The West Wing Thing

By Dave Anthony & Josh Olson

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Cody W.
 Nov 7, 2019
Hilariously dismantles each episode of The West Wing. Points out the ridiculous naivety of Aaron Sorkin's ideas about politics using intelligent arguments and historical fact. Also highlights Sorkin's extreme misogyny.

Ed Schell
 Sep 23, 2019
come listen to two guys who know only the surface level of politics. stay for the lack of humor and virtue signaling. Greg has 2 podcasts and isn't funny on either and he bags on Sorkin? if it wasn't for Gary youd be on 2 unfunny podcasts


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

Episode Date
2 - Episode 3 Season 2

"The Midterms"

Josh finally explodes, but then Dave blows up even more. THE most iconic scene in the history of the show

Jan 13, 2020
1 Ep 1/2 Season 2

Episodes 1&2 In the Shadow of Two Gunmen

We're back! And we're joined by TV writer/producer John Rogers, creator of LEVERAGE, who explains - among other things - that it's possible to run a TV series withOUT screwing your writers out of money. 

Jan 06, 2020
10 - Ep 22 Season 1

Episode 22 “What Kind of Day Has It Been?”

It's the action packed finale of the first season of The West Wing, and we celebrate by talking with Luke Savage, whose Current Affairs article HOW LIBERALS FELL IN LOVE WITH THE WEST WING is the seminal work in the field. 

We'll be taking a brief break, but we'll be back shortly with season 3 of The West Wing Thing, in which we discuss season 2 of The West Wing. Confused? Ask Dave. He'll explain. 

Oct 07, 2019
10 - Ep 21 Season 1

Episode 21 "Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics"

In which Josh and Dave hype the other West Wing podcast, attempt to bring back the word “pud,” reveal who can beat Trump in a debate, and discuss what might actually be the worst line ever uttered on The West Wing. 

And on The West Wing, the gang sacrifices a live cow to the great god Bipartisanship, and we explain why that's dopey. 

Sep 30, 2019
9 - Ep 20 Season 1

Episode 20 "Mandatory Minimums"

Joey Lucas is back, Josh wears his special suit, and the mating habits of emotionally stunted man-boys take center stage. Plus, the dark West Wing past of a Democratic presidential hopeful is laid bare for all to see. 

Sep 23, 2019
8 - Ep 19 Season 1

Episode 19 "Let Bartlet Be Bartlet"

In an obvious response to our many criticisms of the show, Leo and the gang determine to buckle down and get real about using the power of the White House to actually get something done. 

Sep 16, 2019
7 - Ep 18 Season 1

Episode 18 "Six Meetings Before Lunch"

Josh argues reparations with a new black character, Sam gaslights Mallory with the help of her father, and Zoe (Note to self - confirm character's name before posting!) tells a lie that might have huge repercussions for the White House. 

Sep 09, 2019
6 - Ep 17 Season 1

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”

Sep 02, 2019
5 - Ep 16 Season 1

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. 

Aug 26, 2019
15 - Ep 15 Season 1

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. 

Aug 19, 2019
14 - Ep 14 Season 1

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. 

Aug 12, 2019
13 B Our Very Special To Kill A Mockingbird episode

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. 

Aug 05, 2019
Teaser - A Very Special West Wing Thing

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. 

Aug 02, 2019
13 - Ep 13 Season 1

Dave Anthony and Josh Olson discuss Ep 13, "Take Out The Trash Day," in which several men explain homophobia to CJ. 

Jul 29, 2019
12 - Ep 12 Season 1

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. 

Jul 22, 2019
11 B - Our Season Wrap w/ Susan Saxe

We end our West Wing Thing podcast season 1 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.

Jun 10, 2019
11 - Ep 11 Season 1

Episode 11. "Lord John Marbury"/"He Shall, From Time To Time…" 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.

Jun 03, 2019
10 - Ep 10 Season 1

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. 

May 27, 2019
9 - Ep 9 Season 1

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. 



May 20, 2019
8 - Ep 8 Season 1

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. 

May 13, 2019
7 - Ep 7 Season 1

Episode 7, The State Dinner, takes a dive into American exceptionalism, Sorkin's take on unions, and the weirdest hurricane ending possible.

May 06, 2019
6 - Ep 6 Season 1

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

Apr 29, 2019
5 - Ep 5 Season 1

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.

Apr 22, 2019
4 - Ep 4 Season 1

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. 

Apr 15, 2019
3 - Ep 3 Season 1

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.

Apr 08, 2019
2 - Ep 2 Season 1

Episode 2 - 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.

Apr 01, 2019
1 - Ep 1 Season 1

In the pilot of The West Wing, which is titled "Pilot", we meet the staff of the Josiah Bartlet administration. 

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Mar 25, 2019