0.18: Small Block of Cheese Day (The West Wing Weekly Forever)
Before we start one piece of business we want to tell those of you who will be attending our live event in London on December. Eighteenth that at that show we will discuss discuss the episode transition and we will discuss it with our special guest Bradley Whitford. If he can't be there don't worry the episode will come out in just a few weeks. You're listening to the West Wing Weekly. I am Joshua Malina Lina and I appreciate your way and today we have a special episode. We're calling it small block of cheese day that's right not that it's less important or less palpable or or less substantive but it is short but it's short. That's what it is at the time of this recording. We're in the middle of the two thousand Nineteen Radio Topi annual fundraiser. The theme of this. Here's fundraiser is Radio Tokyo forever and more specifically for our show the West Wing weekly forever as we're coming to the end of our podcast. 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