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The West Wing Weekly

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.

 

#186

0.20: A West Wing Weekly Special to Discuss A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote (with Aa...

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] (https://www.whenweallvote.org/) to donate! For more, visit  [thewestwingweekly.com/020] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/020) ... Read more

28 Oct 2020

1 HR 15 MINS

1:15:54

28 Oct 2020


#185

Introducing: Home Cooking

We want to introduce you to a brand new emergency quarantine podcast mini-series called [Home Cooking] (http://homecooking.show) . 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] (http://homecooking.show) . ... Read more

30 Mar 2020

17 MINS

17:31

30 Mar 2020


#184

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

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] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/722) ... Read more

29 Jan 2020

2 HR 12 MINS

2:12:24

29 Jan 2020


#183

7.21: Institutional Memory (with Janet Ashikaga)

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] (https://www.partners.show/) , and subscribe to it [here] (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/partners/id1494790308) . For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/721] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/721) ... Read more

22 Jan 2020

1 HR 12 MINS

1:12:43

22 Jan 2020


#182

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

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] (https://twitter.com/TeriPolo1) . Hurrah! For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/720] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/720) ... Read more

15 Jan 2020

1 HR 19 MINS

1:19:19

15 Jan 2020


#181

7.19: Transition (Live with Bradley Whitford)

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] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/719) ... Read more

08 Jan 2020

1 HR 17 MINS

1:17:16

08 Jan 2020


#180

0.19: John Wells

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] (http://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] (http://radiotopia.fm/) ** to donate today. ... Read more

17 Dec 2019

1 HR 00 MINS

1:00:56

17 Dec 2019


#179

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

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] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/718) Support The West Wing Weekly and Radiotopia. Make your mark. Go to [radiotopia.fm] (http://radiotopia.fm) today. ... Read more

11 Dec 2019

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:02

11 Dec 2019


#178

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

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] (http://radiotopia.fm) to donate today. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/018] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/018) ... Read more

06 Dec 2019

14 MINS

14:31

06 Dec 2019


#177

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

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.] (http://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] (http://radiotopia.fm) to donate today. ... Read more

27 Nov 2019

1 HR 18 MINS

1:18:01

27 Nov 2019


#176

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

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] (https://twitter.com/LHissrich?lang=en) 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] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/716) ... Read more

19 Nov 2019

1 HR 13 MINS

1:13:36

19 Nov 2019


#175

0.17: Casting the Pilot (with John Levey)

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] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/017) ... Read more

13 Nov 2019

41 MINS

41:17

13 Nov 2019


#174

7.15: Welcome to Wherever You Are

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.] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/715?fbclid=IwAR0eNKrwCFncK8pg8-zB5NZBsl3V20ou_JxmN3X73ytCaZcZKTYvW9yYZaQ) 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 ... Read more

06 Nov 2019

51 MINS

51:20

06 Nov 2019


#173

7.14: Two Weeks Out

We take this episode in our bone-crushing grip and shake it with everything we've got. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/714] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/714) ... Read more

30 Oct 2019

45 MINS

45:12

30 Oct 2019


#172

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

Josh and Donna There on my TV   K-I-S-S-I-N-G Let's discuss. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/713] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/713) ... Read more

23 Oct 2019

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:02

23 Oct 2019


#171

7.12: Duck and Cover (with Eli Attie)

[Eli Attie] (https://twitter.com/eliattie?lang=en) joins us to discuss this tension-filled episode about a potential nuclear disaster. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/712] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/712) ... Read more

16 Oct 2019

55 MINS

55:48

16 Oct 2019


#170

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

[Bradley Whitford] (https://twitter.com/BradleyWhitford) 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] (https://twitter.com/annabethgish) joins us, too! (How lucky are we?) We talk to her about the complicated character of Liz Bartlet Westin, whom she portrayed so thoughtfully. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/711] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/711) ... Read more

09 Oct 2019

58 MINS

58:00

09 Oct 2019


#169

0.16: Annabeth Schott (with Kristin Chenoweth)

This week, the great [Kristin Chenoweth] (https://twitter.com/KChenoweth) 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] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/016) ... Read more

02 Oct 2019

40 MINS

40:57

02 Oct 2019


#168

7.10: Running Mates (with Matthew Del Negro)

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] (https://twitter.com/MatthewDelNegro) to discuss Bram, telebrams, and more. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/710] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/710) ... Read more

25 Sep 2019

1 HR 09 MINS

1:09:22

25 Sep 2019


#167

7.09: The Wedding (with Nina Siemaszko)

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] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/709) ... Read more

18 Sep 2019

58 MINS

58:03

18 Sep 2019


#166

7.08: Undecideds

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. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/708] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/708) ... Read more

11 Sep 2019

43 MINS

43:50

11 Sep 2019


#165

7.07: The Debate (Part II, with Ronald Klain and Beth Myers)

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] (https://twitter.com/RonaldKlain) led President Obama’s debate prep, and [Beth Myers] (https://twitter.com/bethmyers201?lang=en) 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. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/707-part2] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/707-part2) ... Read more

04 Sep 2019

58 MINS

58:25

04 Sep 2019


#164

7.07: The Debate (Part I, with Lawrence O'Donnell)

In our first of two episodes on "The Debate," we talk to [Lawrence O’Donnell] (https://twitter.com/Lawrence) , who took on the challenge of writing a live episode — one that takes place entirely in the context of a Presidential debate. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/707] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/707-part1) ... Read more

28 Aug 2019

1 HR 01 MINS

1:01:07

28 Aug 2019


#163

7.06: The Al Smith Dinner

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.) For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/706] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/706) ... Read more

21 Aug 2019

51 MINS

51:14

21 Aug 2019


#162

7.05: Here Today (with Richard Schiff)

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] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/705) ... Read more

14 Aug 2019

1 HR 14 MINS

1:14:13

14 Aug 2019


#161

7.04: Mr. Frost

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. For more, visit [thewestwingweekly.com/704] (http://thewestwingweekly.com/704) ... Read more

07 Aug 2019

54 MINS

54:16

07 Aug 2019