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Apr 23, 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 Russell, Matthew Rhys, and Holly Taylor join script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to share their thoughts on the cliffhanger ending, their favorite moments from Season 3, and what might lie in store for the Jennings in Season 4. 

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Apr 16, 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 Schierholz from the Hair and Makeup Department joins script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss arguably the most important part of The Americans—the wigs. Spoiler: she hate’s Clark’s wig.

Plus, a quick check-in with actress Alison Wright about her character Martha’s shocking discovery. 

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Apr 9, 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 Anton Baklanov,” writers Tracey Scott Wilson and Stephen Schiff join script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss their collaborative writing style, and the deeply personal conversations that fueled the content of this week's episode. 

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Apr 8, 2015

In the latest episode of Slate's TV Club podcast about Better Call Saul, June Thomas and Seth Stevenson recap the season finale, "Marco," reflect on the past 10 episodes, and predict what will happen in Season Two.

 

Also, Seth uses the word "telos" liberally throughout the podcast. 

 

Plus, the hosts tally up the responses to last week's listener challenges, and Seth recklessly issues a new listener challenge, despite this being the final podcast of the first season. (Oh, what the heck. Send your responses to podcasts@slate.com. They're due sometime in early 2016.)  

 

Slate Plus members get early access to TV Club's podcasts about Better Call Saul, immediately following the broadcast on AMC. If you want early access, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/saulplus.

 

Apr 3, 2015

Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade recap the Season 5 finale of The Walking Dead, “Conquer.”

 

Mike is the host ofSlate's Lexicon Valley podcast and a senior producer forSlatepodcasts, and Chris is a producer for theSlate Video team.

 

Slate Plus members were able to download an early release, ad-free version of Slate’s Walking Dead podcast. To learn more and to try Slate Plus free for two weeks, visit Slate.com/DeadPlus.

Apr 2, 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 plays Paige Jennings, and editor Dan Valverde join script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss one of the biggest moments in the series thus far. 

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Apr 1, 2015

In the latest episode of Slate's TV Club podcast about Better Call Saul, June Thomas and Seth Stevenson recap last week's listener challenge – and then arbitrarily issue two more. First, what's the significance of office suite 312? And, is that a urinal or a sink in the opening credits? Email us at podcasts@slate.com

 

Also, June and Seth eventually get around to recapping Episode Nine, "Pimento," and the major development in its final moments. Plus, Seth recounts his experience using so-called "close-in" protection services (a bodyguard, to the rest of us). 

 

Thanks to this week's sponsor: Audible, a leading provider of spoken audio information and entertainment. Listen to audiobooks whenever and wherever you want.  Get a free audiobook of your choice at audible.com/SAUL.

 

Slate Plus members get early access to TV Club's podcasts about Better Call Saul, immediately following the broadcast on AMC. If you want early access, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/saulplus.

Mar 26, 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 Electric Sheep?,” costume designer Jenny Gering and production designer Diane Lederman join script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss every detail that goes into bringing the 1980s back to life. 

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Mar 25, 2015

Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade recap Episode 15 of The Walking Dead, “Try.”

 

Mike is the host ofSlate's Lexicon Valley podcast and a senior producer forSlatepodcasts, and Chris is a producer for theSlate Video team.

 

Slate Plus members can download an ad-free version of Slate’s Walking Dead podcast. To learn more and to try Slate Plus free for two weeks, visit Slate.com/DeadPlus.

 

 

Mar 25, 2015

In the latest episode of Slate’s TV Club podcast about Better Call Saul, June Thomas and Seth Stevenson summarize last week’s listener challenge—and issue another: If Harold’s copier code relates to the year a certain dictator rose to power, what’s the significance of Chuck’s copier code (1868)? 

June and Seth recap Episode 8, “Rico,” which contained major developments in Jimmy’s relationships with Kim, Chuck, and Harold. Later, they discuss Jimmy’s professional behavior with Nicole Hyland, a New York–based ethics attorney who’s producing a Tumblr called The Legal Ethics of Better Call Saul

Plus, June issues a bold prediction about the endgame for the entire series.

Slate Plus members get early access to TV Club’s podcasts about Better Call Saul, immediately following the broadcast on AMC. If you want early access, sign up at slate.com/saulplus.

 

Mar 19, 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, who stars as Martha, joins script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss poor Martha’s point of view. 

Plus: Ever wonder who constructs the car crashes, explosions, and fist fights on the show? We have an interview with stunt coordinator Ian Mclaughlin.  

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Mar 18, 2015

Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade recap Episode 14 of The Walking Dead, “Spend.”

 

Mike is the host ofSlate's Lexicon Valley podcast and a senior producer forSlatepodcasts, and Chris is a producer for theSlate Video team.

 

Mar 18, 2015

In the latest episode of Slate's TV Club podcast about Better Call Saul, Slate's June Thomas and Seth Stevenson rave about the scene in the corner office, a funky instrumental, and Jimmy's ongoing struggle to do the right thing. Later, the hosts try to leave an answering machine message for Saul and issue a listener challenge (identify anyone in the mugshots seen in this episode's first scene).

Plus, Seth addresses an inconsistency with the train featured in Episode Six, which inspired his rant in last week's episode. 

Slate Plus members get early access to TV Club's podcasts about Better Call Saul, immediately following the broadcast on AMC. If you want early access, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/saulplus.

Mar 16, 2015

When to expect the next episodes of Slate’s Walking Dead podcast. 

Mar 12, 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 Emmerich, who stars as FBI agent Stan Beeman, joins script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss the trials and tribulations of a first time director. Plus: Fleetwood Mac and the song that didn’t make it into the episode. 

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Mar 11, 2015

As Slate's June Thomas and Seth Stevenson predicted last week, Episode Six of Better Call Saul digs into the backstory of Breaking Bad's hardnosed henchman and fan favorite, Mike Ehrmantraut. June and Seth discuss Jonathan Banks' nuanced portrayal of Mike, his moving monologue, and the only word you should say under police interrogation. Plus, Seth goes on a tangent about Amtrak's Southwest Chief. 

Slate Plus members get early access to TV Club's podcasts about Better Call Saul, immediately following the broadcast on AMC. If you want early access, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/saulplus.

Mar 10, 2015

Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade recap Episode 13 of The Walking Dead, “Forget.”

 

Mike is the host ofSlate's Lexicon Valley podcast and a senior producer forSlatepodcasts, and Chris is a producer for theSlate Video team.

 

Slate Plus members can download Slate’s Walking Dead podcast immediately following the broadcast of new episodes on AMC. To learn more and to try Slate Plus free for two weeks, visit: Slate.com/DeadPlus

Mar 5, 2015

Slate's Willa Paskin, J. Bryan Lowder, Katy Waldman, and Miriam Krule discuss the entire third season of House of Cards, including the show's transi​tioning focus from political drama to relationship drama, Frank's sexuality, and whether or not that was the best mid-urination international diplomacy ever seen on TV.

Mar 5, 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, who stars as Russian spy Elizabeth Jennings, joins script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss on-set challenges, the best (and worst) part of wearing so many disguises, and her own personal contributions to the crafting of a scene.  

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Mar 4, 2015

This week, Slate's June Thomas and Seth Stevenson recap "Alpine Shepherd Boy," the fifth episode of Better Call Saul. They discuss the ongoing development of characters like Mike, Howard, and Kim – and a few memorable oddballs that we may never see again. Plus, the hosts speculate about the streak-snapping title of this episode. 

Our sponsor this week is ABC, presenting the new drama American Crime from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "12 Years a Slave." The series premieres this Thursday, March 5, 10/9 Central on ABC. 

Slate Plus members get early access to TV Club's podcasts about Better Call Saul, immediately following the broadcast on AMC. If you want early access, sign up at slate.com/saulplus.  

 

Mar 3, 2015

Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade recap Episode 12 of The Walking Dead, “Remember.”

 

Mike is the host of Slate's Lexicon Valley podcast and a senior producer for Slate podcasts, and Chris is a producer for the Slate Video team.

 

Slate Plus members can download Slate’s Walking Dead podcast immediately following the broadcast of new episodes on AMC. To learn more and to try Slate Plus free for two weeks, visit: Slate.com/DeadPlus

 

Mar 3, 2015

Each week, Slate culture critic and Outward editor June Thomas will join frequent contributor Seth Stevenson to dissect the latest developments on the new season of Downton Abbey. 

In this installment of the podcast, Thomas and Stevenson discuss the Dowager Countess’ romantic past with Prince Kuragin, how Rose’s quick thinking earned Lord Sinderby’s trust, and what lessons Downton Abbey has learned from reality TV. 

Spoilers for Episodes 4 to 9 will be made available to Slate Plus members on Sundays at 10 p.m. Eastern, at the conclusion of the PBS broadcast—and to non-members on Tuesdays morning. (Want early access? Join Slate Plus!)

Note: As the name implies, this podcast contains spoilers, and is meant to be listened to after you watch each episode.

Listen to the other episodes here.

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Feb 26, 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, who stars as Russian spy Phillip Jennings, joins script coordinator Molly Nussbaum and executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss KGB sex training, selecting the perfect wig, and the craziness of playing five characters in a single episode. 

 

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode.

Feb 25, 2015

Slate's TV Club recaps "Hero," the fourth episode of the Breaking Bad spinoff. Hosted by June Thomas and Seth Stevenson. 

Our sponsor this week is ABC, presenting the new drama American Crime from the Oscar-winning screenwriter of "12 Years a Slave." Catch the series premiere on Thursday, March 5, 10/9 Central on ABC. 

Slate Plus members get early access to TV Club's podcasts about Better Call Saul, immediately following the broadcast on AMC. Non-members can try out this early access until Episode Four. If you like it, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/saulplus

Feb 24, 2015

Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade recap Episode 11 of The Walking Dead, "The Distance.” Mike is a senior producer and the host of Slate's Lexicon Valley podcast, and Chris is a Slate video producer.

 

 

Slate Plus members can download Slate’s Walking Dead podcast immediately following the broadcast of new episodes on AMC. To learn more, try Slate Plus free for two weeks at Slate.com/DeadPlus

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