2.08: Shibboleth

The pressure is on as we discuss one of Hrishi’s all-time favorite episodes. Will his feelings be spared by Josh, or will they be placed on the chopping block and pulled apart like a turkey’s giblets and flentls?!

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footnotes —
Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead – Coin Toss
Sarah Palin’s Turkey Massacre (Warning: not for the faint of heart)

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2.07: The Portland Trip (with Secretary of the Army Eric Fanning, Congressman Brendan Boyle, and Fmr. Congressman Steve Gunderson)

For "The Portland Trip," we try to slip the surly bonds of Earth. We are, in turns, lifted and dragged down by our feelings. In honor of Josh Lyman's conversation with Congressman Matt Skinner, we ask real-life former Wisconsin congressman Steve Gunderson what it was like to be the first openly gay Republican in Congress. And we're joined later by Pennsylvania Congressman Brendan Boyle (@RepBrendanBoyle), as well as the Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning (@SecArmy) — the first openly gay person to head any service in the U.S. Military.

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2.05: And It's Surely to Their Credit

Loosen your tie. Loosen whatever you'd like. But don't get it twisted: leaf peeping is totally a thing.

footnotes —
The "Stolen Valor" episode of the Reply All podcast. 
"Leaf It to Kris," the official leaf peeping blog of New Hampshire, written by Kris Neilsen.
Sideshow Bob singing selections from H.M.S. Pinafore, on The Simpsons.
Topsy-Turvy, a film by Mike Leigh that does not star Kevin Kline

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2.04: In This White House (with Emily Procter and Ambassador Deborah Birx)

Ginger, get the popcorn, because we're joined by Emily Procter (@emilyprocter) to talk about her first appearance on the West Wing as Ainsley Hayes. Plus, for some context and perspective on the storyline about AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa, we speak to Ambassador-at-Large Deborah L. Birx, the US Global Coordinator to Combat HIV/AIDS (@PEPFAR).

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footnotes —
PEPFAR, the President's Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief: pepfar.gov
Brad's lip thingy (a crumb?) [ photo
Emily Procter doing a handstand in the set of the Oval Office [ photo ]
Emily's up-do and brown dress (courtesy of Lyn Paolo) [ photo ]

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