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Why aren’t you listening to The West Wing Weekly?

WestWingWeekly-1500x1500[1]If you asked me to name my top 10 television shows, The West Wing starring Martin Sheen, Rob Lowe and many others, would certainly be on that list and likely in the top 5. I’ve watched every episode several times and there are episodes and clips that I will pull up on Netflix when I need a specific inspiration.

I was super excited a few months ago when I heard that Josh Molina, who played Will Bailey on the show from 2002-2006, was going to be the co-host of a new podcast called The West Wing Weekly.

The podcast is fairly formulaic. For the first “half” of the podcast, Josh and co-host Hrishikesh Hirway dissect the episode talking about the highlights and lowlights, themes and plots. They share audio clips when appropriate. They talk a lot about Aaron Sorkin and his influence on the writing, the actors, etc.

The second “half” of the podcast usually includes a special guest. The guest portion of the show has absolutely been the best part of each episode so far. They’ve had a few of the actors from the show (Dule Hill, Janel Moloney, Richard Schiff), one of the costume designers, a writer, and a couple of other guests.

After listening to the first couple of episodes, I decided that I was going to ration my watching of The West Wing in time with The West Wing Weekly podcast. For the past 8 weeks, I’ve been watching an episode of The West Wing on Netflix and then listening to an episode of The West Wing Weekly, and it’s been amazing.

They have only done 10 episodes so far, and there is plenty of time to get caught up.

 

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Podcast review: A great way to listen to podcasts on Android

Years ago, I used to listen to a lot of podcasts. I would mostly listen to them at work, and I used iTunes.

One of the apps on the “do not install” list at my current job is iTunes, and I’ve struggled to find a podcast app that I really liked — especially one that worked well on Android.

About six months ago, I saw someone mention a podcast app called Pocket Casts. They mentioned it wasn’t free, but it was totally worth paying the $3.99.

There were a handful of podcasts that I had started listening to again (Serial, some of the stuff from Gimlet Media, and a few others), so I decided it was worth it to at least try.

I’m super happy I tried it out. I love this app. Searching for podcasts you know about is super easy, and it also has a great “discovery engine” to find podcasts that you might be interested in watching.

The app makes queuing up a playlist super smooth, which makes it super easy to set up an hour or two of episodes.