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The Brothers Weisberg on The Americans and Trumpcast

Trumpcast host Jacob Weisberg and The Americans creator Joe Weisberg talk about how their projects intersect.

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In 2013, novelist and former CIA officer Joe Weisberg created the FX TV series The Americans. It’s about a pair of Russian spies living as Americans in the Washington area. Three years later, Joe Weisberg’s older brother, Slate Group editor-in-chief Jacob Weisberg, created the podcast Trumpcast.

At first, it seemed like the creative pursuits of the Weisberg brothers had little to do with each other … until intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government interfered in the 2016 presidential election. Kurt Andersen talks with Joe and Jacob Weisberg about the genesis of their shows and the unexpected ways they overlap. “Were Donald Trump not such an important character today,” Joe Weisberg says, “we might have actually had the idea of putting him in [The Americans].”

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