Riveted: True stories about telling stories

There’s a mystery to great storytelling. An alchemy, even. How do the best storytellers do it? Riveted, the first original podcast from Godfrey Dadich Partners, is on a mission to find out.

Riveted is an exciting new podcast from Godfrey Dadich Partners that deconstructs that art of great storytelling. The show’s hosts are award-winning writer-editors—and longtime collaborators—Amy Wallace and Mary Melton. Their definition of “story” is broad—they enlist filmmakers, branding experts, journalists, sci-fi novelists, and chefs to help them unravel the mystery of how to create narratives that break through the noise.

Episode 5: Get Weird with Pixar’s Domee Shi 

Imagine creating a big-budget feature film with wondrous mythical creatures and non-stop action. Now imagine having the courage to base that blockbuster on some of the most intimate and vulnerable moments of your childhood. That’s what Oscar-winning Pixar director Domee Shi did in her animated feature “Turning Red.” Join us as Shi illuminates the power of visual storytelling and tells us why she likes to embrace messiness in her work. The result: movies that resonate with audiences all over the world.

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Photography by Deborah Coleman / Pixar Animation Studios. Episode premiere: February 8, 2023

Episode 4: Find Empathy with Journalist Robert Kolker

Crafting nuanced portrayals of real people is hard, but journalist Robert Kolker makes it look easy. In his two books (“Hidden Valley Road,” “Lost Girls”), he delves into complexities while never taking sides. Here, for the first time on a podcast, Kolker discusses “Who Is the Bad Art Friend?,” his New York Times Magazine piece that became a viral sensation. The story, about a dispute between two writers, raised questions about ethics, ownership, and downright meanness. 

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Photograph by Jeff Zorabedian. Episode premiere: January 31, 2023

Episode 3: Build New Worlds with Novelist N. K. Jemisin

How do you create an entirely new world and make it feel authentic—a place where readers believe a story could unfold? That’s what N. K. Jemisin does in her Hugo and Nebula Award-winning science-fiction and fantasy novels. The MacArthur “genius” grant recipient talks about her craft, the challenges she’s faced in publishing her work, and how marginalized writers who speak truth to power can literally help reshape the world.

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Photograph by Laura Hanifin. Episode premiere: January 23, 2023

Episode 2: Hold On to What’s Been Lost with Writer Jennifer Senior

How do you tell a story of one family’s lingering grief with sensitivity and care? Writer Jennifer Senior did just that in her Pulitzer Prize–winning nonfiction piece for The Atlantic, “What Bobby McIlvaine Left Behind.” Jennifer is a brilliant chronicler of what connects us, what troubles us, and what helps us keep putting one foot in front of the other. Join us as she explains her approach to a story about how a family has coped in the 20 years since Sept. 11. It’s a lesson in empathy and grace.

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Photograph by Laura Rose. Episode premiere: January 17, 2023

Episode 1: Heighten the Romance with Director Baz Luhrmann

You’re telling a story that people already know. How do you pump life back into it and create something exciting, visceral, and new? According to director-writer-producer Baz Luhrmann—the acclaimed visionary behind Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby, and most recently Elvis—you scrape off the rust, take away the fear, and get to the heart of what you’re really saying. Join us as Baz—holding court in a bungalow at LA’s Chateau Marmont hotel—breaks down the hunt for the universal truths and heightened romance that inform every one of his storytelling decisions.

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Photograph by Hugh Stewart. Episode premiere: January 17, 2023


Riveted is a podcast from Godfrey Dadich Partners. Cohosts: Amy Wallace and Mary Melton. Executive producers: Scott Dadich, Mary Melton, Amy Wallace. Riveted is produced in association with Reasonable Volume. Producer: Katherine Sullivan. Editor: Rachel Swaby. Engineering and sound design: Mark Bush. Theme music: Mike Gowen. Editorial and production support: Robert Capps, Chris Baker, Angela Doland, Sarah Fallon, Fendi Wang, and Zuberoa Marcos.