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From the creators of Inside Psycho and Inside the Exorcist comes a new story about a classic movie and its inspirations. A tale of a modest thriller that became an ordeal and then a disaster and then a phenomenon and then a classic. A story of one man, a fresh-faced, inexperienced director who nearly wrecked his promising career and became the most important filmmaker of our era. This is Inside JAWS.

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Introducing Inside Jaws

Introducing Inside Jaws

2018-06-1200:02:2514

You've been warned. Inside Jaws premieres on June 26.
Becoming Spielberg | 1

Becoming Spielberg | 1

2018-06-2600:26:3727

In 1916 a killer shark terrorized the New Jersey shore in one of the inspirations for the movie JAWS. Cut to: Phoenix, AZ in the 1960’s, where a young Steven Spielberg is an outsider struggling to fit in. He’s ashamed of his heritage, bad at school, bad at sports, bad at everything. And then he discovers the magic of moving images on an oversized screen. It turns out he’s good at something after all.Inside Jaws is presented by Audible. Get a free 30-day trial when you visit them at Audible.com/JawsOther sponsors includeQuip - Get your first refill pack free when you buy a toothbrush at GetQuip.com/JawsCasper - Get $50 towards select mattresses when you visit them at Casper.com/JawsFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/insidejawsOr Twitter at @insidejaws
Breaking In | 2

Breaking In | 2

2018-06-2600:27:2313

1916: Another vicious shark attack at the Jersey Shore. Cut to: Hollywood, 1965: Steven Spielberg hides out at Universal Studios in a toilet stall. He watches his idol, Alfred Hitchcock, at work. He fast-talks the guard at the studio gate day after day. He has an unpleasant encounter with a naked Marlon Brando – and all this while he’s still in high school. He lays it all on the line and heads west to Cal State Long Beach, where he makes a dirt-cheap, but impressive student film called Amblin that leads to a studio deal and an encounter with Joan Crawford.Inside Jaws is presented by Audible. Get a free 30-day trial when you visit them at Audible.com/JawsOther sponsors includeDollar Shave Club - Get your started pack for just $5 when you visit them at DollarShaveClub.com/JawsFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/insidejawsOr Twitter at @insidejaws
Duel | 3

Duel | 3

2018-07-0300:30:3116

1916: Matawan Creek, New Jersey. This time, the shark’s victim is a child and the entire town is up in arms. Cut to: 1963: The Kennedy Assassination precipitates a frightening encounter on a dusty California mountain road – an encounter that leads to the thrilling Man vs. Big Rig fable Duel. This is Spielberg’s ticket to fame and fortune. Even if the truck doesn’t explode into a network-satisfying fireball, and even if Universal plucks choice scenes for an episode of The Incredible Hulk. The stage is set for Spielberg’s next project, based on a book by Peter Benchley and called JAWS.Inside Jaws is presented by Audible. Get a free 30-day trial when you visit them at Audible.com/JawsOther sponsors includeHello Fresh - Get $30 off your first week of meals when you visit them at HelloFresh.com/Jaws30 and enter code Jaws30 at checkoutZip Recruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/JawsFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/insidejawsOr Twitter at @insidejaws
1916: A bounty is offered to whoever can kill the “Man-eater of Matawan.” Cut to: 1973. Peter Benchley sells the rights to JAWS to a pair of legendary Hollywood producers, Richard Zanuck and David Brown. Sensing a winner, Spielberg steals the galleys off Zanuck’s desk before insisting that this be his next project. Meanwhile, Zanuck and Brown toss away a would-be director who can’t distinguish between a whale and a shark, legendary director Henry Hathaway offers Spielberg some advice, and casting begins. Two very important executives want their wives to play the Chief’s wife. In Spielberg’s words, “Oy vey.”Inside Jaws is presented by Audible. Get a free 30-day trial when you visit them at Audible.com/JawsOther sponsors includeDollar Shave Club - Get the DSC daily essentials kit for just $5 at DollarShaveClub.com/JAWSNutrafol - Get your first months supply for just $10 when you use code JAWS at Nutrafol.comFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/insidejawsOr Twitter at @insidejaws
The Shark Isn’t Working | 5

The Shark Isn’t Working | 5

2018-07-1700:30:2211

1968: A retired Navy Captain commits suicide. Many years earlier, his vessel suffered the worst naval disaster at sea in U.S. History. It was the U.S.S. Indianapolis, and hundreds of its crew were eaten by sharks. Cut to: 1974. Spielberg enlists writer Carl Gottlieb to “eviscerate” the script for JAWS. Spielberg’s friend George Lucas visits the mechanical shark in a workroom and gets his head stuck in it. Second unit footage is shot using real sharks and real shark cages, but the stuntman barely survives and locks himself in the toilet. Every day, more stress, more delays, more production troubles, more nightmares and – perpetually – the shark is not working. Will this nightmare ever end?Inside Jaws is presented by Audible. Get a free 30-day trial when you visit them at Audible.com/JawsOther sponsors include:Quip - Get your first refill pack free when you buy a toothbrush at GetQuip.com/JAWSZip Recruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/JAWSFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/insidejawsOr Twitter at @insidejaws
1945: The saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis – no ships, no planes, no rescue. Just…sharks. Cut to: The emotional center of JAWS: Sometimes drunk, sometimes sober - Robert Shaw’s indelible tale of the Indianapolis receives an ovation from cast and crew. The ORCA starts to sink – with all hands still on deck. The journey of a rotting shark carcass from Florida to Martha’s Vineyard. The on-set rivalry between Richard Dreyfus and Robert Shaw. A post-production panic attack for Steven Spielberg. And an unsolved murder nearby the JAWS shoot – more than 40 years later, was the mystery solved by writer Joe Hill?Inside Jaws is presented by Audible. Get a free 30-day trial when you visit them at Audible.com/JawsOther sponsors includeCasper- Get $50 towards select mattresses when you visit them atCasper.com/JawsDollar Shave Club - Get your started pack for just $5 when you visit them at DollarShaveClub.com/JawsFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/insidejawsOr Twitter at @insidejaws
The Kraken Sleepeth | 7

The Kraken Sleepeth | 7

2018-07-3100:39:349

1916: The vicious “Man-eater of Matawan” meets his end. Cut to: The premiere and record-breaking success of JAWS. The awards Steven Spielberg expected – but never came. Even the world’s most commercial filmmaker wasn’t good enough to earn the respect of his peers. The death of Robert Shaw and the impact of his legacy on one-time rival Richard Dreyfus. Spielberg passes the torch to J.J. Abrams as the ORCA at Universal Studios crumbles to dust. Steven Spielberg experiences a remembrance of a heritage that once embarrassed him, but now makes him proud. A premiere for Ready Player One at SXSW, and the contents of a mysterious note revealed.Inside Jaws is presented by Audible. Get a free 30-day trial when you visit them at Audible.com/JawsOther sponsors includeCasper- Get $50 towards select mattresses when you visit them atCasper.com/JawsZip Recruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/JAWSFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/insidejawsOr Twitter at @insidejaws
Carl Gottlieb is the co-screenwriter of JAWS, a featured player in this podcast, and the author of The Jaws Log, about the making of the classic film. With Inside JAWS creator Mark Ramsey, Carl discusses his background in Improv, how he met Steven Spielberg, how JAWS came to be a classic, and what lessons the movie has for filmmakers and audiences alike.Inside Jaws is presented by Audible. Get a free 30-day trial when you visit them at Audible.com/JawsOther sponsors include:Zip Recruiter - Get a free trial and learn how to hire smarter when you visit them at ZipRecruiter.com/JAWSDollar Shave Club - Get your started pack for just $5 when you visit them at DollarShaveClub.com/JawsFind us on Facebook at facebook.com/insidejawsOr Twitter at @insidejaws
In 1993, Tom Hanks won his first Oscar for his role as Andrew Beckett in the film Philadelphia. This award represented more than just a stellar acting performance. Tom Hanks and the creators, cast, and crew of Philadelphia succeeded in bringing AIDS awareness to the mainstream. They sparked conversation about the disease, and helped to shift the cultural perception of HIV/AIDS from fear to compassion.In two special episodes of People Like Us: Inside Philadelphia, we’ll get a special look inside the making of this groundbreaking film that starred Denzel Washington and Tom Hanks, and the impact it has had around the world. Stay tuned right here, on Inside Jaws, for the upcoming episodes.And to celebrate the progress we have made in the fight against AIDS since Philadelphia’s release, and to join us in continuing efforts to deliver an AIDS-free generation, head to wondery.fm/RED
In the 1980s HIV/AIDS was a quiet killer and a stigmatized disease. As director Jonathan Demme and screenwriter Ron Nyswaner watched friends succumb to AIDS, they would embark on the first major studio film to tackle the subject head-on. They needed to convince studio heads, movie stars, and a community to come along on their journey. On this 25th anniversary of “Philadelphia,” Mark Ramsey takes you inside this seminal film in a special two-part podcast series on how the film was made, and how it made a difference.   In the 25 years since Philadelphia was released, we've made great progress in the fight against AIDS, but there is still work to do. Join Coca-Cola and (RED) to help end AIDS once and for all. Visit wondery.fm/RED to learn more and donate today.
“Philadelphia” would attract top Hollywood talent like Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards -- and an actor named Ron Vawter. Vawter had AIDS, and he would live just long enough to see the film change minds and hearts everywhere. Here, art wasn’t imitating life, art was life. This is the second in a two-part series celebrating the 25th anniversary of the release of “Philadelphia,” and the progress we’ve made in the fight against HIV/AIDS.   In the 25 years since Philadelphia was released, we've made great progress in the fight against AIDS, but there is still work to do. Join Coca-Cola and (RED) to help end AIDS once and for all. Visit wondery.fm/RED to learn more and donate today.
Heroes, villains, action... all set in a galaxy far, far away. Join Inside Star Wars and go behind the camera and find out how one of the most iconic series in film history came to be. Listen now at: http://wondery.fm/ISWED
Two Suns Setting | 1

Two Suns Setting | 1

2019-07-0100:28:08

A torturous first day of shooting Star Wars in the Tunisian desert. Including a one-time “carpenter to the stars,” an actor named Harrison Ford. Cut to: A young George Lucas captivated and thrilled by a new gadget called “television” and the thrilling, swashbuckling serials of Flash Gordon. Later, Lucas falls for fast cars. More speeding tickets than baseball cards. Fights at home with his father over work and school and career. “I’m gonna be a millionaire before I’m 30,” he shouts at his dad. But he’s failing classes and his best hopes are for a life as an auto mechanic. Then, one fateful day he’s in his tiny Fiat turning left across traffic. That’s when a car smashes into him - an accident that nearly kills him. And an experience that will change his life forever.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Wix - Go to Wix.com and use the coupon code YODA, you’ll get 10% off any premium plan!Quip - Go to GETQUIP.com/YODA to get your first refill pack for FREE!
Dreams of Star Wars | 2

Dreams of Star Wars | 2

2019-07-0300:20:44

A young Carrie Fisher meets the paparazzi in the arms of her celebrity mother, Debbie Reynolds. It doesn’t take Carrie long to decide that acting’s not for her. So naturally, an actor is exactly what she becomes. Carrie models tops for Warren Beatty - with and without a bra. Meanwhile, George Lucas has decided to study film. Even though no film school graduate had ever gotten a job in the industry. He quickly becomes a star at USC, determined to make his movies his way, no matter what the rules are. He works day and night on a diet of coffee and chocolate bars. He graduates just as movie attendance is cratering and Hollywood is shutting down. He meets another young cinematic firebrand, Francis Coppola, and they join forces on his first movie, THX1138. Warner Brothers hates the movie and takes it back to cut it themselves. It limps into theaters where one young film buff is left awestruck. His name is Steven Spielberg. Meanwhile Lucas dreams of a movie with heroes and villains, ray guns and spaceships, thrills and adventure beyond the stars.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Wix - Go to Wix.com and enter code YODA for 10% off any premium plan!
Bleeding on the Page | 3

Bleeding on the Page | 3

2019-07-0500:27:13

Francis Coppola urges a struggling and dirt poor George Lucas to write something human and stop being “so weird.” The result is American Graffiti, the classic coming of age movie. United Artists agrees to pick up the project along with one other idea, something vague about wars in space. But the deal falls apart in part because “nobody knows what American Graffiti means.” Universal comes to the rescue but retains final cut. The screenings are great, but Universal is convinced it will be a disaster, so they cut the film - because they can. A resentful and hungry Lucas scribbles a two-page treatment for something called “The Star Wars.” Everyone in town rejects the project, except for Fox exec Alan Ladd Jr, who buys the idea for a paltry sum and offers a thin vote of confidence for George Lucas. Then, American Graffiti is released and becomes a hit. Lucas renegotiates not for more money but for sequel and merchandising rights, both worthless at the time. Now he spends every day for the next three years writing the script. Grueling days. Bleeding on the page. Pulling teeth would be easier and more pleasant. We meet Lucas’s dog, an Alaskan malamute named “Indiana” who inspires a certain Wookiee named “Chewbacca.” We discover the inspiration for “R2D2.” Meanwhile, it’s clear that Fox is dragging their feet - that many at the studio wish Star Wars would simply…go away. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Wix - That’s Wix.com, code YODA for 10% off any premium plan!
I am Princess Leia! | 4

I am Princess Leia! | 4

2019-07-0800:31:30

Casting begins for Star Wars. Carrie Fisher wins a role, runs into the rain, and shouts to the heavens: “I am Princess Leia!” George Lucas doesn’t want Harrison Ford in the cast, but it just so happens Harrison's building a door all week and is in the right place at the right time. Mark Hamill awakens on Robert Englund’s couch just in time to find out about “the perfect role” for him - with dialogue that is absolutely befuddling. The men inside R2D2 and C3PO come to terms with the extraordinary discomfort of their costumes - and their dislike for each other. Alec Guinness hates science fiction “fairy-tale rubbish” and considers Lucas to be “a touch boring.” Meanwhile Lucas is plowing his own money into Star Wars and still has no green light from Fox. That’s when he faces a choice: Either make the movie for half of what he needs or Star Wars will be shut down.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to GETQUIP.com/YODA right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE!Wix - Go to Wix.com and use code Y-O-D-A for 10% off any premium plan.
Carrie Fisher auditions hairstyles and the “Buns of Navarone” are born. Star Wars begins shooting. Carrie is smitten by her handsome co-star, Harrison Ford. Greedo nearly suffocates during the Cantina sequence. George Lucas breaks the news to Alec Guinness that his character will be killed off - without a satisfying death scene, and Guinness is furious. Luke and Leia swing across a dangerous chasm, but first someone has to tape down Carrie Fisher’s breasts. Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin is a horror legend - where does he go on his bicycle every day during the shooting of Star Wars? Shooting nears its end and George Lucas falls into depression and despair. Strife with the studio continues, and now Lucas is suffering chest pains. Star Wars is literally going to kill him.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Wix - Go to Wix.com and use the coupon code YODA, you’ll get 10% off any premium planCasper - You can get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/YODA and using code YODA at checkout
Shooting on Star Wars wraps, but the troubles are far from over. Lucas has to “crack the whip” at ILM, which is way behind on FX shots. Lucas discovers the perfect voice for Darth Vader. The John Williams score is finished and Lucas is moved to tears. He screens the film for his movie friends and the reception is ugly. The FOX sales team loves the movie, but the studio board is convinced they’re wrong - Star Wars will be an enormous bomb, they believe. So they move the release date early and dump it into a small number of theaters before it’s forgotten forever. And then, Star Wars premieres and is a phenomenon. Lines around the block everywhere. Lucas vacations with Spielberg and tosses out an idea for another movie, one led by a character named “Indiana Smith.” Lucas negotiates the sequels, then takes a long vacation from Star Wars until a new series of prequels. And that’s when the backlash begins. Support us by supporting our sponsors!Casper - You can get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/YODA and using code YODA at checkout.Wix - Go to Wix.com and use the coupon code YODA to get 10% off any premium plan.
Goodbyes | 7

Goodbyes | 7

2019-07-1500:31:36

Alec Guinness tells a child to stop watching Star Wars and drives him to tears. Kenny Baker - the man inside R2D2 - dies, but not before meeting the son he never knew. After great emotional struggle, George Lucas sells Star Wars to Disney. After a lifetime of total control, now he has to say “goodbye.” Carrie Fisher boards a plane at Heathrow Airport in London in 2016 and stops breathing before reaching Los Angeles. The world says goodbye to Princess Leia. Lucas acknowledges the fact that Star Wars used to be his, and now it’s ours. He used to live only for movies - and then he had children. Finally, a wide-eyed return to a movie theater in 1977 and the first time anyone ever saw Star Wars.Support us by supporting our sponsors!Quip - Quip starts at just $25 and if you go to getquip.com/YODA right now, you can get your first refill pack for FREE.Buffy - For $20 off your Buffy comforter, visit Buffy.co and enter code YODA
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JC LI

this was fantastic, the star wars one as well. keep them coming please

Jun 23rd
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Steve carter

ah, I enjoy swimming front crawl while watching my reflection in the sand... this gets the dan brown award for incoherence

May 23rd
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James Heilman

loving the series so far, I just hope nobody gets the wrong idea about sharks as they are vital to to the eco system.

Feb 20th
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Jaune Osborne Curtis

I've listened to this twice. It is an incredible, well organized, well narrated history. Too bad it was one of the first pod casts I ever listened to, it will be hard for others to live up to.

Jan 3rd
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Paul Newman

inside psycho

Nov 21st
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Molly Mac

We are all different and enjoy different things- that is why there are thousands of podcasts to choose from. If you don't enjoy one, simply move on to another podcast. It's ok not to enjoy something - but bashing it or them because you simply don't care for it? Constructive comments is one thing, but aren't we all tired of everyone hating on each other for trying? I don't know anyone affiliated with this podcast but they worked hard on this. Good for them for putting themselves out there!

Oct 18th
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Melanie Marie-Jahnke Manning

wow. one of the best podcasts I've listened to. I was crying by the end. just amazing, thank you.

Oct 10th
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John Carlson

They didn’t deliver the bomb. They delivered uranium

Oct 8th
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ethan costello

Great podcast. It took me a little bit to understand the format but then it was a joy.

Oct 7th
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jersey2777

well, well done!

Oct 6th
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Brenda E. Kelly

Can't get through it. Too long, too many ads, not enough factual content.

Oct 4th
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Murray Hoffman

Very surprised how good this podcast is.5 star

Oct 4th
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Johnny Utah

dig it man. jaws was a classic that still holds up (other than the shark itself lol)

Oct 3rd
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Rob Bosquez

damn fine work

Oct 2nd
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bob caygeon

Well done. Narrator sounds like a younger Dennis Miller.

Oct 2nd
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Connie Marrocola

e 88

Sep 28th
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Andrew J Franks

how much cocaine did punisher do before this lmfao

Sep 18th
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mark arballo

super cool

Sep 12th
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Bqueasy

Have you caught every episode of inside jaws yet? No I'm only on episode 2. God damn these ads!

Aug 14th
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Keith Britt

I really enjoyed it! I liked the layout of the story, the cut backs in time, the sound effects, the writing, everything. Cudo's to all on a very enjoyable podcast!

Aug 13th
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