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S6E3 Urban Transport Planning Feedback

WTA 112- Feedback for Urban Transport Planning

Can Philip have a sadder face? He outdoes himself this week! Plus, Elizabeth gets to kill someone. Wha? And the Oleg-Stan bromance recommences! It awaits us in The Americans Season 6 Episode 3 “Urban Transport Planning” which aired April 11, 2018. It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Dan Attias.

This is Episode 112 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 111 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

We had to really cull all the history and tech again! We take a trip to The Forum to meet up with our pals authors Napoleon Hill and William Clement Stone who are coincidentally experts on The Strategic Defense Initiative! We get a hankering for some Russian taste treats and hit the kitchen to pile on the smetana, solyanka and zharkoye! Fortunately our buddy George Shultz helps us finish the grub while explaining why he is such a fan of Gorby and his plans for Perestroika and Glasnost, all while humming the tune of Dance Me to the End of Love” by Leonard Cohen! Then we put the leftovers down the garbage disposal, leaving no smorg to put away in the Handi-Wrap left on the kitchen counter! We then take a look at the Wigs of the Week before hearing more feedback than ever!

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Urban Transport Planning

WTA 111- Season 6 Episode 3 Urban Transport Planning

Can Philip have a sadder face? He outdoes himself this week! Plus, Elizabeth gets to kill someone. Wha? And the Oleg-Stan bromance recommences! It awaits us in The Americans Season 6 Episode 3 “Urban Transport Planning” which aired April 11, 2018. It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Dan Attias.

This is Episode 111 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 112.

We have three great items in the news this week. First up a terrific interview in Vulture with Noah Emmerich who says he won’t miss playing Stan! Next we have Paste’s opinion that The Americans is reaffirming its status as one of TV’s best portraits of marriage, and we wind up with  Film School Rejects’ deep dive into the tragic score of The Americans.

Then it’s time for the Elizabeth body count to begin! (Spoiler: one tonight. That we know of!) Apart from Elizabeth mayhem, she and Philip have radically different approaches to dealing with Paige. Stan continues his new role as marriage counselor along with his political asylum offerings. We learn all about Russian cooking at Chez Claudia! The bromance we all wanted to see, Oleg and Stan, fires up! Bonus points for Haskard and his baseball jacket! And Henry checks in!

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The Americans Tchaikovsky

WTA 110- Feedback for Tchaikovsky

The fast-paced opening of Season 6 shifts into a more deliberate and devolving state for poor overworked Elizabeth! Philip loses a client, and Paige gets musical! We also get Stan: marriage counselor? Plus: FBI Mailbot makes his triumphant return! It’s all in The Americans Season 6 Episode 2 “Tchaikovsky” which aired April 4, 2018. It was written by the showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and was directed by Matthew Rhys.

This is Episode 110 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 109 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

History and tech have a musical flair this week as we meet Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky who just happens to be toying with our emotions in None but the Lonely Heart, which makes us want to START making sense with Talking Heads who are Speaking in Tongues about Slippery People. Then we visit the ever-dapper Don Regan who throws doubt on Reagan’s Alzheimer’s onset timing. Thank goodness we have a calculator to figure out how much to charge for a vintage lithium-based radiation sensor – they ain’t cheap! We then take a look at the Wigs of the Week:  just before hearing all your terrific feedback!

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The Americans Tchaikovsky

WTA 109- Season 6 Episode 2 Tchaikovsky

The fast-paced opening of Season 6 shifts into a more deliberate and devolving state for poor overworked Elizabeth! Philip loses a client, and Paige gets musical! We also get Stan: marriage counselor? Plus: FBI Mailbot makes his triumphant return! It’s all in The Americans Season 6 Episode 2 “Tchaikovsky” which aired April 4, 2018. It was written by the showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and was directed by Matthew Rhys.

This is Episode 109 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 110.

For your listening pleasure we have 2 fun stories for you in the TASS-approved news! First up is a great piece in Vulture talking with the folks on the show for their favorite disguises. Then

thanks to Maggie C on Facebook we found Uproxx’s ‘The Americans’ Anxiety Report: Paige And Mail Robot Are Not Gonna Be Okay! Too funny!

We then break down the brain-splashing craziness! The situation continues to unravel for Elizabeth this week. Her multiple operations are a drain on her. She is almost caught meeting with her State Department contact. She attempts to use an asset from 1981 who is resistant to helping her. Philip loses an important customer and Henry gives him advice. Stan and Dennis have to deal with the deterioration of Gennadi and Sofia’s marriage. FBI Mailbot! Paige gets a classical music lesson from Claudia. She later comes upon the shocking outcome of Elizabeth’s attempt to extract tech from her old asset.

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The Americans Season 5 Rountable

WTA 103- Seasons 1-3 Roundtable!

Tovarischi! We are closing in on the debut of the final season of The Americans! So we started a rewatch of the entire series and asked some of our long-term audio contributors to help us break down Seasons 1-3! Joining us this time are our friends and co-hosts Kathleen (aka alternakat), Roland, & Chris who help us go through themes. characters and major plot points from the first three seasons of our favorite show!

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The Soviet Division

WTA 98- Season 5 Episode 13 The Soviet Division

What a gripping ending to the penultimate season of The Americans! We start out with a bloody mess, get a beautiful moment in Moscow, check in with many of our characters, and wind up ever more tortured with Philip and Elizabeth and an uncertain future! This was all in Season 5 Episode 13 “The Soviet Division” which aired May 30, 2017. It was written by the showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and was directed by Chris Long.

This is Episode 98 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 99.

We start the news via ‎field reporter Don Trepczyk with the exciting announcement in Variety that Keri Russell received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame! Then NBC has a cool and revealing interview with Tuan aka Ivan Mok who draws inspiration from family history. We wind up in the UK with The Guardian’s look at secrets, lies, the new cold war and how The Americans has become truly topical TV!

Then it’s time to get into the thrilling finale! Picking up right after last week, Philip, Elizabeth and Tuan meet the Morozovs outside their house and Pasha…has cut himself! He is rushed to the hospital and will recover. Evgenhiya is going to take him back to Moscow, without Alexei, who says he will never go back. Philip and Elizabeth talk with Tuan, and he chastises their petty bourgeois concerns. Martha takes a stroll with Volody. He shows her a little orphan, Olya, whom Gabriel found for her, maybe to adopt! Where is Oleg? Renee has a convenient excuse to move in with Stan, who tells her he wants to change jobs at the FBI – and she doesn’t want him to! Gennadi passes a polygraph with flying colors! Henry gets into St. Edward’s then Philip tells him tough cookies bub! You are staying home! Paige says goodbye yellow brick road to the Tims. She later spars with Elizabeth who belts her but good! Philip sees Kimmy for maybe the last time…until he learns Daddy Breland is the new head of the CIA’s Soviet Division! He contemplates tossing the tape that reveals this but doesn’t. He apologizes to Paige about her life, and then takes a walk with Elizabeth. He shares the tape contents, and they discuss what to do. Elizabeth says she can’t do this anymore, that she is making him stay here. And it just keeps getting worse for him and she doesn’t want to see him like this anymore. And scene! Only 10 long months to go until we find out what’s next!

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Joe Weisberg Joel Fields

WTA 93- Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields Interview

We did it! We obtained a bigger interview than either the KGB or FBI could muster – The Americans showrunners Joe Weisberg & Joel Fields! They join us live via satellite to discuss many aspects of the show, cagily evade any hint of spoilers, and answer many listener questions!  Plus, we ask them a question they haven’t heard before!

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The Americans S5E08 Immersion

WTA 88- Feedback for Immersion

Claudia? Oh no! Oh yes! Our favorite (haha!) handler is back and so are we, talking about The Americans Season 5 Episode 8 “Immersion” which aired April 25, 2017. It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and was directed by Kevin Bray.

This is Episode 88 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 87 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

There’s some cool history and tech for you this week! We have to handle Directorate K busting in on us while we we’re watching the lead officer in our local GRU. To relax after a terse confrontation, we play some Pitstop which is a true fave of all the boys in SIS-1. Then since we are starving we head over to Armand’s Pizza while listening to Peter Gabriel on our Compact Cassette in the dash! Then there are awesome new getups again with nice hair and more of your feedback than ever!

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S5E7 The Committee on Human Rights

WTA 85- Season 5 Episode 7 The Committee on Human Rights

So it looks like Gabriel is really gone. What about Matthew? And what about Paige’s future? Whoa! Plus our friend Kathleen joins us! We are of course discussing The Americans Season 5 Episode 7 entitled “The Committee on Human Rights,” and it aired April 18, 2017. It was written by Hilary Bettis and was directed by series star Matthew Rhys.

This is Episode 85 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 86.

We have two fun news items for you this week! First up is Quartz with a piece about the intense research that makes the 1980s style of “The Americans” look just right and features our friend costume designer Katie Irish! We follow that with The Ringer and a cool and unusual listen to the show that reveals ‘The Americans’ has a loud-mouth problem!

Then we start in on another slow-burning episode with big emotional impacts! Gabriel finally gets to talk with Paige. It’s a nice chat. Stan gets Oleg off the hook. For now. The Deputy AG wants him fired, and Wolfe saves his job. For now. Oleg tells his mom the CIA goons are gone. He later goes to read her prison file. Paige converses with beloved Pastor Tim. Philip has lost his sexy mojo and we see it with Deirdre. After breaking into the shrink’s office, Elizabeth gets a file with a list of names of enemies of the party. Philip and Elizabeth have to go to get some of that wheat for the motherland. They follow that bounder Ben to find the wheat in Mississippi. Later, they see him in Memphis with another girl! And Elizabeth cares! Meanwhile, Paige dumps poor Matthew! Gabriel is really leaving this time and says goodbye to Elizabeth. Philip goes to say goodbye to Gabe, who tells Philip he was right all along and to keep Paige out of the spy business!

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S5E3 The Midges Feedback

WTA 78- Feedback for The Midges

Anyone got a midge-swatter? We need one this week for The Americans Season 5 Episode 3 “The Midges” that aired March 21, 2017! It was written by Tracey Scott Wilson and directed by Stefan Schwartz.

This is Episode 78 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 77 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Don’t let our history and tech segments bug you! We wouldn’t want to break your back! In history we spy on the OBKhSS and catch them listening to Roxy Music’s “More Than This” and then making out to Alabama’s “Old Flame”. We then fly on over to the Amtorg Trading Corporation offices on a cool Aeroflot airliner and freak out when we are attacked by some nasty flying sitodiplosis mosellana creatures! Thank goodness we have your amazing feedback while we recover from the aerial onslaught!

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