FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Do you recommend watching the episode first or listening to the podcast first?
We think you should watch the West Wing episode first, then listen to the corresponding episode of the podcast.
Are there going to be spoilers for first-time viewers?
We're focusing just on the episode in front of us, and will try to make sure no spoilers come out in the discussion. Nota bene: That means if there is a scene or moment that will be referenced or expanded upon or contradicted in a future episode, we will wait for the later episode to comment on it.
Why? Are you really worried about spoilers at this point, all these years after the show aired? I've seen every episode ten times!
Well, our hope is to appeal to both new viewers and old fans. Also, if we tried to connect every cross-reference throughout the series, mentioning things from episodes we haven't yet discussed, each podcast episode would be a mess and would probably take too long to make.
What’s the best way to share my thoughts about episodes with you two?
You can leave a comment on the episode page, or on our Facebook page. You can also leave a review on iTunes, or tweet at us (@WestWingWeekly, @JoshMalina, @HrishiHirway).
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GLOSSARY OF TERMS
dweomer noun. In Dungeons & Dragons, the aura given off by a magical object. (See Episode 1.06.)
frontl noun. The inverse of a flentl. Any non-musical sound that begins an episode, under the episode title card, before the scene appears on screen.
hrynopsis noun. Hrishi's synopsis of the episode. The H is silent. (See Episode 1.21)
octopuses plural noun. The plural of octopus is not octopi; it's octopuses. They are frighteningly smart and would be our overlords if we lived underwater. (See Episode 1.07.)
poo-poo interjection. In Jewish tradition, a superstitious saying in order to ward off the evil eye after mentioning an auspicious thing or a wish for an auspicious thing. (See Episode 1.18.) Example: "When your plane lands safely – poo-poo – give me a call."
telladonna noun. The often-used device when a character explains a policy or procedural issue in the episode to another character. Most frequently – but not exclusively – employed with Josh Lyman explaining (or mansplaining, or Lymansplaining) an issue to Donnatella Moss.
ABOUT THE SHOW
THE WEST WING WEEKLY is an episode-by-episode discussion of one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder. We're a proud member of the Radiotopia podcast network, from PRX.
JOSHUA MALINA: Upon graduation from Yale University with a B.A. degree in Theatre, Josh made his professional acting debut in the Broadway production of A Few Good Men, written by West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin. Josh went on to star as Jeremy Goodwin in Sorkin’s critically-acclaimed television series Sports Night. He worked with Sorkin once again on The West Wing, joining the cast in the fourth season. On the big screen, he has appeared in Bulworth, In the Line of Fire, and A View from the Top, among others. Currently, Josh stars as U.S. Attorney General David Rosen in ABC’s hit show Scandal. (@JoshMalina)
HRISHIKESH HIRWAY: Hrishi is a musician and composer, and a political news junkie. He makes music as half of the band Moors, and on his own as The One AM Radio. He scored the films Our Nixon and Save the Date. Hrishi is also the creator and host of the podcast Song Exploder, where musicians take apart their songs and tell the story of how they were made, featuring guests like U2, Björk, MGMT, The National, and many more. He studied art and design at Yale University, and lives in Los Angeles. (@HrishiHirway)