Episode 228: Playlist - The Americans
This week, Josh and Dietrich try something new, creating a type of reader's playlist inspired by the astonishing and chilling television drama The Americans. Dietrich talks about a pair of books exploring Cold War espionage and Russian politics with the astounding Cardinal of the Kremlin and Child-44. Josh looks at a chilling Vonnegut book that explores the dangers of pretending to be something you hate, and an alternate history book that explores the ramifications of slavery. The pair talk about the icons that are Ian Fleming and Robert Ludlum, and whether or not they're the best examples of espionage and political thrillers for those fascinated by the world of Phillip and Elizabeth Jennings. In addition, Josh discovers an already complete fantasy trilogy that he adores, Dietrich talks about a realistic alternative history series that suffers from a bit too much realism, and they wrap up with a discussion of the astonishing work of film director Ryan Coogler, a joyous independent film set in New Zealand, and a series from Germany that's being compared to some of the best television in history. You can send questions or comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.