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The West Wing Weekly

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Rank #31 in TV & Film category

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An episode-by-episode discussion of The West Wing, one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder.

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An episode-by-episode discussion of The West Wing, one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder.

iTunes Ratings

9270 Ratings
Average Ratings
8607
372
128
72
91

Must Listen

By HonorGrace - Apr 18 2020
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This is amazing. I love it so much.

This show is a joy

By Ellieconn - Apr 15 2020
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Thanks for the laughs, Hrishi and Josh.

iTunes Ratings

9270 Ratings
Average Ratings
8607
372
128
72
91

Must Listen

By HonorGrace - Apr 18 2020
Read more
This is amazing. I love it so much.

This show is a joy

By Ellieconn - Apr 15 2020
Read more
Thanks for the laughs, Hrishi and Josh.
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The West Wing Weekly

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An episode-by-episode discussion of The West Wing, one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder.

Rank #1: 4.21: Life on Mars (Live with Richard Schiff, Eli Attie, and The Swingles)

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We’re live in London! Josh and Hrishi discuss Life on Mars with guests Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) and Eli Attie (@EliAttie). Plus some special West Wing-themed musical performances from Debbie Fiderer’s favorite a capella group, The Swingles (@swinglesingers).

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/421

Apr 25 2018

1hr 25mins

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Rank #2: 6.04: Liftoff (with Allison Janney)

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Everything about “Liftoff" feels like a new era is beginning, so we’re welcoming the new year by welcoming Allison Janney (@AllisonBJanney) to talk about CJ’s new job as the new chief of staff.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/604

Jan 09 2019

1hr 1min

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Rank #3: 6.02: The Birnam Wood (with Fmr. Ambassador Jacob Walles)

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Hello Mother, I'm elated

Here I am at old Camp David

I'm respectful, all due deference

But I don't really get the Macbeth reference

Plus, former ambassador Jacob Walles tells us about the years he dedicated to brokering Mideast peace, including his time at 2000 Camp David Summit, and he tells us what this episode got right about those conversations.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/602

Dec 12 2018

56mins

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Rank #4: 7.13: The Cold (with Janel Moloney and Bradley Whitford)

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Josh and Donna
There on my TV  
K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Let's discuss.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/713

Oct 23 2019

1hr 9mins

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Rank #5: 4.06: Game On (with Rob Lowe, Bradley Whitford, and Joshua Malina)

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Hrishi and Josh welcome special guest Joshua Malina to talk about Joshua Malina’s first episode as Will Bailey. [fanfare] With special appearances by Bradley Whitford, Rob Lowe, and Joshua Malina.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/406

Nov 15 2017

1hr 25mins

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Rank #6: 1.03: A Proportional Response (with Dulé Hill)

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Dulé Hill joins Josh and Hrishi to talk about shooting his first episode of The West Wing, visiting the real White House, and losing to Martin Sheen in 1-on-1.

Apr 06 2016

51mins

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Rank #7: 0.07: Parks and Recreation (with Rob Lowe, Adam Scott and Michael Schur)

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We literally cannot wait for you to hear how much The West Wing influenced Parks and Recreation. We spoke to the co-creator of the show, Michael Schur, and two of the stars, Rob Lowe and Adam Scott, to learn about the parallels between the Bartlet White House and the Pawnee Parks Department. Stop pooping! Just listen.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/007

Nov 21 2018

1hr 46mins

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Rank #8: 2.10: Noël (with Bradley Whitford and Ellen Totleben)

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(sung to the melody of "Carol of the Bells")

Hark! oh my gosh

Hrishi and Josh

Discuss Noël

Puns and intel

Ellen Totleben

Tells us laymen

All that you see

Was her duty

She was the West Wing Set Decorator

And we’ll talk to Bradley Whitford later

When it’s just us

Things we discuss:

PTSD

Tommy Schlamme

I got a job?

You got a job

Bush versus Gore

Flentls and more

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!

Bradley Whitford won an Emmy with this

Merry, Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!

Epic flentl; you don't want to miss this.

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Nov 30 2016

1hr 12mins

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Rank #9: 6.11: Opposition Research (with Mayor Pete Buttigieg)

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We’re joined by Mayor Pete Buttigieg, 2020 Presidential hopeful, for our discussion of “Opposition Research,” in which Matt Santos travels to New Hampshire to introduce himself to the electorate.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/611

Mar 13 2019

1hr 5mins

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Rank #10: 3.09: Bartlet for America (with John Spencer)

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To accompany our discussion of "Bartlet for America," we're thrilled to present an interview with John Spencer, who won an Emmy for his performance. We talk to David Daniel (@CNNLADavid), who is a senior producer at CNN Newsource. He interviewed John Spencer in 2002, just before the Emmy awards, about The West Wing pilot, "Bartlet for America," addiction, and more. We're so lucky to have gotten David's original raw tape from that day, which we used to put this segment together. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/309.

Jun 07 2017

1hr 24mins

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Rank #11: 1.02: "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc"

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Latin, the Vice President, Morris Tolliver, and more.

Mar 30 2016

33mins

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Rank #12: 2.16: Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail (with Rob Lowe)

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Sitting here in the darkness\
I’ve gotta post the show\
Somebody’s joining us this episode\
Somebody named Rob Lowe\
We found somebody to explain free trade\
Cuz there is so muuuch we don’t knowwww\
And we asked Aaron about the song…

It’s the West Wing Weekly (ooh-oo-oooh)\
Aaron wrote us baaack!\
It’s the West Wing Weekly (ooh-oo-oooh)\
How f*$%ing cool is that?\
It’s the West Wing Weekly (ooh-oo-oooh)\
All the maps are wack\
It’s the West Wing Weekly

We're joined by Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) to discuss this episode, which earned him an Emmy nomination. And we welcome back Ben Casselman (@bencasselman), chief economics writer for FiveThirtyEight, to give us some modern context for Toby's line, "Free trade stops wars." 

Ooh-oo-oooh!

thewestwingweekly.com/episodes/216

Feb 01 2017

1hr 24mins

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Rank #13: 7.16: Election Day, Part 1 (with Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Michael Hissrich)

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This week’s episode is one of love and loss, but with our guests this week, we’re celebrating the joyful side. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich wrote this episode, and she and her husband, West Wing line producer Michael Hissrich, join us to tell us how their path together mirrored and influenced Josh and Donna’s.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/716

Nov 19 2019

1hr 13mins

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Rank #14: 7.05: Here Today (with Richard Schiff)

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Richard Schiff joins us to discuss this gorgeous, eerie, heartbreaking episode and to tell us his true feelings about Toby’s storyline.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/705

Aug 14 2019

1hr 14mins

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Rank #15: 7.17: Election Day, Part 2 (with Jimmy Smits)

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As we finish the long arc of the Presidential campaign with this momentous West Wing episode, Jimmy Smits joins us to tell us about his experience playing Matt Santos. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/717.

Right now, Radiotopia is holding its annual fundraiser. Help us keep The West Wing Weekly available and free forever by supporting the network. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today.

Nov 27 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #16: 0.06: Hamilton Special (with Lin-Manuel Miranda and Thomas Kail)

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AARON BURR: How does a podcast, web thing, 
Recap and chat on The West Wing, 
Dropped on the internet by nostalgic pals
On a fake President—it makes no sense!
How do Josh and Hrish, on balance,
Manage to land two major Broadway talents?
The two gallants, Lin-Manuel and Tommy Kail,
Got a lot farther by working a lot harder
By being a lot smarter, by being self-starters
By watching Bartlet, who's based a bit on Jimmy Carter
Well, the word got around that they’re like, "Sorkin is insane, man"
So we sent a lot of emails till we got into their brainpan:
"Do a special episode, lend us some acclaim and
Let's talk about the napkin in the frame."
Roll the name, son:
West Wing Weekly Hamilton 
This thing is West Wing Weekly Hamilton
There's a million things these guys have won 
So just hit play, just hit play…

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/006

Apr 04 2018

1hr 10mins

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Rank #17: 2.02: In The Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part II (with Bradley Whitford and Michael O'Neill)

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In Part II of our double header, Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) makes his West Wing Weekly debut to talk about getting the role of Josh Lyman, and starting the season by getting shot. But first, we speak with Michael O'Neill , who played Special Agent Ron Butterfield. Plus, a few thoughts on Emily's List from its former executive director, Amy Dacey (@AmyKDacey).

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Sep 28 2016

1hr 17mins

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Rank #18: 3.08: The Women of Qumar (with Allison Janney, Fmr UN Ambassador Sarah Mendelson, and Tim Ballard)

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This week's episode gets a bit dark, as does our discussion of it. We're honored to have three amazing guests. We learn more about the realities of trafficking with former UN Ambassador Sarah Mendelson (@SarahMendelson) as well as with Tim Ballard (@TimBBallard), the founder and CEO of Operation Underground Railroad (@OURRescue). And the brilliant but elusive Allison Janney (@AllisonBJanney) finally — finally! — makes her West Wing Weekly debut. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/308.

May 31 2017

1hr 29mins

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Rank #19: 5.12: Slow News Day (with Eli Attie and Nancy Altman)

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Sleep in! We'll wake up the President for you to tell him about our great idea to record a podcast about the Slow News Day episode of the West Wing. Joining us in this historic endeavor is returning guest Eli Attie, who shares his memories about real and fictional West Wing attempts to build a legacy. Nancy Altman, president of Social Security Works, also drops by to tell us just how Toby's efforts compare to the real history of Social Security reform. PS: we had a data glitch while recording and lost Josh's mic audio, so his side of the conversation is not up to our usual standards. Sorry about that!

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/512

Aug 22 2018

1hr 19mins

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Rank #20: 3.05: War Crimes (with Fmr. UN Ambassador David Pressman)

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David Pressman is the former US Ambassador to the United Nations and was the first-ever Director for War Crimes and Atrocities on the National Security Council at the White House, and we're thrilled to have him on the podcast to discuss the "War Crimes" episode with us. Plus, Josh and Hrishi get into it over Toby's "we're a team" speech. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/305.

May 09 2017

1hr 23mins

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Introducing: Home Cooking

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We want to introduce you to a brand new emergency quarantine podcast mini-series called Home Cooking. It’s from Hrishi and chef Samin Nosrat, author of the award-winning cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, and host of the Netflix show by the same name. The first episode just came out, and features Josh as the special guest. If you’ve missed hearing Josh and Hrishi in conversation, we thought you’d appreciate this excerpt. The rest of the episode centers around giving people advice about what to cook with whatever they’ve got in the house, and we think you’ll really enjoy it! Listen and subscribe to Home Cooking on your favorite podcast app, or at homecooking.show.

Mar 30 2020

17mins

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7.22: Tomorrow (Live with cast and crew of The West Wing)

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As the Bartlet administration ends, so does our podcast. We recorded our finale live in Los Angeles, at the Theatre at the Ace Hotel. This episode has two parts: first, we discuss "Tomorrow," with several guests joining us. Then, we take a fond look back at the entire series, along with thirty (30!) guests from the cast and crew, including Aaron Sorkin and Thomas Schlamme. Here’s everyone who was with us on stage:

Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Martin Sheen, Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff, Marlee Matlin, Jack Jason, Kathleen York, Allison Smith, Melissa Fitzgerald, Ramon de Ocampo, Evan Arnold, Karis Campbell, Teri Polo, Christopher Misiano, Dylan K. Massin, Matthew Del Negro, Eli Attie, Jimmy Smits, Josh Singer, Mary McCormack, Kevin Falls, Lawrence O'Donnell, Paul Redford, Ron Ostrow, Kim Webster, Peter James Smith, William Duffy, Tim Davis-Reed

Thanks for listening to the podcast. We're very grateful for the experience we’ve had making this over the past four years.

Okay. What's next?

For more, including photos from the event, visit thewestwingweekly.com/722

Jan 29 2020

2hr 12mins

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7.21: Institutional Memory (with Janet Ashikaga)

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CJ & Danny and Will & Kate all ponder what's next, and Josh & Hrishi do, too, as we discuss "Institutional Memory." We're joined by someone who also posseses institutional memory: the fantastic Janet Ashikaga, editor on The West Wing (including this episode), as well as Sports Night and Seinfeld.

Plus: listen to the trailer for Hrishi’s new podcast, Partners, and subscribe to it here.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/721

Jan 22 2020

1hr 12mins

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7.20: The Last Hurrah (with Mary-Louise Parker and Teri Polo)

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We discuss "The Last Hurrah" in this, our antepenultimate hurrah. And what a hurrah it is, with not one, but two great guests: Mary-Louise Parker and Teri Polo. Hurrah!

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/720

Jan 15 2020

1hr 19mins

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7.19: Transition (Live with Bradley Whitford)

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We traveled all the way to London to make a lot of references to "Fiddler on the Roof." Bradley Whitford joined us to record this episode in front of a sold-out crowd at the Hammersmith Apollo.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/719

Jan 08 2020

1hr 17mins

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0.19: John Wells

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For our last episode of the year, we've got a special one with television legend John Wells. We've been talking about him for seven seasons, and now we finally got him to talk to us directly. Our conversation spans the entire history of The West Wing, since John Wells served as Executive Producer for every single episode.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/019

Right now, Radiotopia is holding its annual fundraiser. Help us keep The West Wing Weekly available and free forever by supporting the network. Make your mark. Go to **radiotopia.fm** to donate today.

Dec 17 2019

1hr

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7.18: Requiem (with memories of John Spencer from the cast and crew)

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In this episode, some thoughts on John Spencer, shared by Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, Janel Moloney, Rob Lowe, Jimmy Smits, Kristin Chenoweth, Matthew Del Negro, Emily Procter, Eli Attie, Michael Hissrich, and Josh Malina. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/718

Support The West Wing Weekly and Radiotopia. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm today.

Dec 11 2019

1hr 13mins

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0.18: Small Block of Cheese Day (The West Wing Weekly Forever)

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In the main foyer of our podcast, we have this small block of cheese, there for any and all who might want a snack. We want this block of cheese to stick around forever, and never get moldy, or get thrown out! To do so, we’re hoping you’ll support our wonderful podcast network, Radiotopia, the refrigerator that keeps our show fresh in this increasingly painful metaphor. We’re sharing some stories from you, our lovely listeners, in hopes that you’ll want to chip in and help keep this podcast around forever. Make your mark, go to http://radiotopia.fm to donate today.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/018

Dec 06 2019

14mins

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7.17: Election Day, Part 2 (with Jimmy Smits)

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As we finish the long arc of the Presidential campaign with this momentous West Wing episode, Jimmy Smits joins us to tell us about his experience playing Matt Santos. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/717.

Right now, Radiotopia is holding its annual fundraiser. Help us keep The West Wing Weekly available and free forever by supporting the network. Make your mark. Go to radiotopia.fm to donate today.

Nov 27 2019

1hr 18mins

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7.16: Election Day, Part 1 (with Lauren Schmidt Hissrich and Michael Hissrich)

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This week’s episode is one of love and loss, but with our guests this week, we’re celebrating the joyful side. Lauren Schmidt Hissrich wrote this episode, and she and her husband, West Wing line producer Michael Hissrich, join us to tell us how their path together mirrored and influenced Josh and Donna’s.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/716

Nov 19 2019

1hr 13mins

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0.17: Casting the Pilot (with John Levey)

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Before we get to the end, we're going back to the beginning. For this bonus episode, we talk to John Levey, Emmy-winning casting director for the first two seasons of The West Wing, about putting together our renowned ensemble.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/017

Nov 13 2019

41mins

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7.15: Welcome to Wherever You Are

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In this week's episode, Toby says, "You should do the crossword," so Hrishi made a mini puzzle to go along with our discussion. Get a PDF of the puzzle at thewestwingweekly.com/715.

ACROSS
1. Grammy-winning singer and creator of questionable slogans, Bon _
5. Nights before, like Erevs Yom Kippur
6. What Josh wants when he yells, "I want the numbers!"
7. _
_ chunks, like when you eat way too much candy

DOWN
1. POTUS’s rap name, maybe
2. The room where it happens
3. To do this, actually, you stamp it, then sign it
4. The second thing Caesar said he did, in a saying

Nov 06 2019

51mins

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7.14: Two Weeks Out

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We take this episode in our bone-crushing grip and shake it with everything we've got.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/714

Oct 30 2019

45mins

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7.13: The Cold (with Janel Moloney and Bradley Whitford)

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Josh and Donna
There on my TV  
K-I-S-S-I-N-G

Let's discuss.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/713

Oct 23 2019

1hr 9mins

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7.12: Duck and Cover (with Eli Attie)

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Eli Attie joins us to discuss this tension-filled episode about a potential nuclear disaster.

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Oct 16 2019

55mins

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7.11: Internal Displacement (with Bradley Whitford and Annabeth Gish)

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Bradley Whitford returns to gleefully tell us about writing this episode and giving Josh the lines, "I can't act. I'm a terrible actor." And Annabeth Gish joins us, too! (How lucky are we?) We talk to her about the complicated character of Liz Bartlet Westin, whom she portrayed so thoughtfully.

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Oct 09 2019

58mins

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0.16: Annabeth Schott (with Kristin Chenoweth)

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This week, the great Kristin Chenoweth joins us to discuss her role as Annabeth. She's an Emmy and Tony Award winning actress and singer, and we’re so glad she’s finally joining us!

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/016

Oct 02 2019

40mins

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7.10: Running Mates (with Matthew Del Negro)

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This week, we discuss the beautiful performance by John Spencer in "Running Mates," the first episode of his to air posthumously. We’re also joined by Matthew Del Negro to discuss Bram, telebrams, and more.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/710

Sep 25 2019

1hr 9mins

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7.09: The Wedding (with Nina Siemaszko)

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Today, we’re talking about "The Wedding" (or The Marriage, or The Espousal, or The Nuptials, or The Union). We’re joined by Nina Siemaszko, who tells us about the twist in this subplot that she didn’t see coming.

For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/709

Sep 18 2019

58mins

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7.08: Undecideds

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In "Undecideds," Santos gives a speech meant to uplift and inspire, but Josh and Hrishi are "Unconvinceds." Plus, we look at Toby’s apartment, Godwin’s Law, and Will’s butt.

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Sep 11 2019

43mins

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iTunes Ratings

9270 Ratings
Average Ratings
8607
372
128
72
91

Must Listen

By HonorGrace - Apr 18 2020
Read more
This is amazing. I love it so much.

This show is a joy

By Ellieconn - Apr 15 2020
Read more
Thanks for the laughs, Hrishi and Josh.