2.20: The Fall's Gonna Kill You (with Marlee Matlin)

Marlee Matlin (@MarleeMatlin) joins Josh and Hrishi to discuss her role as Joey Lucas. Along with her interpreter, Jack Jason (@655Jack), she pranked us pretty badly just before we recorded her interview. Listen for the brutal details of that, plus our discussion of satellites, Sam’s "fair share" of taxes, and our favorite cute will-they-or-won’t-they couple, Ed & Larry.

And, we have new T-shirts!

For our episode on "The Fall's Gonna Kill You," we're joined by a special guest: @themarleematlin.

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footnotes —
Thank you to Ben Casselman (@BenCasselman), Chief Economics Writer for FiveThirtyEight, for enlightening us (once again).
Butch & Sundance contemplate jumping [video]
Everything Is Awesome [music video]

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2.19: Bad Moon Rising

Before we get into Oliver Babish and the Big Hammer, and Donna Moss and the Secret Pumpkin, we start with a much needed follow-up to our discussion of autism in 2.17: The Stackhouse Filibuster. Special thanks to Amy and Jill, who were two of the many listeners who sent us messages with concerns about how autism was addressed. 

footnotes—
Cool Sorkin Jams, a Spotify playlist by The West Wing Weekly
The Autistic Self Advocacy Network, a nonprofit organization run by and for Autistic people.

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2.18: 17 People (with Richard Schiff, Emily Procter, Rebecca Walker, and more)

We've got 7 people for "17 People." Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) talks to us about Toby's journey, and the origins of the Spalding ball. Emily Procter (@emilyprocter) talks to us about Ainsley "spilling coffee" with Sam. Rebecca Walker (@rebeccawalker), one of the actual ERA panelists set to debate Ainsley at Smith, responds to her arguments, along with the President of the ERA Coalition, Jessica Neuwirth. And we get a little insight into a fantastic website dedicated to this episode, seventeenpeople.com, from its creator, Jon White (@jonwhitebriefly). 

footnotes—
Anne Coulter's 2003 quote in The Guardian: "It would be a much better country if women did not vote. That is simply a fact."
"Credible Threats" by The One AM Radio [music video]
"Becoming the Third Wave," essay by Rebecca Walker [Ms. Magazine, 1992]
The ERA Coalition [site]
"How the Haters Made Trump" by McCay Coppins [Buzzfeed]
americanscraps.com by Jon White
Zoom opening credits

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Richard, Hrishikesh, and Joshua in the studio.

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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