with James Vanderbilt
This week we’re joined by the excellent James Vanderbilt, screenwriter of the 2007 David Fincher thriller, Zodiac. James has had an impressively eclectic Hollywood career: on top of writing action adventures like White House Down, detective comedies like Murder Mystery, sci-fi sequels like Independence Day 2 and the odd Spider-Man blockbuster or two, he’s also produced horror hits (Slender Man, Ready Or Not) and stepped behind the camera to direct his own gripping historical drama (2015’s Truth). Before all that, though, came this cult smash: a slow-burn dramatisation of the hunt for the most notorious serial killer in American history. Zodiac was a labour of love. Vanderbilt obsessed over the mysterious murderer’s identity for decades before writing the film, based on the 1986 non-fiction book of the same name by Robert Graysmith. Graysmith was a cartoonist working at the San Francisco Chronicle when a string of gruesome killings across the Bay Area, by one unknown assailant, left the region in a state of panic and paranoia. The killer, known as the Zodiac, wrote cryptic letters to Graysmith’s paper that perplexed police, and sent Graysmith on a personal mission to uncover the killer’s identity. The Zodiac was never caught. Vanderbilt’s film tells the story of Graysmith’s ultimately unsuccessful search for the truth. If you’re wondering how you write a satisfying thriller in which the killer gets away, don’t worry: James did too. I chatted to James from his home in LA to hear about the conventions he had to break to make this incredible movie, the dizzying amount of research that he and Fincher undertook to make sure they were telling the victims’ stories responsibly, and whether or not he’d ever consider making of sequel of sorts, about the notorious 1970s killer the Son of Sam. Script Apart is a podcast about the first-draft secrets behind great movies. Each episode, the screenwriter behind a beloved film shares with us their initial screenplay for that movie. We then talk through what changed, what didn’t and why on its journey to the big screen. All proceeds go to Black Minds Matter UK, the NHS Charities Covid-19 Appeal and the Film and TV Charity. Script Apart is hosted by Al Horner and produced by Kamil Dymek, with music from Stefan Bindley-Taylor. You can follow Script Apart on Twitter and Instagram. You can also email us on
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