Spark & Fire

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Every creative work you’ve ever loved has a hero’s journey behind it. On Spark & Fire, you’ll hear creators tell the story of bringing one beloved work to life.

Iconic creatives — like Wicked composer Stephen Schwartz, Pixar director Domee Shi, comedian Patton Oswald, musician Wynton Marsalis, and novelist Isabel Allende — share the endless iterations, the inevitable setbacks, and the breakthrough ideas along the epic process of creation. But this isn’t an interview show. It’s a story — told entirely in the artist’s own words.

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Spark & Fire is a WaitWhat original series in partnership with the BBC. With host June Cohen, cofounder of WaitWhat and the former executive producer of TED Talks.

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Creativity Master: Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt is a creativity master. Many of us know him as an actor and director, but Joseph also co-created the collaborative media platform HitRECord. Joseph shares the journey of developing HitRECord: how it evolved from a single page of HTML to a global community of creative collaborators.

Joseph’s story reveals that you have to take responsibility for your own creativity.

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Knives Out director Rian Johnson

How do you create deeply imaginative work? There’s a method behind the magic.

As Rian Johnson (Last Jedi, Looper, Brick) takes us on the journey of joyfully reinventing the murder-mystery, you’ll hear the way he draws on childhood memories to inspire his work.

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Rian Johnson on Spark & Fire

“Wicked” Composer Stephen Schwartz

Stephen Schwartz has a motto for songwriting: Tell the truth, and make it rhyme. In this episode, Stephen tells the story of composing the Broadway musical Wicked.

Not only does Stephen reinvent a beloved classic for the stage, he also commits to drawing out the universal truths — like the experience of friendship, betrayal, and love — that connect us all. This allowed Wicked to resonate with audiences in a real way, making it one of the most successful musicals of all time.

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