The West Wing Weekly

130 EpisodesProduced by Joshua Malina & Hrishikesh Hirway

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

December 12th, 2018

56:20

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 …

6.01: NSF Thurmont

December 4th, 2018

51:24

It took a lot of diplomacy behind the scenes, but Josh and Hrishi have agreed to come together to negotiate our feelings on Season 6, Episode 1. Pull …

0.08: Meet the Twwweam (Bonus Mini-Episode)

November 28th, 2018

8:01

Introducing the folks behind the scenes of our podcast.

You can help us make our show, too, by supporting Radiotopia's annual fundraiser, going on …

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

November 21st, 2018

1:46:09

5.22: Memorial Day (with Josh Singer)

November 14th, 2018

1:15:58

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?

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5.21: Gaza (with Jason Isaacs and Janel Moloney)

November 7th, 2018

1:13:48

We're joined by special guests Jason Isaacs and Janel Moloney to discuss the big, ambitious, penultimate episode of Season 5.

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

October 31st, 2018

1:07:25

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 …

5.19: Talking Points (with Richard Schiff)

October 24th, 2018

1:21:25

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, …

5.18: Access

October 10th, 2018

46:38

5.17: The Supremes (with Debora Cahn)

October 3rd, 2018

1:08:19

We hereby appoint the Honorable Debora T. Cahn, West Wing writer, for the position of Chief Guestice of The Supremes episode.

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

September 26th, 2018

1:22:47

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 …

5.15: Full Disclosure (with Lawrence O'Donnell)

September 19th, 2018

1:21:28

5.14: An Khe

September 12th, 2018

50:47

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

September 5th, 2018

1:07:23

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 …

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

August 22nd, 2018

1:19:01

5.11: The Benign Prerogative (with Janel Moloney)

August 15th, 2018

1:11:31

5.10: The Stormy Present (with Bellamy Young)

August 8th, 2018

1:00:54

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, …

5.09: Abu el Banat (with Joe Fab)

July 31st, 2018

1:06:41

5.08: Shutdown (with Gene Sperling)

July 25th, 2018

1:01:59

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 …

5.07: Separation of Powers (with Michael Hyatt)

July 18th, 2018

1:07:14

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 …

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

July 11th, 2018

49:23

We're joined this week by Alexa Junge and returning guest Lauren Schmidt Hissrich. They co-wrote "Disaster Relief," and together, we try to …

5.05: Constituency of One (with Jennifer Palmieri)

June 27th, 2018

1:04:48

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 …

5.04: Han (with Paula Yoo)

June 20th, 2018

1:05:42

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 …

5.03: Jefferson Lives

June 13th, 2018

47:30

5.02: The Dogs of War

June 6th, 2018

48:48

Friends, Romans, people in other places, lend us your ears. We come to dissect this episode, and to praise it, or at least the parts we liked. So cry "havoc!" and let slip this podcast into your downloads.

For more, …

5.01: 7A WF 83429 (Live with Bradley Whitford and Ronald Klain)

May 30th, 2018

1:08:27

4.24: Season 4 Retrospective (Live with Aaron Sorkin and Emily Procter)

May 16th, 2018

1:24:27

We’ve reached the end of the fourth season, and the end of Aaron Sorkin’s tenure on The West Wing. For this special farewell, Aaron himself joined us on stage at the historic Town Hall in New York to teach us how to say …

4.23: Twenty Five (Live with Thomas Schlamme)

May 9th, 2018

1:21:11

4.22: Commencement (Live with Bradley Whitford, Ronald Klain, and Melissa Fitzgerald)

May 3rd, 2018

1:07:32

Live from the Lincoln Theatre in Washington, DC, Josh and Hrishi discuss the penultimate episode of Season 4—and all its trip-hop-laced …

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

April 25th, 2018

1:25:49

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 …

4.20: Evidence of Things Not Seen (Live with Richard Schiff and Marlee Matlin)

April 19th, 2018

1:10:44

We’re live in Dublin to discuss Evidence of Things Not Seen with special guests Richard Schiff, Marlee Matlin, her interpreter Jack Jason, and a pint of Guinness that is like an angel crying on Richard’s tongue.

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

April 4th, 2018

1:10:44

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 …

4.19: Angel Maintenance (with Fmr. Acting Secretary of the Air Force Eric Fanning)

March 28th, 2018

1:02:20

Please set your cell phones to airplane mode, it’s Angel Maintenance time. In this episode we’re joined by former Acting Secretary of the Air Force (and former Secretary of the Army) Eric Fanning for lots of juicy …

4.18: Privateers (with Allison Janney, Jeff Perry, Helen Slayton-Hughes, and the DAR)

March 21st, 2018

1:21:16

Privateers has a special place in our hearts because we love the scene where Allison Janney can’t stop laughing - and she’s here with us to talk about the fugue state necessary to create such memorable giggles. We’re …

4.17: Red Haven’s on Fire (with Senator Tammy Duckworth and Lauren Schmidt Hissrich)

March 7th, 2018

1:16:03

The Laurens make good! West Wing writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich joins us to recap Red Haven's on Fire and share stories of the real world Lauren confusion behind this episode. And Senator Tammy Duckworth tells us what …

4.16: The California 47th

February 28th, 2018

53:35

Ah, Miss Hamantaschen! It's the California 47th. Josh and Hrishi discuss the linguistic nuance of Rice Krispies and what one calls the treats made …

0.05: Big Block of Cheese Live (with Dulé Hill, The Memory Palace, The Allusionist, and more)

February 21st, 2018

1:09:30

A live Big Block of Cheese Day from San Francisco Sketch Fest! Hrishi and Josh are joined by Dulé Hill to answer questions from fans - including a …

4.15: Inauguration: Over There (with Gene Sperling)

February 14th, 2018

1:03:37

For our discussion of Inauguration: Over There, Josh regales Hrishi with tales of shooting in his underwear and throwing snowballs at Janel Moloney. …

4.14: Inauguration: Part 1 (with Danica McKellar)

February 7th, 2018

1:09:55

Inauguration: Part I is the first part of our two-part series about a two-part series of West Wing episodes. Josh and Hrishi dig up fun facts about presidential bibles, and cast a critical eye on CJ's flirting and …

4.13: The Long Goodbye (with Jon Robin Baitz and The Alzheimer’s Association)

January 31st, 2018

47:50

As the West Wing takes a trip to Dayton, OH, for The Long Goodbye, Josh and Hrishi talk to playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who playwrought the episode. He talks about how his own father's illness informed the script in ways …

4.12: Guns Not Butter (with MAZON and The ONE Campaign)

January 24th, 2018

1:08:52

4.11: Holy Night (with The Whiffenpoofs and Robert Malina)

January 17th, 2018

1:13:07

On the West Wing, it’s Toby’s birthday (December 23), and his father visits. On the West Wing Weekly, it’s Josh’s birthday (January 17), and HIS father visits. We turn to Mr Robert Malina for some Yiddish info and some …

4.10: Arctic Radar (with Richard Schiff, John David Coles, and Fmr. Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu)

December 20th, 2017

1:30:37

4.09: Swiss Diplomacy (with Kevin Falls and Eli Attie)

December 13th, 2017

1:14:25

Eli Attie (@EliAttie) and Kevin Falls (@KevinFalls) are our guests to talk about the “break glass in case of emergency” writing that went into “Swiss Diplomacy”, a rare episode without a Sorkin writing credit. These …

4.08: Process Stories (with Joanna Gleason)

December 5th, 2017

57:54

Stock up on Cheetos, because Joanna Gleason (@TheRealJGleason) is our guest and she’s got a drinking game - sorry, an eating game - for anyone who loves to pick apart Bradley Whitford’s acting technique. Needless to …

4.07: Election Night (with Clark Gregg)

November 21st, 2017

1:06:48

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

November 15th, 2017

1:25:30

4.05: Debate Camp (with Ronald Klain)

November 7th, 2017

59:01

4.04: The Red Mass

November 1st, 2017

54:00

4.03: College Kids (with Aimee Mann and Fmr. Secretary of Education John King, Jr.)

October 25th, 2017

1:14:24

4.02: 20 Hours in America, Part Two (with Christopher Misiano)

October 18th, 2017

1:23:58

4.01: 20 Hours in America, Part One (with John Gallagher, Jr.)

October 11th, 2017

1:00:17

Our discussion of Season 4 begins! We’re joined by John Gallagher, Jr., who made his Sorkin debut in the premiere, years before he would go on to …

4.00: President Bartlet Special (with Martin Sheen)

October 4th, 2017

1:05:25

0.04: Big Block of Cheese III (with 99% Invisible)

September 27th, 2017

58:52

Before we dive into Season 4, we're answering some pressing listener questions like: why hasn't Martin Sheen been on the podcast yet? Plus questions about music, musicals, and underwear. (Don't be scared.) And to go …

3.22: Posse Comitatus (Live with Aaron Sorkin, Allison Janney, and Melissa Fitzgerald)

September 20th, 2017

1:04:13

To discuss the Season 3 finale, we traveled to San Francisco to record a live episode at the Castro Theatre. We'd announced the show would be with a …

3.21: We Killed Yamamoto

September 13th, 2017

47:32

Josh and Hrishi discuss a few conflicts central to this episode and its making: Amy vs Josh, President Bartlet vs moral absolutes, and script …

3.20: The Black Vera Wang (with Mark Harmon)

September 6th, 2017

1:02:31

We’re joined by Mark Harmon to discuss all things Simon Donovan. Our interview with him spans the rest of Season 3, so if you're watching The West Wing for the first time, be warned that spoilers abound during that part …

3.19: Enemies Foreign and Domestic

August 23rd, 2017

1:00:00

A correction: Eli Attie's teacher, Mrs Morello, is alive. A reminder: Paxton Whitehead, who played Bernard, is also alive. Josh and Hrishi discuss Russians being played by non-Russians, Tom Lehrer, and the Sorkinism of …

3.18: Documentary Special (with William Couturié)

August 16th, 2017

34:46

3.17: Stirred (with Eli Attie and Fmr Deputy Labor Secretary Chris Lu)

August 9th, 2017

1:05:35

This week we're joined by Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44), who served as the White House Cabinet Secretary during the first term of the Obama administration and the Deputy Secretary of Labor during the second term. He gives us …

3.16: The U.S. Poet Laureate (with Television Without Pity and David Wade)

August 2nd, 2017

1:07:14

We’re joined by two of the co-founders of the website Television Without Pity, Tara Ariano (@TaraAriano) and Sarah D. Bunting (@TomatoNation), to discuss the lemonlyman.com plotline—inspired by Aaron Sorkin’s own posts …

3.15: Dead Irish Writers (with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau)

July 26th, 2017

1:02:29

3.14: Hartsfield's Landing

July 19th, 2017

59:47

This week, our discussion ranges from chess and poker games, to code switching, to West Wing Weekly themed fart machines. All this, plus Josh, the master prankster, ranks the pranks in CJ and Charlie’s prank war. For …

3.13: Night Five

July 12th, 2017

1:14:05

3.12: The Two Bartlets (with Blanche Sindelar)

June 28th, 2017

1:05:40

President Bartlet and his father; CJ and her father; Bob Engler and his father…this episode is the Dada of Dada issues. And Josh and Hrishi talk to Blanche Sindelar, the property master for all seven seasons of The West …

3.11: 100,000 Airplanes (with Dr. Leo Mascarenhas)

June 21st, 2017

1:01:34

3.10: H. Con-172

June 14th, 2017

49:38

3.09: Bartlet for America (with John Spencer)

June 7th, 2017

1:24:47

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

May 31st, 2017

1:29:05

3.07: The Indians in the Lobby (with W.G. Snuffy Walden)

May 24th, 2017

1:12:03

Thanksgiving! Native Americans! Turkey! Foodborne illness! Hrishi's dad! All this, plus we present the recording of our live interview with Emmy-winning West Wing composer Snuffy Walden (@snuffywalden). For more, visit

3.06: Gone Quiet

May 17th, 2017

52:08

Our discussion of this episode takes many a twist and turn: from the NEA to JFK, from Star Trek to Eddie Murphy. Plus, Toby's confession that he is no fan of musicals leads us to the next chapter of "Hrishi Hruins a …

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

May 9th, 2017

1:23:49

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 …

3.04: On The Day Before (with Janel Moloney)

May 3rd, 2017

1:05:49

For this episode, we're joined once again by Janel Moloney (@NellyMoloney), who was nominated for a Best Supporting Actress Emmy in part for her …

3.03: Ways and Means (with Eli Attie)

April 26th, 2017

54:54

We’re joined again by our friend Eli Attie, the former speechwriter to Al Gore who went on to join The West Wing in Season 3. Eli has a ‘story by’ credit on “Ways and Means”, and we dig into what that really means. …

3.02: Manchester, Part II (with Connie Britton)

April 19th, 2017

1:06:49

Josh and Hrishi are joined by Connie Britton (@conniebritton) to discuss the second half of the Season 3 premiere. I made a joke about Freudian slips in the show notes for Part I (“Josh and Hrishi try to sort their way …

3.01: Manchester, Part I

April 11th, 2017

45:20

The Season Three premiere has a dense script, and an enormous production to match. Josh and Hrishi try to sort their way through it all without making any Freudian slips while talking to each mother. 

3.00: Isaac and Ishmael (with Ajay Naidu and Fmr Press Secretary Mike McCurry)

April 5th, 2017

1:25:09

This is a controversial episode of The West Wing, and one that falls outside the regular storyline of the show. We hash out our conflicting opinions …

2.22: Two Cathedrals (Part II, with Aaron Sorkin and Kirsten Nelson)

March 22nd, 2017

1:12:40

Aaron Sorkin joins Josh and Hrishi for our final episode of Season Two, to talk about his experience writing "Two Cathedrals." Plus, Kirsten Nelson (@

2.22: Two Cathedrals (Part I, with Lawrence O'Donnell and Mary Graham)

March 15th, 2017

46:43

2.21: 18th and Potomac (with Oliver Platt)

March 8th, 2017

57:58

It's the penultimate episode of Season 2. Oliver Platt (@OliverPlatt) joins Josh and Hrishi to discuss his role as Oliver Babish.

 

2.20: The Fall's Gonna Kill You (with Marlee Matlin)

March 1st, 2017

1:18:52

Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) joins Josh and Hrishi to discuss her role as Joey Lucas. Along with her interpreter, Jack Jason (@655Jack), she pranked …

2.19: Bad Moon Rising

February 22nd, 2017

50:44

Before we get into Oliver Babish and the Big Hammer, and Donna Moss and the Secret Pumpkin, we start with a much needed follow-up to our discussion …

2.18: 17 People (with Richard Schiff, Emily Procter, Rebecca Walker)

February 15th, 2017

1:09:06

We've got 7 people for "17 People." Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) talks to us about Toby's journey, and the origins of the Spalding ball. Emily Procter (@emilyprocter) talks to us about Ainsley "spilling coffee" with …

2.17: The Stackhouse Filibuster (Live with Bradley Whitford)

February 8th, 2017

59:08

Josh and Hrishi are joined by Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) for the first-ever live taping of a West Wing Weekly episode, recorded at the Marines' Memorial Theatre in San Francisco at the SF Sketchfest Comedy …

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

February 1st, 2017

1:24:15

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 …

2.15: Ellie (with Nina Siemaszko)

January 25th, 2017

51:35

In this episode, we look at the uncomfortable contiguity of Bartlet the President and Bartlet the Dad. Along the way, we discuss zeugma, gloriosky!, …

2.14: The War At Home

January 18th, 2017

44:19

Stockard Channing was nominated for an Emmy based on her performance in this episode. Though her performance in the first part of this two-part arc was also excellent, we discuss why this second episode may have had the …

What's Next? featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda [clean]

January 16th, 2017

3:51

What's Next? featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda [explicit]

January 16th, 2017

3:51

2.13: Bartlet's Third State of the Union (with Don Baer, Fmr. White House Communications Director)

January 11th, 2017

1:08:35

In this episode, we're joined by Don Baer, who was the chief speechwriter for President Bill Clinton, to tell us what it's really like to write a State of the Union Address. And when you're done listening and you're …

0.03: Big Block of Cheese II

December 21st, 2016

48:52

For the last episode of the year, we answer listener questions in our 2nd edition of The West Wing Weekly Big Block of Cheese Day. Thanks so much for listening to the show this year and giving us a great 2016 — apart …

2.12: The Drop In (with Kim Webster)

December 14th, 2016

53:08

Forget the popcorn, we got Ginger! Kim Webster joins us to talk about the fortuitous path that led her to the role. So affix your signature and seal, …

2.11: The Leadership Breakfast

December 6th, 2016

45:21

When we spoke to Emily Procter (episode 2.04), she told us a story about a lunch meeting she had with Tommy Schlamme that had an unexpected twist. …

2.10: Noël (with Bradley Whitford and Ellen Totleben)

November 30th, 2016

1:12:35

(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 …

2.09: Galileo

November 16th, 2016

57:32

At this extremely historic moment, we present a very unique episode. (Wow, that really is some terrible writing.) In this episode, we bone up on our Mars with help from NASA Systems Engineer Mallory Lefland, who is …

2.08: Shibboleth

November 8th, 2016

52:42

The pressure is on as we discuss one of Hrishi's all-time favorite episodes. Will his feelings be spared by Josh, or will they be placed on the …

2.07: The Portland Trip (with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Congressman Brendan Boyle, and Fmr. Congressman Steve Gunderson)

November 2nd, 2016

1:07:06

For "The Portland Trip," we try to slip the surly bonds of Earth. We are, in turns, lifted and dragged down by our feelings. In honor of Josh Lyman's conversation with Congressman Matt Skinner, we ask real-life former …

2.06: The Lame Duck Congress (with Dave Chameides)

October 26th, 2016

51:54

How ya doin, Dalai Lama? In this episode, we're joined by steadicam operator Dave Chameides to talk about the complex choreography of the shooting a walk and talk. Plus, we get a visit from Kevin T. Porter (@KevinTPorter

2.05: And It's Surely to Their Credit

October 19th, 2016

50:19

2.04: In This White House (with Emily Procter and Ambassador Deborah Birx)

October 12th, 2016

1:15:30

Ginger, get the popcorn, because we're joined by Emily Procter (@emilyprocter) to talk about her first appearance on the West Wing as Ainsley Hayes. Plus, for some context and perspective on the storyline about AIDS in …

2.03: The Midterms

October 5th, 2016

43:20

While you may be mistaking this for your monthly meeting of the Ignorant Tight-Ass Club, it's in fact the weekly meeting of the West Wing TV Book Club. (The Ignorant Tight-Ass Club meets down the hall, on the right.)

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

September 28th, 2016

1:17:32

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, …

2.01: In The Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part I (with Thomas Schlamme)

September 28th, 2016

1:12:35

"In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" was the Season 2 premiere of the West Wing. The two-part episode aired as a special 2-hour broadcast. In honor of that, here's our own two-part episode. 

In Part I, we're joined by …

2.00: Special Interim Session (with Aaron Sorkin)

September 20th, 2016

50:19

West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin joins Josh and Hrishi for a special episode. Aaron reflects on the experience of making the first season of the West Wing while making the second season of Sports Night at the same time. …

1.22: What Kind of Day Has It Been (with Tim Matheson)

September 7th, 2016

53:01

For the finale of season one: you get Hoynes. Tim Matheson (@Tim_Matheson) joins us as we reflect on what kind of season it has been. Plus, a little preview of what's next.

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1.21: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics (with Bill O'Brien)

August 31st, 2016

1:04:50

Josh and Hrishi are joined by Bill O'Brien to talk about his role as Kenny Thurman. This West Wing episode focuses on polling, so here's a poll …

1.20: Mandatory Minimums (with Kathleen York and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson)

August 24th, 2016

1:09:02

Kathleen "Bird" York (@birdyork) talks to us about playing Congresswoman Andrea Wyatt, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (@karenaboutgary), former CEO of The National Association of Drug Court Professionals and current …

1.19: Let Bartlet Be Bartlet (with Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy)

August 17th, 2016

56:57

This episode of the West Wing represents the lowest point so far for the Bartlet team, but perhaps the highest point so far for the series. Josh and Hrishi are joined by The Honorable Patrick Murphy (@USAMurphy), Under …

1.18: Six Meetings Before Lunch

August 10th, 2016

42:19

The Good: a conversation about reparations; the Bad: Mandy and pandas; and the Ugly: Josh and Sam dancing (?) to “The Jackal.” Plus, a few words from West Wing music supervisor Anne Kline (@theannkline). 

1.17: The White House Pro-Am

August 3rd, 2016

51:23

If you don't like this episode, just be wrong. Just stand there in your wrongness and be wrong and get used to it. Plus, Hrishi brings back a field report from the Democratic National Convention, with thoughts on The …

1.16: 20 Hours in L.A.

July 27th, 2016

42:21

We live in Los Angeles, but no one has offered *us* a development deal. We're going to the wrong parties.

1.15: Celestial Navigation (with Jay Carney)

July 20th, 2016

1:16:49

Former White House Press Secretary Jay Carney (@JayCarney) joins Josh and Hrishi to discuss Josh Lyman's secret plan to fight inflation, and other ways press briefings can go horribly, horribly wrong.

0.02: Live with FiveThirtyEight

July 13th, 2016

1:07:57

Josh and Hrishi team up with the FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast to discuss how polling is used in The West Wing, by looking at a few scenes from …

1.14: Take This Sabbath Day

July 6th, 2016

1:02:32

Like Toby in this episode, Josh and Hrishi go to shul to try and learn more about the death penalty and faith. They have a conversation with Rabbi …

1.13: Take Out the Trash Day (with Senator Bob Casey and Liza Weil)

June 29th, 2016

1:15:58

1.12: He Shall, from Time to Time…

June 22nd, 2016

45:50

Is it right to defend someone, even when they've asked you not to? Josh and Hrishi debate. Plus, a supercut of The West Wing opening theme music with accompanying lyrics, from submissions sent to us by West Wing Weekly …

0.01: West Wing Reunion (Live from ATX)

June 15th, 2016

1:42:40

Live from the ATX Television Festival, a panel discussion looking back at the West Wing. With Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Janel Moloney, Richard …

1.11: Lord John Marbury (With William Duffy and Peter James Smith)

June 7th, 2016

1:02:47

1.10, continued: Memorial Day Special (with Melissa Fitzgerald)

May 30th, 2016

22:54

1.10: In Excelsis Deo (with Richard Schiff)

May 25th, 2016

1:07:27

Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) joins Josh and Hrishi to talk about "In Excelsis Deo." His performance as Toby in this episode earned him his first Emmy win.

1.09: The Short List (with Ronald Klain)

May 18th, 2016

50:40

The path to a Supreme Court nomination takes us through a discussion of the right to privacy. Plus, Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) tells us about the real-life short list that he put together for President Clinton that led …

1.08: Enemies

May 11th, 2016

48:51

Retribution, romance, and The Antiquities Act. Plus, Josh and Hrishi attempt their own Big Block of Cheese Day.

1.07: The State Dinner (with Lyn Paolo)

May 4th, 2016

50:14

Josh and Hrishi largely disagree with each other about this episode. Plus, award-winning costume designer Lyn Paolo (@lynpaolo) discusses her work …

1.06: Mr. Willis of Ohio (with Janel Moloney)

April 27th, 2016

1:00:39

Janel Moloney (@nellymoloney) joins Josh and Hrishi to talk about playing Donna, and Ben Casselman (@bencasselman) gives an update on the state of …

1.05: The Crackpots and These Women (with Eli Attie)

April 20th, 2016

49:04

For Big Block of Cheese Day, Josh and Hrishi are joined by Eli Attie, who was Vice President Al Gore's chief speechwriter before leaving politics and …

1.04: Five Votes Down

April 13th, 2016

31:21

The limits of practical idealism. Plus, Hrishi sets Leo's dialogue to music, and Josh unwittingly reveals a secret.

1.03: A Proportional Response (with Dulé Hill)

April 6th, 2016

51:40

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 …

1.02: "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc"

March 30th, 2016

33:12

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

1.01: Pilot

March 23rd, 2016

48:50

Josh and Hrishi discuss the West Wing’s pilot episode, in the pilot episode of this podcast.

0.00: Cold Open

March 15th, 2016

3:53

Introducing The West Wing Weekly.

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