Wetwork

Wetwork

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The term “wetwork” originated as a euphemism for institutionally sanctioned assassinations, wet being considered an allusion to spilled blood. Wet work, in addition to wet job, wet affair, or wet operation, are all derivations of the euphemism often used internally by the Soviet Komitet gosudarstvennoy bezopasnosti for such activities: мокрые сделка or “wet dealings”. Join us biweekly for a new story about deception, assassination, espionage, war, counterintelligence, government wrongdoing and much, much more. This is about intrigue. This about is what lives in the shadows. This is about war. This is dirty. This is Wetwork.
#7 - The Detective
Jul 12, 2017 • 64 min
Today, you can barely throw a proverbial stone without hitting a media portrayal of a law enforcement officer. They are a cornerstone of the dramatic experience, both real and imagined. But what is it like to be a real detective, when there are no cameras…
#6 - The Poet & The Tester
Dec 11, 2016 • 45 min
For the first time on Wetwork we’re featuring the same subject for two episodes. Why? Because the subject is one of numerous people who do not subsist on a single profession. According to the most recently available data from the U.S. Bureau…
#5 - The Tester & The Poet
Nov 15, 2016 • 55 min
Ryan White was an Indiana boy who became the face of the AIDS crisis after contracting it and being expelled from school. Stephen Mills was seven at the time and also a boy in Indiana. For him, the HIV/AIDS crisis was not exemplified by gay men, but…
#4 - The Funeral Director
Oct 31, 2016 • 51 min
For most of us, being face-to-face with a Funeral Director means one of two very, very unfortunate things. Either someone you love has died…or you have. Either way a Funeral Director’s services are enlisted at a time when you’d probably do anything to…
#3 - The Juror
Oct 13, 2016 • 55 min
Today’s episode deals with a job that no one signs up for, but nearly every American is on the hook for. Yes, I, your humble host, was called for Jury Duty. You will hear some on the scene audio of my experience as a prospective juror, my thoughts at the…
#2 - The Colonel
Sep 30, 2016 • 64 min
What does military intelligence look and feel like in practice? Is it the room full of black suits with cigars laughing as they run the world? Or is it the modern cubicle office space and a world governed by a lumbering, clumsy bureaucracy? Retired…
#1 - The Screenwriter
Sep 30, 2016 • 55 min
In the film business there are many undervalued positions. But of the creative talent lot there is a position that sits on a tier all it’s own. In the golden age of film, screenwriting was the profession failing play writes or novelists resorted to to…