4.13: The Long Goodbye (with Jon Robin Baitz and The Alzheimer’s Association)

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As the West Wing takes a trip to Dayton, OH, for The Long Goodbye, Josh and Hrishi talk to playwright Jon Robin Baitz, who playwrought the episode. He talks about how his own father's illness informed the script in ways he didn't realize at the time, and gets props from our hosts for finally letting C.J. get some.
 

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The Alzheimer's Association
NIH - National Institute on Aging
Alzheimer's 24/7 Hotline - 800-272-3900

4.12: Guns Not Butter (with MAZON and The ONE Campaign)

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For our discussion of Guns Not Butter, Josh and Hrishi go on a hunt for Hrishi’s Hebrew name that is almost as intense as Donna’s quest to get Josh’s phone into the hands of Senator Hardin. Tom Hart of ONE (@OneCampaign) makes the case for foreign aid, and President Abby Leibman (@MAZONusa) backs Charlie up on the subject of food stamps on the military, but not one single person sides with poor Josh Lyman on the remote prayer issue.

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Josh takes the SNAP challenge
MAZON - A Jewish Response to Hunger
Heifer International
Josh's fundraiser for MAZON
The ONE Campaign
Sports Night - I told many, many people
New York Times - Long-Awaited Medical Study Questions the Power of Prayer

4.11: Holy Night (with The Whiffenpoofs and Robert Malina)

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On the West Wing, it’s Toby’s birthday (December 23), and his father visits. On the West Wing Weekly, it’s Josh’s birthday (January 17), and HIS father visits. We turn to Mr Robert Malina for some Yiddish info and some Joshish insights. Plus, we’re joined by a couple of the Yale Whiffenpoofs who appeared in "Holy Night" to tell us about how they ended up singing for President Bartlet.

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Murder, Inc.
Albert Anastasia
The Whiffenpoofs
Mr Dobalina” by Del the Funky Homosapien

4.10: Arctic Radar (with Richard Schiff, John David Coles, and Fmr. Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu)

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One of us! One of us! Will Bailey finally arrives in the West Wing and we've got a trio of guests to welcome him. Former Cabinet Secretary Chris Lu (@ChrisLu44) talks about the (nonexistent) precedent for cabinet resignations; director John David Coles breaks down his unusual camera choices; and Richard Schiff (@Richard_Schiff) reveals what song Toby had stuck in his head the first time he met Will.

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Hotel Beau Rivage, Nice, France
Whitewater trial juror Barbara Adams wears Star Trek uniform

 Jordi Kendall by  @OkOkWhatsNext

Jordi Kendall by @OkOkWhatsNext

4.09: Swiss Diplomacy (with Kevin Falls and Eli Attie)

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Eli Attie (@EliAttie) and Kevin Falls (@KevinFalls) are our guests to talk about the “break glass in case of emergency” writing that went into “Swiss Diplomacy”, a rare episode without a Sorkin writing credit. These guys have stories! And they’ll tell you why, when in doubt, you should always run for president.

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CNN declares Florida "too close to call"