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Inspired Minds

Bobby Roth

Season 1, Ep. 2

Bobby Roth is a writer, director and producer on shows like "Without a Trace," "Lost," "Prison Break," "Miami Vice," "Criminal Minds," "Grey’s Anatomy," "Hawaii 5-0" and the critically acclaimed feature, "Pearl."  He joins us to talk about filmmaking, Roger Moore living out of his parents' house and his fascinating journey through Hollywood. 

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