The West Wing Thing

By Dave Anthony & Josh Olson

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 Oct 20, 2020

 Mar 10, 2020

outlandish josh
 Feb 3, 2020
Have you been told you have "brain worms?" Friend, this pod is the cure.

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
Game On w/Special Guest Briahna Joy Gray

We swear on a stack of bibles, we only asked her to watch ONE episode! The great Briahna Joy Gray joins us to discuss the 114 episodes of West Wing she's watched in the last week, and to talk about Jeb Bartlett's final debate. Also, Star Trek is better than Star Wars. 

Also also! If you're so inclined, check out our new Patreon!

Also also also! Check out our West Wing Thing Reunion Thing!

Oct 26, 2020
West Wing Thing Reunion Thing Special Announcement!

Well, we had to do something, right? 

We went completely overboard with a special video presentation of our West Wing Thing Reunion Thing, with special guests Amber A'Lee Frost and Felix Biederman of Chapo Trap House. It's a massive chunk of entertainment AND the announcement of our Patreon. 

Here's the link to the Patreon:

And here's the link to the video:





Oct 21, 2020
Debate Camp w/Special Guests Leslie Lee III & Jack Allison from Struggle Session

It's flashback time as the gang struggles with what to do with a right wing black guy who doesn't seem to actually exist. 

If you want to do something that matters, sign up and help Nithya Raman kick the Pelosi/Clinton - endorsed ass of David Ryu in LA CD 4.  This is VERY important, folks!

Oct 19, 2020
The Red Mass w/Special Guest Trevor Beaulieu from Champagne Sharks

Now that America has, for the first time in history, assassinated a foreign official, what's next? Also, why don't people understand they owe Democrats their vote? 

Oct 12, 2020
College Kids w/Special Guest Virgil Texas

Bad Faith and Chapo Trap House's Virgil Texas joins us for some West Wing tax wonkery. Recorded as Trump entered Walter Reade. We take no responsibility for the events of the 10,000 news cycles that will have happened since then. All Hail President Pence! And be sure to check out Bad Faith, with Virgil and Briahna Joy Gray!

Oct 05, 2020
20 Hours In America w/Special Guests Tarence Ray & Tom Sexton

It's the first episode of Aaron Sorkin's last season! New episodes! New theme song! New explosions of incoherent rage! Old guests! Josh & Dave paddle down the river of the 4th season premiere, and get jumped by Tom and Terence from The Trillbilly Workers Party. 

Sep 28, 2020
Posse Comitatus w/Special Guest Wil Anderson

It's our third season finale, we're joined by the brilliant and hilarious Wil Anderson, and all we can say is...  Aaron Sorkin. Boy, I don’t know.

Sep 21, 2020
We Killed Yamamoto w/Special Guest Katie Halper

The gang gets into a 24-style moral quandary as we force yet another person we admire tremendously to watch The West Wing with us. This is starting to feel abusive. 

Sep 14, 2020
The Black Vera Wanglord

The kids deal with the most devastating attack ad in the history of the world, and we learn more about CJ's inability to act normal around attractive men. Also, if you want to know what the real west wing staff makes, go here:

Sep 07, 2020
Enemies, Foreign and Domestic w/Special Guest Ashley Stevens

We introduce our guest, educator and activist Ashley Stevens, to the joys and horrors of The West Wing, with an episode about WMDs and FDR, and now we feel really bad. 

Aug 31, 2020
Stirred, plus a trip to the mailbag

After whipping through this dud of an episode, Josh and Dave hit the mailbag. 

Aug 24, 2020
The U.S. Poet Laureate w/Special Guest Rachel Larris

Professional Sorkin hater Rachel Larris joins us to talk about THAT episode. Our new theme song finally tells you the truth about us, and Josh's Joe Kennedy III rant closes out this very special episode of Josh And Dave Try To Get Canceled. 

Aug 17, 2020
Dead Irish Writers w/Special Guest Mary Kate O'Flanagan

Only Aaron Sorkin could write an episode of The West Wing about Ireland without including a single Irish character. We rectify that by talking to an actual leprechaun.

Aug 10, 2020
Hartsfield’s Landing w/Special Guest Josh Androsky

Is it possible? A West Wing Thing without the Misogyny Rundown? Don't worry, though - the kids make it up with a stirring defense of NAFTA and some very weird pranks. Plus, Josh Androsky, Comms director for Nithya Raman, drops by and we force him to watch an episode. Because that's what we do to people we love.

Aug 03, 2020
Night Five

Is it possible that this week's Misogyny Rundown is the worst ever? And that it's not even the worst thing about this episode? 

Jul 27, 2020
The Two Bartlets w/Special Guest Luke Savage

Luke Savage returns as the kids go to Puerto Rico to discuss Affirmative Action with CJ's dad. 

Jul 20, 2020
10,000 Airplanes w/Special Guest Oliver Willis

Dave and Josh  welcome Oliver Willis to witness one of the more jaw dropping episodes of your favorite show. Learn why we can't have nice things as Jed and the Wingnut kids do their best to ensure that cancer doesn't get cured. 

Also, here's a slink to free-floating agent of chaos Brian Siano's article referenced in the episode:


Jul 13, 2020
H. Con-172

The most explosive plot in West Wing history comes to a shattering climax. You won't believe your ears. 

Jul 06, 2020
Bartlet For America

We love Bartlet so much we've been walking around in a daze for two weeks. Plus, the things we do to women. AND an all new segment with an all new song from Diesel Boots. What more could you ask for, folks?

Jun 29, 2020
The Women Of Qumar w/Special Guest Savanna LaMaison

This episode takes the Misogyny Rundown to whole new heights. Our special guest, sex worker Savanna LaMaison, helps us break down some of its awfulness. 

Jun 22, 2020
The Indians in the Lobby w/Special Guest Wasté Win Young

This week, the West Wing skates over the Death Penalty and "Indian" affairs as only the West Wing can. 

Also - if you want some truly inane and absurd entertaining with no redeeming social merit whatsoever, join Josh, Dave, Diesel Boots, Gareth, Will and Matt for a screening of The Apple. We promise absolutely NO West Wing content:

Jun 15, 2020
Gone Quiet

In which the show gets too sexy, and Diesel Boots graces us with a newer and even timelier version of our theme song. 

Jun 08, 2020
War Crimes w/Special Guest Tarence Ray from Trillbilly Worker's Party

Head hunters, gods, war crimes, pennies and the birth of The Newsroom. This one's got it all!

Jun 01, 2020
On The Day Before

This week, the West Wing takes on the Israel Palestine conflict, where to get C4, and fashion tips. 

May 25, 2020
Ways and Means w/Special Guest Amber A'Lee Frost

Amber joins us from her deep dive into Aaron Sorkin. This one's epic, folks!

May 18, 2020
Season 3 Premiere - Manchester Parts 1 & 2

It's the third season of The West Wing Thing, and we start off with the bang made by Josh and Dave crashing into the rocks of the two part season premiere.  

May 11, 2020
Are you there God, it’s me, Jed? w/Very Special Guest David Sirota

It's the second season finale as we dive deep into Two Cathedrals with the one and only David Sirota! And don't worry - we'll be back next week.

May 04, 2020
The Fall's Gonna Kill You w/Special Guest Tom Sexton from the Trillbilly Workers Party

Recorded as LA was being shut down, Josh and Dave romp through a piquant and heady brew of misogyny and stupid right wing tax plans with Trillbilly Tom Sexton. 

Apr 27, 2020
18th & Potomac

The West Wing tackles Haiti as only the West Wing can - by pretending America never did anything bad in Haiti. Hilarity ensues. 

Plus - If you like Diesel Boots' songs for our show, you can now buy any and all of them straight from the source!

Apr 27, 2020
17 People

In which Tobey takes days to figure out the bleeding obvious, Sam and Ainsley argue the ERA, and we offer up an assignment for any one of our diligent listeners to take on. 

Apr 20, 2020
Bad Title Rising

The importance of always telling truth, and always laughing at how silly women and their concerns are. Plus, we talk about that Aaron Sorkin interview in the New York Times, and Josh rants about the “Film By” credit. 

Apr 20, 2020
Somebody's Going To Emergency, Somebody's Going To Jail w/Special Guest Luke Savage

Luke Savage returns just in time to watch The West Wing get everything about NAFTA wrong. Trigger Warning - this episode contains Don Henley content. Proceed accordingly. 

Apr 13, 2020
The Stackhouse Fillibuster w/Special Guest Matt Stoller

Matt Stoller joins us to explain why we don’t like Hamilton, which neither of us have seen. But he's right. He also explains why what we do here matters. Plus, we talk about a dopey episode of The West Wing. 

Apr 13, 2020
The War At Home

This week, the West Wing takes on the very serious problem of progressives who are just whiny children who don't understand the realities of politics. Plus - will Ainsley pee on the president's rug?

Apr 06, 2020

Ha ha ha ha! People who smoke pot always want to eat stuff. Ha ha ha ha ha! Plus a very special rewrite of The West Wing that fixes everything. 

Apr 06, 2020
Bartlet's Third State of the Union

What is it with women and paint, and why must they constantly sit in it?

Mar 30, 2020
The Drop In

In which we ask the very wonderful and brilliant Alex Press to watch her very first episode of West Wing, then force her to talk about it. 

Mar 23, 2020
The Leadership Breakfast

A good deal of time is spent discussing pancake syrup, but we ignore all that to discuss how The West Wing kids are always losing. 

Mar 16, 2020

A very special episode, in which we take a break from discussing the terrible effect of The West Wing's politics, and talk about it's equally terrible impact on mental health.  

Mar 09, 2020
9/11 Special w/Special Guest Matt Christman

In light of recent events, we put together this special 9/11 episode of The West Wing Thing with special guest, Chapo Trap House's Matt Christman. Let's talk Isaac & Ishmael, folks!

Mar 02, 2020
Galileo w/Special Guests Katherine Krueger & Will Menaker

Katherine Krueger and Chapo Trap House's Will Menaker loved it so much, they came back this week to discuss a very smarty pants episode of The West Wing. 

Feb 24, 2020
Shibboleth w/Special Guests Katherine Krueger & Will Menaker

West Wing superfans Katherine Krueger and Chapo Trap House's Will Menaker join us to set us straight on the greatest television show in history. 

Feb 17, 2020
The Portland Trip

In which Josh (the one on The West Wing, not our beloved co-host) explodes in a fit of misogynistic rage. Hilarity ensues. 

Feb 10, 2020
The Lame Duck Congress

"The Lame Duck Congress"

In which Sorkin explains the reasons why it's wrong for a politician to do their job. 

Feb 03, 2020
And It's Surely To Their Credit

"And It's Surely To Their Credit"

Bartlet comes perilously close to getting laid, and the great John Larroquette gets to say what the rest of us are thinking. 

Jan 27, 2020
In This White House

"In This White House"

Everybody's favorite Good Republican finally comes to The West Wing. It's Ainsley Hayes, folks! This is how you government!

Jan 20, 2020
The Midterms

"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
Season Premiere: In the Shadow of Two Gunmen w/Special Guest John Rogers

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
What Kind of Day Has It Been? w/Special Guest Luke Savage

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
Lies, Damn Lies and Statistics

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
Mandatory Minimums

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
Let Bartlet Be Bartlet

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
Six Meetings Before Lunch

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
The White House Pro-Am

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
20 Hours In LA

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
Celestial Navigation

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
Take This Sabbath Day

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
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
Take Out The Trash Day

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

Jul 29, 2019
He Shall, From Time To Time

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
Mid-Season Wrap w/Special Guest 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
Lord John Marbury w/Special Guest Faisal-Azam Qureshi

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
In Excelsis Deo

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
The Short List

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

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
The State Dinner

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
Mr Wills of Ohio

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

Apr 29, 2019
The Crackpots and These Women

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
Five Votes Down

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
A Proportional Response

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
Post Hoc, Ergo Propter Hoc

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

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