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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