The West Wing Weekly
By Joshua Malina & Hrishikesh Hirway
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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.
||Clean2.14: The War At Home||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 edge. Plus, a discussion around...||1/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's Next? featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda [clean]||The West Wing Weekly presents an ode to The West Wing. Hrishi made a beat, an extended remix of our podcast’s intro theme, for the biggest West Wing fan we know— Lin-Manuel Miranda — who wrote lyrics and recorded vocals for the track!...||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat's Next? featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda [explicit]||The West Wing Weekly presents an ode to The West Wing. Hrishi made a beat, an extended remix of our podcast’s intro theme, for the biggest West Wing fan we know— Lin-Manuel Miranda — who wrote lyrics and recorded vocals for the track!...||1/16/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.13: Bartlet's Third State of the Union (with Don Baer, Fmr. White House Communications Director)||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 ready to go home, we only have one...||1/10/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0.03: Big Block of Cheese II||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 from,...||12/21/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.12: The Drop In (with Kim Webster)||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, baby — — we're about to declare you extraordinary and...||12/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.11: The Leadership Breakfast||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. We've been holding on to her story until this episode. You'll hear why. Plus, a lot of...||12/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.10: Noël (with Bradley Whitford and Ellen Totleben)||(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 that you see Was her duty She was the West Wing Set Decorator And we’ll talk to Bradley Whitford later When...||11/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.09: Galileo||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 working on the Mars 2020 mission at...||11/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.08: Shibboleth||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 chopping block and pulled apart like a turkey's giblets and flentls?! Introducing the TWWW University...||11/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.07: The Portland Trip (with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Congressman Brendan Boyle, and Fmr. Congressman Steve Gunders||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 Wisconsin congressman Steve...||11/1/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.06: The Lame Duck Congress (with Dave Chameides)||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) to talk about his...||10/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.05: And It's Surely to Their Credit||Loosen your tie. Loosen whatever you'd like. But don't get it twisted: leaf peeping is totally a thing. thewestwingweekly.com/episodes/205||10/19/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.04: In This White House (with Emily Procter and Ambassador Deborah Birx)||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 Sub-Saharan Africa, we speak to...||10/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.03: The Midterms||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.)||10/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.02: In The Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part II (with Bradley Whitford and Michael O'Neill)||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, and starting the season by getting shot. But first, we speak with Michael O'Neill, who played Special...||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.01: In The Shadow of Two Gunmen, Part I (with Thomas Schlamme)||"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 director and executive producer...||9/28/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean2.00: Special Interim Session (with Aaron Sorkin)||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. We look back on the previous...||9/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.22: What Kind of Day Has It Been (with Tim Matheson)||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. thewestwingweekly.com/episodes/122||9/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.21: Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics (with Bill O'Brien)||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 question: do you approve or disapprove of the lack of Oxford comma in the title?...||8/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.20: Mandatory Minimums (with Kathleen York and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson)||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 mayor of Gary, Indiana, talks to us...||8/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.19: Let Bartlet Be Bartlet (with Under Secretary of the Army Patrick Murphy)||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 Secretary of the Army....||8/17/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.18: Six Meetings Before Lunch||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).||8/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.17: The White House Pro-Am||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 West Wing from former DNC CEO Amy...||8/3/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.16: 20 Hours in L.A.||We live in Los Angeles, but no one has offered *us* a development deal. We're going to the wrong parties.||7/26/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.15: Celestial Navigation (with Jay Carney)||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.||7/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0.02: Live with FiveThirtyEight||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 the show. This episode was recorded live at the Crest Theatre in Los Angeles. We talk about...||7/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.14: Take This Sabbath Day||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 Jonathan Spira-Savett. Plus, we email Aaron Sorkin to ask how Marlee Matlin came to be cast as Joey Lucas.||7/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.13: Take Out the Trash Day (with Senator Bob Casey and Liza Weil)||This episode of the West Wing deals with hate crimes, and our discussion comes close on the heels of the massacre in Orlando. So, we asked Senator Bob Casey (@SenBobCasey) about the current state of hate crime legislation. We also talk to Liza...||6/29/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.12: He Shall, from Time to Time…||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 listeners.||6/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0.01: West Wing Reunion (Live from ATX)||Live from the ATX Television Festival, a panel discussion looking back at the West Wing. With Aaron Sorkin, Thomas Schlamme, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff, Bradley Whitford, Dulé Hill, Melissa Fitzgerald, and Joshua Malina, moderated by Lawrence...||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.11: Lord John Marbury (With William Duffy and Peter James Smith)||According to Encyclopedia Brittanica, Josh and Hrishi are joined by William Duffy (@WilliamDuffy_) and Peter James Smith (@PJSActor), who played Ed and Larry.||6/7/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.10, continued: Memorial Day Special (with Melissa Fitzgerald)||On this Memorial Day, we bring you a special episode with Melissa Fitzgerald (@maffyfitz) talking about her work with Justice for Vets.||5/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.10: In Excelsis Deo (with Richard Schiff)||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.||5/24/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.09: The Short List (with Ronald Klain)||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 to the appointment of Justice...||5/18/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.08: Enemies||Retribution, romance, and The Antiquities Act. Plus, Josh and Hrishi attempt their own Big Block of Cheese Day.||5/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.07: The State Dinner (with Lyn Paolo)||Josh and Hrishi largely disagree with each other about this episode. Plus, award-winning costume designer Lyn Paolo (@lynpaolo) discusses her work on the series and on this episode in particular, which earned her an Emmy nomination.||5/4/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.06: Mr. Willis of Ohio (with Janel Moloney)||Janel Moloney (@nellymoloney) joins Josh and Hrishi to talk about playing Donna, and Ben Casselman (@bencasselman) gives an update on the state of the census.||4/27/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.05: The Crackpots and These Women (with Eli Attie)||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 joining The West Wing as a writer and producer. Plus, the truth about David Rosen.||4/20/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.04: Five Votes Down||The limits of practical idealism. Plus, Hrishi sets Leo's dialogue to music, and Josh unwittingly reveals a secret.||4/13/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.03: A Proportional Response (with Dulé Hill)||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 in 1-on-1.||4/6/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.02: "Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc"||Latin, the Vice President, Morris Tolliver, and more.||3/30/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean1.01: Pilot||Josh and Hrishi discuss the West Wing’s pilot episode, in the pilot episode of this podcast.||3/22/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean0.00: Cold Open||Introducing The West Wing Weekly.||3/14/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
Not sure why Josh Malina is credited on this podcast. He didn't do it. Toby did it.
Malina is irresistible and charming
Hrishi is great and Malina is his usual charming self. Add in the iconic West Wing and you've got yourself a great podcast. Give this one a listen.
How can it not be great?
West Wing. Josh Malina. Hrishikesh Hirway. Special guests.
This is destined for greatness.