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Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

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Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

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455 Ratings
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52

Amazing

By nyvonne722daisy - Aug 22 2019
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Very unique interviews and fascinating podcast

Great work

By JHGordon - Jun 07 2019
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Thorough analysis and a very worthwhile podcast!

iTunes Ratings

455 Ratings
Average Ratings
295
57
26
25
52

Amazing

By nyvonne722daisy - Aug 22 2019
Read more
Very unique interviews and fascinating podcast

Great work

By JHGordon - Jun 07 2019
Read more
Thorough analysis and a very worthwhile podcast!
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FP's First Person

Latest release on Jul 13, 2020

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Each week here at Foreign Policy, we interview one person for an intimate, narrative-driven conversation about something timely and important in the world. Our guests are people who have participated directly in events, either as protagonists or eyewitnesses. We get them to tell a story about their experience, not just offer their analysis. That approach is driven by the feeling here at Foreign Policy that to understand our world—to grasp the complexities and nuances of our time—we need to get as close to the source as possible. Hence the name First Person.

Rank #1: What’s Next for the Middle East?

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Career diplomats talk Syria, Iran from a local perspective. 

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Nov 28 2017

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Rank #2: Is There Anything Normal About the Firing of James Comey?

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The short answer: no.

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May 10 2017

59mins

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Rank #3: Spies, Lies and the Murder of a President

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What do the JFK releases really tell us? 

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Nov 21 2017

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Rank #4: The Persian Puzzle: Iran, Iraq, and the United States

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Following the U.S. air strike that killed Iranian military leader Qassem Suleimani, we examine again what a trove of leaked intelligence cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq. 

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Jan 06 2020

29mins

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Rank #5: The Ongoing Impunity of Mohammed bin Salman

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U.N. Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard on her investigation of the Khashoggi murder.

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Apr 06 2020

39mins

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Rank #6: Can President Trump Undo Obama’s Legacy?

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A stunning upset that sent shockwaves around the world is sinking in. Is the world order forever changed?

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Nov 11 2016

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Rank #7: ‘We Fail Better’ Should Not Be the Motto of the U.S. Military

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David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and Tom Ricks wrestle with America's recent legacy in the Middle East and what's broken with the last superpower's armed forces.

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Oct 20 2015

41mins

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Rank #8: Syria Is Now Everyone’s War

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With more than a million refugees in Europe, the spread of conflict throughout the region, and Russia’s involvement — why what’s happening in Syria matters everywhere.

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Sep 20 2016

38mins

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Rank #9: Is Donald Trump’s Cabinet a Cause for Concern?

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President-elect Trump’s national security apparatus is beginning to take shape. Here’s who and what to look out for.

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Nov 22 2016

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Rank #10: Cyberoffense, Deterrence, and the Dawn of a New Era of War

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Do our leaders know enough about code and IT to develop sufficient cyberpolicy? Listen to David Rothkopf, Rosa Brooks, Kori Schake, and David Sanger explore the modern challenges facing cybersecurity.

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Oct 13 2015

47mins

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Rank #11: Obama, Syria, and the Missed Opportunities of UNGA 2016

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World leaders gathered in New York City to give speeches and discuss the world’s most pressing foreign-policy issues, but they neglected two of its biggest problems.

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Sep 27 2016

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Rank #12: A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah

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On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanista

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Jul 19 2019

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Rank #13: Meltdown at Chernobyl

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On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world's worst nuclear disaster.

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Mar 22 2019

36mins

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Rank #14: Hitting the Reset Button on International Order

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From realignment with Russia to the revocation of global trade deals, is the Trump administration relapsing to an era we once thought confined to the dustbin of history?

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Nov 29 2016

38mins

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Rank #15: The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy

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On the podcast: The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the harrowing story of her own family’s one-child ordeal.

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Aug 09 2019

31mins

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Rank #16: How the Taliban Won

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On the podcast: Former Pakistani ambassador Husain Haqqani on America's endgame in Afghanistan.

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Feb 08 2019

34mins

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Rank #17: Why Is the United States More Afraid of the Islamic State Than Russia?

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It’s actually Putin and a rising Russia that pose the greater threat to world order. And that's something we need to acknowledge, for ourselves and our allies.

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Feb 09 2016

31mins

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Rank #18: Rational Security: The "When You’re President They Let You Do It" Edition

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Mike Flynn is cooperating with Bob Mueller’s Russia investigation, and President Trump raises questions about whether he sought to obstruct justice.

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Dec 08 2017

51mins

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Rank #19: The Truth About the U.S. War in Afghanistan

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Former Pakistani ambassador to Washington Husain Haqqani on how the Taliban won. 

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Dec 30 2019

34mins

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Rank #20: Iranian Spy Games Revealed

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What a trove of leaked Iranian cables tells us about Iran’s influence in Iraq. 

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Nov 25 2019

28mins

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Haven America or Fortress America?

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Harvard historian Jill Lepore on the long and tortured history of the U.S. immigration debate.

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Jul 13 2020

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HOTM: The Solutions Under Our Noses

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There are plenty of people sitting around waiting for some magical new or improved technology to come along and fix the mess we’ve made for ourselves with the climate emergency. That’s probably not going to happen—and, anyway, we have the tools we need to ditch fossil fuels now. In the first part of the episode, reporter Molly Schwartz looks into some of these solutions, including wind farm construction and carbon capture, utilization, and storage.

In the second part of the program, host John D. Sutter speaks with Mafalda Duarte, the head of the Climate Investment Funds. (The Climate Investment Funds is FP Studios’ partnering organization for Heat of the Moment.) Duarte explains that her group’s goal is not only to give loans for solar farms and other green projects but also to help tip the scales in favor of a clean energy revolution.

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Jul 01 2020

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HOTM: The Future of Green Energy

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As the world looks to reduce dependence on fossil fuels, there’s hope in the growing renewable energy market. In this episode of Heat of the Moment, Daniel Schrag, the director of Harvard University’s Center for the Environment, speaks to host John Sutter about the benefits of renewable energy and the policy challenges involved in moving to greener power sources. Later, the reporter Sebastian Bouknight travels to Morocco and the Noor Ouarzazate Solar Complex to get a firsthand look at the remarkable advances being made in concentrated solar power.

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Jun 29 2020

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HOTM: When Climate Hits Home

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In this episode of Heat of the Moment, climate change is forcing people from their homes, especially in island nations. Host John D. Sutter speaks with Ama Francis, a native of Dominica and a climate law fellow at Columbia Law School’s Sabin Center for Climate Change Law about ways to change immigration policy to help those whose homelands have been destroyed.

In the second part of the episode, the reporter Philip Nii Lartey takes us to Ghana, where the Climate Investment Funds’ Forest Investment Program (FIP) is helping to persuade cocoa farmers stay on their land. With the aid of FIP, farmers are improving yields and mitigating climate change by planting shade trees to protect their cocoa fields.

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Jun 26 2020

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HOTM: Extreme Weather Resilience

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All of the weather these days is forming in an atmosphere that humans have warmed on average by about 1 degree Celsius. It’s not that fossil fuel pollution is causing all the bad weather, but it does play an inextricable role. In this episode of Heat of the Moment, host John D. Sutter speaks with MIT professor Kerry Emanuel, a leading expert on hurricanes and climate change, about how the crisis has evolved.

Later in the episode, reporter Dhashen Moodley shares the story of how officials in Mozambique responded to extreme weather by fortifying key elements of their infrastructure to make their country more resilient.

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Jun 24 2020

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HOTM: What Would Greta Do?

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The Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg has helped ignite a global youth climate movement that’s energizing a new generation of activists. In this episode we profile two young climate leaders. First, host John D. Sutter talks with Varshini Prakash, a co-founder of the Sunrise Movement, a U.S.-based organization whose mission is to get young people to advocate for climate action. We’ll then travel to the Philippines with reporter Avery Thompson and meet Marinel Ubaldo, an activist who is helping her country evolve toward a sustainable future.

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Jun 19 2020

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HOTM: Why Bold investments Matter

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How much would it cost to fix climate change—and who should pay? Should it be the United States—the biggest polluter historically? Should it be China—the largest annual polluter these days? Is the entire industrial world to blame? These are some of the thorny questions the Heat of the Moment host John D. Sutter discusses with Nobel Prize-winning economist Joseph Stiglitz. Stiglitz is a top expert on how economic policy can play a leading role in steering the world away from fossil fuels.

Later, Emily Johnson reports on real-life examples of how investments can kick-start change. She looks at projects supported by our partners at the Climate Investment Funds in Jamaica, Tajikistan, and Turkey.

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Jun 17 2020

30mins

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Lebanon's Arab Spring?

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Protesters are directing their anger at the political elite for years of corruption and mismanagement.

This episode was first aired in October of last year.

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Jun 15 2020

32mins

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HOTM: Adapting to a Drier Planet

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Water is our most vital resource, but climate change is making weather patterns and seasonal rainfall less predictable. Now, drought and water scarcity are increasingly threatening the lives and livelihoods of vulnerable communities around the planet. In this episode of Heat of the Moment, host John D. Sutter speaks with Peter Gleick, president emeritus of the Pacific Institute, and a leading global thinker on the relationship between water scarcity and violent conflict.

Later on, reporter Portia Crowe travels to Niger to see how investments in drip irrigation are helping farmers adapt to more volatile weather patterns.

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Jun 10 2020

32mins

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Spies of the UAE

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This week on First Person we hear from Joel Schectmen, an investigative reporter for Reuters who co-wrote a series of stories in the past year about the UAE’s hacking and surveillance program. His partner on the project was Christopher Bing, also of Reuters. The two reporters discovered, among other things, that the UAE was employing Americans in its secret program, including veterans of the National Security Agency.

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Jun 08 2020

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HOTM: Talking Green Without Seeing Red

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The dialogue surrounding climate change is often passionate and sometimes contentious, especially when it touches on people’s livelihoods, religion, or political beliefs. So how can those seeking action get past the rancor and have a constructive dialogue? In this episode of Heat of the Moment, host John D. Sutter speaks with Katharine Hayhoe, a professor of political science at Texas Tech University, who regularly engages with audiences in deep-red states and other places where going green is seen as political treason. Hayhoe also hosts a digital video series for PBS called Global Weirding that seeks to present the discussion on climate change in an inclusive way.

Later on in the episode, Belgian journalist Jan De Deken discusses why he created the Polar Project, an effort to tell the story of those impacted by climate change using a wide range of mediums including virtual reality and live performances.

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Jun 03 2020

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The Future of Hong Kong

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On the podcast: A former China correspondent traces Beijing's sustained effort to erode human rights in Hong Kong. This episode was first aired in June of last year.

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Jun 01 2020

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HOTM: A New Plan for the Amazon

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The Amazon rainforest has been called “the lungs of the planet” as it plays an outsized role in absorbing the Earth’s carbon dioxide output. But industrial interests have led to rapid deforestation in parts of the Amazon, which is not only disrupting ecosystems but also indigenous communities. To get a better sense of the human impact of deforestation, host John Sutter speaks with the climate activist Nina Gualinga. Gualinga is from the Kichwa community of Sarayaku in the Ecuadorian Amazon.

Later in the program, what if the forest itself could become more profitable than logged timber and meat? The journalist Paula Moura brings us a story from the Brazilian Amazon on how local communities, NGOs, and scientists are combining conservation and technology in search of ways to make sure that trees are more valuable if they’re kept alive.

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May 27 2020

31mins

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The Referendum That Changed Ireland

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A look back at the vote in Ireland that ended the abortion ban.  This episode was first broadcast in May of last year.

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May 25 2020

30mins

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HOTM: Food 2.0

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How food production contributes to climate change and what individuals and the agricultural industry can do to make food production, distribution, and disposal more eco-friendly.

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May 20 2020

26mins

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Meltdown at Chernobyl

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On the podcast: A journalist reconstructs the world's worst nuclear disaster. This interview was first broadcast in March of last year.

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May 18 2020

34mins

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The Dark Legacy of China’s One-Child Policy

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The filmmaker Nanfu Wang tells the dramatic story of her own family’s one-child ordeal. This interview was first aired in August of last year.

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May 11 2020

32mins

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HOTM: Making Cities Greener

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Heat of the Moment explores how cities can play a major role in reducing carbon emissions.

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May 08 2020

29mins

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Introducing Season Two of I Spy

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CIA officer Richard Holm is sent to Congo in 1965 to organize local agents against an anti-government rebellion. But a fiery plane crash leaves him in hostile territory, fighting for his life.

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May 04 2020

37mins

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A U.S. Marine Looks Back at Fallujah

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On the podcast: Elliot Ackerman served five tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan

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Apr 27 2020

34mins

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iTunes Ratings

455 Ratings
Average Ratings
295
57
26
25
52

Amazing

By nyvonne722daisy - Aug 22 2019
Read more
Very unique interviews and fascinating podcast

Great work

By JHGordon - Jun 07 2019
Read more
Thorough analysis and a very worthwhile podcast!