0.02: 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 scenes from seasons 1–4, so there are spoilers throughout.

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From our super fun show with @hrishihirway and @joshmalinasjoshmalina of The West Wing Weekly.

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1.14: 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.

footnotes —
Rabbi Jon asks Hillary Clinton a question at the NH Democratic Town Hall
"Bite me" in ASL (it turns out there's a t-shirt!)

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1.13: 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 Weil (@liza_weil) about her role as Karen Larson, as well as the Executive Director of the Matthew Shepard Foundation (matthewshepard.org).

footnotes —
Broadcast News
Matthew Shepard Foundation - Hate Crimes Reporting 
Josh gives Lin-Manuel Miranda his West Wing bike

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1.12: 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.

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Jorah Mormont (video)
Harry Groener (Roger Tribbey) as Munkustrap in Cats (video)

On Saturday, June 25, 2016, we're teaming up with our friends at the FiveThirtyEight Elections Podcast for a special live event at The Crest Theater in Los Angeles. Come join us! Click here for tickets.

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0.01: 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 O’Donnell. 

(Warning for any of our listeners who are first time West Wing viewers: there are HUGE spoilers in the discussion.)

footnotes —
Justice for Vets PSA video 
New York Times article on the ATX Festival, including the West Wing reunion.

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1.09: 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 he put together for President Clinton, leading to the appointment of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

footnotes —
Vice Presidential debate of 1988 with Lloyd Bentsen and Dan Quayle (video)
President Clinton's announcement of Justice Ginsburg, in the Rose Garden (video)
President Clinton looks over the Short List with Ronald Klain
Ronald's memo re: "Performance Pitfalls"

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1.05: 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.

President Ronald Reagan's Challenger Disaster address 
The poem "High Flight" by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.
'Big Block of Cheese Day' under the Obama Administration, 2014
'Big Block of Cheese Day' under the Obama Administration, 2015

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