2.17: The Stackhouse Filibuster (Live with Bradley Whitford)

Josh and Hrishi are joined by Bradley Whitford (@WhitfordBradley) for the first-ever live taping of a West Wing Weekly episode, recorded at the Marines' Memorial Theatre in San Francisco at the SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival. We also hear from Dee Perkins and Marc Bernardin, parents of autistic children, about the impact "The Stackhouse Filibuster" had on them. 

footnotes—
The Olsen Twins featuring Cara DeLizia – "Gimme Pizza" (slow version)
Sketchfest photos by Greg Garthe

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2.16: Somebody's Going to Emergency, Somebody's Going to Jail (with Rob Lowe)

Sitting here in the darkness
I’ve gotta post the show
Somebody’s joining us this episode
Somebody named Rob Lowe
We found somebody to explain free trade
Cuz there is so muuuch we don’t knowwww
And we asked Aaron about the song…

It’s the West Wing Weekly (ooh-oo-oooh)
Aaron wrote us baaack!
It’s the West Wing Weekly (ooh-oo-oooh)
How f*$%ing cool is that?
It’s the West Wing Weekly (ooh-oo-oooh)
All the maps are wack
It’s the West Wing Weekly

We're joined by Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) to discuss this episode, which earned him an Emmy nomination. And we welcome back Ben Casselman (@bencasselman), chief economics writer for FiveThirtyEight, to give us some modern context for Toby's line, "Free trade stops wars." 

Ooh-oo-oooh!

footnotes—
Larsen & Lund's bags to benefit the Pablove Foundation
Don Henley - New York Minute [video]
The True Size, an interactive map site (inspired by this episode!)
Margaret in the big block of cheese meeting [GIF]

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2.15: Ellie (with Nina Siemaszko)

In this episode, we look at the uncomfortable contiguity of Bartlet the President and Bartlet the Dad. Along the way, we discuss zeugma, gloriosky!, Smoot-Hawley, and other ridiculous sounding words. We also talk to Nina Siemaszko (@MsSiemaszko) about her role as Ellie Bartlet.

footnotes—
Michelle Bachmann on "Hoot-Smalley" [video]
School of Rock [the movie]
School of Rock [the Broadway musical]
"Gee Officer Krupke" from West Side Story [video]
Screen shot of Sam's monogrammed shirt

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2.14: The War at Home

Stockard Channing was nominated for an Emmy based on her performance in this episode. Though her performance in the first part of this two-part arc was also excellent, we discuss why this second episode may have had the edge. Plus, a discussion around the language used to identify different groups of Americans. 

footnotes —
Ed Begley Jr. in "Son of the Invisible Man" [video]
"Will you go to lunch?" Kevin Spacey in "Glengarry Glen Ross" [video]

Donate to Mazon in honor of Josh's birthday today.

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What's Next? featuring Lin-Manuel Miranda

The West Wing Weekly presents an ode to The West Wing. Hrishi made a beat, an extended remix of our podcast’s intro theme, for the biggest West Wing fan we know— Lin-Manuel Miranda — who wrote lyrics and recorded vocals for the track! What's next?

download the song:
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Special thanks to engineer Nicholas Cavalieri, mixer Zach McNees, and video editor Michael Raines.