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A Spycraft Expert on How to Perfectly Search a Room, as on The Americans

Marceline Hugot as Theresa and Frank Langella as Gabriel.

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Each week on Slate’s TV Club Insider podcast, June Thomas sits down with the creators, cast, and crew of The Americans as they reveal behind-the-scenes details about the making of the FX drama’s fourth season. 

In this installment about Episode 411, “Dinner For Seven,” H. Keith Melton, author and co-founder of the International Spy Museum, joins June Thomas and showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg to discuss his collection of KGB spy gear and how he advises the show on everything from lock picking techniques to what type of camera the characters should be using.

Note: This podcast contains spoilers and is meant to be enjoyed after you watch the episode. New episodes air Wednesdays at 10 p.m. on FX.

Podcast produced by Henry Molofsky.

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