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Philip and Elizabeth Go on a Nazi Hunt

Elizabeth Jennings (Keri Russell) faces a difficult decision.


Each week on Slate’s Americans 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 fifth season.

This week, Thomas speaks with co-showrunners Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg about what the search for a Nazi collaborator in Episode 511, “Dyatkovo,” teaches Philip and Elizabeth about themselves. Then producing director Chris Long talks about how directing television is different from other mediums—and why spy shows work best in wintery settings.

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

Podcast production by June Thomas.