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
Love Love Love. Raise your hand if you want Josh to do the same for Sports Night
Love Love LOVE the podcast, fellas. Been in love, inspired, and consequently indebted to the West Wing from the beginning (I was in my mid teens when I started watching it and it’s followed, lead and haunted me ever since). The concept and delivery of the pod is a perfect twin for the show, which is the highest praise seeing as it has few equals. A plea, however, Please PLEASE PLEEEEASE Josh, would you do the same for Sports Night. I guarantee the West Wing Pod listeners will tune in, and if any of them have yet to be introduced to the show, you will be doing them a great public service. Everyone raise your hands (ie spam Josh until he caves) if you want SPORTS NIGHT THE PODCAST
Josh Malina and this show blocked me on Twitter!
I have no clue why, but Josh Malina and this show blocked me on Twitter. I used to follow both and then Josh blocked me, and I just discovered the show blocked me. I never even interacted with either of them! How silly and childish, I’m embarrassed for this show - I’ll never listen to it again.
A Podcast Worthy Of The Show
It is rare that we encounter in this world something that is entertaining, thought provoking, and just plain smart. This podcast despite its natural end having passed is worth every moment. It is candy for the curious. One warning - the hosts are strident at times. The listener must be willing to be interested in the intelligence of the commentary. There are more than a few moments when listener agreement with the hosts can be quite elusive.
It is interesting getting to know the hosts as the podcast progresses. One learns the personalities of the hosts as well as the inside perspectives. There is a built-in provocative intent, but over time the realization sets in that the Joshua Malina just enjoys being provocative. It is fun.
The content is superb. References to dialogue are always backed by a cut of the dialogue itself. Reference audio drop ins from movies and Sorkin reference items are always provided. The guests are interesting and amazingly relevant. This is by far the smartest podcast in the podcast universe with all due respect to NPR and others.