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Author: Dave Anthony & Josh Olson

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Each week hosts Dave Anthony and Josh Olson watch and then discuss an episode of The West Wing.
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Pilot

Pilot

2019-03-2501:00:414

In the pilot of The West Wing, which is titled "Pilot", we meet the staff of the Josiah Bartlet administration.  Twitter - @TheWestWingThi1
Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

2019-04-0101:13:594

Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc, in which the left wing gets screwed, the delightful friendship of Sam and the sex worker continues, and a very bad thing happens.
A Proportional Response

A Proportional Response

2019-04-0848:301

In episode 3, "A Proportional Response," the president of the United States wants to kill a lot of people and the White House becomes less white.
Five Votes Down

Five Votes Down

2019-04-1558:312

In episode 4,"Five Votes Down" we get to see the exciting mechanics behind passing a gun bill that no one seems to think is good. And Josh Olson finds the greatest visual in the history of television. 
In Episode 5, "The Crackpots and These Women," Josh melts down over something he shouldn't meltdown over and we experience the worst ending yet.
Mr Wills of Ohio

Mr Wills of Ohio

2019-04-2901:02:193

Dave and Josh discuss Episode 6, "Mr Wills of Ohio."  Awkward moments dealing with race.  Very awkward.
The State Dinner

The State Dinner

2019-05-0654:116

The State Dinner takes a dive into American exceptionalism, Sorkin's take on unions, and the weirdest hurricane ending possible.
Enemies

Enemies

2019-05-1348:331

In episode 8, "Enemies," we experience the joy of the White House trying to pass a banking bill through a Congress that can attach amendments.  It is griping. 
The Short List

The Short List

2019-05-2047:493

Dave and Josh discuss Ep 9, "The Short List." A Supreme Court justice is picked! He's a Federalist! And in West Wing style, the pick seems to have little to do with issues that the left in America would actually care about.     
In Excelsis Deo

In Excelsis Deo

2019-05-2759:432

Dave Anthony and Josh Olson discuss Ep 10, "In Excelsis Deo," in which the show tackles the serious problem of veteran homelessness in the most shallow fashion possible. 
Episode 11  "Lord John Marbury" The West Wing tackles the complex issue of Pakistan and India in the most simplistic way possible.  To discuss the situation, we are joined by our first guest ever - Writer, journalist, and producer of Four Lions, Faisal-Azam Qureshi.
We take a mid-season break with a wrap up.  We've struggled through 11 episodes of The West Wing and are joined by activist Susan Saxe to discuss neoliberalism and how the West Wing infected the politics of the Democratic Party.
It's a brand new season of The West Wing Thing, and Dave and Josh are back! We kick things off with Episode 12, "He Shall, From Time To Time." Everything you ever wanted to know about the State of the Union address! Plus - why CJ has trouble keeping a man. 
Take Out The Trash Day

Take Out The Trash Day

2019-07-2901:02:212

Dave Anthony and Josh Olson discuss Ep 13, "Take Out The Trash Day," in which several men explain homophobia to CJ. 
On Monday - It's a very special West Wing Thing with a very special guest who did a very special thing that we're too chicken to do ourselves. 
Dave and Josh are joined by Chris Wade - Chapo Trap House producer, and co-host of And Introducing to discuss his experience witnessing Aaron Sorkin's version of To Kill A Mockingbird. 
Take This Sabbath Day

Take This Sabbath Day

2019-08-1201:03:574

Episode 14. "Take This Sabbath Day" In which the West Wing kids tackle the death penalty in the most West Wing way imaginable, it is discovered that sometimes women have names for commonly associated with men, everyone enjoys the great Karl Malden's final performance as a priest, and Dave finds his happy sound. 
Celestial Navigation

Celestial Navigation

2019-08-1952:533

Episode 15. "Celestial Navigation" Josh relates the events of a typical day in the West Wing, which includes the introduction of a new West Wing tradition - white people explaining to non-white people the best ways to handle racism. Plus, a shout out to the standard bearers of our industry, Pod Save America. 
20 Hours In LA

20 Hours In LA

2019-08-2652:492

Episode 16. "20 Hours In LA" The gang flies West and finds that California does funny things to ladies and their lady brains. Plus, Bartlett lectures them gays on why pragmatic idealism is more effective than actually doing things. 
The White House Pro-Am

The White House Pro-Am

2019-09-0201:02:223

Episode 17. "The White House Pro-Am" This one's got it all - from NAFTA to child slavery. Listen to find out why Dave considers this "the most vile episode of the West Wing that has ever existed”
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Comments (40)

Will Shogren

Marianne's positions are just Dershowitz positions from like a decade ago. Give it time.

May 25th
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Will Shogren

she just gets more and more idiotic the more she tries to straddle the fence on this. "Hamas talking points," fuck off.

May 17th
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Will Shogren

Marianne is a good egg but she really needs to shut the fuck up about Palestine, as if the Netanyahu government is a unique evil in the context of an apartheid state.

May 17th
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James Williams

President Lasseter's final ramblings - particularly the "Push-button order..." section - incorporate parts of Jacob Bronowski's amazing remarks about science, knowledge and dogma, which he made at Auschwitz as part of his series 'The Ascent of Man' in 1969. It's still a very powerful piece, and can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ltjI3BXKBgY&t=1s&ab_channel=NathanielBudzinski What it's doing in that context in that episode of the West Wing? I haven't the foggiest. Cheers lads.

May 4th
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Will Shogren

Ed Harris played John McCain in the movie about the 2008 campaign.

Apr 26th
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Will Shogren

so we got rid of Dave, apparently.

Apr 26th
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Kate Hebert

no audio for Dave this time I guess? like just dead air for sections

Apr 26th
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Kallie Beth

Daunte Wright was 20

Apr 26th
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Trudy Lovato

best music by a LANDSLIDE! I always brace myself to mute or skip so I don't have screaming in my ears. Love the new intro!

Apr 20th
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Will Shogren

The Brie intro music is the best one.

Apr 19th
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Will Shogren

Speaking of Pelosi, AOC is an absolute dung heap.

Apr 14th
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Will Shogren

RBG was a piece of shit.

Apr 14th
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Will Shogren

Brie, i'm 6'5 and not insecure and great at posting, please DM me.

Apr 10th
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Will Shogren

Unfortunately, we now know that AOC is worse than useless. It was fun while it lasted.

Apr 10th
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Will Shogren

Good news Gay Republican! You can just become a Democrat where your gaiety will be embraced but you can still be the same despicable reactionary concerning everything else.

Apr 10th
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Will Shogren

Josh's hairline is an abomination.

Apr 10th
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Will Shogren

yeah what if CJ stood up and a dildo fell out of her pussy lmao

Apr 10th
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Will Shogren

Sorkin is only marginally less funny than John Lovett or whatever, i can see where he gets it.

Apr 10th
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Will Shogren

I'm convinced that Joe Biden and his stutter are dead as shit right now.

Apr 10th
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Will Shogren

He's one of those guys i instinctively like even though his politics are incoherent but goddamn if this isn't a new, baffling low.

Apr 10th
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