The Americans Podcast
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 episodes air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.
The Americans S:6 | E10 START
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, Emmerich, Dirden, and Costa Ronin share their strongest memories from their time on the show. Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.
May 31, 2018
32 min
The Americans S:6 | E9 Jennings, Elizabeth
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 response to his character’s fate. Spycraft expert H. Keith Melton explains the ins and outs of cyanide guns, and director Chris Long talks us through that spectacular scene involving young Elizabeth, a horse, and a motorcycle. And finally, Brandon J. Dirden talks about playing Special Agent Dennis Aderholt for four seasons.  Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
May 24, 2018
32 min
The Americans S:6 | E8 The Summit
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 who created Erica Haskard’s paintings, about how she felt when she learned that Elizabeth was going to burn a piece of art that holds special significance for her. Finally, The Americans’ design team—production designer Dan Davis, set decorator Mila Khalevich, and art director Tim Goodmanson—talk about the challenges Season 6 presented. Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
May 17, 2018
33 min
The Americans S:6 | E7 Harvest
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 writer. Then we hear snippets from conversations with Noah Emmerich, H. Keith Melton, and Ian McLaughlin about key moments in this episode. Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
May 10, 2018
28 min
The Americans S:6 | E6 Rififi
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-of-town adventure. Then Amanda Pollack, who has been an editor on The Americans since Season 1, explains how she pieces the show together.  Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
May 3, 2018
35 min
The Americans S:6 | E5 The Great Patriotic War
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 Paige’s youthful rebellion, whether Elizabeth honey-trapped Philip, and why Philip changed the nature of his relationship with Kimmy. Finally, the show’s stunt coordinator, Ian McLaughlin, talks about the characters’ fighting styles. Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
Apr 26, 2018
33 min
The Americans S:6 | E4 Mr. & Mrs. Teacup
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 talks with H. Keith Melton, who advises the creative team about intelligence-gathering techniques and technology and supplies many of the show’s spy gadgets from his personal collection, about KGB attitudes to hardware updates, Elizabeth’s necklace, and what was changing in 1987.  Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
Apr 19, 2018
38 min
The Americans S:6 | E3 Urban Transport Planning
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 to tackle a multi-season role for the first time. Finally, editor Katie Ennis, who has been responsible for many of the "previously on" teasers that precede each episode, explains how they're made. Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
Apr 12, 2018
33 min
The Americans S:6 | E2 Tchaikovsky
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 decorator Mila Khalevich and art director Tim Goodmanson talk about the special challenges of creating a set that looks like the home of an artist. Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
Apr 5, 2018
28 min
The Americans S:6 | E1 Dead Hand
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 you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10pm on FX.
Mar 29, 2018
39 min
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