This summer’s film Long Shot is an entire movie about how speechwriter and speaker relate to each other. And it has something to teach us about making that relationship work — and how the key ingredient is time.

If you’re thinking of catching it, the movie’s a lot of fun, even if (or probably because) it isn’t exactly a documentary portrayal of political speechwriting. Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen are great, and their chemistry is super (although, ahem, that’s a line I don’t recommend speechwriters cross with their clients).

Links: Most important, props to Long Shot’s writers, Dan Sterling and Liz Hannah.

This episode name-checks a bunch of movies and shows, including Long Shot, Speechless, The Good Wife, BrainDead, The Good Fight and House of Cards.

Music: Theme: “Good Times” by Podington Bear (

Incidental music by Lee Rosevere ( including “As I Was Saying,” “Small Steps” and “Waterfront.” Used under a Creative Commons license.

Photo: Fabrizio Verrecchia on Unsplash

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