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James Heinzen

WTA 102- James Heinzen Interview

This hiatus is unbearable tovarischi! To help tide you over we have a surprise for you: an interview with modern Russia scholar Professor James Heinzen from Rowan University! Jim talks with us about his background, how he got interested in the USSR, his time in the Soviet Union, and how amazingly realistic the portrayal of corruption is in the Oleg/Igor storyline in Moscow!

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The Americans Season 5 Rountable

WTA 101- Season 5 Roundtable!

Well, this season of The Americans generated so much chatter that we feel we must add to the noise! Who better than our crack panel of experts! We gather at the roundtable with our friends and co-hosts Kathleen (aka alternakat), Roland, Barb & Chris to break down fave moments, theories, music and scenes, plus the unfortunate demise of Hans (sorry Kathleen)!

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Kelly AuCoin The Americans

WTA 100- Kelly AuCoin Interview

Can you believe we turn 100 this week with The Americans, tovarischi? Us neither! Who better to celebrate this milestone with us than the man who started our interviewing adventures, our good friend Kelly AuCoin aka Pastor Tim! Kelly chats up Season 5, the latest on the Tims, his take on the show as a fan, and he talks a bit about some of his other projects, especially his work as Dollar Bill on Showtime’s “Billions”!

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The Soviet Division

WTA 99- Feedback for 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 99 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 98 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Musical numbers pervade our history segment, as we sing along with the radio and the amazing Soviet songstress Alla Pugacheva, while laughing with President Reagan joking that we begin bombing the USSR in 5 minutes! We then head to the music room and pull out the old turntable, go to section E for some Elton John and put on our fave Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, followed by alt-rock sensations R.E.M. and their brooding So. Central Rain! Then we look for any info we can about The Soviet Division of the CIA and come up empty (darn spies!) so we go to our bookshelf for some good old James Michener and learn about Space! Then we pull out our walkie-talkie to check in with our operatives in the car outside our house! We are then ready to hear some wonderfully insightful feedback from everyone! Plus our friend Bob Connally shares a terrific article about the importance of the characters on The Americans!

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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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The World Council of Churches

WTA 97- Feedback for The World Council of Churches

It’s the penultimate episode of the penultimate season, so the J’s threw everything plus the kitchen sink at us! Oleg, the PGU, and the Burovs! Stan, Dennis and Sofia! Poor Pasha and Tuan! Paige, Henry, Philip and Elizabeth! Mischa and his unknown kind family! And the beloved Pastor Tim! Stay with us because there is so much going on in The Americans Season 5 Episode 12 “The World Council of Churches” which aired May 23, 2017. It was written by the showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and was directed by Nicole Kassell.

This is Episode 97 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 96 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Once again we got so much history & tech we had to cull them to fit the show! We head over to The World Council of Churches, riding along the rails of the Baikal–Amur Mainline with our tovarisch Yuri Andropov & and his frenemy Viktor Grishin. Thank goodness KITT and Knight Rider are waiting at the train station to take us to the store to use all the cool coupons we have been hoarding! Then it’s time for more feedback and crazy cool theories than we have ever heard!

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The World Council of Churches

WTA 96- Season 5 Episode 12 The World Council of Churches

It’s the penultimate episode of the penultimate season, so the J’s threw everything plus the kitchen sink at us! Oleg, the PGU, and the Burovs! Stan, Dennis and Sofia! Poor Pasha and Tuan! Paige, Henry, Philip and Elizabeth! Mischa and his unknown kind family! And the beloved Pastor Tim! Stay with us because there is so much going on in The Americans Season 5 Episode 12 “The World Council of Churches” which aired May 23, 2017. It was written by the showrunners Joe Weisberg and Joel Fields, and was directed by Nicole Kassell.

This is Episode 96 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 97.

A dual interview leads the news this week from TV Fanatic featuring Costa Ronin and Chris Long discussing filming in Russia and Oleg’s Journey. Then real life intersects The Americans’ in The LA Times where we learn that a defense engineer has plead guilty after trying to forge a ‘The Americans’-type pact with a phony Russian spy! Truth is strange as fiction!

Then we try to keep track of all the storylines! We begin with Pastor Tim and Paige talking – he’s heading to Rio! No, Buenos Aires but still. Wonder how that happened? Pasha gets pretty beat up, but it looks like the Morozovs aren’t going anywhere. Yet. Sofia stops by to see Stan and Dennis…with Gennadi! Her fiance! Whoa! Stan and Dennis worry they are being played, and Agent Wolfe chills them out. Henry and Chris make a surprise dinner, with asparagus! Philip and Elizabeth tell Claudia they want to go home. Home home. They see Pastor Tim to get his opinion on what will happen with Paige and Henry if they do. He doesn’t offer one, but he does. Mischa get a visitor – Uncle Pyotr! Then he dines with his newly found family! Oleg denies any involvement with William’s blown operation. He saves Ekaterina from prison, learns the price Yelena paid in the camp, and commiserates over vodka with Igor. Tuan comes up with a novel idea – get Pasha to attempt suicide! Philip and Elizabeth rush over to try to save him…

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The Americans S5E11 Dyatkovo

WTA 95- Feedback for Dyatkovo

Action? You want action? Elizabeth and Philip deliver the mayhem this week for sure! Plus: the triumphant return of the beloved FBI Mailbot! And we have our friend and special guest host Barb Rankin to boot! It’s The Americans Season 5 Episode 11 “Dyatkovo” which aired May 16, 2017. It was written by Joshua Brand and was directed by Steph Green.

This is Episode 95 and contains our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments. Please check out Episode 94 to get the news and our episode breakdown and analysis.

Historic singing begins at the outset as we join in with Mark Naumovich Bernes and his 1968 Soviet smash hit Zhuravli! Then we drive over to Dyatkovo to get some tasty Kentucky Fried Chicken and it’s finger lickin’ good too! At last we head to Fomina’s office to test out her fancy Russian typewriter! All that action gets us in the mood for your incredible feedback!

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The Americans S5 E11 Dyatkovo

WTA 94- Season 5 Episode 11 Dyatkovo

Action? You want action? Elizabeth and Philip deliver the mayhem this week for sure! Plus: the triumphant return of the beloved FBI Mailbot! And we have our friend and special guest host Barb Rankin to boot! It’s The Americans Season 5 Episode 11 “Dyatkovo” which aired May 16, 2017. It was written by Joshua Brand and was directed by Steph Green.

This is Episode 94 and contains the news and our episode breakdown and analysis. To hear our history, tech of yesteryear, and feedback segments stay tuned for Episode 95.

We actually lead the news this week with our interview featuring show creator Joe Weisberg and co-showrunner Joel Fields! Then there’s a nice chat in Seat42 that’s shining the spotlight on composer Nathan Barr!

We then tackle this popping episode! Philip and Henry talk, and maybe Henry can go to fancy school! Claudia (boo) tells Philip and Elizabeth they need to give the aleeged murderer Natalie Granholm some sweet justice. Oh and by the way the Soviets weaponized the Lassa virus. Variant V! Henry gets to visit the FBI, sees the vault, meets Dennis, and says hey to the FBI mailbot! Plus, Kentucky Fried Chicken! Stan and Dennis gather intel from Sofia. Oleg and Ruslan find an incriminating ledger in Fomina’s desk, and they confront her. She scoffs at them defiantly. Philip and Elizabeth tail Natalie, and they get the word to move in on her. They bust into her house. She denies being the monster they claim. Is she? No. Wait, yes? Yes! And husband John comes in just in time to hear her confession. They have a tender moment, Philip hesitates, and then bam bam! Elizabeth shoots and kills! As they ride away, Elizabeth says they should go home.

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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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