We?re back! The West Wing cast reunited for this special episode, so we got back together to discuss it. And Aaron Sorkin joins us to talk about his experiences adapting "Hartsfield?s Landing" for this voter turnout initiative. Please go to whenweallvote.org to donate!
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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.
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?
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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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
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
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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How did Santos and Vinick do in the debate? To help us judge the candidates on both substance and style, we?ve enlisted the people in charge of debate prep on either side of the 2012 Presidential election. Ronald Klain led President Obama?s debate prep, and Beth Myers was in charge of Senator Mitt Romney?s prep. It was fascinating to speak to both of them together for this bipartisan episode of our podcast.
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At long last, everyone is ready to unleash their negative ad campaigns. Here's one Hrishi came up with. JOSH MALINA?he's not nearly as mean as he makes himself out to be! He says he "ruined The West Wing," but even Richard Schiff says 'Arctic Radar' is one of the best episodes of the series. What else is Josh hiding? JOSH MALINA?actually pretty nice. (My name is Hrishikesh Hirway, and I approve this message.)
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Joshua Malina and Hrishikesh Hirway (collectively, ?The Hosts?) have been served a subpoena to appear on this episode of the podcast, to testify in regards to the above television episode. Pursuant to this agreement, you (?Listener?) are required to listen to our nonsense. Failure to do so may result in missing out on some dumb thing that gets called back later, like a reference to a 2004 movie about dance battles.
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At long last, West Wing director and executive producer Alex Graves joins us to talk about his time on the show. From "In Excelsis Deo" to "17 People" to our current episodes in Season 7, we discuss some of the big moments in the series that he helped shape.
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In this mother of an episode, Alex Graves cranks the style up to 11. We?re introduced to the character of Louise Thornton (played by Janeane Garofalo). We get real-time text answers to our quests from the unstoppable Eli Attie. So get ready cuz, as Steve Miller says, "we go down Carolina!"
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It?s the Season 7 premiere! Which begins, naturally, with a scene from the Season 10 premiere! Suspense hovers over this episode, like a space station in need of maintenance?or a baker about to be sent home from the tent?as Josh and Hrishi sort through both the wise and foolish acts of our heroes.
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We wanted to honor the end of Vice President Bob Russell's storyline in The West Wing with Gary Cole, who played Bingo Bob. Gary also plays Kent Davison in the brilliant, vicious, hilarious Veep, so we decided to celebrate two great(?) Vice Presidents in one episode. It's a Veep special! We're also joined by Veep showrunner David Mandel, a huge West Wing fan, to talk about where these two very different, political, Emmy-winning shows intersect.
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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold;
Mere anarchy is loosed upon the DNC,
The delegate tide is loosed, and everywhere
The ceremony of democracy is drowned;
The best lack all conviction, while the worst
Are full of passionate intensity.
With special guest, Jennifer Palmieri.
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When you?re running for President, how you present yourself to the public is crucial. The West Wing often underscored that it?s not just what one says, it?s how one says it. So in this special episode, we look at what goes into designing a Presidential campaign ? both fictional, and non-fictional. Michael Bierut designed Hillary Clinton?s ubiquitous 'H' logo, and Leslie Wah designed the logos and signage for all of the West Wing candidates in Season 6. This might be the nerdiest episode of the West Wing Weekly yet!
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Eli Attie joins us again to talk about his third episode in the trilogy of Santos campaign episodes that he wrote for Season 6. We also hear from Angelica Salas of CHIRLA (Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights) on the real story behind California?s fight over driver?s licenses for undocumented immigrants.
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"Tell me about Barack Obama." That's what Eli Attie said to David Axelrod in 2004, while searching for inspiration to help flesh out the character of Congressman Matthew Santos. In this episode, we talk to both of them to find out what Eli learned and how it shaped the sixth season. And David Axelrod tells us about his own experiences as the guy behind the guy, and what The West Wing means to him.
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We have so many great guests for our discussion of ?King Corn? that you?re going to look at this podcast episode the way Will Bailey looks at an ice cream sandwich. We talk Ned & Ronna with Evan Arnold & Karis Campbell, we talk Turkey with West Wing writer Lauren Schmidt Hissrich, and Politico senior writer Michael Grunwald walks us through the political maize of supporting ethanol.
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You sent in your queries; you know we've got answers?it's a feta compli. In the queso one or two questions, we got a little help from Allison Janney and Bradley Whitford, who sent us some really gouda answers of their own. We're always fondue these episodes, and we hope you'll think this one's grate, too.
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There?s only a year left in the Bartlet Presidency?and only 9 months left in the TWWW Podcastency!?and it feels like the last chance to make history. We?re joined by Tony Blinken who once held the same NSA position as Kate Harper, to talk about how hard it is to make long-term plans while you?re putting out little fires everywhere.
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Bradley Whitford joins us this week to discuss "Faith Based Initiative," which he wrote! Incredibly, his first time writing for television was this episode of The West Wing. He tells us how it all came together, as we pick it apart.
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We?re joined by Paul Redford, who wrote for West Wing Seasons 1?5, as well as Sports Night and The Newsroom. He?s responsible for some classic West Wing storylines, and we?re long overdue for a chat with him, so we?re making up for lost time with this bonus episode.
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Join us in the room to discuss "In the Room," in which the President?s need to be 'in the room' in China is the central topic of discussion in the room?President Room?the Oval Office. We?re joined by magicians Penn & Teller, who light a flag on fire in the (East) Room in this episode. Or did they? (They didn?t.)
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