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'The West Wing' Minus Aaron Sorkin

NPR's Scott Simon talks with entertainment critic Elvis Mitchell of The New York Times about the changing fortunes of NBC's The West Wing. President Bartlet and his White House staff are still soldiering through threats to national security and Washington scandals. But the cast is working this season without the writing of show creator Aaron Sorkin.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.