The Gist: Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg on The Americans and Chinese food cartons.

Why Do People on TV Always Eat Chinese Food Out of the Carton?

Why Do People on TV Always Eat Chinese Food Out of the Carton?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
May 14 2015 8:23 PM

Eating Chinese Food Out of the Carton

Mike Pesca loves The Americans, so when the drama fell victim to the ultimate cliché, he had to challenge the creators.

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Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg.

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Listen to Episode 257 of Slate’s The Gist:


Today on The Gist, Joel Fields and Joe Weisberg are called out for making a notorious cliché on their hit FX spy drama, The Americans. They recently hosted a Slate podcast following Season 3 of their show, available in iTunes, or as an RSS feed.


Plus, we discuss the importance of diversity in children’s literature with Minnesota Supreme Court Justice and NFL Hall of Famer Alan Page, and his daughter, educator Kamie Page. They are the authors of the children’s book The Invisible You, available on the Page Education Foundation website, For the Spiel, please take your political commentary out of the Amtrak tragedy.

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Mike Pesca is the host of the Slate daily podcast The Gist. He also contributes reports and commentary to NPR.

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