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
A Real Ride
I’m not one who normally leaves reviews, on anything, but I felt compelled to discuss my thoughts on this amazing podcast.
Having watched The West Wing a full three times, I felt somewhat comfortable believing that the show could not surprise me again. While three full viewings are by no means exhaustive, especially in this fandom, I was continually proved wrong by listening to this podcast. Watching along, for a fourth viewing, provided a rewarding and satisfying escape from my otherwise blasé day-to-day activities. At the risk of sounding incredibly over dramatic or sad, I can say that listening to any episode was a real highlight for my day.
The commentary and analysis from you both was truly engaging and thought provoking. Even when I differed from your takeaways, I still deeply enjoyed your discussions.
I equally enjoyed, maybe in a callous way, reading the comments on the podcast’s website. It never ceased to surprise me at how critical, cruel, crass, unhinged or downright unfair a comment some listener decided to type out. While I don’t presume to speak for a majority of the listenership, I can say that the few who chose to so meaninglessly attack an opinion or stance by either of you do not represent my views of the podcast, and I am sure I am not in the minority in that view.
This podcast is an unbelievable feat that captures the very soul of what so many West Wing fans hold dear, as well as allowing us all to return to a show that we all mutually love.
To Hrishi and Josh, thank you for dedicating your time to this excellent podcast. While I hope that you both are able to read my review, I also hope it will push yet another potential viewer into the deep dive that Hrishi and Josh took me on.
So thank you - - Grady S.
P.S.: Apologies for my alliteration. Hopefully you didn’t need an avalanche of advil.
Maybe the best podcast I’ve listened to
Wish I found this podcast sooner, so glad I have now. A must listen if you enjoy the West Wing
The West Wing Weekly may well be the best podcast ever, certainly the best that is not also a radio program. In fact, the podcast is so good that I was able to listen to more than 80 episodes before the virtue signaling the younger host performs (with a virtual megaphone) at every opportunity finally annoyed me to the point of anger. Who cares, though? That kid is great in every other way. Exposure to his West Wing fandom can only enhance any listener's, and he's clearly a good guy (his holier-than-thou brand of feminism notwithstanding).