Bryan Cranston

Season 7, Episode 16

We’re celebrating our 100th episode! We’re either a bit early, or a bit late, depending on how you want to count ‘actual’ episodes, but it’s the thought that counts.
On this episode we chat to Emmy and Golden Globe award winner and Oscar nominee Bryan Cranston about his autobiography A Life in Parts. He chats about his acting process, reading for role research, the Time’s Up movement, favourite playwrights and a whole lot more. Robin is in the studio and Josie pre-recorded a series of questions as she was off with pregnancy related engagements.  
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Reading List

Bryan recommends:

Lyndon Johnson and the American Dream by Doris Kearns Goodwin

The King Years books by Taylor Branch

Reaching for Glory by Michael Beschloss

Taking Charge by Michael Beschloss

The Triumph and Tragedy of Lyndon Johnson by Joseph A Califano Jr

The Vantage Point by Lyndon Johnson

Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

The work of Arthur Miller

The work of Eugene O’Neill

Robin recommends:

A Life in Parts by Bryan Cranston

The work of Richard Feynman

Josie recommends:

The work of Walt Whitman

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