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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Mary McCormack joins Josh and Hrishi to discuss "A Change Is Gonna Come," recorded live in San Francisco. Plus, Roman Mars, host of 99% Invisible and noted flag expert, drops some vexillological knowledge. Special thanks to Professor Rebecca Nedostup for shedding light on Taiwan and China.
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Wait a second: Is Annabeth Mandy 2.0? Plus Donna pushes Josh away, CJ pushes Toby away, and Santos pulls Josh in with his wily political moves. We need a bipartisan summit with Red Vines families and Twizzler families so we can discuss all of this and more.
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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.
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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.
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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:
Cried, "What do we do?
We're all stuck here in a cell!"
So Samuel Beckett
Got totally nekkid.
"Let's go!" he started to yell.
But Jean-Paul Sartre
Just let out a fartre
And said, "Other people are hell."
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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.
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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.
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