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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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In this special BONUS episode, INSIDE STAR WARS creator and host Mark Ramsey interviews Brian Jay Jones, the author of the recent best-selling biography “George Lucas: A Life.” We talk about our shared love of the original film and how the franchise shaped our youths. We discuss what it’s like to chase down the details of a living legend who has contributed so much to modern pop culture. And Brian reveals the one question he would most like to ask Lucas today: “Are you happy?”It’s a fascinating conversation about the man at the center of Star Wars.Brian Jay Jones also wrote a wonderful biography of Muppet creator Jim Henson, and his current best-seller is this great book: “Becoming Dr. Seuss - Theodor Geisel and the Making of an American Imagination.”Support us by supporting our sponsors!Buffy - For $20 off your Buffy comforter, visit Buffy.co and enter code YODA.Casper - Get $100 toward select mattresses by visiting Casper.com/YODA
Goodbyes | 7

Goodbyes | 7

2019-07-1500:32:12

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
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.
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
I am Princess Leia! | 4

I am Princess Leia! | 4

2019-07-0800:32:00

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.
Bleeding on the Page | 3

Bleeding on the Page | 3

2019-07-0500:27:58

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!
Dreams of Star Wars | 2

Dreams of Star Wars | 2

2019-07-0300:21:20

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!
Two Suns Setting | 1

Two Suns Setting | 1

2019-07-0100:28:30

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!
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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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