Using Python, I want to pass a URL some json and get back data (imitating Podbean's jQuery (AJAX?) function)

Podbean pages display the number of downloads each episode has had (e.g. http://cpx.podbean.com/e/life-faith-field-hospital/). This appears to be generated dynamically with the following:
jQuery(function($) {

    $.ajax({
        url: "http://www.podbean.com/api2/public/filesPlays",
        type:"GET",
        data:{"blogId":"63614","query":[{"file":"207_Field_Hospital.mp3","w":"ccb77541"}]}, 
        dataType:"json",      
        success: function(result) {
            if(result.code =="200")
            {
                $.each(result.data, function(id,count){
                    id = id.replace(/\./g,"_");
                    if(count >0)
                    {
                        $(".hits_"+id).text(count);	
                    }
                    else
                    {
                        $(".hits_"+id).parent(".hits").prev("span").remove();
                        $(".hits_"+id).parent(".hits").remove();	
                    }	
                });							
            }
        }
    });
});

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I've been trying to use "requests" in Python (http://docs.python-requests.org/en/master/user/quickstart/#passing-parameters-in-urls) to get the number of "hits" but I don't know how to pass it json. My failed attempt was:
import requests

data = {"blogId":"63614","query":[{"file":"207_Field_Hospital.mp3","w":"ccb77541"}]}

r = requests.get("http://www.podbean.com/api2/public/filesPlays", json=data)
print(r.url)
print(r.status_code)
print(r.text)

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If "requests" can't do it, I'm open to doing it another way with Python...
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Walter RitzelSenior Software EngineerCommented:
Try this:
import requests
import json

data = {"blogId": "63614", "query": [{"file": "207_Field_Hospital.mp3", "w": "ccb77541"}]}

r = requests.get("http://www.podbean.com/api2/public/filesPlays", data=json.dumps(data))
print(r.url)
print(r.status_code)
print(r.text)

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It is complaining of the blog id, but I think it is matter of correct structure of json.
I did not find documentation on this API to fix it for you.
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Walter RitzelSenior Software EngineerCommented:
Here is a version fully working. I believe there should be a better way to deal with these query parameters that are arrays or something, but I did not find anything.

import requests

data = {"blogId": "63614", "query[0][file]": "207_Field_Hospital.mp3",  "query[0][w]": "ccb77541"}

r = requests.get('http://www.podbean.com/api2/public/filesPlays', data)

print(r.url)
print(r.status_code)
print(r.text)

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alex_smithAuthor Commented:
Thanks Walter!

Yes, the API doesn't seem to be documented :-/ I had tried your first suggestion and got the same error.

Thanks for the workaround. I agree there should be a better way but at least it works, which is much more than I had!
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alex_smithAuthor Commented:
I'm relieved for your solution as it means I can continue writing my program but if you, or anyone else, figures out a better way, feel free to let me know :-)
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