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.
0.20: A West Wing Weekly Special to Discuss A West Wing Special To Benefit When We All Vote (with Aaron Sorkin)
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!
For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/020
Introducing: Home Cooking
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.
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
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, and subscribe to it here.
For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/721
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. Hurrah!
For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/720
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
Customer ReviewsSee All
Hilarious, engaging and a definite fave!
Thank you so much for this wonderful podcast - I’ve just finished listening to all 185 episodes of TWWW in the space of 56 days. I’m from Australia but am very interested in US politics - while I’m a latecomer to The West Wing (started in March 2020), I’ve already watched every episode more than five times - and I’ve learned so much more listening to TWWW. Your guests were fantastic and I love the dynamic between Josh and Hrishi - some episodes (almost all) had me actually laughing out loud. I’m going to miss listening to the show; and as an avid podcast listener, I would definitely say this is now easily at the top of my list of favourite podcasts. Hope you guys find another opportunity to work together as you will no doubt have legions of fans waiting to jump on board. Congrats!
Fun but vapid, much like TWW
Yeah, if you’re still rewatching TWW, you will not hate TWWW. I dislike how much they shrug away the bad writing for female characters, because it was bad for the time, and they forgive so much bad behaviour from the good guys.
Oh, and they love the bad jokes too.
But the interviews with guests are pretty good. I wish they spent more time on the politics of the show and less on reminiscing on their love of Aaron sorkin’s writing.
Watching a old show through a thick PC lens
Before I say anything else, Malina is fantastic on the podcast. Funny, amiable & not afraid to piss in the odd pocket. Now that is out of the way, Hrishi’s omega-male personality & absolute belief in finding the “female good-male bad” dynamic of EVERY scene became like perpetual nails on a blackboard (eg. his Donna sycophancy is nausea-inducing) & his ability to focus on the trivial & politically correct is exhausting. One thing it demonstrates clearly is the generation gap in this regard. Thank Lemmy for Joshua - only he makes it listenable.