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You Must Remember This Presents by Karina Longworth

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You Must Remember This is coming back this fall, but I am also going to produce a spin-off series tentatively titled “You Must Remember This Presents.” In this spin-off, I will curate and introduce researched stories written and told in the You Must Remember This style by other writers. I’m looking for freelance contributors to pitch me stories, which they will then write/report and read on the podcast. We have a budget to pay writers a decent wage for their contributions.

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Each season will have a theme. The first season is called Make Me Over, and will focus on stories about the intersection of Hollywood and the beauty industry. I’m leaving this prompt purposely vague, because I want to see any and all interpretations of it. The only rules are:

  1. Your story must fit into the You Must Remember This universe, which means it must have some connection to Hollywood in the 20th century. “Hollywood” encompasses movies, television, radio, popular music and the nightclub/vaudeville/ live performance circuit in Los Angeles. If you have a story you really want to tell involving other theater I’m open to it, but a pitch set solely in the New York theater world will probably not be successful. Same goes for stories about non-Hollywood film, unless there is some Hollywood angle. For instance, a story about Coco Chanel doing costumes for Jean Renoir’s The Rules of the Game would not be a great fit, but a story about Coco Chanel’s contract with Samuel Goldwyn could be, if you could find enough story there. Which brings us to the next rule…

  2. You must be able to write a reported/researched essay of about 4000 words on this concept (or, if you’re a radio/podcast person and/or want to do something more interview-based, it will need to cut together into about 30 minutes of audio). Many YMRT episodes have a three-act structure, and all have a story arc. You need to convince me that there is enough material behind your concept to create a narrative podcast episode with a beginning, middle and end. Finally…

  3. Ideally, you have a track record in long form storytelling, in print, radio, podcasting or online. With your pitch, please send a link to one thing we should look at or listen to that shows you can do the research/reporting and tell a sustained story. Again, most of these episodes will involve you reading aloud an essay that you wrote of around 4000 words, so you should feel comfortable writing at that length, and also comfortable speaking into a microphone—or at least, enthusiastic about learning how to. 

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Freelancers whose pitches are chosen will work with Karina to shape their story for the format, and will be given access to a studio in which to record. All of the writing and the recording will take place this fall. If you’re interested, please send a 1-3 paragraph pitch along with a link to an example of your previous long-form writing or radio work to youmustrememberthispodcast@gmail.com (subject line YMRT Presents) by September 10, 2019. If we’re interested, we will contact you for more information. Thanks!

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Become a You Must Remember This Patron, Won't You? by Karina Longworth


Wondering what's next for Karina and You Must Remember This? Become a Patron and get access to a bi-weekly newsletter, podcast scripts, bonus episodes, and more! 

Starting on June 6, Karina will be dropping the You Must Remember This Book Club podcast for Patrons who join at $10 or more. Each month, she'll be talking to a You Must Remember This listener about a book they love related to Hollywood's first century.

Patreon Levels:

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Get the inside scoop on what Karina is working on and watching. Patrons get access to a biweekly newsletter with news on the progress of Karina's new projects, movie reviews and recommendations, and links to stuff Karina loves.

Barbara Stanwyck | $10 or more per month

Get the biweekly newsletter, as well as special bonus podcast episodes, including the You Must Remember This Book Club, with special guests!

Dorothy Parker | $15 or more per month

In addition to the newsletter and bonus pods, access  scripts or transcript of every episode in the You Must Remember This Archive. Read along with the pod, or go back to check details without having to scroll through episodes. A great option for the hearing impaired! (Scripts for new episodes will be posted once each episode of the season has been made available)

Judy Garland | $25 or more per month

Get the biweekly newsletter, bonus podcast episodes, transcripts, AND Karina will record an outgoing voicemail or other short audio message of your choosing. One recording per Patron.

Join us on Patreon! by Karina Longworth


As you probably know, You Must Remember This has been on hiatus since early February. Subscribe to our Patreon page to find out what’s next for the podcast!

Patrons who donate $5 per month will receive a biweekly newsletter, which will be the place to get early/exclusive information about what Karina is working on—including new seasons of You Must Remember This— as well as what she’s reading, watching and recommends.

In the future, Patreon patrons will get exclusive access to special podcast episodes, book clubs, film clubs and more — we’ll be revealing more tiers and more benefits in the coming months. Join us, won’t you?

Hollywood Babylon Opening Montage Credits by Karina Longworth


Our Hollywood Babylon series opening montage includes audio clips from various documentaries and television programs. Here are the audio clip sources: 

"The great films of the silent years..."
Orson Welles discussing the 1916 film Intolerance on the 1971 TV series The Silent Years.  

"This isn't news, this is totally unfounded gossip!"
Nigel Finch's TV documentary series Arena, episode "Hollywood Babylon" 

"It's a long way from Hollywood..." and "Have been criticized for dealing too frankly with such themes as sex and nudity..." 

1965 news report about "underground films" that mentions Anger's work.

"Hollywood" and "Babylon" are clips from various documentaries, exact sources unknown. 

Jean and Jane Opening Montage Credits by Karina Longworth


Last season our Jean and Jane opening montage included audio clips from various films, movie scores and interviews. By popular demand, here is a list of the intro clip sources. For a full list of films referenced in the Jean and Jane series, or any other episodes in the archive, please check out the You Must Remember This Film Club.

Breathless Score by Martial Solal, 1960


Barbarella Theme by Bob Crewe and Charles Fox, 1968


"I don't know if I'm unhappy because I'm not free, or if I'm not free because I'm unhappy." Jean Seberg, Breathless, 1960


"I say our responsibility as Americans is to be concerned about what our Country is doing.” Jane Fonda, The Phil Donahue Show, 1972


"The suicide of Jean Seberg...the young actress from Iowa..." Alistair Cooke's Letter from America, Jean Seberg and the FBI, 1979


"Are you ready to do the workout?” Jane Fonda, The Workout, 1982

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The Blacklist Glossary by Karina Longworth

Our new season, The Blacklist, will cover events spanning four decades, featuring dozens of significant characters, institutions and acronyms. Here's a handy guide to some of the names and terms that are important to know while you listen. If you have suggestions for other terms that should be added to this Glossary, please tell us on Twitter.

Below-the-line: Term used to refer to any crew members on a film set other than the director, producers, writers and actors. On a standard film budget sheet, those creative personnel are listed at the top; then a line is drawn, and the rest of the crew members and their salaries are listed below the line. More info at Wikipedia

Herb Sorrell: Hollywood union organizer and leader. In the wake of the IATSE scandal, a new union of studio workers was formed, called the Conference of Studio Unions, lead by Herb Sorrell. The CSU set itself up as the clean alternative to the IATSE; it was also the openly leftist alternative, and charges that it was controlled by communists were given credence in 1945, when four factions of the CSU refused to support a set decorators strike, in keeping with the Communist Party's wartime no-strike pledge.

"HUAC": HUAC is the colloquial term used as shorthand to refer to the House Committee on Un-American Activities, which is itself popularly often referred to as the House Un-American Activities Committee (hence, HUAC). HUAC was established in 1938 under Martin Dies as chairman, and famously conducted investigations through the 1940s and ’50s into alleged communist activities. More info at Brittanica.com

IATSE: The International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees, or I.A.T.S.E., is a labor union representing technicians, artisans and craftspersons in the entertainment industry, including live theatre, motion picture and television production, and trade shows. During the early 20th century, organized crime gained influence over parts of IATSE leading to corruption and scandal. More info at Wikipedia

Iron Curtain: Term used to describe the political, military, and ideological barrier erected by the Soviet Union after World War II to seal off itself and its dependent eastern and central European allies from open contact with the West and other noncommunist areas. More info at Brittanica.com

Popular Front: Term used to describe any coalition of working-class and middle-class parties united for the defense of democratic forms against a presumed Fascist assault. In the mid-1930s European Communist concern over the gains of Fascism, combined with a Soviet policy shift, led Communist parties to join with Socialist, liberal, and moderate parties in popular fronts against Fascist conquest. More info at Brittanica.com 

Premature antifascism: The term invented after World War II to apply (and accuse) anyone who had been concerned about Hitler before the US got into the war. The concept was based on the slightly revisionist idea that only Jews and Communists cared about Fascism before Pearl Harbor happened and put America on the defensive.

Screen Readers Guild: Guild formed by the studio employees hired to read and analyze the production prospects of submitted screenplays. Bernard Gordon, a registered Communist who developed a career during the Blacklist as a writer and producer, was the Guild's president during the 1940s. 

Stalinism: Refers to the means of governing and related policies implemented by Joseph Stalin. Stalinist policies in the Soviet Union included: state terror, rapid industrialization, the theory of socialism in one country, a centralized state, collectivization of agriculture, cult of personality, and subordination of interests of foreign communist parties to those of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union—deemed by Stalinism to be the most forefront vanguard party of communist revolution at the time. More info at Wikipedia



You Must Remember This is now part of Panoply! by Karina Longworth

Exciting news: The fifth season of You Must Remember This debuts tomorrow, and it will be distributed by Panoply, the podcast network associated with Slate.com! I’ve been an occasional contributor to Slate for years (I reviewed the new Sue Mengers bio last week), and I’ve been listening to Slate podcasts for years and I think Panoply is going to be a really good fit for You Must Remember This.

If you subscribe to the podcast on iTunes, you shouldn’t have any interruption in your subscription, but if you have any problems, let me know. If you have been getting the podcast from Infinite Guest, please subscribe in iTunes or start streaming the episodes from the podcast's blog and/or Panoply.fm

If you have questions or want to talk to me about the show, our new home or our new season, use the contact link above. 

Donate to You Must Remember This by Karina Longworth


Several listeners have emailed or used Twitter or our Forum to ask if there is a way to donate to the podcast. Now there is! 

The above button will take you to PayPal, where you can choose how much you'd like to donate to the show and make the payment securely. Any amount is appreciated, and all funds will go to helping to pay for research and production assistance for the show. If you have any questions or comments, please email Karina at karina at vidiocy dot com.

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