Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of “Hidden Figures,” the bestselling book that inspired the Oscar-nominated film. We discussed how she grew up in Virginia and knew the women portrayed in the film, How the movie went into production while she was still writing the book, and why she wanted to tell this story — and why so many of us had never heard it before.
Susan Sarandon is an Academy Award-winning actress who is currently starring in the new movie “The Meddler.” We discussed her character in the film, the amazing supporting cast (including fellow Oscar winner J.K. Simmons), and whether or not her status an executive producer on the film gave her a weightier status on the set. We also shared stories of winning awards (since I won a Listener’s Choice radio award, we’re practically equal peers in the industry).
John Ridley is an Academy Award-winning writer (Best Adapted Screenplay for 12 Years a Slave) and is also the creator and producer of the Emmy award-winning series American Crime, which returns for its second season tomorrow night at 9 on ABC-7 Chicago. We talked about the advantages and challenges of producing an anthology series, how the show was re-cast for season two, and the topics and themes that will be explored this season.