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Sebastian Reminisces About His Time in the Oval Office With Donald Trump
"Me share a story here. I was in the oval office with president trump. Just the two of us which rarely happens. The oval office has Well it has an entrance way from the out of office and then it has a little narrow door that goes to private eating area and little place for the president. Just sit and read. Didn't be by himself. And then it has the door to the the west wing where guests come through so you rarely in there alone. I was in with the most powerful man in the world and it is a humbling feeling truly as an immigrant to the united states. Somebody who wasn't born here. Who has an accident who always will who only became a citizen. Three years prior to be alone in the oval office is something yukon express. And i was in there on other business if i remember. Well i think it was Iran deal I was one of the two people though building. In addition to the president wanted to kill the iran deal. God bless into finally doing in the face of people like hr mcmaster tillerson mnuchin. All the other fake america first. And i was about to leave still talking about something to do with iran and the president looked at is hand. He got this very serious expression. Yeah he's a very jovial person. It's to great great sense of humor. But suddenly his face froze who's reminded of something on that piece of paper or just something came to mind when he said i really don't want americans to die on the korean peninsula. I did not want to get us into another shooting war in korea. He understood the threat. Remember the hermit kingdom under kim launching ballistic missiles over the japan intimidating our friends in our allies but despite never having said he went to a military high school but despite never having served he really undestood the weight. The inordinate responsibility carried by the person who is commander-in-chief
Ex-White House Press Secretary's Book Likens Melania Trump to Marie Antoinette
"One twenty five. Pm on january six soon after writers broken barricades outside of the capitol bologna. Trump received a text message from her. Then chief of staff stephanie. Grisham it had a question. Do you want to tweet. That peaceful protests are the right of every american but there is no place for lawlessness and violence amid later milania with a one word. Answer no at that moment. Malania was at the white house preparing for a photo shoot of rug. She had selected. That's according to exclusive excerpts of grissom's forthcoming book obtained by politico titled. I'll take your questions now. What i saw on the trump white house grisham the former trump white house press secretary best known for never holding a press briefing is now breaking her silence and political daniel. Lipman email does what. They preview gruesome also writes that she asked malania couple times whether she should reach out to jill biden during the transition to set up. The traditional inauguration t. but instead of setting up the meeting the london told her that they should quote see what the west wing does according to grisham. The reason was because malania like her husband believed. The election was illegitimate on january eleventh. Malania did issue a statement saying that she was disappointed and disheartened with what happened last week but she added that she founded quote shameful. That's rounding these tragic events. There's been salacious. Gossip unwarranted personal attacks and false misleading accusations on me from people who are looking to be relevant and have an agenda. She seemed to be referring to her. Former close. personal friend. Stephanie winston walk-off who pendant op ed in the daily beast. A few days earlier saying that milania quote was complicit in the destruction of america grisham joined the trump campaign in two thousand fifteen and remained with the white house until close to the end. She writes them. Alana's response to a text on january six broker since she had long defended the first lady against accusations that she was marie antoinette. Type dilettante now gruesome rights. She sees milania quote the doomed french queen dismiss. It defeated attached.
Who is K.T. McFarland, Trump's Former Deputy National Security Advisor?
"We have so much to discuss with regards to the disasters occurring in central asia in the last two weeks. But let's start by those who may have just accidentally happened on this channel. Found us on rumble. Downloaded this podcast. Tell them a little bit about who. Kt mcfarland is when she started to get involved in national security issues. And then you'll climb to the heights of power in the white house under the trump administration starting in nineteen seventy. I was a freshman in college at george washington university and got partial scholarship and had to pay the rest of my way through school. So i got a part time typing job in the west wing of the white house and the white house situation room. Working for guy wasn't very well known at the time by the name of henry kissinger and he was richard nixon's national security advisor. So i started working part time in the nighttime typing pool for henry kissinger In the west wing and then worked in the nixon administration. The ford administration went to graduate school during the carter administration went to oxford university and then. Mit where i studied and taught nuclear weapons Then joined the reagan administration when we won the cold war Was part of the pentagon team Did one help win. The cold war got the pentagon's highest civilian award for that service. And then i retired. We'd want our cold war. My war was one done. And so i married. Had five. kids was living the good life in new york and long island and then september eleventh happened and it convinced me to get back into government because i had such a pretty extensive experience. I point so. I did And i ran for the. Us senate against hillary clinton the organ lost. Predictably but i did Get back involved in a lot of issues. And then he came. The fox news national security analysts for over a decade until i joined the trump administration Which i did at the beginning and so here. I am out of the trump administration of back on talking to import. People like you about issues. I care deeply about what your national security
Carl Levin, Michigan's Longest Serving US Senator, Dies at 87
"First elected to congress in nineteen seventy-eight michigan's longest serving senator chaired the powerful armed services committee. He was very active around civil rights local development and protecting american workers having interviewed senator levin and read his memoir. Getting to the heart of the matter. I have some reflections. I imagined that if senator levin had a role in a television show he'd be fictional president. Jed bartlett's closest ally in the west wing practical and patriotic levin's thirty six years in the upper chamber as a democrat had paradoxes a democrat who investigated spending and financial excess in government as well as wall street a staunch believer as chair of the senate armed services committee. That america has a strong role to play in the world but voted against the second iraq. War levin was consistent with himself. He was a man who spent decades of politics. But i sense. He felt good about his impact when he saw himself in the mirror. Getting the heart of the matter reminds me of the writings of ben franklin. The similarities with the founding father aren't just physical appearance surprising wit and clearly understandable style both levin and franklin shared the belief that the long game mattered that even if it wasn't politically popular in the moment moment to make things happen in a country with a lot of people with differing views. You shouldn't always take everything off the table for your opponent that making is how democracy actually works his memoir is a blueprint without saying it and how we might put the broken engine of american democracy back together again. Levin rhetorically lays the parts on the table. I won't get into all of them. But they include the broken filibuster where he called out his own party for creating it then in order for an electorate and your colleagues to trust you you need to have a consistent northstar and compass and he's right if you look at the popular senior senator from vermont. The reason that he gets photo shopped everywhere sitting on a chair isn't because of any particular political stance it's because whether they agree or not people connect with him because they believe that he is who he says he is.
Dr. Jill Biden Is A First Lady For All of Us
"Jill biden visits community colleges which is a lot these days. She was received in highly choreographed. Settings by governor say were members of the public as the nation's first lady but to administrators teachers. She has dr. Jill biden college professor at salt community college in illinois. There were pink and white flowers out. Everywhere befitting her visit the even matched her white dress and pink jacket but there was also a welcome. Dr biden sign so huge that the period on the doctor was as big as her head. It felt like a subtle rebuke to that scolding. She was subjected to back in december for using the title. She has every right to indeed in all the places she goes lately. She is honored as a woman with several degrees. Who has worked really hard her whole life at the most relatable job there is. Everyone has a favorite teacher. After all on our visit to the navajo nation. In april dr biden was introduced by someone came to think of as the ruth bader ginsburg of indian country chief justice of the navajo nation. Supreme court joanne. Jane a tiny woman with hair pulled back in a tight ponytail. Winning doc martens dr biden. Millions reap inspiration from your quote. Teaching isn't just what i do. It is who i am in birmingham alabama. She was introduced by a lawyer. Liz huntley a sexual abuse survivor whose parents were drug dealers. I want to thank dr biden from the bottom of my heart for the role that she plays not just the first lady but for her heart for educating she told me she's grading papers on the plane. Y'all what who does that. They say being an educator as a calling in your life that you can't resist and she just won't let it go. December debate of titles seems awfully small in the face of all of this. Jill biden schools visiting vaccinations sites traveling to red states to sell the american rescue. Plan telling folks that help us here. The role she's fulfiling on these visits is in many ways neither first lady nor professor but a key player in her husband's administration a west wing surrogate and policy advocate and underestimated asset. As mary jordan the washington post reporter written a book about melania trump. Put it to me. It's hard to imagine. Joe doing this without her which is not to say that dr biden who is constitutionally shy doesn't take special delight in these visits she becomes looser goofy and more expansive. You generally hear her before you see her because she is often laughing. She is quite simply a joy multiplier as part of her elevator pitch for free community college part of the one point eight trillion american families plan president biden proposed to congress in april. She likes to talk about one of most dedicated students. A military interpreter from san came to america to start a new life a few semesters ago. I got a text trimmer. It was like six in the morning on my way to the hospital. Have my baby research. Paper will be laid to which. I replied excuses excuses.
What Does Allyship in the Workplace Look Like?
"Welcome to the show melinda. Thank you great to be here. I am so looking forward to our conversation today. This is a subject that i know is on the top of a lot of people's minds in learning how to be a better ally is something that i think we can all use but before we get to that. I mentioned several of the organizations. You are involved in but could you give us a bit of your background. And what led you to where you are today. Yeah well. Let's see i by focused. My whole life has been on creating social and environmental change really making a difference in the world making the world a better place and so a started doing that Well i studied cultural anthropology. And then art and i started actually is a as an artist new york and As a visual artist installation artist and quickly moved from that into filmmaking. Sue moved from new york to la when to usc film school and And then worked in the film industry for about ten years Mostly documentary filmmaking. Also did some more means dream work like worked on the west wing and some other products like that and what really using the power of storytelling to create change and from there. I continue to do that but realized that i could do that. In a corporate setting as well really helping companies social enterprises nonprofits and Governments to greet changed through storytelling. Him behavior change campaigns Worked for a number of years doing that with different clients and ended up taking a role with my clients as the chief. Experience officer at an engineering firm in san
New Vibe at White House: Hugs Are In; Masks Are (Mostly) Out
"The White House is springing back to life now that people are vaccinated and with the recent relaxation and federal guidance about wearing masks and social distancing right to family come on there's a new fine but the White House of late press secretary Jen Psaki near a warm and fuzzy crew and we like to hug around here but we were waiting for that to be allowed to buy a CDC guidelines which we certainly abide by yes hugs are now in masks mostly out the complex is taking on the look and feel of pre pandemic days with more west wing staffers on the premises soon more reporters and certainly a continuing to open the white house up the people's house up to the American public the White House is eager to send a message that a return to normal as possible with vaccinations the president Biden's chief medical advisor Dr Anthony Fauci says it's not a rational to be apprehensive you can understand that when people the following a certain trend for a considerable period of time that it may take time for them to look just so I would not say that that's irrational I'd say that's understandable Ben Thomas Washington
States, Business Sort Out What New CDC Mask Guidance Means
"Across the nation there is differing reaction to the CDC's new mass guidelines several states say they're falling in line with the guidance either now or in the coming weeks including Oregon and governor Kate brown Oregonians who are fully vaccinated no longer need to wear masks or social distance in most public spaces other states along with cities and some big businesses are holding off and made questions about whether the mass guidance is safe or a workable given that there's no easy way to be sure who is fully vaccinated and who is not just like companies and businesses are digesting this so are we White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki says it'll take time to implement the guidance those staffers there have been told if they are vaccinated there's no need for masks president Biden stepped outside the west wing without one and when asked if he's enjoying his first Damascus day simply said yes Sager mag ani Washington
Senate Democrats vote to provide $300 unemployment benefits into September
"Stimulus Bill gets one step closer to passage in the Senate. Fox's chat program. There's a deal with Democrat Joe Manchin of West Wing. Genya. Democrats will extend extra unemployment benefits through early September. Now that's supposed to August in the House bill, but it drops the additional benefits to an extra $300 a week rather than $400. This is important because the Senate split 50 50, so Democrats can't pass the bill. Unless every one of them votes for it. Then BP Kamila Harris will cast the tie breaking vote. We didn't know it then. But a year ago yesterday,
In The Room with Sean Clancy: Mario Pino
"And i'm in the room jockey. Mario pino the fifty nine year old delaware native stands. Tall is the tenth leading jockey in the history of the sport with six thousand nine hundred sixty. One career wins for one hundred and thirty million dollars in earnings. Good morning mary. Oh glad to have you on the show the morning shown thank you where are you doing. I mean i know you take the winter off. You get on horses jaren up for your spring return or what's your status. Yes a matter of fact is the last two weeks of begin on horses like every time they have bruises on the turf at fall matters training center and Yup just trying to get back now and briefed about eight horses so far in Just getting my feet wet right now. Yeah so they come naturally me come back to your pretty easily mutate. Take some time off. You haven't ridden since the fall. But i mean coming back and working. Orces is just like the same old thing. Yeah it's like sean. It's like like they said riding a bike. You know i get over. There might be off on my not on a horse for five months. Threw me up and go and it's like natural. You know know you know grown up around horses like you and started when you're young and and You know like. I said it's like riding a bike. There's no big deal. And the other thing is i love it is self. That's a big. That's a big thing too if you love something and I love getting on horses. And i love the horses and you know it makes me feel good. If it's makes me who i am. You know i'm getting on the horse. That's brian then you're planning to go back to prescott downs in the in the spring. Yeah sean i'm just. I'm playing by year. You know it's They reduced the the dates. There you know fifty days again this year in Kinda like up in the air from going to head back there but That's my plan plan so far but it could change you know in I just play by year. And the other option would be mid-atlantic obviously delaware maryland where you've made your stumping grounds yay. No i i live in florida now. I've been here like living here for seven years and If i could this get back and maybe in march and gulfstream and just pick through two winters there and You know my life is like you. I stop do. I'd keep going on like in that middle. Make in that fine line right now and He's a great story. I was that's palm out as two week ago and I was talking to wesley ward. That's the only guy really get on horses for. So i said the west wing. He called me and said you wanna trying to get back. I said yeah. I said the little early but yeah come help you got horses and i told him situation. Want to try to win seven thousand races and i say well i don't know if i want to Push myself to do it. Looked at me goes crazy. Only thirty nine wins away. You have to go for it. It's just shame air. Let that go by. And i'm like you know what i mean but it is It's something i You have to push yourself to do you know it's not an easy thing you know. Thirty nine not doesn't sound a lot but it is my schedule. You know we me. I'm probably five months a year. You kinda tough so right now you know he says if i would say here you know can ride horses here and you know that's that's a big help Like i said. I'm just gonna play by ear so on
"And none of us wants to hear this but this could get even worse than more. Contagious uk variant. We've been talking about. It's now at least fourteen states. And the cdc warned today it will become dominant here by march. Richard angle got rare access. How these variants are being tracked as they spread around the world. Kobe is ravaging brazil hospitals running out of oxygen deaths rising because of new covid mutations today the uk already struggling with its own highly contagious variant band. Nearly all travel from south america. I went to the. Uk's main sequencing lab near cambridge leading the world in hunting for variants robots here select covid. Positive tests gathered nationwide. The virus is fed into machines that reveal. Its genetic code and if the code has changed with a mutation dr. naomi park manages operations. How often when you run these sequences do you find anomalies pollution. But i guess very come out which become more alarming or americans looking for various mutations closely enough saying no he's not nearly sufficient vehicle to be the real time surveillance and monitoring of these various so americans might not know the the real kind of variants that they're facing now it might be danube realize they see the effects and i certainly too late. The variants identified so far do not appear to be more deadly but since they are more transmissible overwhelming hospitals and causing more deaths richard engel. nbc news cambridge with all that president elect joe biden laid out his blueprint for scaling up the vaccine effort with more on that. Here's nbc's jeff bennett tonight. President-elect joe biden unveiling his action plan to pick up the pace of cova. Vaccinations this is the time to set big goals to pursue them with courage and conviction because the health of the nation is literally at stake. His plan encourages states to allow more people to get vaccinated including those aged sixty five and older and frontline workers boosts vaccine supply by releasing the majority of available doses sets up federally funded. Mass vaccination sites sends mobile units to hard to reach parts the country and calls for closer coordination with state governments. Have my word. We'll manage the hell out of this operation to for it. The president-elect is calling on congress to pass his nearly two trillion dollar corona virus relief plan which includes direct aid for struggling american families and businesses biden tonight announcing he'll issue an executive order requiring everyone to wear masks in places where he has the authority to mandate it. The president-elect is also urging patients warning american. the out of the pandemic won't be easy or fast. Lester jeff bennett tonight. Thank you just five days. Before the inauguration a massive show of forcing washington is getting even bigger with twenty five thousand national guard troops. Now here's tom. Castillo across washington security is growing tighter by the hour restricted zones razor-wire topping perimeter fencing the national guard increasing troop levels to twenty five thousand weapons at the ready as dozens of state capitals also beef up security amid intelligence that right-wing extremists are threatening. More attacks. there's a great deal of a very concerning chatter. And it's what you don't know that. We are preparing for today. Disturbing details in charging documents against jacob chesley part of the mob that attacked the capital. The prosecutor in arizona said there's evidence that the intent of the capital rioters was to capture assassinate elected officials in the united states government. The doj has since struck that phrase chancellor's attorney says he was following trump's directions and will seek a presidential pardon despite guns explosives and zip ties. The in dc says there is no direct evidence yet of kill or capture teams today. The washington post reports attackers. Were within seconds of reaching vice president pence before secret service agents hit him in a nearby office capital police and the fbi toll nbc news. They are investigating what the republican members of congress. Aided the mon aided and abetted the crime may have to be actions. Taken beyond the congress and In terms of prosecution for that also tonight the dc police officers who fought for their lives last week are speaking out problems for. Daniel hodges crushed in the doorway there in my mascot. Still mike whitney sprayed with everything i was able. I think that was able to get out of officer. Mike known scream to the crowd. He had children guys. Were trying to grab my gun. And they were chanting like killing with his own gun. Also tonight the secret service and the parks service are closing the national mall the first time ever for an inauguration. Dc's mayor is encouraging people to stay home and watch it all on tv lester. Those accounts office simply awful. Tom thank you. The number of arrests in last week's attack is growing quickly. The fbi now seeking tips with billboards around the country nbc's. Pete williams joins us pete. What's the latest lesser federal prosecutors. Say they're focusing now on the most violent offenders they've opened about three hundred investigations with the rest so far in about a third of them. Some of those arrested are cooperating. Generating more leads. The fbi says it has received an astonishing one hundred forty thousand photos and videos to help identify rioters people or even sending in tips about their own friends and family members as for whether the rioters had leaders prosecutors say it may take months to find that out. Lester alright pete williams tonight thanks in sixty seconds moving vans at the white house and appending impeachment trial. A presidential transition like no other way to the document we. I had a light a candle. I'm chuck rosenberg on my podcast. The oath i talk with people who served with integrity and honor men and women who liked the way this week former. Fbi assistant director. Frank figliuzzi if you're all about harsh rigorous aggressive rules enforcement. You're not going to last very long as an organization because people will hate you for it. Your system won't have credibility they won't report conduct and they won't cooperate with the core values you're trying to maintain so with any disciplinary system with any attempt in your family. Your team your community. Your company to enforce compliance enforce regulations and values. You'd better have compassion along with consequences. Join me for season for the oath and msnbc podcast search for the oath wherever you're listening right now and subscribe new episodes every wednesday day. Hi everyone steve kornacki here. You may remember hosted an nbc news. Podcast called article two inside impeachment. It followed the developments of president. Donald trump's first impeachment last winter the article. Two podcast is back with a special episode bringing you the latest on the second impeachment of donald trump. I'm joined by. Nbc news capitol. Hill correspondent leeann caldwell who was in the capital on the day of the riots to break down the house vote and what a senate trial could look like. Search for article two inside impeachment wherever. You're listening right now to subscribe for free tonight as the president faces a second impeachment trial. We're learning how he'll make his white house exit. Here's peter alexander tonight. President trump the final hours moving trucks outside the west wing but no sign of the president. The vice president pence. Nbc news has confirmed called vice. President-elect kamla harrison thursday belatedly congratulating her and offering assistance with next week's inauguration that unlike the president pence will attend the conversation described as cordial and pleasant at the capitol. Nancy pelosi sidestepping questions about when she'll send that article of impeachment to the senate for trial to be prosecuted by nine house. Democrats so urgent with the matter. They're now working on to taking this to trial and monday. You'll be the first to know. Democrats would need seventeen senate republican votes to convict. President trump an uphill. Climb at least one republican alaska's lisa murkowski at trump critic not indicating how she'll vote but suggesting she's open to convicting the president. I believe that this president has committed an impeachable offense now harris. The incoming vice presidents addressing concerns the trial. That could start as early as curation day will overshadow their agenda. We know how to multitask. There's a reason that word existed in the english language. That's what's gonna be required. We've just learned that. President trump expected to leave the white house hours. Before the inauguration with discussions underway for a ceremonial send-off arriving in florida before biden is sworn in last year alexander. At the white house tonight. Thanks up next a rescue mission by a quick thinking restaurant manager. Police say an eleven year. Old boy is out of harm's way tonight. Thanks to a clever restaurant manager. San brock has the warning. Signs may not have been glaring. Were visible enough. We have some customers years. We've shuki one off the kids. These weeks a loss of bruises on his arm orlando restaurant manager. Flaviano convey value syncing distress from an eleven year. Old boy with his family secretly flashing him this note. Do you need help. What happened when you showed him that sign. He knocked me yes he needs help in he. May this sign with his hands. Timothy wilson the second. The boy stepfather is behind bars. Tonight facing three counts of aggravated child abuse. Police say the boy told investigators his stepfather hit him with a wooden broom tied straps around his ankles and neck and was hung upside down from a door. Even just seeing the pictures. It's absolutely appalling that that this happened to a child. Police told nbc news. Wilson denied the charges though they say the boy's mother kristen swan admitted to knowing about the abuse she's charged with two counts of child neglect the boy in his half sister now in protective custody as the touch and perseverance of another mother. I was ready to grab him and why he lives may have changed. The trajectory of this boy's life san brock. nbc news. good for her up. Next how one. Man's inspiring america with two critical missions.
Capitol police seen with guns drawn in apparent House chamber standoff
"Their guns. As protesters have tried to break into the House chamber at the U. S. Capitol, protesters managed to breach the Senate chamber, including one protester who stood at the dais of the Senate. Of the United States Senate and yelled Trump won the election. Several dozen protesters are roaming through the halls yelling, Where are they? And more protesters are up in the Senate gallery, according to pool reporters who are hunkered down with lawmakers as the Capitol police and other agencies try now to restore order, But the protest Keep coming, They keep surging. We heard a moment ago from Senator Mitt Romney of Utah, who said on Twitter. This is what the president has caused today. This Insurrection. ABC is Karen Travers is our White House correspondent. It's impossible to know. But how might the president be? Taking all this in You know, it's impossible to know. We assume he is watching this play out on television as the president can to watch a lot of cable news while at the White House during the day. We know he is in the West Wing, either in the Oval Office, or just off the Oval Office after he had delivered remarks on the National Mall today to a rally of several 1000 of his supporters, and you're looking back. In his comments from on Lee three hours ago, the president at one point said he was going to march with his supporters. To the capital. He was gonna march up there and he says, we have to send a message to lawmakers. He urged his supporters who are in town from all over the country to demonstrate to send a strong message to, uh, lawmakers up there about what they feel was a rigged election again is baseless claims from the president about widespread fraud and you know, as it started to play out after one o'clock when you saw Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell come out very strongly, very striking statement from him to say those knows they're there for the president and that lawmakers have a duty to the Constitution to ratify the results of the Electoral College and Erin. All of this was playing out in a very perfunctory kind of boring, In a sense, typical way of these things do every four years. Now, there's certainly there was expectation of more heightened drama around the certification today because of these challenges that summer. Publicans we're going to make, but it was procedural Mike Pence was there that lawmakers were on the floor they were raising objections. Speeches were given. This is what happens in Washington every day when Congress is in session, and then things very quickly turned and the protesters as they were getting closer to the capital were able to get through police barricades on the West front. That's where the inauguration set up is underway. Right now, preparing for that day, which is taking place in just two weeks. They were able to get through police lines and Security set up on the east front of the Capitol as well steps where you see lawmakers and the president himself, often coming down after meetings of at the Capitol, and then things very quickly turned and the House and Senate will put into recess. Lawmakers were very quickly taken out of the chambers, the vice president also still up there. We believe we've taken Away from the scene, presumably taken to a more secure location up in the capital on this is now still unfolding. And the only message we've heard from the president in the last hour is one criticizing my penance for not standing up and giving in to his demands that he used the authority. He does not have to reject the electoral college results president criticizing my pens just 45 minutes ago, and that other statement very generic statement to stay peaceful but
Biden taps Rice as domestic policy adviser, McDonough for VA
"Susan rice C. is heading back to the west wing president elect Biden is tapping rice to head his White House domestic policy council a post that'll give her broad sway over his administration's approach to immigration health care and other topics it's a surprising shift rice is a longtime foreign policy expert who is president Obama's national security adviser ed U. N. ambassador she's the latest former Obama aide Biden speaking to fill out his own administration he's also going to nominate former Obama White House chief of staff Denis McDonough M. as Veterans Affairs secretary Sager mag ani Washington
Richard Schiff Hospitalized After Testing Positive for COVID-19
"Treatment for covert 19 and was hospitalized for his treatment as well. He tweeted last week that he and his wife had tested positive for Corona virus and said he's taking rendez severe and steroids as his treatment and was also receiving oxygen. Ship is well known for his roles in Man of Steel, Jurassic Park, the Lost world and, of course, long running television series. The West Wing on top of starring with his wife in the Good doctor will positive news coming from Oh, dear now, and their vaccine couldn't come soon enough. As the
Trump chief of staff Meadows diagnosed with COVID-19
"A key member of the west wing has tested positive for the coronavirus fox news confirming white house. Chief of staff mark meadows has diagnosed meadows traveled with the president in the run-up to election. Day
Microsoft dips on weak revenue guidance
"First quarter profits and revenue came in higher than expected for Microsoft. But guidance I guess guidance for Q two was a little bit lower than Wall Street was hoping for because. The stock is down around four percent today. Yeah you know we had talked earlier in the day we sometimes do about the idea of doing a previous lease You know before the stories are that people would have all the information they needed to know as we actually hit stories and so i. As you know many great drama has done previously on the West Wing Yeah and so this is not a tangent. This is going to be relevant to the point so. Yes. Microsoft. Is Down four percent today but it's now up thirty percent instead of thirty five percent for the year the goodyear that Microsoft is enjoying is priced into a degree although a lot of people are still very enthusiastic about Microsoft Prices based on those parts of the business that did very well for the quarter and are likely to continue to do well, the basically games and cloud and and you know some other things are. Taking a little bit of a breather, but those are two items that are going to continue to beep strong.
"west wing" Discussed on The West Wing Weekly
"I mean imagine inviting people to a political fundraiser and saying, Hey, we really think that you ought to vote for this candidate and that being the only point of it that's right. Usually they want you to write a check. Yeah. It's to get the people who are not in the room exactly and as I said over a million dollars this point for when we all vote fantastic very worthy organization. Yeah. Well, done. Yeah. Aaron on a couple of the emails that I was lucky enough to be CC'd on in the very early incarnations of this idea, one of the things we had discussed was the role. Of Leo and how you going to solve that and I remember Josh had suggested that you should read the role of Leo at what point did you realize that you were going to in fact, cast someone for the role of Leo and how did you get to the decision that it would be Sterling K. Brown I'm sure the idea came up because sterling's name has come up. So many times before with regard to the show right and that's how sterling got in. It was supposed to be a two day shoot than this being the West. Wing it ended guys. I mean, Josh. We were just right back where. Nothing, had changed. Yeah. I heard the phrase three and it's going to go late. Identify who's three innate on the call sheet you can figure it out yourself. But even with Tommy's larger production than I thought, it would be which I couldn't be happier that Matt Tom's did that I still thought that the actors would be holding scripts just to make it easier on them. Let's remember Martin is eight years old. This is an episode where she has to recite like sixteenth century Indian Prime Minister's and Their contribution was chess. So I thought that everybody would be holding the scripts. Then Tommy started little zoom rehearsals doing scene by scene and saying you know if you could put the scripts of side, it would be great and per starling. But everybody. I think even as late as clicking on it to watch it, I was going to see some of that people reading. So I was surprised but also delighted like you're such a Game Day guy part of what turned me on about the whole thing everybody showed up for Game Day everybody down small casting people had been in the show before everybody revisiting I mean crew members, assistant wardrobe people who had been on the show came and showed up gail rallied and God that Goldfishes is. Forgotten. Twenty twenty years. That's. That's all for. A. Lot of people don't know that we used three different Allison Janney is over the course of the Western. This. I cannot overstate the spirit on stage was was just fantastic and you gave us some behind the scenes the stuff that. I'll admit was slightly painful for me because I wasn't there which I really wish he'd been there but nonetheless, also you know to see Martin doing a little soft shoe with sterling. Does I mean it was it just made me smile the woman who shocked at behind the scenes footage I don't know how cassie got her to shoot behind-scenes trust she was the DP. What conduct the adventures are. Wow Black Panther Black Panther. Thanks. Wow. She's the first woman to be nominated for an Oscar for cinematography and somehow we have her shooting are behind the scenes theory Rachel. Morrison that's right. Rachel Morrison with sure. Shot our behind the scenes footage. That's why it looks. Okay. Yeah. That's amazing. Arts show I think your mom would do the slate before. But speaking of music. I just had a feeling that wants snuffy started playing theme on an Acoustic Guitar and then lights came up on on a few strings and an accountable horns I. I had a feeling. We're GONNA on the audience at that point. Yeah. Yeah. That was like stop it already you're killing me it hasn't started yet. Also I WANNA say as the slow I guess steady cam shot comes around snuffy to reveal him. There's a moment where there's to me there's a Tommy Salami separated at birth they look. For Second I thought it was a joke MUNC- Tom Pretend. Agree and They both started looking like each other I don't know. But it's astonishing. We also had cova protocols like you wouldn't believe like they made sure we were protected from plutonium any kind of radiation leak. Fields Theater did did that add a significant amount of time to the production? I mean we're code breaker that kind of thing you can't work a twelve hour day under quote protocols your map to find that out So it's a little bit of a shorter day but no, I don't think so I mean it. You know everybody's walking around those welders, masks and and stuff and everybody had to be tested every day. There were area one area to area three different levels of the testing that you got that kind of thing. Craft Services Weird because you can't use your hands at all. Like you're taking a potato chip with. Josh I really wish. I appreciate that perhaps there will be another. Catastrophe that. I'd willing. Now having gone through this experience and having had that conversation with Tommy about will maybe the you should have done this as stage productions if you were going to do this again, do you already know what the next episode would be that you'd want to stage like this oh? That's an interesting question Josh. There were a couple of episodes I, suggested before I got Hartsfield landing and I'm I think Galileo was one of them Yup, listen. One of the reasons why I chose Hartsfield landing because obviously it ends up being about voting. But it also really worked well as a play because it's basically about show. The whole thing takes place on the West Wing set very little guest cast. So you would look for that again Aaron, there's a line in this episode that was not in the episode that aired it's a small exchange between the President and Leo when they're having the first phone call. Yes. What kind of area? Sixty six, hundred, mile, rectangle And that isn't in the original episode and I it made me think that the script that you were working off of was actually maybe a shooting script not say a transcript of what the final episode was that maybe that that little couplet was removed and editing on the TV show it wasn't an as broadcast script and the way I know that is because it's funding admission online somebody came to me I, think it was Tommy reminding me that we cut these two lines in post. There's still the script you want them. I had never heard them before because they had been I believe cut in the broadcast version. How did you notice that? I. Notice that is right. How did you notice that nine didn't But now, I will now investigate that I also cut to mines from the end. Episode. Is the Bartlett. Sam, Seen Sam..
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"You so much for giving us an excuse to make another episode of the podcast I pleasure and thanks so much for making another episode of the podcast. Could you tell us how the special got started? Sure. It was originally much smaller and for a different purpose feeders in America closed down on I think March thirteenth some of them. March. Twelfth including the theatre where I have a play on Broadway right now we're all buffering. So knowing how many people were out of work and the actors but the crew front of House ticket-takers Mile Job being bartender in theaters I got together with the Actors Fund which is an organization that helps anybody who works in theatre. And then the ground which had already been shifting underneath our feet to start accepting faster and more with the killings, of George, Floyd Brianna Taylor and on at are very and with protesters on the streets being met with tear gas in an nightsticks. So we thought that was worthy in organizations the actors fund is it was just not big enough to meet the moment. That's when we partnered with when we all vote as a nonprofit nonpartisan organization see if we could do get out the vote fundraiser. We brought in producing, Casey. Patterson who is really great at producing specials she hooked us up with Hbo Max who suddenly wanted to pay for what you saw I brought Tommy Tommy. Shlomi. And this was no longer going to be a zoom table read. What we thought was going to be until we all showed up to the SEC was a staged reading. It was going to be actors, stools, news stands. You'd kind of step forward when it was your seen. Tommy decided no. What we're GONNA do is take this episode arts fields landing and we're gonNA restage it as a play, and then we're GONNA film it in the style of modern playoffs. Aaron, what was your reaction to Tommy's idea to turn this into a stage performance? Well, listen I'll follow Tommy wherever he wants to go my first reaction was Warri to be honest with you because I thought we might be over promising and under delivering and so I just I hope in prayed that this thing was going to be as good as we were now promising that it was going to be. And Tommy couldn't have delivered more than he did. I can also say that the response makes it clear to me that the lovers of the West Wing you delivered exactly what they were hoping for. But one of the additional things is and it gave me a just like a shiver up the spine is pretty much from the first frame. It's an Ode to theater as a way west wing was because it's about the words ultimately end about the actors. Agreed that the set and production design was also wonderful but it felt like a love. Song Theater at a time when we were wondering whether that's ever going to be thing again, I'm so happy to hear you say that because when we went down, Tommy Nyein and the department heads to look at the orpheum theatre for the first time I happened to mention I'm really glad that we're doing it in a theater. In an empty theater for all the reasons that you said it just it's nice to be back in in a place like this, and that's when Tommy said I'll I'm gonNA turn the cameras around this? Isn't GonNa always be like you have the best seat in the house we're going to face the other way. We're GONNA see those empty seats also Tommy really picked up on it and ran with what you're talking. That's amazing. Aaron obviously you have a long history with theater but with Tommy and John Hutton for example, are they people who have theater backgrounds as well or was this a new kind of medium for them to work in? This was a new medium for them to work in and it was really so exciting seeing. Tommy, get excited by this listen we've always had play phone thing for the last twenty years where he'll make jokes about my theater background and doing place and suddenly he fell in love with doing lace and I know we started thinking about what other? What other West Wing and sports night episode is going to be. We do like this maybe we were wrong to do them on television. There's something so cool about the way that the sets and lighting have been abstracted to make the theater production. Of course, for many of the people watching if not everyone they, we've seen the original episode and I wondering how conscious you were of that people are going to be bringing in imagery and memories from their original watching. We were very conscious of the fact that hardly anyone a statistically insignificant number of people will be coming to this having never seen the episode before. So, we're kind of tickling their memories a little bit I had thought that in moments where you really need to see the action of it whether it's the seven, forty seven whether it's air force one or CJ's Jay's desk collapsing. Because of Charlie in that kind of thing that what we would do is cut to the episode a for a moment as Emily's reading the stage directions to show that moment Tommy didn't want to do that because he wanted to save that for the very end for the last image. And I really loved it. You Know Josh and I did our I play together. Right of few could map I've mentioned it once or twice. Over the lifetime of the podcast that was raked wooden stage with three tables and a couple of chairs on it, and that's it from which with light with sound from which we were to get one time obey the Washington Navy Yard, a courtroom, all of these things and when you can get the audience's imagination working with you when it can be that kind of collaboration I think you're doing everybody a favor. Exciting you let the audience, which as you say, the large majority of which had seen the ready bring something to the table to. which I liked I also want to say before we get into the episode proper I really liked I. Guess the words that you and I put in Brad's mouth for the opening I hate to say it but I think he also delivered it quite well, and convincingly, and one thing he said was we understand that some people don't fully. The benefit of unsolicited advice from actors. We do know that. And we feel at a time like this that the risk of appearing obnoxious is too smaller reason to stay quiet if we can get even one new voter to vote and you have less time than I to scour twitter for things like this but. There is an interesting response to the special and I think very, very off target by Jonathan Martin, who's a national political correspondent for the New York Times and he tweeted what is the constituency that both a remembers the cast of this show and be has to be reminded to vote and I've seen a couple of other people say similar things and I want to say in defense of the West Wing End of the. Special that this is missing a couple of very key points, one being that the special raised a significant amount of money for organisation others for one way. All vote over a million dollar seen the same reaction that you've seen you know that the ven diagram of West Wing viewers and people were voting is a circle. Even if that were true, it was a fundraiser and we have and we're not done yet supply through. We've raised over a million dollars for an organization that does have reach into those places secondly, in two thousand, sixteen in our last presidential election over a hundred million eligible voters didn't vote I simply don't believe that in that hundred million there aren't westbound viewers who are just I need to vote my state it's a red state. It's a blue state. My vote isn't going to matter I'm a flake. I'm just gonNA blow it off. There are those people and Also, nobody knows better than Ritchie and I that for the last two decades new West Wing fans have come to the show including in the last six months and parents sit down with their kids and the number of people that have come to me since the West Wing went off there and told me that they went into public service inspired by the show like this guy just just missing what the West Wing is and what the continuing legacy of. I agree but also the fundamental point of what a fundraiser does..
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"Him wear the role so comfortably and to be you know whatever a couple of weeks away from a presidential election and to see once again. This fictional president for whom I have great love I I loved watching all his scenes I, love how they were staged at loved the subtlety and nuance of his performance and those you know. Rob As well Richard in this chess scenes I just thought. The scenes were somehow to beautiful stillness to them that I appreciate it. Yeah. I did not think about that the idea of like, Oh, well, we have not seen the very model of a modern commander-in-chief in a long time right? I mean and I'm not one of those people are always tweeting. If only we could vote for Bartlett I'm usually like it's Bart. Response. Because I'm not I. Don't sit at home wishing vote for Bartlett that says. It's refresh. It was refreshing to see a fictional depiction of a president with. Grace Charisma and intelligence and Martin embodies those qualities beautifully he's still got it. Yeah. You know who else is still got it. Josh Donna yes. I mean from you know hats off to Brad, just his initial bark of Donna. was kind of fantastic. Yeah. Their chemistry I thought was just as great as ever you know what? I'm thinking. Yes. So Phone Lafayette Park, and warm cut. Taking Your Cup. Good coat. Taking it. All right. Yeah I felt. As a silly subplot maybe especially. Taking place on stage delay in. Aj also still have the great chemistry that they had way back when and it was fun to watch that and I love hats off to Tommy for coming up with the way to do the desk, Prank. Practically I have no idea. It's fantastic I. DON'T WANNA know I don't WanNa ask that is just too awesome and do like catching the fish bowl. They cut into him catching there isn't a lot of cutting obviously but that was one thing that I was incredibly impressed by was that there was editing. Yeah it was very subtle. Tommy and his team did a beautiful job from the blocking and conception and design The whole thing just worked seamlessly and it felt to me even though of course, I knew I was at home staring at my computer. I felt like I was watching a live events to me and had an immediate. That I think I hadn't anticipated. Yeah. I couldn't imagine how they were making things work because since since they were shooting all around, you know there were camera moves where it would circle the actors from one side of the stage, the other revealing the House seats behind them, and then they'd cut to another angle when you know that has to be from another take because there was no camera in the in the shot there and the fact that they were able to do that. So seamlessly I thought was incredible. I don't know how many takes they did to get that right but Yeah the. Whole thing seemed you know in a in a way like a deceptively simple affair when you know it was anything but yeah I'd love to talk about Josh. On a little bit more sure. Somehow seeing them in this context in the strip down set it felt even more nineteen forty screwball comedy to me. They had even more of a Spencer Tracy Katharine Hepburn kind of vibe to them also maybe because they're older, they're closer to the age that I think of Katharine Hepburn and Spencer Tracy being when I watched them they didn't make you WanNa yell your sixty she's forty make it happen or not commodity? I. Ask Her out your old. True and at that point, it's like the will they won't they like. Okay. It's more like, will they could he? Missed this. I thought that all of the voting stuff landed I think with the impact that they probably intended the stuff of the flinders and especially, of course, the stuff about China and Taiwan, and the the rights to free election and how sacred the process of electing your own officials is just yes. It landed I think with more impact than it did when it first aired. I agree and it's why it was such an opposite choice of episode episode. episode of episodes. Yeah. No I agree did land with a there was also an enormous trump. Moment. Government found I can't use it to intimidate voters. Sad but true and that was my first face palm trump is moment of the broadcast. Yeah. The whole idea that even in this sort of like thin way of okay. You got to walk outside of the building to do your version of electioneering by phone like just that level of concern about appropriateness. Yeah. Legality those things those. concepts. Yup. One of my favorite moments that I knew was coming again. Part of the excitement about watching this episode is anticipating your favorite moments and seeing what's going to happen. Are they going to do it I? Mean it felt like to go back to another music metaphor it felt like an exciting cover version. Yes and so you know you're going to get to the chorus and you're thinking what are they gonNa do what's going to be different about this interpretation I loved getting to watch the moment between. Charlie and CJ when they're finally being confronted by Leo and they have that great moment of total crosstalk. Leo What the Hell Out of. The. I decided no. Crazy by. Phone. I love that moment in the original episode and they preserved everything that I loved about it in this version that was good fun to watch. Yeah. It's such a nice move for show that is so. Concerned with the articulate -ness of the characters to have seen where it just you can't understand anything. That's. My favorite interstitial I think was the delay Elizabeth Moss. Interstitial I liked delay in Sterling K. Brown. And Sterling at one point puts his hand on his heart and it it was just an unexpected gesture that movement that's true and also the idea that there would be first of all, it was incredible to even have to black members of the cast that just it changes things entirely.
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"The phrase forgetting to factor for sarcasm. Yes. Maybe, this is not for me to say, but maybe for you to say Josh. Brad looked a little deceptive. I thought like he's GonNa Burp then that's that's. That's like saying Bradley looked a little bit like Bradley. Said I'm a little scared stop talking because I. Don't know what's going to happen once I do. I guess we'll find out together. Here is Hartsfield landing. What I loved was that instead of fading to black. Simply The House lights went out. Yes there is a light on stage behind that. There's was a little bit of a difference in timing between the House, lights going off in that one light that had been on stage. The light on stage gets darker a little bit later and that was just enough sort of revealing of the seems to understand that this was a practical. Fade to black I thought that was cool. Yeah and just a nice way to serve tip their hat to what we were about to see. Oh, right. What's that word again when it's a practical thing I love that word. taught it's new years ago in the PODCAST digest back. Thank you. Didn't Brad look a little diabetic. Work my way back there. Yes and then I like I like the Emily proctor in that little box, right? That's right for the teaser. Andrews. Air Force Base eight four PM. Eastern Standard Time. Look, seeing Emily proctor and having her read the stage directions and I love that she was up in that special little box I remember as a kid I grew up going to many many Broadway shows because my dad was a little in theater and his best friend is big up Broadway producer and I always looked up at the box on the side and thought they looked really fancy and cool and wanted to sit in one until I finally had the opportunity to do. So it's really very terrible way to watch. You're really really like side. Yeah, and above the actors would you like this very fancy box so you can crane your neck. Exactly. So okay. So this teaser begins with emily reading the stage directions and it is this like really nice way to have yet another cast member who's not in this episode in this episode yes I'll even say, I, liked how she performed or executed her task I felt that on multiple occasions she led us in on the fun she was having being part of. It was palpable to me that she was happy to be there. I have to say I didn't really absorb it the first time around when I watched the episode the first time with the music coming in, and you know the text of the stage directions and just this feeling of Oh it starting hurry go i. didn't really get it I all I really got was hey, it's Ainsley. And then the episode started one of the things that prevented me from fully absorbing emily's performance of the stage directions was I kind of bumped on the taxed because it was strange to see text in the West Wing that wasn't set in the West Wing Font. You're unbelievable. You haven't changed a bit. We already know this isn't a regular episode of the West Wing in a lot of ways. So a big part of the experience of this whole thing was going to be noticing what is the same? What's different? That's part of the fun ray a little bit and I thought the texture. Really Nice. Maybe there was like a little bit too much letter spacing in the Serif text because it's all lower case. I think it's generally better to be conservative with that stuff. It was pretty but I still just like, Hey, they went another way with it. I wish I could watch the show any episode through your eyes. I. Hope You don't mean that nearly as. Much of a horror movie kind of way as I just interpreted it. As a compliment? I was wondering if there's anything that you could compare this experience to have you ever felt like you've watched something with a similar kind of perspective. As you watched this, you know this filmed staged adaptation of television show that you've already seen. That's an interesting question. I don't know that I have I mean the only thing that comes to mind is I sometimes. Will see a reunion of people are beloved cast of something years later thanked Oh you're ruining money you ruining my image of seeing you and your youthful prime and I maybe because I know everyone involved I didn't feel that way. I felt such a feeling of warmth and love and not that I you know I don't I'm not like eight just like I can't see anyone who's older. Have you ever been to a reunion concert from a band. Oh, that's that's a very good parallel. Yes I mean I've I've seen. You know I've gone to see bands play her way past their prime. It's usually I guess really what I'm trying to say is usually it's a somewhat depressing endeavor and I don't know if it's because my personal connection I suspected isn't that because I've read enough of re response and reaction on twitter. I think to believe that the majority of viewers felt the way I did which was. The gang's back together a love these people if anything they seem to have gained rather than anybody being office step, there wasn't any feeling to me that anyone didn't belong there and anyone wasn't in his or her prime everybody I felt looked great. Acting was wonderful each new even smaller role that was played by the original actor just would delight me more because it also just showed the sort of buy in that everyone has everybody wanted to come back and do this. I think it did remind me a little bit of seeing a band reunite I guess I've been to a couple of reunion concerts and they have a very specific kind of energy where the people who were there in the room are generally like super fans and they are just so thrilled about the idea of the concert. That really the ban has kind of. Already. Done eighty percent of the work. The other twenty percents. Just you know playing the song somewhat competently and if you can do it with some energy and some happiness than Gosh, I mean it's just it's a home run. Yeah. Look I think the cast of the West Wing wrote in on a wave of goodwill certainly but the difference between like live performance where you just take your memory of it with you and this..
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"Now, they're offering it for free the sounds like an at it does just Code West Bank. They're offering for free. That's awesome. But alas, it's only available to viewers in the United States hopefully, audiences and other countries will be able to see it soon if not, well, hopefully, the podcast episodes still certified to listen to right and you're here now so you might as well keep listening, stick it out gut it up people. Here in the US, we've heard that the West Wing, he's actually gonNA leave Netflix and move entirely to Hbo Max, but that hasn't happened yet. So right now we're in the slightly strange situation where you have to go to net flicks or your DVD's to watch the original version of heart seals landing. But then you have to go to Hbo Max to watch US new. Episode which again is called a West Wing special to benefit when we all vote such an elegant episode title it was written by Aaron Sorkin with additional material by Aaron Sorkin and Eli Attie. It was directed by Thomas Shlomi and it's I started streaming on October Fifteenth Twenty Twenty. It's a film stage adaptation of the episode Hartsfield Landing, which is episode fourteen from season three. And this is a recorded podcast about the filmed adaptation of the staged. And we are bipedal organisms. carbon-based speaking into microphones I have to say by the way, I mean there is a lot of a many many many tweets devoted to trying to harass into doing this, which we kind of all although I I flat out explicitly said, we would not be doing it. We always intended to that's true. Right and it's I have to say. When did her podcasts endless January? This January. This January isn't this. January. Last January the January. If this. Pug has ended this January. What the Hell is last. January. Anyway, my point is nice to see you again we haven't spoken her. Or seen each other since then. Because we only exist in a podcast. We always knew we were going to do an episode of our podcast to go along with this episode when this special was announced because it goes along with our mission, which is to recap every west wing episode and I think this counts. So. Josh the two of us have known that this was brewing for months. That's right many months. So in some ways, this is a long time coming. That is true. Yeah. Coming up later we're going to be joined by Aaron Sorkin himself to discuss this episode but I what was your experience like watching this episode I think I watched it even though as I've always said, are often said as we make our podcast that I'm really not the hardcore, West Wing Fan that you are that many of our audience members are I feel like I watched like a hardcore West Wing Guy because it gave got chills at the beginning. Listening to the theme played by Snuffy and gang. So it all just sort of it pushed all the buttons that I think maybe I didn't even know I had let's start from the beginning. How about that so novel approach way when The episode begins with an introduction from televisions Bradley Whitford. He says we've gotten the band back together here at the orpheum theatre in downtown. Los Angeles to benefit a nonprofit nonpartisan. Called when we all although which it is wink wink. which it is certainly label and I think in spirit, it is a nonpartisan organization but when low voter turnout benefits, one party and voter suppression becomes the goal of a party somehow the act of voting itself has become partisan while said so by embracing this nonpartisan 'cause. And raising up the notion of voter turnout, the root cause for the special like the West Wing itself does actually betray a partisan bias look I mean I guess in plain words there is. One of our political parties as adopted a strategy of voter suppression sometimes legal sometimes not. So there's one side that is being encouraged by the president himself to intimidate voters at polling places. I, mean we're a bleak bleak moment in our history and I think it's nice that there's an organization like when we all vote that says voting is a right voting should be as widely accessible as possible to those who qualify to vote and that's it. That's the tweet right. So Brad's intro. Yes. What did you think is pretty good. I thought I thought it was very good to actually thought he delivered it well and I like what? You, Lion Aaron wrote from that is excellent. That had the proper amount of self deprecation. We went to when we all vote and said you guys are great organization. You're helping get out the vote and combat voter suppression. What can we? The People's Choice Award nominated cast of the West Wing do? They thought about it a moment and said, nothing you have no skills experience that can help us in any way. Why don't you go put on one of your little shows where everything works out in the end? And so forgetting to factor for sarcasm we said, sure. We're GONNA do a staged reading of an episode called Hartsfield Landing Her. That's that's always my starting point like I've always felt that way. So I like saying look we we know we're just actors and there's no particular reason why and the best thing we could think to do was put on a play I like that I thought it was not smarmy self deprecating but actually kind of on point which is like look we're going to put on a little show from that series you love and raise some money for a good cause. And not try to. Paint, we're doing as more important than that especially like the phrase forgetting to factor for sarcasm. Yes. Maybe, this is not for me to say, but maybe for you to say Josh. Brad looked a little deceptive. I thought like he's GonNa Burp then that's that's. That's like saying Bradley looked a little bit like Bradley. Said I'm a little scared stop talking because I. Don't know what's going.
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"The corona virus has never been stronger in our country. By any measure. It's now at its height thus far right now tonight, average daily new cases. Now nearing seventy thousand, that's the highest. Since this started total cases topping eight point seven, million death toll at two, hundred, twenty, six, thousand, and the US leads the world in both categories and with the corona virus at its height. The president of the United States is insisting with a straight face that it's going away. Contending. Ending Anyway, we're rounding ending anyway what progress we've made on it to understand it. We have the best testing in the world. That's why we show so many cases because we do more testing than anybody else. But we're doing great and. Oh excuse me here. I am right I'll be. Three. More packed rallies for the president today even in light of new findings that his past rallies have led to spikes in the spread of Corona virus then there's Mike Pence he's the head of the House Corona Virus Task Force. He's still traveling and out on the trail as he was today, even though at least five aides including his chief of staff and personal aide have tested positive for the coronavirus pence himself has tested negative but according to CDC guidelines. Of course, he should be in quarantine trump's chief of staff was asked about the administration's response to this latest outbreak in the West Wing and the rise in cases across the country. Here's what we heard yesterday and today. We're not going to control the pandemic. We are going to control the fact that we get vaccines therapeutics and other mitigates. We're GONNA get. Because it is a contagious virus just like the fully, but we're going to defeat the virus where we're not going to control it. We will try to contain it best we can. If you look at full context of what I was talking about is is we need to make sure that have therapeutics vaccines. Joe Biden called Mark Meadows by name when he criticized the White House earlier today. Right. Now, chief of Staff Mark Meadows run on television to admit. The. country. Administration, was even trying. Trying to do more to deal with a pandemic no caveat is. Just a deadly admission I've been saying for months as you well know. That he waved the white flag. All the way back. Then some people said I was being harsh. On, fair the White House is coming right out now and admitting what I said months ago was absolutely true. You know Mr President. You have to have a little bit of shame. That's a little bit of shame. Because People Are Dying
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"Thanks. I'm a big fan of Aaron Sorkin and tell us why This is a good time for me in television, because I like him so much. He absolutely if you didn't watch it yesterday, a cz, always with streaming. You can watch it at your leisure. But yesterday they dropped on HBO, Max. Ah, Special reunion of the West Wing cast is probably his most legendary TV show The West Wing and gathered almost everybody from the cast for Martin Sheen and Allison Janney and Rob Lowe and so forth. To recreate an episode from one of the early seasons as a theatrical staged event in an empty theater, But they filmed it like it was a play and it was in that shifted from scene to scene and it was really cleverly done, but also just reminded you how Wonderful that Siri's wass and how inspirational it was, even though it was about politics. So if the dueling if the dueling town halls and so you may be this would've last night, but it's still out there, but even more so today, Netflix drops another Aaron Sorkin project. Which he wrote and directed. It's called the Trial of the Chicago Seven, and it goes back to the sixties, when those counterculture figures Abbie Hoffman and Jerry Rubin and Tom Hayden and Bobby Seale and others were put on trial for inciting the riots that disrupted the 1968 Democratic convention. It was a big media circus, and this film looks like it's got it all and including a terrific cast, including two Emmy winners from this season. Jeremy strong from succession and one of the stars of watchman job doing the team. They're playing two of the defendants. You also have frankly, Angela's The judge and Michael Keaton's in there. Sasha Baron Cohen's in there. Doing dramatic bit, and it just sounds like again. Aaron Sorkin is knows his way around a courtroom. If you remember his very first big hit was a few good men. So if you like Aaron Sorkin style you've got two choices was like a double whammy of Aaron Sorkin this week. Now? Yeah, I once interviewed Jerry Rubin, a za journalism student at Penn State, and he was in the Rolfing, which is when you beat yourself up physical. Just one strange cat, man. I got to say yes. I have a feeling that would be a fun one to watch. Yeah. Will be S O on Sunday. You got something? The
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"How I got a job. Yeah this is my story to sitting in Lafayette Park on an off day and my phone in rings I guess we had cell phones in those days and it was John Podesta from the White House Chief of staff of the White House he said what are you doing. There's a maximum across the street and Lafayette Park. He goes would you mind coming over to the treaty room in the OB. The the National Breast Cancer Coalition is meeting at the Treaty Room and Bill and Hillary were going to host them but they got busy and they I found out you were in town. Would you mind very much coming over and I think I called you and I think we both wanted you remember this when overton made speeches but the second time the second one we were there in DC for the correspondents than I was working with the creative coalition. So I was working all day I was actually going out and doing stuff and then the next day I was at this brunch. And all of these You know Washington people that were famous for their you know everyone that you see on TV and this very strange looking looking man started making his way toward me. Like his eyes focused right on onto me and I realized Oh that's in general Alexander Haig and his eyes were boring down into mine and he comes up to my face and he says I find your show Eerie.
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"Pages it again. Hope was the only time I think we brought a crane into Leo's off. Something had to happen. Sometimes you get that too but you know you mentioned you said you were waiting for the teaser for the call to open not one of these directors maybe the exception of Tommy with the pilot but not one of these directors. Got The amount of time that director is supposed is to get the before they shoot an episode of the amount of time before the actress too for that matter but I handed out the scripted. Five pieces the tease. For the First Academic Mack Concert Third Act and the fourth act in a kind of trust me thing and somehow they managed to make it look beautiful with no prep time at all. I think the only damage that was done was perhaps demonstrating to studio that. You don't need as much time a as you say you do. But now that I've tried directing you need way more prep time. Then you're given in the same way you were talking about the writers for me to be able to work with you and Alex and so many other directors but specifically specifically the two of you and what you were able to bring to this show and then after we left where that show wet I mean I think visually it took on another life. You guys were extrordinary and part of the reason for the success of this show is because of what you guys brought to. Yeah one thing I would just jump in and join the chorus of people who were inspired by the show. I was in law school in the show came on and I didn't watch TV and I had a buddy you said watch this and I was like Oh and that was that was it. I was the only show I watched and when it came out here actually what I did to try to get a job was I stated impartial response to the show which is an incredible episode. I must read it one hundred times. I little the diagrams in an excel. Like you know here are the five different storylines and this is how many different scenes are in an act and and and I couldn't. I was amazed at how he had gotten. These five. Six storylines is that all were about proportional response. You wish the president would watch that episode. Maybe but that aside you know I I was so inspired and and then to be able to come and play in this incredible sandbox that Aaron created with the best actors in the world and these incredible double directors to learn from and I learned so much Christmas Yano and Alex gravesend and all the actors on this stage as well as the incredible writers. So I got to work with. And that's that's the thing that I was a fan but there are so many writers you know one of my favorite writers in Hollywood. Liz Hanan I go back and forth on West Wing lines like swap them man. You know. Well that's this and that's I mean. There are so many writers who were inspired to join the business and to try to hit the heights that Aaron hits which is it's almost impossible every day trying to fill those shoes is you'll live is saying I mean that's that there's that other gift of this show. I think for a lot of us. Thank you the one I wanted to add one addendum to what Aaron was saying about the the late scripts which is just that. I don't even know. Oh how much. Aaron was aware that he'd be his office and he'd be working on an episode and it would be two days into shooting in. There would only be twelve pages of it done and the directors would sometimes is come to Kevin. And Paul Laurence or myself. And just say where do you think this storyline is going and we would say well. We can't guarantee it but it might. It might be going here as a testament to the quality of the writing that it would shoot so well when you know. Even the director didn't really know the end of the story. I appreciate that it would be expensive to my lateness. Real dollars for instance at the end of season one had I known own who had gotten hit. We could have shot the beginning of season two while we were in Rosslyn Virginia right on that same location but I. It didn't yet all I was able to say to. Tommy was keep my options. Open the way you shoot it. Just make sure that my options are open Hi Evan Arnold. I played Ned thank you. I don't know if I'm pronouncing his name correctly. I just WanNa give a shout also to Michael Mayors. Yeah because when you're new to the cast there's often a trial by fire where you're doing a walk and talk and and I was just thinking the whole time. Hey Michael you're you're incredible one. One of the many people walking backwards take after take after take after take so I just want to give him a little respect. A A Lotta people. Listen when it's an eight page steady can't seen you do not want to be the person who screws up on page sovereign okay so that you have to go back again. You screw up on page age one but you don't WanNA purchase page seven. Just hardly ever happened. Everybody was always up for it. Everybody was came to work prepared. Ready to go. Nobody was learning the scene in the hair and makeup trailer. What happened in those days? I gotta say something about the walk and talk. I didn't know that it wasn't called that that you never even thought about it. But I didn't. I'm sorry Chris Tommy directed episodes of Er didn't walk Anton Er before we did our show. I think they even did it. Well before that I think so too I I have seen movies where people have been walking and talking. Become this thing on our show like we invented this because there are TV shows where you stand and you stand and look at each other and that's what you do so let me just tell you I'm on sets now where This I read a script and it says walk and talk and the director comes up to me and goes. Hey you know you walk and Talk Right. We're GONNA WE'RE GONNA WE'RE GONNA start walking and we'll do the scene like this and there's no motivation to start whatever. There's no reason to stop and by the way the the hallway ends right there. Where are we going to go? They design these these shots. Try to imitate you guys. And there's no reason or way to even do it well. We had a set with a lot of acreage it was. I'm not sure if it still is but it was at the time that it was built largest set ever built for television so there was a lot of places to go in. Tommy made sure there was a lot of glass on the set so that shots had a lot of throw all that when you were standing in one hallway you could see through the Roosevelt Room into another Carter into the communications. Bullpen into Toby's office. which meant that? There were days as where these guys were the most expensive extras in Hollywood. Because we'd line up a shot. We need toby to be sitting in his office during the shot. That's fifty yards away government but Tommy really did all that and it's it started with sports night all of the movement and all of the throw for the shots. She did all that because he understood stood as I'm putting myself down really but he understood there's very little visual interest in what I write that I right white people talking in rooms say that is not true because when I read both those scripts sportsnight right and west wing on the same night. I remember reading them moving around literally moving around. Because I think everyone can attest to this. There's so much energy in your writing eating. It's just I don't know anyone else who does it. It doesn't read like anyone else and you just start to feel it as you're reading the words and it didn't feel sedentary to me. It felt there was motion to what you it's almost like. They blocked themselves in in some sense in that took a an RC Shakespeare workshop and he had a bunch of actors to scenes from Neil Diamond and the end up in people standing. Pretty much like the honeymooners any motors in a line and do the scene and then he would give him a scene from fellow or from some other play. I'm not allowed to mention in here. And and all of a sudden the scene to happen and he writes so that people know who they're talking to new sire bad news whatever and and it created a movement because there was energy behind behind the line. And that's what you're writing. How has that kind of you know what you're doing? You have a reason to be there and you have to actually physically league demonstrate that it has it has to express itself physically. There was an idea that Kevin False had five times. He pitched this idea to me five times times really important to him. It was sweet and I love Kevin and would do anything for him. But I just couldn't do this. I couldn't come. It was Halloween and Kevin would always comment comment. Remind Me Jesse you know this episode episode. Four it's going to air the week of Halloween. Don't you think we should do a Halloween show and I was thinking i. I'm just not seeing like Pumpkins and spider webs. All of them have the idea for it. I just don't I'm sorry. So Kevin Evan. Sick Didi Myers on me season. Three D Myers was one of our consultants. Halloween was coming around again. Kevin was going to his annual pitch and so she had called me and say this is usually how how ideas would begin to happen with the consultant. She said listen. I just want to let you know that on Halloween. The White House press corps. They get to bring their kids to the White House to trick or treat. I thought all right. Well there's something something in that like. What if Bartlett is just scrooge about Halloween? Like he doesn't get it. He thinks kids a little thieves coming for candy. And he's going to lecture them about the true meaning of all hallows eve and Kabbadi Crane or something like that it'll be a cold opening and that's that's all I need to start right if I can. Just if I could just hand these guys eight pages. Tomorrow I'll be happy. I don't have to know what's going to happen and the rest of the episode. I thought that was a really good teaser. That was the first first time Kevin let me up and that day that was September tenth. Two thousand one and I woke up the next morning prepared to write this. Halloween thing in the world changed. Let me take this in a different direction. I want to mention someone on. I want to ask Brad about this. Actually this is someone who couldn't be here tonight because she's with her two beautiful children and husband Brooklyn John. Maloney the reason why Marley you never got together with. And what Janelle is a great example of is how collaborative this kind of work is and how synergistic it isn't and and the.
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"And the shot goes up to the ceiling because the operator has fallen down backwards it down a flight of stairs but you guys keep talking like you're care. You're just doing your thing the Christmas Yano while I just in line with what you're talking about. I guess I came to direct the first time. Oh for the pfister Wilkes right. Yes it was Mr Willis and I was I had. I had seen the pilot and and was just stunned and startled like everybody. I was just this. I had been in a involved in politics as a young kid. I loved it and I. I just wanted to do that. Show when I was like crazy. The wreck was incredible. The writing was incredible. I needed to do it so I actually fortunately got that Opportunity Unity and and I got to the one number. All these steady cam shots had come on those episodes before and I was waiting a little bit not long but the little bit for my teaser to come and whatever in there with word went out across the lot and got called it. And it's your your teaser on your desk and I went running to the office and I thought what is it going to be an. It was six people at a card table five pages it again. Hope was the only time I think we brought a crane.
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"To Richard Richard. I didn't think toby was married. and Richard said he's he's not and I said why is he wearing wedding ring and Richard set for you to figure out. So the which is why Richard is in love with Kathleen York and twins game on. Actually what was in my mind because you know when you start a show. The prop master comes to you and says you know what kind of watch do you want to wear earned. Are you married because here are the wedding rings and I had already decided on a might have told you that day but I already decided that he had been married and lost his wife which is what kind of gave him this kind of dark drive to devote. I actually would have been pretty good. This is before I knew. Kathleen was in. The picture would've changed the entire story so I understand but but it's what kind kind of gave me this. This dark drive to be focused on work. I remember it as you both running up to me which often happened frenzy. Easy of neurotic energy coming out. We didn't grab you by the neck pass blocking for you believe me. I didn't know who are toby was married. And and then this idea came for to be to have an ex wife and I went. Wow that's a lot of adjustments that I have to. Hey but that's the nature of television is that we have two different ideas of where they come from and where they go these characters and you have to constantly adjust but when you have you know this kind of writing in this kind of directing. If they don't match you can have a discussion and figure it out Josh wishy. If you don't mind I just want to say something about the other writers I'll say whatever he likes. I appreciate that first of all. Kevin falls in Paul Redford. We're both on sports night with me. We're we're both in valuable. And I once wrote something where I described Kevin as being like hoover in Animal House that head of the sororities art is just trying to keep everything cool a so Kevin handled the craziness in writer's room in addition to having fantastic ideas. Paul had fantastic ideas and in addition to being a great writer the second in the middle of the second year fear of the show. I think it was correct me if I'm wrong. My longtime assistant is backstage.
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"Them spoilers uh-huh one hundred percent sure and I just went over there to say goodbye to Christmas. WHO's wrecking episode? And whatever I happen to be around this was going. This was the last shooting so this was my chance to say goodbye and I went over there and I happen to be wearing a jacket and tie a AH Chris at aren't you've got just sit up there I'm just going to. We're just GonNa Dolly past you like that and I thought Okay Tummy. Did you get to come to the set for any of these final days as well. Yeah I came. I think it was like the second the last day of shooting because I was still at Warner Brothers. I think we both went over there. They didn't ask me to be in any shock because I've also don't wear coats and ties to work. But I do remember going there and I just I remember you were there. We went to the Oval Office and took a picture and it was very the last shot. Actually it was. It was the last night. Yeah and I remember being on on the set on stage twenty three it was the last and people were looting the West Wing Set Matthew. Perry stole the fake Nobel Prize. That was won by Teddy Roosevelt and the in the Roosevelt Room. It's like Matt. It's not a real Nobel prize props me. They probably got ten of them. That was one of my questions to throw everybody. I took the plaque. This white has communications department and it hangs proudly right outside my office. Anybody else take anything my friend. I have the door to the White House. Communications Office is my office door..
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"Was close. So you're just looking at whereof I have here unto even even even better acting than I realized my friend now because that hard to do I felt so honored to be part of this show and the legacy that it had left for the seven seasons that it was on that it was just channeling that I think I think I think everyone who came late to the show can sort of sympathize with that I mean I feel like I'm laid to every party. I'm always like hey hi. When did this start? And and that's how I felt when I came to the West Wing. I mean in in the episode before Allison Janney has a line to me he goes. You've got two years ago. It looks different on the backside of living and I I think that was true for the new piece I mean I think that was true for us. I remember one of the strongest memories I have of this final episode is what I think was the final scene and everybody clapping and surrounding Martin after finishing the final take and I remember kind of backing up and feeling even though it was very special and I was moved but I felt like it was other people's moment the people who had been there from the beginning I just thought it was. It was their various special thing and I was happy even peripherally involved and it was. It was gonna say something real sorry no. It was a very very when I was watching it. I was thinking about how so much of that show you use. You didn't have to act. We were always tired. We were we were always trying to get through the day really quickly and I just remember. I realized I didn't watch any of the episodes after I hadn't seen seen this episode until today because I really had not watched them and I think it's 'cause you know John passed away and that was a big Dale and.
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"The ice storm that affected that Amtrak train. I had researched and given that. Actually exactly this is actually me saying how little I had to do with the in this appearance Eli Attie becomes our most frequent guest true. WELL EDGING OUT EDGING AT Bradley Whitford by one. It's it's I'm GonNa leave now and he can. No It's been a pleasure and I know this is probably the second half but it really feels to me and and I've talked to other people here that it's the end of the kind of a second run of the show. It's been such a lovely thing to have been a part of this twice you so thanks to you both. I'd like to talk about this train. Seen Oh yeah. You mean the crux of the episode. The money seen gene unveiled it. Anyway becomes the Amtrak regional train. And I'm just going to play. This sounds like a state matter. Yes but it's between the Exeter and haverhill stops also known as the New Hampshire Massachusetts Border Governor and I'm impressed with the accuracy because the Amtrak the regional does in fact stop between those two cities however I cried. Let's not get too excited. United because Kate mispronounces both of them and it was the last day she how imperative.
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"Don't WanNa look back ago. I compromise or I just phoned this in or I did what they told me to do. I think I learned the lesson of like you've gotta get it. Don't cave okay and go well. Gee was top so we didn't really get it and whether it was casting an episode West Wing or shooting water cutting one especially the film making aspects of like those that I just mentioned it was like I used to make the casting director cry 'cause I would say we don't have yet. You have have to keep looking like starts in two days. I want to be done yeah and I want to be done and I'd be like we don't have. She'd have more people people in there. They beat you know they're they are and that the casting of that small supporting role would elevate the episode. I learned all that stuff everything thing I wondered about filmmaking and everything I believed about filmmaking and everything I didn't know about so making got challenged shaken up while I was doing it so it was just a fantastic fantastic <hes> preparation for what came after let's great other favorite stories of yours that we have neglected to ask you about. Oh sure what's is your favorite memory from the West Wing. I was lining up a shot one day of Martin in stocker doing a walk and talk and <hes> we were getting ready to do Campbell camera rehearsal with Martin and Stockard and they were brought in and I was distracted with what I was doing and <hes> Martin tapped me on the shoulder said. Hey Alex and I said what turnaround he goes. I wanted to do my terry and he introduced me. Terrence Malick who was visiting Martin and Martin said I'll be like any he ran off and he installed camera hersal and it was this big long involved shot of course and I said cut and after I said cut this voice behind me belonging to terrence malick when hey great shot. That's awesome. Flou- ed so that's like a favorite memory. You know it's worth really saying that. Would you say what are of your favorite memories. My favorite memories are all the surprises that the cast gave me in what had sort of been my plan for the day <music> and that does it for this special episode of the Western weekly. Thanks so much for listening. Thank you Alex Graves for finally joining us. Thanks as always to exactly niece Margaret Miller and Nick Song for helping us make this show. We are a.
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"West wing. And that back to the show. Another great crossover actor where we are in the in the west wing, we were just recently introduced to Stephen root. He was in veep, as well. And then he was in office space with as well, is that an just are they're just people who just come into your orbit by chance. Where this is just what happened. I just really think that's just math. And you go like how long have I been doing this? I was gonna say you're bound, or you know, when you work as much as Gary does it's going to happen. Well. You know, you're gonna circle back and you know, find people that you've been involved with before, also I mean, I can't speak as much for the drama side. But just in terms of comedy, you know, there's three categories of people. There are enemies of comedy that you just have to stay away from like I'm talking about actors now just absolute of comedy that just kill the comedy. And then there are friends of comedy, who like can play it, but don't necessarily bring you more than what you give them, and then they're like, actual like comedy people, you know what I mean. And so when you're actually getting into the category of comedy people while there are constantly new people getting churned out and people arriving on the buses in California. You know, you do start to go boy, we need somebody to play Tony hills, dad, who is slightly effeminate. We're not quite sure what's going on there. And he's gotta be old enough. But, you know when you start to like, what? Whatever and very quickly, narrowed down the list. Sherry long. And you just like Stephen root. You know, so you do get to those things in that way. Yeah. Quickly. Yeah. Is there also an element ever of stunt casting of just knowing that outside of the narrative that you're, you're making? There's just gonna be something that's going to delight the audience, like I couldn't help but feel that way, when Tim Matheson showed up in the good fight that in some ways, the creator is casting people were were saying there's an extra layer to this, that exists outside of the universe, where people are just going to be delighted about seeing these two onscreen again, yet that may be I don't know how I'm not sure how, how many people that would be just me news dragged Starbucks Cup on. But melted the interest. There's always, yeah. There's always that, you know, that kind of trivia question sure we wrestle with it on the because there's so much for us that I don't know. We, we take some pride in which is a lot of times, what makes somebody great in a role in. Yes. Funny is important, but also like you believe that, that guy could be the head of the secret service. And that's sometimes a very hard line because sometimes really funny people, you don't believe are the head of the secret amount. You know, I'm just making up a role, and so it's very tough because sometimes there are people where you go that guy's great, but he's never not that guy. And then I'll give you an example that we still back and forth with it. And I think it worked out. Great three years ago, my first season when we introduced this sort of billionaires sort of serve janey diamond character, we wrestled long and hard with whether John Slattery, who is wonderful and is, you know, doesn't. Enough credit for being a real comedy. Add guy that it just felt like it was. You know, whatever sterling. Right. That was isn't Roger sterling. You know, and again, this is obviously all actors have to deal with this is like, was he so well known as that, that bringing him on our show, wouldn't allow him to be the character we needed him to be because it just seemed like we brought the guy in for madman and it worked out, great. But we wrestled with it. I tell you, he doesn't know we wrestle now he does. But h fan of this podcast. But, you know, we, we definitely like long conversations about it before we pull the trigger. Yeah, it's your success ends up becoming baggage. Yes. Exactly. Yeah. When you were writing your seasons, how much if at all to the west wing, enter the conversation, a lot, actually, I don't know about the conversation as much as my maybe my own private conversation. I was a huge fan of the show. And at some point another, especially with this last season I went back and basically watched the fi I guess the final two seasons..
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"Hey guys the way those tears listened to the west wing weekly there's hope there's always i'm joshua malina and i'm russia cashier way for those of you wondering i was playing left hand and ritchie was playing right hand tonight we're talking about hon it's episode four of season five of the west wing this episode was written by peter noah peter noah would later go on to many things including being a consulting producer on believe forty episodes of scandal he's a great writer and story credit for this goes to peter noah and mark goffman that's peter noah amp sanda mark goffman and an de paulo you and the direction is by the always magnificent christopher museu no the exit first aired on october twenty second two thousand and three in this episode north korean pianist comes to the white house for performance but things get complicated when he tells the president he wants to defect cj's fort but everyone else is pretty much against it and the president has to weigh both arguments meanwhile will having a hard time writing and inspiring speech about the nomination and confirmation of vice president to be bob russell and josh is battling one congressman who plans to be holdout vote against the nomination toby wants to get away from speechwriting but every time he thinks he's out they keep pulling him back in we're gonna start our discussion of this episode by speaking with poly you paulo worked as a staff writer on the west wing for season four and she has story credit on this episode even though came out and season five and coming up she'll tell us how that happened since her time on the west wing paul has gone on to write and produce for shows like supergirl and mozart in the jungle and many others she's also the author of several books for children and young adults you can find a link to pause website polly you dot com on our website where we've also posted a video of paula playing the west wing theme on violin in four part harmony with herself that's pretty awesome 'cause how you first started working on the west wing i was hired as a staff writer on the west wing for the fourth season and what happened was up until then i was a journalist for about ten years and then eventually left to work on my fiction full time i was teaching and a friend of mine recommended she said will you write fiction and you are journalists in your tv junkie i don't know why you're not writing for tv because that's basically fiction writing on a deadline so i said so i applied to the warner brothers workshop and i had never written a script before i actually hand wrote it out i just knew that the dialogue was in the middle of the page that's all i knew and i knew every fifteen minutes something exciting happened before the commercial break so i kind of just guessed and i wrote an angel spec and i sent it into tripoli like angel and i sent it to the warner brothers workshop and then they called a few months later say gotten into the program and so because of the warner brothers workshop that's how it got my agents within got me on the west wing so it was kind of like a pretty quick trajectory to meet with aaron in order to get that job or yeah you meet with the executives and then all the you know the network and all that and then i finally met aaron at his office on the warner brothers lot in that was i was like oh my gosh this is happening so fast was a little intimidated 'cause it's earned circuit but he was actually really nice made me feel very comfortable in i don't really remember what we talked about just laughed a lot so 'cause he's funny so that's that's my cinderella story i guess i was the on season four.
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