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Striking the Hollywood Strike

Striking the Hollywood Strike

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Since the strike shut down much of Hollywood in November, we've talked with a striking writer, and a big-time show runner about why the writers walked off the job. Another part of this story are the writers who ARE working. John Ridley is a screenwriter and novelist, he wrote the movie Undercover Brother, and has gone "financial core," which means he's still in the union but has gone back to work. His reasons involve old frustrations, disagreements with the union and self-determination. He lays it all out in an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times today, and joins us to talk about his decision.