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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.

Feedback about today’s podcast? Let us know! Plus@Slate.com. 

For info on how to subscribe to the Slate Plus podcast feed, go here.

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

Feb 24, 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 Lord Grantham’s feelings towards Marigold, poor Anna’s arrest, and what plotlines should be resolved in the Christmas episode. 

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

Our sponsor this week is HBO, presenting the new documentary series "The Jinx: The Life and Deaths of Robert Durst." More info here

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! Start your 2-week free trial at slate.com/spoilerplus)

 

Feb 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 fourth episode, “Dimebag,” script coordinator Molly Nussbaum talks to executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and to writer Peter Ackerman about cringeworthy story lines, making Stan Beeman angry, and selecting the perfect 80s pop song.

 

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

Feb 17, 2015

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

Our sponsor this week is Harry's, the shaving company that offers inexpensive razors, sleek handles, and great shave cream and gel delivered right to your door. First-time customers get $5 off when they visit Harrys.com and use the promo code SAUL

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 17, 2015

Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade recap Episode 10 of The Walking Dead, "Them." 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. Learn more and try Slate Plus free for two weeks at Slate.com/DeadPlus

Feb 17, 2015

Each week, Slate’s culture critic and Outward editor June Thomas will chat with 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 Lord Grantham’s tearful farewell to Isis, Lady Edith’s short reign over the publishing house, and whether Atticus and Rose’s new engagement will really last. 

This podcast contains major spoilers, so listen after you watch each episode.

Listen to the other episodes here.

Feedback about today’s podcast? Let us know! Plus@Slate.com.

Our sponsors this week are:

HBO’s The Jinx. Four decades. Three murders. And one very rich man who refused to speak, until now. “The Jinx” airs Sundays at 8 on HBO.

And Casper, an online retailer of premium mattresses for a fraction of the price. Get $50 toward any mattress purchase by visiting www.casper.com/downton and using the promo code “Downton” 

For info on how to subscribe to the Slate Plus podcast feed, go here.

Feb 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 third episode, “Open House,” script coordinator Molly Nussbaum talks to executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and to writer Stuart Zicherman about a trip to the dentist, the secret to cinematic suspense, and practicing counter-surveillance. 

 

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

Feb 10, 2015

In the latest TV Club podcast, Slate's June Thomas and Seth Stevenson recap the second episode of the "Breaking Bad" spinoff "Better Call Saul." 

June and Seth discuss the role of the desert in each series, creator Vince Gilligan's love of cellphone paranoia, and Bob Odenkirk's nuanced portrayal of Jimmy McGill, the man who later becomes Saul Goodman.

Slate Plus members get early access to TV Club's podcasts about "Better Call Saul," immediately following the broadcast on AMC. If you’re not a Slate Plus member, try out this early access for our first three podcasts. If you like it, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/saulplus

Feb 10, 2015

Welcome back! With the return of Season 5, listen to a recap of the midseason premiere, "What Happened and What's Going On.”

This is Slate's Walking Dead podcast recap and spoiler special, hosted by Mike Vuolo and Chris Wade.

Mike is the host of Lexicon Valley and a senior producer for Slate podcasts. Chris is a producer for the Slate Video team. Be forewarned: We’ll do our best to make this a weekly recap, but we might miss a week or two.

For the second half of Season 5, Slate Plus members will have early access to the podcast. Approximately twenty-four hours after the podcast has been published for members, we'll allow non-members to access the latest episode. 

Slate Plus members can also leave questions and comments for Mike and Chris on the podcast show page.

Complete Slate's podcast listener survey! Tell us about yourself and your favorite podcasts so Slate can serve you better. We'd appreciate two minutes of your time. Go to slate.com/survey

Feb 10, 2015

As a member of Slate Plus, you’ll get access to our Spoiler Special podcasts—including our newly launched series about Season 5 of PBS’s Downton Abbey! This Spoiler podcast will be available for Slate Plus members the moment each Downton episode ends, at 10 p.m. Eastern on Sunday nights. 

Each week, Slate’s culture critic and Outward editor June Thomas will chat with 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 Edith’s decision to shrug off the blanket of convention, the “cure” for homosexuality, and Lady Mary’s fetching new haircut.

This podcast contains major spoilers, so listen after you watch each episode.

Listen to the other episodes here.

Feedback about today’s podcast? Let us know! Plus@Slate.com.

Our sponsors this week are: 

Audible, a leading provider of spoken audio information and entertainment. Get a free audiobook of your choice at audiblepodcast.com/downton

HBO’s The Jinx. Four decades. Three murders. And one very rich man who refused to speak, until now. “The Jinx” airs Sundays at 8 on HBO, starting this Sunday (Feb. 8).

For info on how to subscribe to the Slate Plus podcast feed, go here.

Feb 9, 2015

Slate's TV Club recaps the pilot episode of the much-anticipated spinoff of "Breaking Bad," with hosts June Thomas and Seth Stevenson. 

Slate Plus members get early access to our TV Club podcasts about "Better Call Saul," immediately following the broadcast on A-M-C. If you’re not a member, try out this early access for our first three podcasts. If you like it, sign up for Slate Plus at slate.com/saulplus

 

Feb 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 second episode, “Baggage,” script coordinator Molly Nussbaum talks to executive producers Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg and to director Daniel Sackheim about Season 3 Episode 2.

 

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

Feb 3, 2015

Each week, Slate’s culture critic and Outward editor June Thomas will chat with 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 tragedy among poor Edith’s shoulders, why Lord Merton and Isobel make a fine match, and whether Rose just might end up as Mrs. Atticus Aldridge. 

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!)

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

Jan 29, 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/.

 

Jan 27, 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 Miss Bunting's lack of social grace, Lady Mary's trail of broken hearts, and how the Dowager Countess continues to surprise us this season. 

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!)

Our sponsor today is Harry's! Visit harrys.com and use the promo code DOWNTON.

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

Jan 19, 2015

In this installment of the podcast, Slate's June Thomas and Seth Stevenson discuss the best match for Lady Cora, the developing battle over Marigold, and what Thomas’ mysterious phone call could mean for this season. 

Slate Plus members get early access to our Downton Abbey spoiler specials this season, immediately following the broadcast. If you’re not a Slate Plus member, try out this early access for the first three Downtown spoilers. If you like it, sign up for Slate Plus!

Jan 12, 2015

Slate's culture editor June Thomas and senior writer Seth Stevenson react to Episode 2 of Downton Abbey's fifth season, including the war memorial and the lingering possibility of a Carson-Mrs. Hughes kiss.

Slate Plus members get early access to our Downton Abbey spoiler specials this season, immediately following the broadcast. If you’re not a Slate Plus member, try out this early access for the first three Downtown spoilers. If you like it, sign up for Slate Plus!

Jan 9, 2015

Slate's culture editor June Thomas and contributor Seth Stevenson react to Episode 1 of Downton Abbey's fifth season, including vintage burns, whether anyone can truly make Lady Edith happy, and brewing class resentment.

Slate Plus members get early access to our Downton Abbey spoiler specials this season, immediately following the broadcast. If you’re not a Slate Plus member, try out this early access for the first three Downtown spoilers. If you like it, sign up for Slate Plus here!

 

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