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Each week, the International Spy Museum will offer a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum. Dr. Houghton specializes in intelligence, diplomatic, and military history, with expertise in the late-WWII and early-Cold War eras. The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC is the only public museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to espionage.

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Each week, the International Spy Museum will offer a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum. Dr. Houghton specializes in intelligence, diplomatic, and military history, with expertise in the late-WWII and early-Cold War eras. The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC is the only public museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to espionage.

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Good audio of iPhone alerts!

By NSpelich - May 06 2020
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Someone couldn’t silence their alerts when recording the most recent episode? Obviously Chris Costa heard them going off the whole time, why not stop recording and silence them? Disappointing and distracting.

Great, relevant content

By Steamerbash - Apr 22 2020
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The content is great and relevant for Intelligence and security professionals. The audio levels need to be adjusted often I have to blast the volume when listening in my car. It’s a podcast that’s best listened to on headphones. More Kirsten Fontenrose please. More Chris Costa. Mr. Costa is a very natural interviewer who has a conversational style.

iTunes Ratings

737 Ratings
Average Ratings
501
101
43
34
58

Good audio of iPhone alerts!

By NSpelich - May 06 2020
Read more
Someone couldn’t silence their alerts when recording the most recent episode? Obviously Chris Costa heard them going off the whole time, why not stop recording and silence them? Disappointing and distracting.

Great, relevant content

By Steamerbash - Apr 22 2020
Read more
The content is great and relevant for Intelligence and security professionals. The audio levels need to be adjusted often I have to blast the volume when listening in my car. It’s a podcast that’s best listened to on headphones. More Kirsten Fontenrose please. More Chris Costa. Mr. Costa is a very natural interviewer who has a conversational style.
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SpyCast

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Each week, the International Spy Museum will offer a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Spy Museum. Dr. Houghton specializes in intelligence, diplomatic, and military history, with expertise in the late-WWII and early-Cold War eras. The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC is the only public museum in the U.S. solely dedicated to espionage.

Rank #1: Deep Undercover: An Interview with Former KGB Illegal Jack Barsky

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Jack Barsky, the longest-surviving known member of the KGB illegals program that operated during the Cold War, and author of the memoir Deep Undercover: My Secret Life & Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America.

Apr 04 2017

1hr 15mins

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Rank #2: 15 Years Later, Part 1: An Interview with Dr. Barbara Sude

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA analyst Barbara Sude to discuss the intelligence analysis leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Dr. Sude was one of a team of analysts at CIA who focused on Al Qaeda and bin Laden starting in the 1990s.

Sep 13 2016

1hr 1min

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Rank #3: Author Debriefing: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected

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When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counter intelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in everyday civilian life. In addition to escaping handcuffs, picking locks, and spotting when someone is telling a lie, he can improvise a self-defense weapon, pack a perfect emergency kit, and even disappear off the grid if necessary. He has also honed his "positive awareness" – a heightened sense of his surroundings that allows him to spot suspicious and potentially dangerous behavior – on the street, in a taxi, at the airport, when dining out, or in any other situation. With the skill of a trained operative and the relatability of a suburban dad, Hanson brings his top-level training to everyday Americans in this guide to staying safe in an increasingly dangerous world.

Oct 06 2015

38mins

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Rank #4: Technology and Human Intelligence: An Interview with Paula Doyle

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paula Doyle, former Associate Deputy Director of Operations at CIA, where she oversaw worldwide HUMINT operations and activities that required the use of air, land, maritime, space-based and cyber technologies.

Feb 13 2018

1hr 6mins

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Rank #5: Special Breed of Warrior: An Interview with Former SEAL Clinton Emerson

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former SEAL Team 6 member Clinton Emerson to discuss the role of special operations forces in modern intelligence activities. Houghton and Emerson delve into Clint’s life as a SEAL, his work with the National Security Agency, and his new book 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Guide to Eluding Pursuers, Evading Capture, and Surviving Any Dangerous Situation.

Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/100-deadly-skills.html#.VvVe-eIrKUk

Mar 22 2016

26mins

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Rank #6: Cold War Navy SEAL: A Conversation with James Hawes

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Navy SEAL and CIA operator James Hawes to discuss his time in Vietnam and the Congo in the 1960s. Hawes is the author of the new book, Cold War Navy SEAL: My Story of Che Guevara, War in the Congo, and the Communist Threat in Africa.

Apr 24 2018

1hr 7mins

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Rank #7: The Psychology of Espionage: An Interview with Dr. Ursula Wilder

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with CIA clinical psychologist Dr. Ursula Wilder, who in her over two decades at CIA has worked within the Counterintelligence Center, the Counterterrorism Center, and the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Analysis.

Dec 26 2017

1hr 21mins

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Rank #8: Breaking Cover: An Interview with Michele Rigby Assad

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA operations officer Michele Rigby Assad to discuss her career in intelligence, and her new book Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting For.

Mar 13 2018

53mins

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Rank #9: Operation Chaos: An Interview with Matthew Sweet

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Matthew Sweet, who has written on one of the most…extraordinary topics of the Cold War. His book, Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves, is out now.

Mar 06 2018

1hr

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Rank #10: American Communism and Soviet Espionage: A Look Back with John Earl Haynes

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In the 1970s, historian John Earl Haynes was researching the American labor movement when he discovered interesting connections to the Communist party. Fast forward 20 years to the 1990s, when that ongoing research on the Communist party led him into the murky world of Soviet espionage. SPY Historian Mark Stout sits down with this groundbreaking historian to look back on his career and learn how he became a leading and unlikely expert on Soviet espionage in the America. Follow along on this fascinating journey from Minnesota, to the halls of power in Washington DC, to dusty archives in Moscow.

Apr 01 2013

46mins

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Rank #11: Author Debriefing | Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power

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Through exhaustive use of declassified documents, previously unavailable investigative materials, and wide-ranging interviews, Malcolm Byrne explores what made the Iran-Contra scandal possible and meticulously relates how it unfolded—including clarifying minor myths about cakes, keys, bibles, diversion memos, and shredding parties. Byrne, the Deputy Director and Research Director at the National Security Archive, demonstrates that the affair could not have occurred without awareness and approval at the top levels of the US government. He reveals an unmistakable pattern of dubious behavior—including potentially illegal conduct by the president, vice president, the secretaries of state and defense, the CIA director and others—that formed the true core of the scandal.

Jan 13 2015

1hr 9mins

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Rank #12: CIA’s Secret War in Laos: An Interview with Josh Kurlantzick

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Josh Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss his new book A Great Place to Have a War: The Secret War in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA.

Feb 07 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #13: How Haven’t I Heard of This??: A Conversation with William Rosenau

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with terrorism expert William Rosenau to discuss a most improbable true story: America’s first female terrorist group and their attacks, which included the Washington Navy Yard, an FBI office, and even the US Capitol.

Jan 07 2020

1hr 8mins

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Rank #14: The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama

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SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with former CIA intelligence officer, manager, and daily intelligence briefer David Priess to discuss his new book centered on the President’s Daily Brief (PDB). Every living former President and Vice President, along with most former CIA Directors, Secretaries of State and Defense, National Security Advisors, White House Chiefs of Staff, and senior intelligence leaders, shared with Priess their personal stories about the PDB. And by digging through both the extensive files of the Presidential libraries and millions of pages of declassified CIA raw intelligence reports, analytic assessments, and memos—Priess emerges with a unique—and fascinating—look into the most tightly controlled document in modern world.

Buy The President's Book of Secrets from the Spy Museum Store

Apr 12 2016

52mins

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Rank #15: Caught by the KGB

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Martha Peterson, a 32 year CIA veteran, was the first female case officer assigned to Moscow. Today she talks with Peter about her sudden capture by the Soviet KGB while executing a covert operation in Moscow.

Jun 04 2010

33mins

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Rank #16: A Rebel at the CIA: An Interview with former DDI Carmen Medina

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Carmen Medina, the CIA’s former Deputy Director of Intelligence and Director of the Center for the Study of Intelligence. She is also the author of Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within.

Jan 02 2018

1hr 5mins

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Rank #17: Chief of Station: An Interview with John Sipher

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with CIA veteran John Sipher, who served multiple overseas tours as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, the Balkans, and South Asia.

Oct 31 2017

1hr 17mins

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Rank #18: Moscow Rules: A Conversation with Jonna Mendez

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez to talk about operating in VERY denied areas, and her newest book, The Moscow Rules: The Secret CIA Tactics that Helped America Win the Cold War.

Buy The Moscow Rules from the Spy Museum Store

Sep 03 2019

1hr 6mins

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Rank #19: John Nixon - Debriefing the President

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton is joined by John Nixon, who shares what he learned as the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of the captured Iraqi president.

Get the book:http://www.spymuseumstore.org/spycast-books.html

Jan 24 2017

1hr 2mins

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Rank #20: The CIA War in Kurdistan: A Conversation with Sam Faddis

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Executive Director, Chris Costa is joined by former CIA Officer and author, Sam Faddis to discuss his book The CIA War in Kurdistan: The Untold Story of the Northern Front in the Iraq War.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 2mins

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Spy Chat with Keith Masback

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SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with GEOINT pioneer Keith Masback to discuss all things geospatial.

Jul 07 2020

1hr 4mins

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Fiction Author Roundtable

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with 4 of your favorite spy fiction authors to discuss how they entertain and educate.

Jun 30 2020

1hr 2mins

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Atomic Spy: A Conversation with Nancy Greenspan

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Nancy Greenspan to discuss the life of notorious Soviet spy Klaus Fuchs, the fascinating subject of her new book, Atomic Spy: The Dark Lives of Klaus Fuchs

Jun 23 2020

44mins

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Wondery presents Murder in Hollywoodland

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It's February 2nd 1922, and all of Hollywood is about to wake up and learn that William Desmond Taylor, the most famous film director in town, was murdered in his home last night. The investigation will shine a light on some of Hollywood's most scandalous affairs, backroom deals, and underground drug dens. This real life Murder Mystery is one of the most iconic "whodunnit" cases of the 20th century that will leave you guessing and second guessing who killed William Desmond Taylor for weeks to come.

Listen today at wondery.fm/spycastMiH

Jun 17 2020

6mins

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Spy Sites of New York City: A Conversation with Keith Melton & Bob Wallace

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Executive Director Chris Costa talks to Keith Melton and Bob Wallace about their newest book, Spy Sites of New York City: A Guide to the Region’s Secret History.

Jun 16 2020

56mins

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Introducing Truth vs Hollywood

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Introducing the newest Audioboom original podcast, Truth vs Hollywood. Join Film lovers David Chen and Joanna Robinson as they do a deep dive into well-known films and discuss how similar they are to the actual story.  Truth vs Hollywood premieres 6/12. Subscribe to Truth vs Hollywood on Apple Podcasts:https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/truth-vs-hollywood/id1510582080

Jun 12 2020

14mins

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What’s Next? A Conversation with Jonna Mendez, Tracy Walder, and Joe Weisberg

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton had a virtual conversation with three former intelligence professionals to discuss their choices of careers following their time as practitioners

Jun 09 2020

1hr 3mins

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Curator’s Corner with Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down for a virtual conversation about the 60th anniversary of one of the most historic events of the Cold War.

Jun 02 2020

1hr 9mins

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Shedding Light on the Elite GSG9: A Conversation with Colonel Jerome Fuchs

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Executive Director Chris Costa talks with GSG9 Commander Jerome Fuchs about the history and evolution of GSG9, as well as his career with the organization.

May 19 2020

31mins

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How Intelligence Analysts See the Corona Pandemic

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former intelligence analysts Mark Stout and Cindy Storer to discuss how intel analysts in the US and around the world are viewing the coronavirus situation.

May 12 2020

1hr 2mins

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Reflections on the Middle East and Afghanistan: A Conversation with General Joseph Votel

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Executive Director Chris Costa is joined by former Commander of U.S. Central Command General Joseph Votel to discuss his insights into current events in the Middle East and Afghanistan, and the fight against ISIS.

May 05 2020

47mins

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The SpyCast Conversation with Harvey Klehr

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with prolific author and historian Harvey Klehr to discuss Soviet espionage and his newest book, The Millionaire Was a Soviet Mole: The Twisted Life of David Karr.

Apr 28 2020

55mins

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Active Measures: A Conversation with Thomas Rid

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with professor Thomas Rid to discuss the history of disinformation, and his new book, Active Measures: The Secret History of Disinformation and Political Warfare.

Apr 21 2020

1hr 3mins

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The CIA War in Kurdistan: A Conversation with Sam Faddis

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Executive Director, Chris Costa is joined by former CIA Officer and author, Sam Faddis to discuss his book The CIA War in Kurdistan: The Untold Story of the Northern Front in the Iraq War.

Apr 14 2020

1hr 2mins

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Current Affairs in the Middle East: A Conversation with Kirsten Fontenrose

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Executive Director, Chris Costa talks with Kirsten Fontenrose, current Director of the Scowcroft Middle East Security Initiative at the Atlantic Council, about current events in the Middle East and her twenty years of experience with the region.

Apr 07 2020

1hr 7mins

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Talking to a Former Hostage: A Conversation with Jason Rezaian

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Executive Director Chris Costa sits down with Washington Post journalist, Jason Rezaian to talk about his book and experiences being taken hostage in Iran.

Mar 31 2020

1hr 1min

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From the Vault: Remember When Computer Viruses Were The Scary Viruses?

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Rick Holland, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Vice President of Strategy for Digital Shadows, to discuss the latest cyber trends and developments

Mar 24 2020

48mins

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From the Vault: Quarantine Edition

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with bioterrorism expert Hank Parker to discuss current threats and Parker's new book Containment.

Mar 17 2020

40mins

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Spy Chat with Chris Costa

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Having trouble getting a handle on world events? Join Spy Museum Executive Director Chris Costa and Former CIA/ Spy Museum Advisory Board Member Karen M. Schaefer for a discussion of the latest intelligence, national security, and terrorism issues in the news.

Mar 10 2020

1hr 3mins

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The Unexpected Spy: A Conversation with Tracy Walder

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SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA officer and FBI special agent Tracy Walder to discuss her career in intelligence, and her new book, The Unexpected Spy: From the CIA to the FBI, My Secret Life Taking Down Some of the World's Most Notorious Terrorists

Mar 03 2020

49mins

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iTunes Ratings

737 Ratings
Average Ratings
501
101
43
34
58

Good audio of iPhone alerts!

By NSpelich - May 06 2020
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Someone couldn’t silence their alerts when recording the most recent episode? Obviously Chris Costa heard them going off the whole time, why not stop recording and silence them? Disappointing and distracting.

Great, relevant content

By Steamerbash - Apr 22 2020
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The content is great and relevant for Intelligence and security professionals. The audio levels need to be adjusted often I have to blast the volume when listening in my car. It’s a podcast that’s best listened to on headphones. More Kirsten Fontenrose please. More Chris Costa. Mr. Costa is a very natural interviewer who has a conversational style.