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The Americans Podcast

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Go deeper inside the world of FX's 1980s spy drama. Join host June Thomas every week after the show for a new in-depth conversation with the cast, crew, and creators as they reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of each episode. New epis...Show More

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The Americans S:6 | E10 START

32:19 | May 31st, 2018

June Thomas talks with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys about their feelings about the series finale. Then Noah Emmerich and Brandon J. Dirden discuss their reactions to Stan Beeman's and Dennis Aderholt's behavior in Episode 610. Finally, Russell, Rhys...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E9 Jennings, Elizabeth

32:29 | May 24th, 2018

June Thomas talks with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about about a hunter becoming a protector, Elizabeth’s flashbacks, and Claudia’s disappointment with the illegals. Then we hear from actor Costa Ronin, who plays Oleg Burov, about his re...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E8 The Summit

33:28 | May 17th, 2018

June Thomas talks with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about Philip’s truth-telling, an unusual act of kindness on Elizabeth’s part, and why the characters on The Americans watch so much television. Then we hear from Alyssa Monks, the artist...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E7 Harvest

28:17 | May 10th, 2018

June Thomas talks with Sarah Nolen, who wrote Episode 607, “Harvest,” about why she sees Philip's actions in the garage as "romantic"; why Philip and Elizabeth involved a day laborer in the Chicago operation; and Nolen's career path from assistant to...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E6 Rififi

35:36 | May 3rd, 2018

June Thomas talks with Stephen Schiff and Justin Weinberger, who wrote Episode 606, “Rififi,” about how distance has helped Henry see family dynamics more clearly; why Stan is mad at Agent Aderholt, and why Philip decides to join Elizabeth on an out-...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E5 The Great Patriotic War

33:38 | Apr 26th, 2018

June Thomas talks with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys about Elizabeth’s loneliness, Philip’s failures as a businessman, and the significance of the fight between Philip and Paige. She then chats with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about Paig...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E4 Mr. & Mrs. Teacup

38:22 | Apr 19th, 2018

June Thomas talks with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about Episode 604 of The Americans, "Mr. & Mrs. Teacup." She then chats with actor Costa Ronin, who plays Oleg Burov, about his Season 6 beard and other important issues. Finally, she ta...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E3 Urban Transport Planning

33:37 | Apr 12th, 2018

June Thomas talks with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about Episode 603 of The Americans, "Urban Transport Planning." She then chats with actor Noah Emmerich, who plays Stan Beeman, about how Stan is doing in 1987 and what it has been like ...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E2 Tchaikovsky

28:32 | Apr 5th, 2018

June Thomas talks with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about Episode 602 of The Americans, "Tchaikovsky." She then chats with Brooklyn artist Alyssa Monks about her experience creating the art for the character of Erica Haskard. Finally, set...Show More

The Americans S:6 | E1 Dead Hand

39:25 | Mar 29th, 2018

June Thomas talks with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, costume designer Katie Irish, and producing director Chris Long about Episode 601 of The Americans, "Dead Hand." Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after yo...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E13 The Soviet Division

22:16 | May 31st, 2017

June Thomas talks with actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys, showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and producing director Chris Long about Episode 513, "The Soviet Division." Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after y...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E12 The World Council of Churches

15:45 | May 24th, 2017

June Thomas talks with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about Episode 512, "The World Council of Churches." She then chats with producing director Chris Long about filming in Moscow.Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjo...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E11 Dyatkovo

19:03 | May 17th, 2017

June Thomas talks with showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields about Episode 511, "Dyatkovo." She then chats with producing director Chris Long about his job and the special challenges and opportunities of Season 5.Note: This podcast contains spoile...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E10 Darkroom

18:36 | May 10th, 2017

June Thomas talks with Stephen Schiff, who wrote Episode 510, "Darkroom." Later, she chats with Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys about the episode's surprising development, and prop master Daniel Fischer shares some of the show's behind-the-scenes secre...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E9 IHOP

20:10 | May 3rd, 2017

June Thomas talks with Peter Ackerman who wrote Episode 509, "IHOP." Later, she chats with Alison Wright about how she sees her character, Martha Hanson, coping with life in Moscow.Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E8 Immersion

25:12 | Apr 26th, 2017

June Thomas talks with Tracey Scott Wilson who wrote Episode 508, "Immersion." Later, she chats with Costa Ronin, who plays Oleg Burov, about his character's evolution and what it was like to film in Moscow.Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E7 The Committee on Human Rights

18:58 | Apr 19th, 2017

June Thomas talks with Matthew Rhys about his experience directing Episode 507, while Keri Russell, Joe Weisberg, and Joel Fields contribute thoughts on how it fits into the season arc. Then design director Dan Davis, set dresser Mila Khalevich, and ...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E:6 Crossbreed

22:49 | Apr 12th, 2017

June Thomas discusses "Crossbreed" with Stephen Schiff, who wrote the episode. She then learns how the visual effects team made it appear that Gabriel was visiting the Lincoln Memorial when actor Frank Langella was in New York. Finally, property mast...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E:5 Lotus 1-2-3

29:43 | Apr 5th, 2017

June Thomas joins Joe Weisberg, Joel Fields, and Noah Emmerich, who plays Stan Beeman and directed this episode, at the sound synch to discuss the latest developments. (And, yes, they explain what a sound synch involves.) Then we check in with actor ...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E:4 What's the Matter With Kansas?

23:37 | Mar 29th, 2017

Actors Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys join showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields to discuss the state of the Jenningses' relationship. Rhys also reveals why some actors are happy when their characters are given scenes that involve food. Then Peter ...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E:3 The Midges

24:05 | Mar 22nd, 2017

Writer Tracey Scott Wilson joins Slate's June Thomas to discuss the third episode of the show's penultimate season. Then costume designer Katie Irish shares her personal connections with many of the Season 5 disguises, points out a detail from Claudi...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E:2 Pests

29:40 | Mar 15th, 2017

Showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg join Slate's June Thomas to discuss the second episode of the show's penultimate season. They discuss the Jenningses' parenting skills--and whether the trick Philip and Elizabeth taught Paige at the end of the...Show More

The Americans S:5 | E:1 Amber Waves of Grain

18:08 | Mar 8th, 2017

Showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg join Slate's June Thomas to discuss the premiere of the show's penultimate season. They discuss new characters Tuan and the Morozovs--and Philip and Elizabeth's new operational identities as Brad and  Dee Ecke...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:13 Persona Non Grata | Slate TV Club

36:32 | Jun 9th, 2016

Kerri Russell (Elizabeth) and Matthew Rhys (Philip) join June Thomas and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss the season finale. Plus Matthew Rhys's favorite on-set moments, the reason Keri Russell says she enjoys acting now more than...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:12 A Roy Rogers In Franconia | Slate TV Club

29:52 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Producing director Chris Long joins June Thomas and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss his unique process for getting the best performances out of actors. Plus, Costa Ronin (Oleg) stops by to talk about his big scene with Stan Beema...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:11 Dinner For Seven | Slate TV Club

25:06 | May 26th, 2016

Spy craft consultant (and author) H. Keith Melton joins June Thomas and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss his collection of authentic KGB spy gear, and how he advises the show on everything from lock picking techniques, to what typ...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:10 Munchkins | Slate TV Club

22:58 | May 19th, 2016

Composer Nathan Barr joins June Thomas and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss his process for composing the show's score.  In addition to performing some of his unique custom-made instruments like the sympathetic drone cello, Barr b...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:9 The Day After | Slate TV Club

28:55 | May 12th, 2016

The CEO of FX Networks, John Landgraf, and the VP of Current Series at FX Networks, Colette Wilson, join June Thomas and showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields to talk about the process of creating The Americans, the importance of storytellers, and...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:8 The Magic of David Copperfield V: The Statue of Liberty Disappears | Slate TV Club

35:52 | May 5th, 2016

Matthew Rhys (Philip/Clark) joins June Thomas and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to talk about his Americans directorial debut, which also happened to be one of his character's most intense episodes. Plus, Allison Wright (Martha) stops by ...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:7 Travel Agents | Slate TV Club

27:44 | Apr 28th, 2016

Alison Wright (Martha) joins joins June Thomas and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to talk about poor Martha, and what it feels like to finally face the truth.Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch t...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:6 The Rat | Slate TV Club

25:26 | Apr 21st, 2016

Masha Gessen is responsible for Russian translation on The Americans. She joins June Thomas and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to talk about the beauty of authentic subtitles, the difficulties that Phillip and Elizabeth would have faced wh...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:5 Clark's Place | Slate TV Club

31:05 | Apr 14th, 2016

Noah Emmerich (Stan Beeman) joins June Thomas and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to talk about the awkwardness of directing a steamy sex scene between co-stars (and real life couple) Matthew Rhys and Keri Russell, plus the story of how he ...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:4 Chloramphenicol | Slate TV Club

27:52 | Apr 7th, 2016

Costa Robin (Oleg) joins June and show runners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss last night's episode, plus what it's like auditioning for a bilingual role, and which language he prefers to act in. 

The Americans S:4 | E:3 Experimental Prototype City of Tomorrow | Slate TV Club

30:47 | Mar 31st, 2016

Former FBI counter intelligence agent Richard Kollmar joins June and the J's to talk about what it's really like to try and turn KGB spies. Plus, line producer Mary Rae Thewlis and Sr. VP of Productions for Fox 21 Bob Lemchen stop by to discuss their...Show More

The Americans S:4 | E:2 Pastor Tim | Slate TV Club

33:05 | Mar 24th, 2016

Former KGB secret agent Jack Barsky stops by to compare his own experiences as a spy with those of Phillip and Elizabeth, from recruitment and training, to having two different families while living next door to the FBI.

The Americans S:4 | E:1 Glanders | Slate TV Club

23:00 | Mar 17th, 2016

Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys stop by for a quick conversation with June about the beginning of the season. Writers and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg share tricks for disguising Russell's baby bump on camera, the themes they hope t...Show More

The Americans S:4 | Season 4 Trailer

01:24 | Mar 10th, 2016

From writing the scripts and learning the lines, to choosing the wigs and composing the score, thousands of creative decisions go into every single episode of The Americans. This season on the podcast, Slate's June Thomas sits down not only with the ...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:13 March 8, 1983 | Slate TV Club

17:18 | Apr 23rd, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the Season 3 finale, “March 8, 1983,” stars Keri ...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:12 I Am Abassin Zadran | Slate TV Club

19:43 | Apr 16th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the twelfth episode, “I Am Abasing Zadran,” Peggy...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:11 One Day in the Life of Anton Baklanov | Slate TV Club

19:45 | Apr 9th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the eleventh episode, “One Day in the Life of Ant...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:10 Stingers | Slate TV Club

26:09 | Apr 2nd, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the tenth episode, “Stingers,” Holly Taylor, who ...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:9 Do Mail Robots Dream of Electric Sheep? | Slate TV Club

24:56 | Mar 26th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the ninth episode, “Do Mail Robots Dream of Elect...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:8 Divestment | Slate TV Club

36:04 | Mar 19th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the eighth episode, “Divestment,” Alison Wright, ...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:7 Walter Taffet | Slate TV Club

27:06 | Mar 12th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the seventh episode, “Walter Taffet,” Noah Emmeri...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:6 Born Again | Slate TV Club

28:01 | Mar 5th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the sixth episode, “Born Again,” Keri Russell, wh...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:5 Salang Pass | Slate TV Club

28:43 | Feb 26th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the fifth episode, “Salang Pass,” Matthew Rhys, w...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:4 Dimebag | Slate TV Club

24:43 | Feb 19th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the fourth episode, “Dimebag,” script coordinator...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:3 Open House | Slate TV Club

21:57 | Feb 12th, 2015

Each week on Slate's TV Club Insider podcast, the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama's third season.  In this installment about the third episode, “Open House,” script coordinat...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:2 Baggage | Slate TV Club

34:25 | Feb 5th, 2015

Molly Nussbaum, script coordinator for FX’s The Americans, talks with executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and director Daniel Sackheim about Episode 2 of Season 3, “Baggage.” For more information, visit www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-ameri...Show More

The Americans S:3 | E:1 EST Men | Slate TV Club

25:48 | Jan 29th, 2015

Molly Nussbaum, script coordinator for FX’s The Americans, talks with executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg about the premiere episode of Season 3, “EST Men.” For more information, visit www.fxnetworks.com/shows/the-americans/.