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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.

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.

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English


Episodes

5.22: Memorial Day (with Josh Singer)

11/13/2018
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We're wrapping up Season 5 with screenwriter Josh Singer, whose first writing credit was "Memorial Day." We also look back at the past 22 episodes to ask: what kind of season has it been? For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/522

Duration:01:17:13

5.21: Gaza (with Jason Isaacs and Janel Moloney)

11/7/2018
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We're joined by special guests Jason Isaacs and Janel Moloney to discuss the big, ambitious, penultimate episode of Season 5. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/521

Duration:01:14:59

5.20: No Exit (with Fmr. Senator Tom Daschle, Wilson Cruz, and Eli Attie)

10/30/2018
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We’re joined by three guests for our discussion of "No Exit." Former Senator Tom Daschle tells us about what it was like getting sent anthrax in the mail; Wilson Cruz tells us about playing Jack Sosa for his two episodes on The West Wing; and Eli Attie tells us about the writing of the episode, specifically the Will and Toby scenes, which he co-wrote with Peter Noah. But first, a poem that this episode inspired Hrishi to write: Albert Camus Cried, "What do we do? We're all stuck here in a...

Duration:01:10:38

5.19: Talking Points (with Richard Schiff)

10/23/2018
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We're joined by Richard Schiff to discuss this episode, his television directing debut! Hear what it was like for him to step behind the camera for this story about power and labor and international trade. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/519

Duration:01:22:18

5.18: Access

10/9/2018
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In "Access," we're given a behind-the-scenes look at what it's like to work inside the West Wing. …wait a second, what have all these other episodes been about? Let's discuss. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/518

Duration:00:49:10

5.17: The Supremes (with Debora Cahn)

10/2/2018
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We hereby appoint the Honorable Debora T. Cahn, West Wing writer, for the position of Chief Guestice of The Supremes episode. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/517

Duration:01:10:51

5.16: Eppur Si Muove (with Dr Muller Fabbri and Jason Zengerle)

9/25/2018
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They tried to get us to renounce The West Wing, but Eppur Si Puodcaste! Josh and Hrishi investigate some of the real world mechanics behind NIH grants and the federal judiciary with help from cancer researcher Dr Muller Fabbri and political journalist Jason Zengerle. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/516

Duration:01:22:37

5.15: Full Disclosure (with Lawrence O'Donnell)

9/18/2018
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Full disclosure: you’re going to hear the words 'full disclosure' a lot in this episode, as we discuss "Full Disclosure." Lawrence O’Donnell joins us to discuss how he wrote this episode, how Richard Schiff changed its meaning without changing a word, and how Josh Lyman’s plot line landed him in Hillary Clinton’s crosshairs. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/515

Duration:01:22:43

5.14: An Khe

9/11/2018
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In this episode, the past is laid bare like a nude portrait, or at the very least, like a photo of your ex in a bikini. Grab your copy of Latin Phrases for Awkward Situations, and parachute in with us. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/514

Duration:00:52:44

5.13: The Warfare of Genghis Khan (with Fmr. Congressman John Tierney and Jacob Keaton)

9/4/2018
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A potential nuclear threat looms on the horizon, so let’s head down to the Situation Room to discuss The Warfare of Genghis Khan. We’re joined by former congressman and nonproliferation advocate John Tierney, who catches us up on nuclear politics then and now. And Josh and Hrishi manage to listen to the arguments of NASA analyst Jacob Keaton without him even having to take them stargazing or anything. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/513

Duration:01:10:13

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

8/21/2018
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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...

Duration:01:22:46

5.11: The Benign Prerogative (with Janel Moloney)

8/15/2018
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This week, we discuss "The Benign Prerogative," and the not so benign aspects of Presidential pardons. We're joined once again by Janel Moloney to talk about Donna's moving storyline in this episode. Plus, Lin-Manuel Miranda makes a little cameo (#Hameo) to help us with the original text by Alexander Hamilton from which this episode takes its name. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/511

Duration:01:13:28

5.10: The Stormy Present (with Bellamy Young)

8/8/2018
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It's the 100th episode of The West Wing! Our guest this week is Bellamy Young, who made her first appearance in a TV White House here, some years before joining Josh on Scandal as PRESIDENT Mellie Grant. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/510

Duration:01:02:48

5.09: Abu el Banat (with Joe Fab)

7/31/2018
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"Cauliflower." For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/509

Duration:01:09:39

5.08: Shutdown (with Gene Sperling)

7/24/2018
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Shut! It! Down! Josh and Hrishi are walking right up to the hallway outside your office to talk about “Shutdown.” Gene Sperling, former White House Director of the National Economic Council, joins them to compare Bill Clinton's shutdown game plan to Jed Bartlet's apparent lack of one. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/508

Duration:01:05:29

5.07: Separation of Powers (with Michael Hyatt)

7/18/2018
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The Supreme Court is looking at a case that relates to Korematsu v. United States, while the White House starts to make their moves towards appointing a new justice. But ai yai yai, we aren’t talking about last month’s headlines—we’re talking about “Separation of Powers,” from November 2003. And this week, we’re joined by special guest Michael Hyatt who plays Angela Blake. She gave us a wonderfully candid interview about how she got the role—and why Angela didn’t stick around for...

Duration:01:10:28

5.06: Disaster Relief (with Alexa Junge and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich)

7/10/2018
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We're joined this week by Alexa Junge and returning guest Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. They co-wrote "Disaster Relief," and together, we try to propulgate the backstory of this episode onto the frontstory. Like President Bartlet in Oklahoma, you'll never want to go back to work! For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/506

Duration:00:50:18

5.05: Constituency of One (with Jennifer Palmieri)

6/27/2018
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What is a “Constituency of One”? You know, it’s all about that boss, ‘bout that boss, those troubles. It’s all about that boss, ‘bout that boss, those troubles. Toby and POTUS. Will and Bob Russell. Amy and the First Lady. Plus, we speak with Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, whose list of bosses includes Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/505

Duration:01:05:21

5.04: Han (with Paula Yoo)

6/19/2018
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Listener beware - like the episode we're discussing, Han, this installment of The West Wing Weekly has more sad piano music than all previous episodes combined. When they're not lost in a sadness so deep no tears will come, Josh and Hrishi interview Paula Yoo, the writer who came up with the story of a would-be North Korean defector who visits the White House. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/504

Duration:01:09:28

5.03: Jefferson Lives

6/12/2018
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Jefferson lives, but the President's dreams for a strong VP die—killed by committee. But Josh and Hrishi, pilgrim detectives, are on the scene to investigate. PS: Jefferson is also dead. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/503

Duration:00:51:15