5.07: Separation of Powers (with Michael Hyatt)


The Supreme Court is looking at a case that relates to Korematsu v. United States, while the White House starts to make their moves towards appointing a new justice. But ai yai yai, we aren’t talking about last month’s headlines—we’re talking about “Separation of Powers,” from November 2003. And this week, we’re joined by special guest Michael Hyatt who plays Angela Blake. She gave us a wonderfully candid interview about how she got the role—and why Angela didn’t stick around for longer.

footnotes —
Legal Rasputins? Law Clerk Influence on Voting at the U.S. Supreme Court
The Supreme Court was right to overturn Korematsu. Now it needs to overrule Hirabayashi
Inside the White House’s Quiet Campaign to Create a Supreme Court Opening
Korematsu, Notorious Supreme Court Ruling on Japanese Internment, Is Finally Tossed Out

5.05: Constituency of One (with Jennifer Palmieri)


What is a “Constituency of One”? You know, it’s all about that boss, ‘bout that boss, those troubles. It’s all about that boss, ‘bout that boss, those troubles. Toby and POTUS. Will and Bob Russell. Amy and the First Lady. Plus, we speak with Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri, whose list of bosses includes Secretary Hillary Clinton and President Barack Obama.

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Dear Madam President by Jennifer Palmieri 
Lorem Ipsum
Bingo Bob: Incumbents Look Out For No. 

5.04: Han (with Paula Yoo)


Listener beware - like the episode we're discussing, Han, this installment of The West Wing Weekly has more sad piano music than all previous episodes combined. When they're not lost in a sadness so deep no tears will come, Josh and Hrishi interview Paula Yoo, the writer who came up with the story of a would-be North Korean defector who visits the White House.

footnotes —
Frédéric Chopin - Prelude in E-Minor (op.28 no. 4)
Paula Yoo - Books / Music / Blog
Paula Yoo's Violin Version of “The West Wing” theme
Foghorn Leghorn
HITCHENS ON MOTHER TERESA – Interview By Matt Cherry
The Missionary Position: Mother Teresa in Theory and Practice