1. 15 years ago this month NBC greenlit a “heady, liberal, poli-sci fantasy” called The West Wing. Creator/writer Aaron Sorkin and much of his production staff and cast reflect on the successes and heartaches of the White House drama in the latest Hollywood Reporter. 
Bradley Whitford who played Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman says, “ I always joke with Aaron — and it goes for [Producer] Tommy [Schlamme], too — that The West Wing was a great show about democracy run by a couple of Kim Jong-ils.”
You can check out Fresh Air interviews with John Spencer (Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry), Bradley Whitford and Aaron Sorkin.

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    15 years ago this month NBC greenlit a “heady, liberal, poli-sci fantasy” called The West Wing. Creator/writer Aaron Sorkin and much of his production staff and cast reflect on the successes and heartaches of the White House drama in the latest Hollywood Reporter. 

    Bradley Whitford who played Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman says, “ I always joke with Aaron — and it goes for [Producer] Tommy [Schlamme], too — that The West Wing was a great show about democracy run by a couple of Kim Jong-ils.”

    You can check out Fresh Air interviews with John Spencer (Chief of Staff, Leo McGarry), Bradley Whitford and Aaron Sorkin.

    Image via NBC/Getty

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  1. Tony Kushner on Mary Todd Lincoln’s contribution to the White House image:
She apparently sold Lincoln’s annual letter to Congress — which is what the State of the Union Address used to be — to a newspaper to raise money to buy stuff for the White House. And that of course was a huge transgression, and the House seriously thought of calling her up and investigating her. Lincoln stopped that.
The thing that I think people don’t understand about Mary, or don’t give her credit for, is that when they came to the White House, it was in an absolute shambles — as was the country. Obviously, it was falling apart in 1861. And I think because she came from a political family and had a very keen sense of political theater, she knew that the backdrop for the Lincoln administration had to be splendid and suggest power and coherence, since the U.S. at that moment was anything but coherent. It was disintegrating.
And she did it. When you look at the engravings from the time, people were clearly just blown away at how beautiful the place was. And she deserves an enormous amount of credit for doing that with almost no budget.
(Photo credit: Nicholas H. Shepherd)

    Tony Kushner on Mary Todd Lincoln’s contribution to the White House image:

    She apparently sold Lincoln’s annual letter to Congress — which is what the State of the Union Address used to be — to a newspaper to raise money to buy stuff for the White House. And that of course was a huge transgression, and the House seriously thought of calling her up and investigating her. Lincoln stopped that.

    The thing that I think people don’t understand about Mary, or don’t give her credit for, is that when they came to the White House, it was in an absolute shambles — as was the country. Obviously, it was falling apart in 1861. And I think because she came from a political family and had a very keen sense of political theater, she knew that the backdrop for the Lincoln administration had to be splendid and suggest power and coherence, since the U.S. at that moment was anything but coherent. It was disintegrating.

    And she did it. When you look at the engravings from the time, people were clearly just blown away at how beautiful the place was. And she deserves an enormous amount of credit for doing that with almost no budget.

    (Photo credit: Nicholas H. Shepherd)

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    Fresh Air

  1. Tomorrow: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind paints a picture of rivalries and dysfunction in the early days of the Obama White House in his new book Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President. Now some of the officials quoted in the book are saying they were misquoted or that their comments were taken out of context. On tomorrow’s Fresh Air, we talk with Ron Suskind. View in High-Res

    Tomorrow: Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Suskind paints a picture of rivalries and dysfunction in the early days of the Obama White House in his new book Confidence Men: Wall Street, Washington, and the Education of a President. Now some of the officials quoted in the book are saying they were misquoted or that their comments were taken out of context. On tomorrow’s Fresh Air, we talk with Ron Suskind.

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  1. One thing to remember in Congress is, in recent years, it’s almost been a fact that Democrats can’t control Congress unless they have a number of conservative, rural Democrats and usually that translates into a strong NRA rating. And so, the White House was concerned just before the midterm elections that something that would rile the base of the NRA would further hurt them in their midterm elections.

    — Washington Post reporter James Grimaldi, explaining why Rahm Emanuel stopped President Obama from pursuing greater restrictions on assault weapons in 2010, in an interview on Fresh Air about the growing gun violence in Mexico — and why it’s particularly difficult to track the gun dealers supplying the weapons.

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  1. For Your Wednesday Afternoon: Elmo Visits The White House Kitchen.

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