2.01 – 2.02: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen (with Thomas Schlamme, Bradley Whitford, and Michael O'Neill)

"In the Shadow of Two Gunmen" was the Season 2 premiere of the West Wing. The two-part episode aired as a special 2-hour broadcast. In honor of that, here's our own two-part episode. 

In Part I, we're joined by director and executive producer Thomas Schlamme, who created the visual language of The West Wing around Aaron Sorkin's words. We ask him about his directorial decisions for the show, and for this cinematic premiere. And we ask: what happened with Mandy? 

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In Part II of our double header, Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) makes his West Wing Weekly debut to talk about getting the role of Josh Lyman, and starting the season by getting shot. But first, we speak with Michael O'Neill, who played Special Agent Ron Butterfield. Plus, a few thoughts on Emily's List from its former executive director, Amy Dacey (@AmyKDacey).

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footnotes –
Josh, Hrishi, and Tommy Schlamme [ photo ]
Josh, Hrishi, and Bradley Whitford [ photo ]
Jerry Parr (Michael O'Neill's adviser) wrote a book: In the Secret Service.

2.00: Special Interim Session (with Aaron Sorkin)

Josh and Hrishi are joined by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin for a special episode. Aaron reflects on the experience of making the first season of the West Wing while making the second season of Sports Night at the same time. We look back on the previous season, and look ahead to the upcoming one.

footnotes —
Aaron Sorkin with Josh and Hrishi (photo)
The West Wing Weekly is now a part of the Radiotopia podcast network!

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1.20: Mandatory Minimums (with Kathleen York and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson)

Kathleen "Bird" York (@birdyork) talks to us about playing Congresswoman Andrea Wyatt, and Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson (@karenaboutgary), former CEO of The National Association of Drug Court Professionals and current mayor of Gary, Indiana, talks to us about mandatory minimums.

footnotes —
Bird York's music: birdyork.com
National Association of Drug Court Professionals: allrise.org
"Gary, Indiana" from The Music Man: video
The Hamiltome 
Cabin scene from The Marx Brothers' A Night at the Opera: video

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