Best the West Wing podcasts we could find (Updated June 2019)
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An episode-by-episode discussion of The West Wing, one of television’s most beloved shows, co-hosted by one of its stars, Joshua Malina, along with Hrishikesh Hirway of Song Exploder.
 
Each week hosts Dave Anthony and Josh Olson watch and then discuss an episode of The West Wing.
 
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Primetime
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Dig into the hidden history of television with Vox's critic-at-large, Todd VanDerWerff. Each season, we explore the tragic, comedic, and occasionally world-changing stories that have marked a medium that's dominated the global conversation for the last 75 years. First up: TV's relationship with the presidency, featuring deep dives into The West Wing, 24, Veep, and more. Produced by Vox and the Vox Media Podcast Network.
 
Learn to connect better with others in every area of your life. Immerse yourself in spirited conversations with people who know how hard it is, and yet how good it feels, to really connect with other people – whether it’s one person, an audience or a whole country. You'll know many of the people in these conversations – they are luminaries in our culture. Some you may not know. But what links them all is their powerful ability to relate and communicate. It's something we need now more than ever.
 
Drawing upon his experience as a former chief of staff on the Senate Finance Committee and as an Emmy-winning executive producer and writer of ‘The West Wing,’ Lawrence O’Donnell examines the compelling and impactful political stories of the day. Join him every weeknight.
 
Ever wish you had a friend with whom to watch "The West Wing"? Someone to debrief each episode, share fan insights, highlight favorite quips, & revel in its general splendor? Or perhaps you're considering watching it for the first time but you'd like some company (or a geeked out guru guide). Now you have TWO such friends. Meet Andrea & Sallie, two friends who have wit, colorful commentary, and clearly too much time on their hands. Join them as they rewatch the series, episode-by-episode.
 
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Read it and Weep
Weekly
 
Read it and Weep used to be a podcast about bad books but mostly now it's a podcast about good movies. Whatever the topic, we use it to talk about ourselves and each other and it's usually funny.
 
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Off-Farm Income
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Find The Farming Life You Are Looking For Through Entrepreneurship
 
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Dukes of Dice
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The Dukes of Dice - a podcast and community about board, card and role playing games.
 
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Small Town Murder
Weekly
 
Two comedians look at a small town, what makes it tick, and a murder that took place there. In depth research, horrible tragedy, and the hosts' comedic spin on the whole thing. New episodes every Thursday!!
 
Emmy Award—winning producer, actor, and comedian Larry Wilmore is back on the air, hosting a podcast where he weighs in on the issues of the week and interviews guests in the worlds of politics, entertainment, culture, sports, and beyond.
 
A hockey podcast hosted by Dimitri Filipovic.
 
A weekly podcast featuring interviews with pilgrims from around the world who have walked the many paths to the remains of Christ's Apostle St James in Santiago de Compostela in northern Spain. Hosted by Sydney broadcaster and producer Dan Mullins, My Camino - the Podcast explores pilgrims' motivation for undertaking their Camino, what they carried, where they stayed, how far they walked each day and many other questions. Dan and his guests also explore the mystical nature of the Camino ~ an ...
 
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Motherfocloir
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Dispatches from a not so dead language. Hosted by Darach O'Séaghdha and The Irish For… @theirishfor (https://twitter.com/Motherfocloir)Follow the show on twitter @motherfocloir or email us at motherfocloir@headstuff.org
 
A daily look at the things parents are talking about, complaining about, and obsessing about right now.
 
A conglomerate television podcast of Science Fiction, Politics, Humor, and pretty much whatever else we want to talk about.
 
On a weekly (roughly) basis, thrill to the travails of our host as he submits a new piece of pop culture to the Board of What Exists to have it stricken from the record as they declare This Never Happened. Additionally, the host will revisit a past work of comics in the This Never Happened archives that has already been determined to have never happened.
 
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Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold; Mere anarchy is loosed upon the DNC, The delegate tide is loosed, and everywhere The ceremony of democracy is drowned; The best lack all conviction, while the worst Are full of passionate intensity. With special guest, Jennifer Palmieri. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/621…
 
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.
 
Peadar Ó Caomhánaigh, the Johnny Giles of the Motherfoclóir High Table, put his money where his mouth was this year, deciding to stand for election. After a gruelling PR-STV count, our boy won his seat and will represent his fellow Clondalkinites for the next five years. He is one of the 10% of South Dublin County Council representatives to hav ...…
 
Earlonne Woods was recently released from San Quentin prison after 20 years inside. For the last 3 years he’s been helping inmates get their stories out in a remarkable podcast called Ear Hustle. Ear Hustle is produced in creative collaboration with Nigel Poor, who met Earlonne when she was a volunteer teacher at the prison. In this episode, Al ...…
 
On today's Round 1, we're talking about all those end-of-year awards that kids might get—if we gave them out at home instead of at school. Good job hanging up your bath towel! (Just kidding, they'll never win that one.)By Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics.
 
SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING KOLBE JONES! The world of horse racing is not one that I get to learn about very often, so today’s interview is a real treat. Kolbe Jones has been raised around horse racing. His father is very involved, and spends a lot of time out of state working in the horse racing industry. Kolbe and his brother join him on the weeke ...…
 
Alex Prewitt joins the show to put a bow on the Stanley Cup Final, discuss how the Blues finally won it all and how they celebrated after behind the scenes. Plus we get into offseason scuttlebutt, the Flyers and Capitals making a trade, the Islanders immediately splashing some cash, and a hockey documentary everyone needs to see. 5:00 How Game ...…
 
Tonight on The Last Word: Trump appears to accuse Former White House Counsel Don McGahn of perjury in his testimony to Mueller. Rep. Debbie Dingell discusses Democrats ramping up pressure on Senate to act on health care. McConnell refuses to condemn Trump’s foreign dirt remarks. And the DNC releases the lineup for both nights of the first democ ...…
 
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Terri's browsing an online store that gives back (The Shop Forward). Nicole is checking out a source for dorm-room supplies (DormCo). Catherine is listening to actor Rory O'Malley's podcast, Living the Dream (specifically, this episode with Okieriete Onaodowan, Hamilton's original Mulligan/Madison). Thank you ...…
 
SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: Our guest today, Tatia Veltkamp, and her husband had an interest – butterflies. This interest turned into a hobby. The hobby grew and eventually turned into a side-hustle. Once the side-hustle started Tatia could see other opportunities. Today, this has grown into a full-blown business called Wings Of Enchantment. Tatia an ...…
 
Tonight on The Last Word: Republicans defended Trump’s comments while FEC Chair Ellen Weintraub, without ever mentioning Trump or his remarks explicitly, said that what Trump was suggesting was "illegal." A federal office finds that Kellyanne Conway knowingly and repeatedly violated the Hatch Act and should be removed. And Presidential Contende ...…
 
What's in a name? For most of the world's population, Irish names are the only contact they have with Gaeilge, and this is where its reputation for beauty and difficulty is perpetuated. Prospective parents have a great responsibility in naming a child… as to writers of characters in a novel. In this week's episode, Éimear, Darach and Clodagh ar ...…
 
A few weeks back, we identified lots of parenting tasks we'd like to outsource. Now, we've come up with a host of parenting problems we think a ghostwriter could handle for us.By Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics.
 
Larry Wilmore sits down with conservative commentator Ben Shapiro to talk about how he got his start in politics, the creation of the Moral Majority, and the division between religion and government. Host: Larry Wilmore Guest: Ben Shapiro
 
Richard Nixon’s political career paralleled the rise of television. He discovered how TV could make or break a politician. His successes and flops set a precedent for politicians who came after him, especially Donald Trump. Both men used television to craft an electable persona, and they shared a secret weapon: one of the most powerful people i ...…
 
This week, in White Earth, Minnesota, a simple trip into the woods to go "syrupin'" ends in a well liked guy, being found, face down in the mud. There are quite a few suspects, due to the family's overcrowded living conditions, but in the end, one person, who doesn't even live with the victim begins to stand out. But did he do it? Or, was he tr ...…
 
Tonight on The Last Word: If a foreign government offered information on an election opponent, Trump told ABC News, “I think I’d take it.” Biden says Trump’s remarks are a “threat to our national security.” And Agriculture Secy Perdue denies meeting corrupt Brazilian businessman at the center of Trump bailout scandal. Chuck Rosenberg, Frank Fig ...…
 
The summer of fun continues with a classic activity from our youths: hanging out at the mall. Whether you're drinking smoothies or playing the games at Game Stop or stealing earrings from Claire's, it was a part of so many summers. But does it hold up? We brought in mall expert Paige Weldon to find out. Also mentioned in this episode Paige has ...…
 
We revisit a past complaint target in a new way: First it was dental insurance. Now we complain about dentists themselves, as Nicole deals with a belittling one and Terri finally resolves to have her tooth pulled already (it's been six years).By Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics.
 
SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING CAITLIN JEDLICKA! I always enjoy meeting another student who is trading their labor for a shot at building something bigger. Being able to defer pleasure for a bigger reward is a great, but sometimes hard to come by character trait, that you don’t see in a lot of adults. However, I see it all the time with FFA students wh ...…
 
Justin Bourne joins the show to discuss the Stanley Cup Final, how we got to this winner take all Game 7, and what to watch for in the final game of the season. 2:30 The Blues forecheck, cycle, and O-Zone pressure 10:50 Uncharacteristic struggles of Bruins top line 14:00 Colton Parayko’s rise to superstardom 22:30 Alex Pietrangelo thriving unde ...…
 
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, the superlatives were flying once again on So You Think You Can Dance as the judges auditioned many more of the most amazing dancers they have ever seen. Things were a little more reserved over on The West Wing, but Alan Alda (as Republican presidential candidate Arnie Vinick in "In God We Trust") de ...…
 
Michael Kennedy walked the Camino after it called him in 2010. He felt his heart opening - - he says the Camino taught him what he needed to learn and then challenged him to live and breathe as a pilgrim back home.By Dan Mullins.
 
Tuesday Episode I get to start off today’s episode with another listener email. I am always pumped to do this, and he starts off with “thank you from a fellow farmer”. How cool is that? I also want to know if you use pink eye vaccine for your cattle, and does it work? I am going to do some bragging about my daughter, talk about the work at my p ...…
 
Every Saturday night for 11 years, Carol Burnett communicated a sense of family to the entire country. She worked alongside other skilled comic actors. But it wasn’t just skill. There was always a sense of community among the actors and we in the audience felt we were invited in as part of the gang. It was fall-down-funny, belly laugh humor tha ...…
 
Click here to enter the GAME TOPPERS contest! This episode the Dukes ... ... Discuss recent plays, including: SDJ overview of Just One, Werewords and LAMA; EXIT - The Sinister Mansion Tide of Iron Lanterns Dice (4:34) ... Discuss the latest gaming news including the announcement for the new Magic: The Gathering animated series coming to Netflix ...…
 
On today's Round 1, we talk about high school graduation. Nicole's daughter received her diploma last week, and we compare and contrast with our other kids' experiences (past and future).By Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics.
 
SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING MCKENNA WOODRUFF! There is something special about the story we get to tell today. It has to do with family tradition and growing up around an extended family. Maybe many of you have had this experience. I did not, but I got to witness it whenever I went back to my families original farm about 100 miles away from where I ...…
 
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Terri shouts out a fun and functional YouTube series called Universal Homes. Catherine recommends an episode of the Write About Now podcast featuring writer Caroline Van Hemert, and Nicole is bingeing another podcast, The Shrink Next Door. (Also mentioned: Another episode of Write About Now featuring a true-cr ...…
 
SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: Our guest today did exactly what I would advise any of you to do to be able to farm and to be able to support that farm. To my chagrin, she did it without ever hearing of me. However, Emily Chamelin is proof of the concept that I had when I started this show. I knew that there were other people in the world who wanted to f ...…
 
Like an old friend you don't really want to see right now, summer has arrived in Ireland, and with it a smartly-turned out stampede of Spanish students. For decades, these stylish loudmouths have been teaching Irish teenagers how to kiss and how to swear like a Spaniard in their version of Irish college. In today's episode, Darach talks to reve ...…
 
Terri's still obsessing over a years-old situation, while Nicole and Catherine have more recent experience: What do you do when you're in a position to bust a kid for bad behavior? Do you tattle, or no? And if so, how?By Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics.
 
This week, in Garden City, Idaho, where a local man disappears into thin air. His family is worried, but is he just on vacation? Is he having a good time? Or, is is something more sinister? The only person who may be able to answer these questions is a much younger woman, who happens to be living in his house. Where is he? Who is she? This is a ...…
 
While they had radically different styles and politics, Presidents Reagan and Obama had at least one thing in common: They were both masters of the small screen. We’ll explore how both presidents used the medium to communicate their message directly to their supporters, often avoiding criticism from the press along the way. Music credits: Rue M ...…
 
It's June, so it's time to kick of Read it and Weep's Summer of Fun! We're doing a bunch of stuff we used to do during the summer as kids and checking to see if it holds up. First up, we're going bowling! Grab your dorky shoes and let's get a lane. Sponsored by David from Scottland David teaches jazz guitar. Here he is improvising a piece he ca ...…
 
It's another paperwork complaint: Choosing an emergency contact person to list on various and sundry forms. Turns out it's even harder to select that person when they'd have to be responsible for our pets. Mentioned: Petego Pet Tube Kennel.By Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics.
 
SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING HOLDEN NUHN! Hosting this show always gives me the opportunity to interview people who find a way to make things happen. Whether it be my adult or student guests, I am always lucky enough to speak with people who have a “can do” attitude. That is really what stood out to me in today’s interview with Holden Nuhn. Holden ac ...…
 
The legendary Alan Alda joins us this week to discuss Arnie Vinick, the Constitution, and eating ice cream. Plus, we speak to Reverend Katey Zeh, the executive director of the Religious Coalition for Reproductive Choice. For more, visit thewestwingweekly.com/620By Joshua Malina & Hrishikesh Hirway.
 
On this week's entertainment-themed Round 2, there was much dancing: A new season of So You Think You Can Dance debuted, and Bob Fosse danced his last on the finale of Fosse/Verdon. Mentioned: An interview with Ann Reinking on her relationship with Fosse. Next week: We'll continue with SYTYCD and resume our West Wing watch with "In God We Trust."…
 
Brian and Michelle are heading off this week on their second Camino - an eight-week journey of discovery. We talk about finding our path, our journey and our Way. Michelle is spiritual, Brian more the pragmatist. How does it work walking as a couple; and what did they discover about each other - and themselves. Enjoy dm…
 
Tuesday Episode Today I get to answer two listener questions. Both of these folks are from California and either are getting ready to leave or have already gone. They both are looking for answers about how to farm exclusively. I’ll do my best with these questions, but of course there is no easy answer. However, I see entrepreneurship as a vesse ...…
 
Empathy is a powerful tool and, when mixed with politics, it can be used to help the greater good. But, it also has a dark side. In this episode, Alan Alda speaks with former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. As Secretary of State, she brought communication skills to international relations that were not only powerful, they were inventive ...…
 
Hey, airlines: We have some brilliant ideas for you! There are so many ways you could make the air-travel experience easier and happier for families, and this whole episode is a brainstorming session just for you.By Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics.
 
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.
 
SHOW NOTES INTRODUCING SHANE BOGER! Shane is our second guest to come from Elkmont High School in Alabama. He is just getting started in his FFA career and will be transitioning from his freshman to sophomore year of high school this summer. Shane has been raising Boer goats for some time now, and this is just ramping up in the FFA. His herd of ...…
 
On this week's Roundabout Roundup, Nicole shouts out the Vdara, the Las Vegas hotel with the handy robots (mentioned on Monday's episode). Terri discovered an amusing and adorable YouTube series starring Kevin Nealon. And Catherine's happy she won't have to scour store shelves for printer ink, thanks to HP's Instant Ink service.…
 
SHOW NOTES KEY IDEAS: Today we get way out to the far stretches of North America! Lindsay Oehlke is coming to us from Prince Edward Island in Canada. Lindsay definitely lives our motto of “lifestyle business”. She sets up her work and business schedules to allow herself to move around the world with the seasons. She prefers seasonal work that a ...…
 
Adam Gretz joins the show to discuss the first two games of the Stanley Cup Final, how the Bruins threw the first punch and how the Blues fought right back, and what to look for moving forward in the series. Plus a deep dive on one of the most uniquely bizarre nixed trades in recent memory. 1:40 How the Blues broke through in Game 2 17:30 Vlad ...…
 
On this week's Round 4, our kids aren't obsessed with the K-pop boy band BTS, but Terri went to the concert anyway—twice! And that got us talking about our kids' concert experiences, and our own.By Terri Mauro, Catherine Holecko, and Nicole Eredics.
 
In May 1992, the TV character Murphy Brown gave birth to a baby boy. The following day, Vice President Dan Quayle publicly blamed Brown for "mocking the importance of fathers by bearing a child alone and calling it just another lifestyle choice." But Murphy Brown wasn’t the first single mom on TV, or the first pregnant character to wrestle with ...…
 
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