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. Don’t forget there’s a Butterball hotline if you need help with your turkey. After all, the president used it in The West Wing.

    America’s Test Kitchen said stuffing is best outside the bird, but it’s your call. If you stuff it, just make sure the egg and/or meat in the stuffing is cooked.

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  1. Have a great weekend! We’re over the moon about it.

Fresh Air Weekend will be Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass, Maureen Corrigan’s review of “Book of Ages” on Ben Franklin’s sister Jane, and Daniel Radcliffe. Enjoy!

    Have a great weekend! We’re over the moon about it.

    Fresh Air Weekend will be Tom Hanks and Paul Greengrass, Maureen Corrigan’s review of “Book of Ages” on Ben Franklin’s sister Jane, and Daniel Radcliffe. Enjoy!

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  1. I phonetically create the sound of smart people talking to each other. I’m not one of them. The characters I create would have no use for me.

    — Aaron Sorkin on creating his trademark witty dialogue

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