4.11: Holy Night (with The Whiffenpoofs and Robert Malina)

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On the West Wing, it’s Toby’s birthday (December 23), and his father visits. On the West Wing Weekly, it’s Josh’s birthday (January 17), and HIS father visits. We turn to Mr Robert Malina for some Yiddish info and some Joshish insights. Plus, we’re joined by a couple of the Yale Whiffenpoofs who appeared in "Holy Night" to tell us about how they ended up singing for President Bartlet.

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Murder, Inc.
Albert Anastasia
The Whiffenpoofs
Mr Dobalina” by Del the Funky Homosapien

4.10: Arctic Radar (with Richard Schiff, John David Coles, and Fmr. Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu)

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One of us! One of us! Will Bailey finally arrives in the West Wing and we've got a trio of guests to welcome him. Former Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) talks about the (nonexistent) precedent for cabinet resignations; director John David Coles breaks down his unusual camera choices; and Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) reveals what song Toby had stuck in his head the first time he met Will.

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Hotel Beau Rivage, Nice, France
Whitewater trial juror Barbara Adams wears Star Trek uniform

Jordi Kendall by @OkOkWhatsNext

Jordi Kendall by @OkOkWhatsNext

4.09: Swiss Diplomacy (with Kevin Falls and Eli Attie)

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Eli Attie (@EliAttie) and Kevin Falls (@KevinFalls) are our guests to talk about the “break glass in case of emergency” writing that went into “Swiss Diplomacy”, a rare episode without a Sorkin writing credit. These guys have stories! And they’ll tell you why, when in doubt, you should always run for president.

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CNN declares Florida "too close to call"

4.08: Process Stories (with Joanna Gleason)

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Stock up on Cheetos, because Joanna Gleason (@TheRealJGleason) is our guest and she’s got a drinking game - sorry, an eating game - for anyone who loves to pick apart Bradley Whitford’s acting technique. Needless to say, Josh is on board. It’s a probable impossibility that by the end of this episode we’ll all understand what an improbable possibility is, and why Sam is so down on it.

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Now You Know: What Happens If the President Gets Drunk?
U.S. Senator James Shields
"Moments in the Woods" - Into The Woods (1991) - Joanna Gleason

4.07: Election Night (with Clark Gregg)

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As the characters anxiously await election results and Donna tries to swap votes with Christian Slater, Josh and Hrishi interview Clark Gregg (@ClarkGregg) about how everybody wants to call him Agent Something. And, Josh looks back fondly on the mighty superpowers that allowed him to summon rain from a clear sky.

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Honoré de Balzac - Père Goriot
The Most Infuriating Thing on Television: Unrealistic Acting With Empty Coffee Cups
The Music Man - Pick-A-Little, Talk-A-Little