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The Americans Podcast

By Slate Magazine/Panoply

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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.

Customer Reviews

Why not discuss the episode?

I don’t understand this podcast. I subscribed because Slate podcasts usually do a great job of discussing the TV show or film. But this podcast barely touches upon the events of the episodes, instead interviewing cast members and production staff about themselves. This is more a “Making The Americans” instead of "What Happens in The Americans.” Strange…and boring. But now I know what a “swing set” is.

June Thomas = terrible host/interviewer

I’m a huge fan of The Americans, and I’m very interested in the content of this podcast (i.e., what the guests have to say), but June Thomas ruins the whole experience for me. Her “active listening” and verbal encouragement while the guests/panelists are giving their answers is horrible distracting. Every few seconds, she basically interrupts with “uh-huh, uh-huh” or “right, right” or “yeah yeah yeah” — it’s incessant!! That style might be perfectly fine, even preferable, when interviewing someone for a printed article…but when your microphone is turned all the way up and you’re recording a podcast in what sounds like an empty storeroom, it derails the whole exchange. I can’t listen to her anymore. :(


I would give this podcast 6 stars if I could. This is not a recap podcast and I love it because of this. It explores real life espionage and the workings of a television show. I have only listened to season 4 and June Thomas.