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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.


From the Vault: The SpyCast conversation with Gen. Michael Hayden
Nov 12 • 72 min
Walking Away from the Kurds: A Conversation with LTG Michael K. Nagata
Nov 5 • 82 min
SpooooookyCast: DIA Investigates the Paranormal
Oct 29 • 62 min
Return to the Reich: A Conversation with Eric Lichtblau
Oct 22 • 65 min
Gitmo Law: A Conversation with Alka Pradhan and Ben Farley
Oct 15 • 57 min
From the Vault: Whistleblower Aid, An Interview with John Tye and Mark Zaid
Oct 8 • 53 min
Operation Gold: A Conversation with Steve Vogel and Bernd von Kostka
Oct 1 • 52 min
The Life of John André: A Conversation with Douglas Ronald
Sep 24 • 59 min
The SpyCast Conversation with…wait…Vince, Again??
Sep 17 • 67 min
The SpyCast Conversation with David Rolph
Sep 10 • 69 min
Moscow Rules: A Conversation with Jonna Mendez
Sep 3 • 66 min
The SpyCast Conversation with Matt Korda of the Federation of American Scientists
Aug 20 • 59 min
The SpyCast Conversation with Emily Crose
Aug 13 • 56 min
George Sharpe and the BMI: A Conversation with Peter Tsouras
Aug 6 • 67 min
Bringing Americans Home: A Conversation with Diane Foley and Cynthia Loertscher
Jul 30 • 55 min
SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with the founder of the James W. Foley Foundation, Diane Foley, and Cynthia Loertscher, the lead researcher for “Bringing Americans Home,” the First Non-Governmental Assessment of US Hostage Policy and Family…
The Dark Side of Paradise: A Conversation with Richard Kerr
Jul 23 • 78 min
Mosul: A Conversation with Daniel Gabriel
Jul 16 • 48 min
Strategic Warning: A Conversation with John Gentry and Joseph Gordon
Jul 9 • 61 min
The Threat: A Conversation with Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe
Jul 2 • 58 min
Spies of No Country: A Conversation with Matti Friedman
Jun 25 • 46 min
NEST: A Conversation with Jack Doyle
Jun 18 • 56 min
American Spartan: A Conversation with Jim Gant and Ann Scott Tyson
Jun 11 • 90 min
Mata Hari, The Spy: An Interview with Dr. Julie Wheelwright
Jun 4 • 65 min
Freedom’s Laboratory: A Conversation with Audra Wolfe
May 28 • 57 min
Area 51 Special Projects: A Conversation with TD Barnes
May 21 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with TD Barnes, who served as a field engineer at the NASA High Range in Nevada for the X-15, XB-70, lifting bodies and lunar landing vehicles; worked on the NERVA project at Jackass Flats, Nevada; and served in…
The SpyCast Conversation with Adm. Mike Rogers
May 14 • 73 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former NSA Director and CYBERCOM commander Admiral Mike Rogers
The SpyCast Conversation with…Vince Houghton?
May 7 • 59 min
Guest host David Priess sat down with SPY historian and curator Vince Houghton to discuss Houghton’s new book, Nuking the Moon: And Other Intelligence Schemes And Military Plots Left On The Drawing Board. IARPA/ARL link:…
The SpyCast Conversation with Dr. John Browne
Apr 30 • 60 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with John Browne, former director of the Los Alamos National Laboratory, who was there for – among other things – the Wen Ho Lee spy investigation. IARPA/ARL link: https://sites.google.com/create.jhuapl.edu/join
Leadership and Counterterrorism: A Conversation with General Stanley McChrystal
Apr 23 • 53 min
SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with the former Commander of Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC), Commander, International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) and Commander, U.S. Forces - Afghanistan (USFOR-A)
Nukes and North Korea: A Conversation with Jeffrey Lewis
Apr 16 • 57 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with arms control expert Jeffrey Lewis to discuss nuclear threats from around the world, and his fascinating book, The 2020 Commission Report on the North Korean Nuclear Attacks Against the United States: A…
The SpyCast Conversation with Dr. Gary Weir, Chief Historian, National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Apr 9 • 45 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Gary Weir to discuss some of the history of NGA, and their vital role in the mission to find and neutralize Usama bin Laden
The SpyCast Conversation with FBI Special Agent Peter Lapp
Apr 2 • 57 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Peter Lapp, whose two decade career at the FBI included extensive work in counterintelligence.
Gray Day: A Conversation with Eric O’Neill
Mar 26 • 56 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton say down with cybersecurity expert and former FBI counterterrorism and counterintelligence operative Eric O’Neill to discuss the investigation into, and arrest of, Soviet/Russian spy Robert Hanssen, and O’Neill’s new book on…
Rethinking CT: A Conversation with Jason Blazakis
Mar 19 • 46 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with the Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at Monterey to discuss terrorism financing, state-sponsorship, and the rise of domestic terrorism.
Dezinformatsiya Revisited: A Conversation with Liz Wahl
Mar 12 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down for a second time with journalist, and now congressional candidate, Liz Wahl to discuss Russian disinformation operations and more.
Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell: A Conversation with Former Director Rob Saale
Mar 5 • 37 min
SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with Rob Saale, the former director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell.
CIA vs DOD: A Conversation with David Oakley
Feb 26 • 46 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Army officer and former CIA intelligence officer David Oakley to discuss the tensions between the military and the CIA, and his new book, Subordinating Intelligence: The DoD/CIA Post-Cold War Relationship
The New Rules of War: A Conversation with Sean McFate
Feb 19 • 45 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with National Defense University professor Sean McFate to discuss his new book, The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age or Durable Disorder.
Hunting Mengele: A Conversation with David Kennedy, David Turk, and Howard Safir
Feb 12 • 61 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with representatives of the United States Marshals Service to discuss the decades-long manhunt for Nazi war criminal Dr. Joseph Mengele.
Code Name Lise: A Conversation with Larry Loftis
Feb 5 • 33 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with bestselling author Larry Loftis to discuss the extraordinary WWII British agent Odette Sansom, and Loftis’s new book, Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII’s Most Highly Decorated Spy
Counterterrorism Strategy: A Conversation with Peter Bergen & Chris Costa
Jan 29 • 67 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with terrorism expert Peter Bergen and SPY Executive Director Chris Costa to discuss the details and highlights of the most recent national counterterrorism strategy
The First Conspiracy: A Conversation with Brad Meltzer
Jan 22 • 42 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with prolific author Brad Meltzer to discuss his newest book, The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington. Link:…
The SpyCast Interview with DIA Director LTG Robert Ashley
Jan 15 • 50 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency to discuss his career, the mission of the DIA, and his role as its director.
Disrupt and Deny: A Conversation with Rory Cormac
Jan 8 • 56 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with University of Nottingham professor Rory Cormac to discuss the history of British covert action and his newest book, Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy.
Korean Security Issues: A Conversation with former Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert
Jan 1 • 57 min
SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sits down with the former Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert to discuss his career and insights on the U.S. relationship with South Korea, as well as current issues surrounding the Korean peninsula.
Moscow at Midnight: A Conversation with Sally McGrane
Dec 25, 2018 • 40 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with journalist and writer Sally McGrane to discuss modern-day Russia, living in Germany, and her novel Moscow at Midnight.
Masters of Mayhem: A Conversation with James Stejskal
Dec 18, 2018 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Green Beret and CIA Operations Officer James Stejskal to discuss the legacy of TE Lawrence and Stejskal’s newest book, Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British Military Mission to the Hejaz.
Into the Shadows: A Conversation with Michael Brady
Dec 11, 2018 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with ret US Army LTC and former career intelligence officer Michael Brady to discuss his career, the status of intelligence education, and his latest book, Into the Shadows, Assassination Corps.
The Spy Who Was Left Behind: A Conversation with Michael Pullara
Dec 4, 2018 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with attorney Michael Pullara to discuss the case of slain CIA officer Freddie Woodruff and Pullara’s new book, The Spy Who Was Left Behind: Russia, the United States, and the True Story of the Betrayal and…
The SpyCast Conversation with Ambassador Joe Wilson
Nov 27, 2018 • 64 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ambassador Joe Wilson to discuss his career, the politicization of intelligence, and uranium from Niger
The SpyCast Interview with Jeremy Bash
Nov 20, 2018 • 47 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Jeremy Bash and discussed his career at CIA, DOD, the House Intelligence Committee, and other topics.
Hostage US: A Conversation with Rachel Briggs & Joshua Geltzer
Nov 13, 2018 • 39 min
SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with Rachel Briggs and Joshua Geltzer from Hostage US, a non-profit organization that supports families of Americans taken hostage abroad
From FBI to CNN: A Conversation with Josh Campbell
Nov 6, 2018 • 68 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Josh Campbell, former Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, and now Law Enforcement Analyst for CNN
Inside the DIA – The Hunt for UBL: A Conversation with DIA Historian Greg Elder
Oct 30, 2018 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with DIA Chief Historian Greg Elder to discuss the DIA’s role in the hunt for Usama bin Laden.
The Secrets of the Bridge of Spies: A Conversation with Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Mary Ellen Fuller, and Vin Arthey
Oct 23, 2018 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down for a discussion of the most famous spy trade in history: Soviet spy Rudolf Abel for American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers
Active Measures: A Conversation with Jack Bryan
Oct 16, 2018 • 42 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with filmmaker Jack Bryan to discuss his newly released film on Russian active measures and the 2016 presidential election.
An American’s Path to Al-Qa’ida: A Conversation with Bryant Neal Viñas
Oct 9, 2018 • 33 min
SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with Bryant Neal Viñas to discuss the story of his ideological journey from New York to Pakistan and Afghanistan to wage jihad.
The Wounded Muse: A Conversation with Robert Delaney
Oct 2, 2018 • 51 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with award winning author and journalist Robert Delaney, who has been covering China as a journalist for more than 20 years. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, is out now.
Man of War: A Conversation with Sean Parnell
Sep 25, 2018 • 46 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Retired Army Infantry Captain, veteran’s advocate, and author Sean Parnell to talk about his new book Man of War, his wartime experiences, and key issues facing veterans today.
The Spy and the Traitor: A Conversation with Ben MacIntyre
Sep 18, 2018 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with prolific author Ben MacIntyre to discuss the Oleg Gordievsky case and MacIntyre’s new book, The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War.
From the Vault, 9/11 Edition: A Conversation with Cofer Black
Sep 11, 2018 • 64 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Cofer Black, the former Director of CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), to discuss the role of the CTC before, during, and after the attacks on September 11, 2001.
From the Vault (But Never Heard Before): A Conversation with William Webster
Sep 4, 2018 • 46 min
Former SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down in 2013 with former CIA and FBI Director, Judge William Webster. Hear it now for the first time.
NatSec and the Law: A Conversation with Mark Zaid
Aug 28, 2018 • 74 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with attorney Mark Zaid to discuss the revocation of security clearances, non-disclosure agreements, pre-publication review, and recent national security leaks.
Reflections on Counterterrorism: A Conversation with Nicholas Rasmussen
Aug 21, 2018 • 80 min
SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down for a special conversation with the former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Nicholas Rasmussen.
US Intel in WWI: A Conversation with Mark Stout
Aug 14, 2018 • 67 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former SPY Historian Mark Stout to discuss all things American Intelligence in WWI.
Busy Days: A Conversation with Shane Harris
Aug 7, 2018 • 65 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Washington Post intelligence and national security reporters to discuss…well, everything.
The SpyCast Conversation with former HPSCI Chair Mike Rogers
Jul 31, 2018 • 67 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former FBI agent and chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Mike Rogers to discuss his career and how he feels about the current state of the Intelligence Community.
“The Cyber”: A Conversation with Rick Holland
Jul 24, 2018 • 48 min
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
The Other Woman: A Conversation with Daniel Silva
Jul 17, 2018 • 43 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with bestselling novelist Daniel Silva to discuss his career, his writing philosophy, and his new book, The Other Woman.
Covering the Front: A Conversation with James Gordon Meek
Jul 10, 2018 • 72 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with ABC News national security investigative reporter James Gordon Meek to discuss his career in journalism and government.
Operation Black Mail: A Conversation with Ann Todd
Jul 3, 2018 • 47 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Ann Todd to discuss WWII propaganda efforts and her book, OSS Operation Black Mail: One Woman’s Covert War Against the Imperial Japanese Army
Wisdom of the Crowd: A Conversation with Dr. Steven Rieber
Jun 26, 2018 • 44 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Steven Rieber, IARPA program manager, to discuss CREATE, which seeks to develop, and experimentally test, systems that use crowdsourcing and structured analytic techniques to improve analytic reasoning.…
Nine Lives: A Conversation with Aimen Dean
Jun 19, 2018 • 73 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Aimen Dean, former member of Al Qaeda, agent for MI-6, and author of the new book, Nine Lives: My time as the West’s top spy inside al-Qaeda
Overkill: A Conversation with Ted Bell
Jun 12, 2018 • 34 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with spy novelist Ted Bell, author of 10 consecutive New York Times Bestsellers, including the Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers. The newest is Overkill.
Spy Chiefs: A Conversation with Mark Stout and Chris Moran
Jun 5, 2018 • 56 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with intelligence experts Drs. Mark Stout and Chris Moran to discuss the 2 volume book Spy Chiefs, which they both contributed to and edited.
Space and National Security: A Conversation with Chirag Parikh
May 30, 2018 • 65 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Chirag Parikh, the Deputy Director for Counterproliferation at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, to discuss the importance of space in the 21st century.
The SpyCast Conversation with John Brennan
May 22, 2018 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA Director John Brennan to discuss his career and key moments during his time as Director .
The Targeter: A Conversation with Nada Bakos
May 15, 2018 • 55 min
SPY historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA analyst and targeting officer Nada Bakos to discuss her career, the CIA, and the current state of intelligence in America
A Brotherhood of Spies: A Conversation with Monte Reel
May 8, 2018 • 58 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author and journalist Monte Reel, whose new book on the development and impact of the U-2 program is A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA’s Secret War. For more information about this week’s sponsor, visit…
The National Security Strategy: A Conversation with Fmr Dep National Security Advisor Nadia Schadlow
May 1, 2018 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Nadia Schadlow, the former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, to discuss the recently released National Security Strategy for the Trump Administration.
Cold War Navy SEAL: A Conversation with James Hawes
Apr 24, 2018 • 67 min
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…
Last Night of the World: A Conversation with Joyce Wayne
Apr 17, 2018 • 48 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with award-winning literary journalist and author Joyce Wayne to discuss her new historical novel Last Night of the World, which centers on an infamous Soviet spy ring operating in early-Cold War Canada.
The Mad Scientists: A Conversation with Lee Grubbs
Apr 10, 2018 • 57 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Lee Grubbs, director of the Mad Scientist initiative, a US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) program that continually explores the future through collaborative partnerships and continuous dialogue with…
Meet the New Guy, Part 2: An Interview with Chris Costa
Apr 3, 2018 • 58 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton continues his conversation with the new Executive Director of the International Spy Museum to discuss his career in intelligence, special operations, counterterrorism, and policymaking. This week’s SpyCast is brought to you by…
Meet the New Guy, Part 1: An Interview with Chris Costa
Mar 27, 2018 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with the new Executive Director of the International Spy Museum to discuss his career in intelligence, special operations, counterterrorism, and policymaking. Part 2 will be posted next week. This week’s SpyCast is…
In the Enemy’s House: An Interview with Howard Blum
Mar 20, 2018 • 47 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with NYT bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Howard Blum to discuss his newest book In the Enemy’s House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies. This week’s…
Breaking Cover: An Interview with Michele Rigby Assad
Mar 13, 2018 • 53 min
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.
Operation Chaos: An Interview with Matthew Sweet
Mar 6, 2018 • 60 min
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.
The Peter Earnest “Exit Interview”
Feb 27, 2018 • 60 min
SPY Historian sat down with recently retired International Spy Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest to discuss his career in intelligence, his time with the Museum, and his thoughts on life moving forward .
The Doomsday Machine: An Interview with Daniel Ellsberg
Feb 20, 2018 • 77 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with Daniel Ellsberg, who is best known for his release of the Pentagon Papers to the public in 1971. He is also the author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, which details his…
Technology and Human Intelligence: An Interview with Paula Doyle
Feb 13, 2018 • 66 min
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.
Spy Watching: An Interview with Loch Johnson
Feb 6, 2018 • 67 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with political scientist and professor Loch Johnson, whose decade-long career in and out of the intelligence world has culminated in a new book, Spy Watching: Intelligence Accountability in the United States.
The Saboteur: An Interview with Paul Kix
Jan 30, 2018 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paul Kix, deputy editor at ESPN the Magazine, and author of the book The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France’s Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando
Destination Casablanca: An Interview with Meredith Hindley
Jan 23, 2018 • 47 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with writer and historian Meredith Hindley to discuss her new book Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II
The Red Web: An Interview with Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan
Jan 16, 2018 • 59 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan to discuss Russian intelligence, their security services, and the Russian use of the internet both internally and externally
American Radical: An Interview with Kevin Maurer
Jan 9, 2018 • 63 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Kevin Maurer, coauthor of the bestseller No Easy Day, and now coauthor of the new book, American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent, which he cowrote with undercover FBI agent Tamer…
A Rebel at the CIA: An Interview with former DDI Carmen Medina
Jan 2, 2018 • 65 min
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.
The Psychology of Espionage: An Interview with Dr. Ursula Wilder
Dec 26, 2017 • 81 min
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.
Inside Naval Intelligence: An Interview with Deputy Director B Lynn Wright
Dec 19, 2017 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Lynn Wright, the current Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence and the Head of the Naval Intelligence Activity.
A Little Bit of Everything: An Interview with Kristin Wood
Dec 12, 2017 • 75 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Kristin Wood, who spent more than two decades with CIA in a number of roles – from the briefer to the Vice President, to intelligence analyst, to the National Clandestine Service, to the Open Source Center.
View from the Top: An Interview with Michael Morell
Dec 5, 2017 • 90 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA Deputy Director and Acting Director Michael Morell to discuss his career at the Agency, and his role in some of the most momentous intelligence events of the last two decades.
Follow the Money: An Interview with Nitsana Darshan-Leitner
Nov 28, 2017 • 67 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Israeli activist and attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner to discuss the ongoing campaign to disrupt terrorist finance, and her new book Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism’s Money Masters
Speaking Truth to Power: An Interview with Ned Price
Nov 21, 2017 • 69 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ned Price, former CIA analyst and Special Assistant to President Obama on the National Security Council staff, where he also was the Spokesperson and Senior Director for Strategic Communications.
Everything You Wanted to Know About GEOINT but Were Afraid to Ask: An Interview with Keith Masback
Nov 14, 2017 • 63 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Keith Masback, the CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, to talk all things GEOINT.
The Woman Who Smashed Codes: An Interview with Jason Fagone
Nov 7, 2017 • 61 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Jason Fagone to discuss the history of American codebreaking and his book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.
Chief of Station: An Interview with John Sipher
Oct 31, 2017 • 77 min
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.
Dinner at the Center of the Earth: An Interview with Nathan Englander
Oct 24, 2017 • 51 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Nathan Englander to discuss his new novel, Middle East politics, the Mossad, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and growing up Jewish in America.
Our First Bond Villain: An Interview with Robert Davi
Oct 17, 2017 • 71 min
In late July, SPY Historian Vince Houghton traveled to Pasadena, CA to take part in Politicon, the “Unconventional Political Convention” (think Comic Con for political junkies). There he sat down with prolific actor Robert Davi, who played Franz Sanchez,…
Spy Schools: An Interview with Dan Golden
Oct 10, 2017 • 57 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dan Golden to discuss his new book, focused on the exploitation of American universities by both foreign and US intelligence agencies.
Preserving Cold War Berlin: An Interview with Bernd von Kostka
Oct 3, 2017 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Bernd von Kostka, the Acting Director of the Allied Museum in Berlin, to discuss some of the key stories from the Cold War in Germany.
Whistleblower Aid: An Interview with John Tye and Mark Zaid
Sep 26, 2017 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with attorneys John Tye and Mark Zaid to discuss their new project Whistleblower Aid, which is a non-profit organization designed to protect whistleblowers – and to prevent them from becoming leakers.
Foxtrot in Kandahar: An Interview with Duane Evans
Sep 19, 2017 • 72 min
Recorded in front of a live audience at the Museum, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA operations officer Duane Evans, who led a team of special operators into Afghanistan in the weeks following 9/11.
Patton’s Way: An Interview with James Kelly Morningstar
Sep 12, 2017 • 60 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Army officer and historian James Kelly Morningstar to discuss the use of intelligence by legendary General George Patton, highlighted in Morningstar’s new book Patton’s Way: A Radical Theory of War.
The Taking of K-129: An Interview with Josh Dean
Sep 5, 2017 • 71 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author and journalist Josh Dean to discuss Project Azorian, the Glomar Explorer, and one of the most spectacular covert operations in history.
Inside the DIA, Episode 2: An Interview with DIA Historian Greg Elder
Aug 29, 2017 • 75 min
In the second installment of our recurring series, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with DIA Chief Historian Greg Elder to discuss the DIA’s role in some of the most momentous events in recent US history.
From the Vault: Civil War Overhead Recon, An Interview with Dr. Jim Green
Aug 22, 2017 • 56 min
Because everyone else is going eclipse crazy, we thought we would re-post SPY Historian Vince Houghton’s interview with one of the tops guys at NASA, Dr. Jim Green. Green’s day job is Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA. In his spare time,…
Deep Black: An Interview with Sean McFate
Aug 15, 2017 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sean McFate, a former paratrooper, private military contractor, and now author, novelist, and expert in foreign policy and national security strategy. Drs. Houghton and McFate discuss military and intelligence…
China’s Cyber Wars: An Interview with TL Williams
Aug 8, 2017 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA operations officer and Deputy Division Chief for Counterintelligence TL Williams to discuss his career and his new novel, Zero Day: China’s Cyber Wars.
Whistleblower at the CIA: An Interview with Melvin Goodman
Aug 1, 2017 • 71 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman to discuss his life in government, and his book “A Whistleblower at the CIA: The Path of Dissent” – an insiders account of the politics of intelligence.
Special Forces Berlin: An Interview with James Stejskal
Jul 25, 2017 • 57 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Green Beret James Stejskal to discuss the role of US Army Special Forces, and their actions against the Warsaw Pact, in Cold War Berlin.
Dezinformatsiya: An Interview with Liz Wahl
Jul 18, 2017 • 64 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Newsy reporter Liz Wahl to discuss Russian efforts to propagate disinformation to the American public – and her unique role in exposing this threat.
Angola, Clausewitz, and the American Way of War: An Interview with Jack McCain
Jul 11, 2017 • 69 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with US Naval Officer and helicopter pilot Jack McCain to discuss the potential lessons learned from his experiences and his new book, Angola, Clausewitz, and the American Way of War.
From the Vault, 4th of July Edition: Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War
Jul 4, 2017 • 55 min
Hear from former CIA officer Kenneth Daigler, as he closely examines American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War from 1765 to 1783.
Predicting President Trump: An Interview with the Authors of High Hand
Jun 27, 2017 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with James Rosen (McClatchy), James Ellenberger (formerly of AFL-CIO), and Curt Harris (NIH National Cancer Institute), authors of High Hand. Their novel, which involves a Republican presidential candidate with close…
The Death of Expertise: An Interview with Tom Nichols
Jun 20, 2017 • 74 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Tom Nichols, professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School, and the author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters
Inside the DIA, Episode 1: An Interview with DIA Historian Greg Elder
Jun 13, 2017 • 67 min
In the first installment of what will become a recurring series, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with DIA Chief Historian Greg Elder to discuss the DIA’s role in some of the most momentous events in recent US history.
Our Latest Longest War: An Interview with Ben Jones
Jun 6, 2017 • 67 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ben Jones, the former Transition Coordinator for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, where he coordinated the transfer of Afghanistan’s security from the coalition to the Afghan National…
Agent M: An Interview with Henry Hemming
May 30, 2017 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with British author Henry Hemming to discuss his newest book Agent M: The Lives and Spies of MI5’s Maxwell Knight.
The Black Hand: An Interview with Stephan Talty
May 23, 2017 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Stephan Talty, author of two previous books on intelligence, Agent Garbo and The Secret Agent: In Search of America’s Greatest World War II Spy. They discuss his newest book, The Black Hand: The Epic War Between…
The Power of Words: An Interview with Sven Hughes
May 16, 2017 • 53 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sven Hughes, a former reserve soldier within British Military Intelligence, Psychological Operations, and UK Special Forces, to discuss counter-radicalization and the effectiveness of influence operations. Mr.…
Spies in the Family: An Interview with Eva Dillon
May 9, 2017 • 85 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Eva Dillon, whose father Paul was a career CIA officer who ran one of the most prolific Soviet spies of the Cold War. Their stories are told in Eva’s new book, Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His…
CIA Spy Girl: An Interview with Emily Brandwin
May 2, 2017 • 62 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former improv comedienne and CIA operations officer Emily Brandwin to discuss her career(s) and views on many things intel-related.
The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: An Interview with Yudhijit Bhattacharjee
Apr 25, 2017 • 67 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author and journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee to discuss the fascinating case of wannabee spy Brian Regan, detailed in Yudhijit’s book The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and the…
The Imagineers of War: An Interview with Sharon Weinberger
Apr 18, 2017 • 59 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sharon Weinberger, national security journalist and author of the book The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World.
Spy Sites of DC: An Interview with Keith Melton and Bob Wallace
Apr 11, 2017 • 58 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with intelligence historian Keith Melton, and former chief of the CIA’s Office of Technical Services, Bob Wallace, to discuss their newest collaboration: Spy Sites of Washington, DC. Get the…
Deep Undercover: An Interview with Former KGB Illegal Jack Barsky
Apr 4, 2017 • 75 min
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…
SpyCast Roundtable: The Women of NatSec Journalism
Mar 28, 2017 • 70 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with six extraordinary journalists to discuss the challenges associated with reporting on intelligence and national security. They include: Ali Watkins (BuzzFeed), Mary Louise Kelly (NPR), Jenna McLaughlin (The…
Allen Dulles, the OSS, and the German Resistance: An Interview with Scott Miller
Mar 21, 2017 • 48 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Scott Miller, author of Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII, to discuss the relationship between future CIA director Dulles and those Germans scheming to overthrow Hitler.
Climate and Security: An Interview with Brig. Gen Gerry Galloway and Rear Adm. Dave Titley
Mar 14, 2017 • 63 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with retired US Army Brigadier General Gerry Galloway and retired US Navy Rear Admiral Dave Titley to discuss the intelligence and national security implication of climate change. Both men are members of the Advisory…
Author Debriefing - Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers
Mar 7, 2017 • 67 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with Joel Whitney, the cofounder and editor at large of Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics, to discuss his book on how the CIA used culture to fight the Cold War, Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s…
Author Debriefing - Beware the Predator: The American’s Guide to Personal Security
Feb 28, 2017 • 52 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA Technical Operations Officer Warren Holston and former Air Force intel specialist Dave White to discuss their new book Beware the Predator: The American’s Guide to Personal Security. Get the Book:…
How Much Should We Know: An Interview with Alex Howard of the Sunlight Foundation
Feb 21, 2017 • 70 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Alex Howard, the Deputy Director of the Sunlight Foundation, to discuss the public’s right to know what the government is doing in its name.
From the Vault: The SpyCast Interview with Michael Flynn
Feb 21, 2017 • 64 min
A year ago, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former DIA Director and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Here is their conversation.
Spooks and Nukes: An Interview with Dr. James Acton
Feb 14, 2017 • 57 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss the threat of nuclear confrontation and how intelligence can play a vital…
CIA’s Secret War in Laos: An Interview with Josh Kurlantzick
Feb 7, 2017 • 62 min
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.
“Historian” Roundtable: 2016 Revisited
Jan 31, 2017 • 80 min
SPY Historians Vince Houghton sat down to rehash the year that was 2016. He was joined by former SPY Historian Mark Stout, former CIA briefer David Priess, and BuzzFeed intelligence and national security reporter Ali Watkins.
John Nixon - Debriefing the President
Jan 24, 2017 • 62 min
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
Bioweapons Containment: An Interview with Dr. Hank Parker
Jan 17, 2017 • 44 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with bioterrorism expert Hank Parker to discuss current threats and Parker’s new book Containment.
Cyber Special Forces: An Interview with Dmitri Alperovitch
Jan 10, 2017 • 46 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dmitri Alperovitch, the CTO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that detected the hack of the DNC, and traced the breach back to Russian intelligence.
From the Vault: The Tony and Jonna Mendez Edition, Part 3
Jan 3, 2017 • 30 min
The Iranian Hostage Crisis (September 1, 2008) In November 1979, radical Iranian students overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, capturing most of the embassy staff—except for six diplomats who found refuge with the Canadian embassy. Today, Peter talks with…
From the Vault: The Tony and Jonna Mendez Edition, Part 2
Jan 3, 2017 • 25 min
Woman in Disguise - Jonna Mendez (November 18, 2008) Jonna Hiestand Mendez began her CIA career as a secretary and ended it as head of the agency’s Office of Technical Services, overseeing the development of gadgets, disguises, and high-tech devices in…
From the Vault: The Tony and Jonna Mendez Edition, Part 1
Jan 3, 2017 • 23 min
The Secret History of Disguises (November 1, 2006) Peter talks with Tony Mendez, former Chief of Disguise for the CIA. Peter and Tony discuss the intricacies of developing disguises for use in hostile environments, the advantages of selective aging, and…
From the Vault: Russians Behaving Badly Edition, Part 2
Dec 27, 2016 • 31 min
Leon Trotsky — Murder in Mexico (September 1, 2007) Peter’s guest today is H. Keith Melton, renowned intelligence historian and owner of the largest collection of espionage artifacts. Keith sheds new light on one of the most notorious intelligence…
From the Vault: Russians Behaving Badly Edition, Part 1
Dec 27, 2016 • 51 min
The Litvinenko Murder and Other Riddles from Moscow (December 4, 2006) Peter sits down with former CIA officer Bob Rayle and Oleg Kalugin to talk Russia past and present. The three discuss their perspectives on the recent poisoning of former KGB spy…
From the Vault: Russians Behaving Badly Edition, Part 3
Dec 27, 2016 • 30 min
An Army of Illegals: Assessing the Russian Spy Case (July 12, 2010) Two weeks ago on 27 June, the FBI arrested a network of 10 Russian “deep cover” spies. Peter sits down with former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin to discuss this remarkable case and the…
The Last Diplomat: An Interview with Devlin Barrett of the WSJ and Adam Entous of the Washington Post
Dec 20, 2016 • 75 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Devlin Barrett and Adam Entous, co-authors of an exceptional long-form article, written for the Wall Street Journal, which highlights the tension between traditional diplomacy and the counterintelligence mission…
High Risk, High Reward: An Interview with IARPA Dep. Director Dr. Stacey Dixon
Dec 13, 2016 • 42 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Stacey Dixon, the Deputy Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. Drs. Houghton and Dixon discuss some of the advanced scientific and technological research that will transform…
Pearl Harbor at 75: An Interview with Steve Twomey
Dec 6, 2016 • 88 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Twomey to discuss his new book about the attacks of December 7, 1941, Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack.
CIA’s Man in Havana: An Interview with Canadian Diplomat John Graham
Nov 29, 2016 • 50 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Canadian diplomat John Graham to discuss his role as the eyes and ears of Western intelligence following the Cuban Missile Crisis. This story, as well as many others, are told in Graham’s memoir, Whose Man…
Author Debriefing – 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative’s Survival Guide
Nov 22, 2016 • 44 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with former SEAL Team 6 member Clint Emerson to discuss his new book, 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition, a follow-up to his national bestseller 100 Deadly Skills.
Able Archer 83: An Interview with Nate Jones
Nov 15, 2016 • 56 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Nate Jones, the Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project for the National Security Archive, and the author of the new book Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Triggered…
From the Vault: Election Spectacular, Part III - Why Mark Felt became Deep Throat
Nov 8, 2016 • 37 min
Intelligence officers and investigative journalists both depend on clandestine sources to divulge secrets. But why do people betray a trust? Peter interviews veteran journalist Max Holland about his new book, Leak, which probes the mind and motivations of…
From the Vault: Election Spectacular, Part I - An Interview with NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd
Nov 8, 2016 • 31 min
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd to discuss the growing role of intelligence tradecraft in American election politics. Todd, the host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown,…
From the Vault: Election Spectacular, Part II - An Interview with Ken Vogel of POLITICO
Nov 8, 2016 • 38 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ken Vogel, Chief Investigative Reporter for POLITICO and author of the article, “The Koch Intelligence Agency.” Houghton and Vogel (who tracks the confluence of money, politics, and influence for POLITICO)…
Stalin’s Englishman: An Interview with Andrew Lownie
Nov 1, 2016 • 38 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author and literary agent Andrew Lownie, who has been researching Guy Burgess and the Cambridge 5 for over three decades. The culmination of this research is Lownie’s book, Stalin’s Englishman: Guy Burgess, the…
Rise of the Machines: An Interview with Dr. Thomas Rid
Oct 25, 2016 • 50 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Thomas Rid, professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and the author of Rise of the Machines. The book tells the sweeping story of how cybernetics, a late-1940s theory of machines, came…
Countering Radicalism and Extremism: An Interview with Dr. Lorenzo Vidino and Jesse Morton
Oct 18, 2016 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Lorenzo Vidino and Jesse Morton from the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. Dr. Vidino, and expert on Islamism in Europe and North America, is the…
Author Debriefing - True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy
Oct 11, 2016 • 63 min
At a live event at the International Spy Museum, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with journalist Kati Marton to discuss Soviet spy Noel Field, the subject of Marton’s new book True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.
From MI to UPI: An Interview with Newsweek’s Jeff Stein
Oct 4, 2016 • 59 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Jeff Stein, who covers the spy agencies and foreign policy for Newsweek in Washington. An Army Intelligence case officer in Vietnam, Stein is an investigative reporter of long standing, specializing in…
15 Years Later, Part 3: An Interview with Mark Zaid and Bradley Moss
Sep 27, 2016 • 95 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with national security attorneys Mark Zaid and Brad Moss to discuss the impact of the attacks of 9/11 on the US Constitution, and the continuing legal legacy of that fateful day.
15 Years Later, Part 2: An Interview with Ambassador Cofer Black
Sep 20, 2016 • 68 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Cofer Black, the former Director of CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), to discuss the role of the CTC before, during, and after the attacks on September 11, 2001.
15 Years Later, Part 1: An Interview with Dr. Barbara Sude
Sep 13, 2016 • 61 min
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…
Securing Cyberspace: An Interview with Charlie Mitchell
Sep 6, 2016 • 55 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Charlie Mitchell, editor and co-founder of Inside Cybersecurity, and the author of Hacked: The Inside Story of America’s Struggle to Secure Cyberspace. Houghton and Mitchell discuss the ongoing congressional…
When COIN Works: An Interview with Tom Ordeman
Aug 30, 2016 • 40 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with antiterrorism advisor and risk management specialist Tom Ordeman to discuss the little-know case of the Dhofar Rebellion. Often called the “Secret War” (because so few people have heard of it), the Dhofar…
The Corrupted State: An interview with Ilya Zaslavskiy
Aug 23, 2016 • 56 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ilya Zaslavskiy, who was falsely accused of espionage by Russian security services (the FSB). Unwilling to sit back and allow others to be victimized by a corrupt system, Ilya now dedicates his time to exposing…
GPS Declassified: An Interview with Richard Easton
Aug 16, 2016 • 52 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Richard Easton, author of GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones, to discuss the development of GPS and its role in the military, intelligence, and civilian domains. Easton’s father, Roger, led the…
Blurred Lines: An Interview with Georgetown International Law Professor Rosa Brooks
Aug 9, 2016 • 57 min
Blurred Lines: An Interview with Georgetown International Law Professor Rosa Brooks SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Rosa Brooks, professor of national security law, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, and author of the new book How…
Author Debriefing: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union
Aug 2, 2016 • 68 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Stephen Budiansky, the author of seventeen books about military history, intelligence and espionage, science, the natural world, and other subjects, to discuss the history of the NSA and his new book, NSA’s…
A Lifetime in Intelligence: An Interview with ex-CIA Officer Stephen Slick
Jul 26, 2016 • 56 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA officer Steve Slick, who spent more than three decades at the Agency as a case officer, chief of station, and senior executive. He is now the inaugural Director of the Intelligence Studies Project at…
Goat Staring and Other Oddities: An Interview with Jon Ronson
Jul 19, 2016 • 59 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton traveled to Politicon in Pasadena, CA and sat down (before a live audience) with Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, and all-around interesting person.
The Secret History of WWII: An Interview with Sir Max Hastings
Jul 12, 2016 • 48 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with prolific author Sir Max Hastings, whose 20+ books have set the standard for historical writing over the last 40 years. Dr. Houghton and Sir Max discuss the fascinating topic of Hastings’ new book, The Secret War:…
Intel at Leyte: An Interview with John Prados
Jul 5, 2016 • 43 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. John Prados, author of the new book Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy. Drs. Houghton and Prados discuss the role of intelligence in the Pacific War and,…
Author Debriefing: Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World
Jun 28, 2016 • 42 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Lori Clune, Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fresno, to discuss her new book on how the Rosenberg spy case affected American relations with the rest of the world. A completely…
Combating Extremism: An Interview with Dr. Tara Maller
Jun 21, 2016 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Tara Maller, the Spokesperson and a Senior Policy Advisor for the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), to discuss the growing threat – and responses to – online extremism. To learn more about the CEP, go to…
The Missing Man: An Interview with the NYT’s Barry Meier
Jun 14, 2016 • 46 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Barry Meier of the New York Times to discuss the story of Bob Levinson, former FBI agent and CIA contract worker, who disappeared in Iran in 2007. Meier’s book, Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in Iran,…
From the SpyCast Vault: D-Day Anniversary Edition
Jun 7, 2016 • 44 min
Juan Pujol was the Walter Mitty of World War II, a nobody who at one doomed venture after another while dreaming of doing something interesting with his life — saving Western civilization, if possible. Journalist Stephan Talty, whose work has appeared…
The Blonde Bond: An Interview with Vanity Fair’s Howard Blum
May 31, 2016 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Howard Blum, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal, a book about one of the greatest spies of WWII, Betty Pack. Pack…
The Commander: An Interview with Gen. David Petraeus
May 24, 2016 • 45 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with retired 4-star general David Petraeus, former Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq; Commander, US Central Command; commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander, US Forces…
Author Debriefing: Eisenhower’s Guerrillas: The Jedburghs, the Maquis, and the Liberation of France
May 17, 2016 • 63 min
SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with Ben Jones, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History, Dakota State University. Dr. Jones also served as an advisor to the National Military Academy of Afghanistan and later as a liaison…
Corporate Espionage: An Interview with CNBC’s Eamon Javers
May 10, 2016 • 36 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton discusses corporate espionage with CNBC’s Washington Reporter Eamon Javers, who is also the author of the book Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage. Get the book:…
Playing to the Edge: An Interview with Gen. Michael Hayden
May 3, 2016 • 73 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former NSA and CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden to discuss his role as the only person to head both of these key intelligence agencies. Get the book:…
Historian Roundtable, Part II: A Conversation with the SPY Historians
Apr 26, 2016 • 58 min
Current SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with all of his former colleagues to discuss listener questions. To submit your own questions, send them via email to [email protected], or on Twitter, @intlspycast.
Victor in the Rubble: An Interview with Alex Finley
Apr 19, 2016 • 30 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Alex Finley, author of the new satirical novel about CIA and the War on Terror, Victor in the Rubble. Finley, herself a former officer in CIA’s Directorate of Operations, provides a hilarious look at the…
The President’s Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America’s Presidents from Kennedy to Obama
Apr 12, 2016 • 52 min
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…
Sold Out? Iraq, the CIA, and the Kurds: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Gibson
Apr 5, 2016 • 48 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Bryan Gibson to discuss the tumultuous history of US foreign policy in Iraq. From the end of the Second World War through today, Iraq has remained a key component in the American security calculus.…
Author Debriefing: Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain’s Cold War Spy Master
Mar 29, 2016 • 33 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paddy Hayes to discuss his book Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain’s Cold War Spy Master. Hayes recounts the fascinating story of the evolution of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from World War II…
Defeating ISIS: An Interview with Malcolm Nance
Mar 22, 2016 • 48 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Arabic speaking naval intelligence counter-terrorism and intelligence officer Malcolm Nance. After spending 35 years participating in field and combat intelligence activity including both covert and…
Special Breed of Warrior: An Interview with Former SEAL Clinton Emerson
Mar 22, 2016 • 26 min
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…
Intelligence Analysis in the 21st Century: An Interview with Dr. Mark Lowenthal
Mar 15, 2016 • 47 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production and Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council – and the man who (literally) wrote the book on…
Army Intelligence: A View from the Top. An Interview with the Chief of Army Intel, LTG Mary Legere
Mar 7, 2016 • 41 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with current Army G-2 LTG Mary Legere to discuss the current role and mission of Army Intelligence. LTG Legere, who has spent her entire career as an intelligence officer, also provides some historical context on how…
Author Debriefing: United States of Jihad. An Interview with Peter Bergen
Mar 3, 2016 • 42 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Peter Bergen to discuss his newest book, United States of Jihad: Investigating America’s Homegrown Terrorists. Paced like a detective story, the book tells the entwined stories of the key actors on the…
History Roundtable: A Conversation with Drs. Alexis Albion, Thomas Boghardt, Mark Stout, and Vince Houghton
Feb 23, 2016 • 71 min
In what will hopefully become a series of conversations here at the Spy Museum, all of the past and present SPY historians sat down to discuss a key issue in the world of intelligence – from a historical, but not-too-formal perspective. This week’s topic:…
The CI Professional: An Interview with Dr. John Schindler
Feb 16, 2016 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former NSA counterintelligence officer John Schindler to discuss his experiences in the Balkans, and his views on the current intelligence war against Russia. Houghton and Schindler also dive into Edward Snowden,…
Defense Intelligence in the 21st Century: An Interview with Former DIA Director Michael Flynn
Feb 9, 2016 • 64 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with LTG (Ret) Michael Flynn, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012-2014. Houghton and Flynn discuss the challenges DIA has faced in the last several decades, including the sharp transitions from…
The Real Story of the U-2 Incident: An Interview with Francis Gary Powers, Jr.
Feb 2, 2016 • 53 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Gary Powers, Jr., the son of the legendary U-2 pilot who was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Vince and Gary discuss his father’s legacy, the incorrect assumptions about his father’s capture, and the…
Higher, Faster, Stealthier: An Interview with SR-71 Pilot Buz Carpenter
Jan 26, 2016 • 48 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with USAF Colonel (Ret.) Buz Carpenter, who flew some of the most incredible aircraft ever developed. As an RF-4C pilot in Vietnam, Col. Carpenter flew low level reconnaissance missions over enemy territory. Later, as…
The Radicalization of Women in Islam: An Interview with Farhana Qazi
Jan 19, 2016 • 45 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Farhana Qazi, a scholar and speaker on conflicts in the Islamic world, and the first American Muslim woman to serve in the National Counter-Terrorism Center. Houghton and Qazi discuss the role of women in radical…
Author Debriefing: JFK’s Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War
Jan 12, 2016 • 61 min
During a public program at the Museum, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Bruce Riedel, author of JFK’s Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War. Riedel, who is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project,…
Political Espionage: An Interview with Ken Vogel of POLITICO
Jan 5, 2016 • 38 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ken Vogel, Chief Investigative Reporter for POLITICO and author of the article, “The Koch Intelligence Agency.” Houghton and Vogel (who tracks the confluence of money, politics, and influence for POLITICO)…
Author Debriefing: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War
Dec 29, 2015 • 42 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with PW Singer, co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (which he wrote with August Cole). In the spirit of early Tom Clancy (especially Red Storm Rising), Ghost Fleet is a imagining of how World War…
The Whistleblower: An Interview with Thomas Drake
Dec 22, 2015 • 63 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the NSA – and whistleblower – who in 2010 was indicted on 10 felony counts; charges that would have carried decades of prison time had Drake been convicted. Instead, in…
Coast Guard Intelligence: An Interview with Captain Erich Telfer
Dec 15, 2015 • 40 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Captain Erich Telfer, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Houghton and Telfer discuss the role of the Coast Guard in the broader…
Author Debriefing: Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign
Dec 8, 2015 • 52 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Tom Ryan, former intelligence professional for the Department of Defense and author of Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign. The first book to offer a unique and incisive comparative study of…
The World of Global Jihad: A Conversation with Morten Storm
Dec 1, 2015 • 19 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton talked to Morten Storm, who, after a decade of jihadi life, not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. He is now in hiding, fearful that…
The Public’s Right to Know: An Interview with Sheryl Shenberger, the Director of the National Declassification Center
Nov 24, 2015 • 35 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sheryl Shenberger, the Director of the National Declassification Center at the National Archives. President Obama pledged to preside over the most transparent government ever — a vow that included declassifying…
The Real Story of Rudolph Abel: An Interview with Vin Arthey
Nov 17, 2015 • 41 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Vin Arthey, who has spent most of his adult life researching the life of KGB Colonel William Fisher – better known as Rudolf Abel. Working with secret sources and inside information, Arthey turned this lifelong…
Author Debriefing: Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan
Nov 10, 2015 • 51 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Doug Waller to discuss his new book Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan. The author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Wild Bill Donovan, Waller…
Hitler in Los Angeles: An Interview with Professor Steve Ross
Nov 3, 2015 • 62 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with University of Southern California history professor Steve Ross to discuss the ongoing research for his upcoming book Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and their Spies Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and…
From the Vault: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Russian Intelligence – Past and Present
Oct 20, 2015 • 21 min
SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest and former KGB General Oleg Kalugin discuss the current espionage conflict between Russia and Georgia, reminisce about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and bring an old question to light: Was Isaac Stone a Russian spy? From…
From the Vault: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Blind Over Cuba
Oct 20, 2015 • 37 min
Professor David Barrett discusses his book Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis which he wrote with Max Holland. He describes to former SPY Historian Mark Stout how the Kennedy Administration impeded reconnaissance flights over Cuba in…
Author Debriefing: Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler
Oct 13, 2015 • 38 min
SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with author Mark Riebling to discuss his new book on the wartime espionage of the Catholic Church. The Vatican’s silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time.…
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
Oct 6, 2015 • 38 min
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…
Author Debriefing: The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency
Sep 29, 2015 • 61 min
The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the radical force behind the nation’s most revolutionary, high-tech military initiatives over the past half century. To write the first definitive history of the world’s most powerful and productive…
Covering Intelligence, Part 3: An Interview with Greg Miller of the Washington Post
Sep 15, 2015 • 38 min
In Part 3 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Greg Miller, who covers intelligence and national security for the Washington Post. Houghton and Miller discuss the difficulties in…
Covering Intelligence, Part 2: An Interview with Ali Watkins of the Huffington Post
Sep 15, 2015 • 45 min
In Part 2 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Ali Watkins, who covers intelligence and national security for the Huffington Post. Houghton and Watkins discuss the difficulties in reporting on this most secret of…
Covering Intelligence, Part 1: An Interview with Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times
Sep 8, 2015 • 46 min
In Part 1 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Mazzetti, who covers intelligence and national security for the New York Times. Houghton and Mazzetti discuss the difficulties in…
Author Debriefing: Climate Change and Conflict Prevention
Sep 1, 2015 • 23 min
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with career US Foreign Service Officer J. Andrew Plowman to discuss his book, Climate Change and Conflict Prevention. Plowman uses the Darfur conflict as a case study to examine how the effects of climate change…
Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part III)
Aug 25, 2015 • 68 min
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed, he…
Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part II)
Aug 18, 2015 • 38 min
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed, he…
Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part I)
Aug 11, 2015 • 39 min
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed, he…
Author Debriefing: The Billion Dollar Spy
Jul 16, 2015 • 65 min
While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA’s Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top secret Soviet research and development in military…
From the CIA to the Classroom: An Interview with Joe Wippl
Jun 30, 2015 • 38 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Joe Wippl, the Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. Wippl is also a former CIA officer, who spent a 30 year…
Author Debriefing: How to Catch a Russian Spy
Jun 26, 2015 • 50 min
For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on the United States for the Russians – or so the Russians believed. Hear Naveed bring his unbelievable, yet true, story to life. By trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of…
Author Debriefing: Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy: The Story of Kawashima Yoshiko, the Cross-Dressing Spy Who Commanded Her Own Army
Jun 16, 2015 • 27 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with biographer Phyllis Birnbaum to discuss her newest book, based on the life of Kawashima Yoshiko, who supported the puppet Manchu state established by the Japanese in 1932—one reason she was executed for…
Author Debriefing: When Should State Secrets Stay Secret?: Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence
May 19, 2015 • 54 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Gen Lester to discuss her new book, When Should State Secrets Stay Secret. Lester’s book examines the oversight mechanisms that have developed within all three branches of government, how they interact, and…
From CIA to Congress: An Interview with US Congressman Will Hurd
May 12, 2015 • 36 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Representative Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, to discuss his unique background as a former CIA officer who is now a Member of the US House of Representatives. After spending most…
The Rosenbergs: The Definitive Debate
Apr 30, 2015 • 87 min
More than sixty years after their execution in June 1953 for conspiring to steal atomic secrets for the Soviet Union, debate still rages about the Rosenbergs. Mike Meeropol, the son of Julius and Ethel, has spent his life in pursuit of the real story…
Intelligence and Arms Control: An Interview with Kelsey Davenport
Apr 28, 2015 • 46 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, where she provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakistan…
Washington’s Spies: An Interview with Alexander Rose
Apr 14, 2015 • 40 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian and author Alex Rose, whose book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring, is the source material for AMC Network’s series TURN. Drs. Houghton and Rose (who is a writer and co-producer…
From the SpyCast Vault: An Interview with Major General Michael Ennis
Mar 31, 2015 • 37 min
Former SPY Historian Mark Stout sat down with Marine Maj. Gen. (ret.) Mike Ennis to discuss human intelligence (HUMINT) within the Defense Department and the CIA. In 1998, Ennis commanded the Joint Intelligence Center of the United States Pacific Command,…
Author Debriefing | Operation Chowhound: The Most Risky, Most Glorious US Bomber Mission of WWII
Mar 19, 2015 • 35 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with Australian author Stephen Dando-Collins to discuss his new book, Operation Chowhound. Beginning with a crazy plan hatched by a suspect prince, and an even crazier reliance on the word of the Nazis,…
Intelligence in the Early Republic: An Interview with Ken Daigler
Feb 17, 2015 • 30 min
The history of American intelligence in the Revolution and Civil War has been extensively covered by both professional and amateur historians. But what about the time in between the wars? SPY historian Vince Houghton sat down with retired career CIA…
Author Debriefing: The Hundred-Year Marathon: China’s Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower
Feb 3, 2015 • 44 min
For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China’s rise…
Defending a Spy: An Interview with Espionage Attorney Plato Cacheris
Jan 27, 2015 • 30 min
What do Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, and Ana Montes have in common? Two things: they all spied against the United States, and they all had Plato Cacheris as their lawyer. SPY Historian Vince Houghton and Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with the…
Author Debriefing | Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power
Jan 13, 2015 • 69 min
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…
Drones: Past, Present, and Future: An Interview with Dr. Trevor McCrisken
Dec 16, 2014 • 40 min
Guest host Dr. Chris Moran of Warwick University (UK) sat down with his colleague, Dr. Trevor McCrisken, for a SpyCast on the role of drones in modern surveillance, warfighting, and counterterrorism. McCrisken, whose biography can be found here, discusses…
Inside the Stasi Archives: An Interview with Dr. Doug Selvage
Dec 2, 2014 • 40 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Doug Selvage to discuss the archives of the East German Ministry of State Security, the Stasi. Dr. Selvage, Project Director in the Office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Berlin,…
Spies, Policymakers, and Nuclear Weapons: An Interview with Gregg Herken (Part 2)
Nov 25, 2014 • 32 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton continues his conversation with historian Gregg Herken, focusing on his previous four books on US nuclear policy. Brotherhood of the Bomb, Cardinal Choices, Counsels of War, and The Winning Weapon redefined the ways historians…
Spies, Policymakers, and Nuclear Weapons: An Interview with Gregg Herken (Part 1)
Nov 25, 2014 • 27 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Gregg Herken to discuss his new book The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington. Herken, the professor emeritus of modern American diplomatic history at the University of California,…
Can a Drone Read Your Email? : An Interview with Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins
Nov 17, 2014 • 29 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins, creators of the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, a state-of-the-art cyber drone. Mike and Rich built their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in their garage using off-the-shelf…
From Bletchley to Bond: An Interview with Journalist and Author Sinclair McKay (Part 2)
Nov 12, 2014 • 31 min
Half of the world’s population has seen a James Bond movie. The historical and cultural impact of this franchise’s 23 (and counting) films is unrivaled by anything else in contemporary pop culture. SPY Historian Vince Houghton is joined by British…
From Bletchley to Bond: An Interview with Journalist and Author Sinclair McKay (Part 1)
Nov 12, 2014 • 31 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with British author and journalist Sinclair McKay for a two-part SpyCast. In Part 1, Vince and Sinclair discuss the role played by the codebreakers at Bletchley Park in the Allied victory in the Second World War. The…
Author Debriefing: Good Hunting, An American Spymaster’s Story
Nov 11, 2014 • 69 min
Jack Devine is one of the legendary spymasters of our time. He was in Chile when Allende fell; he ran Charlie Wilson’s war in Afghanistan; he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it; he caught Pablo Escobar in…
Author Debriefing: The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg
Nov 11, 2014 • 60 min
Moe Berg—the major league baseball player, OSS operative and legendary linguist—was one of the most remarkable secret agents ever deployed by the US. Whether authorized by the government as an atomic spy or choosing to surreptitiously film Tokyo of his…
Author Debriefing: Double Agent, The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring
Nov 10, 2014 • 49 min
Leading up to the US entry into WWII, Germany set up a sophisticated and productive espionage ring, which effectively utilized well-placed German Americans in the States. They were able to infiltrate key military and industrial facilities, and succeeded…
Tinker, Tailor, Shortstop, Spy: An Interview with Former CIA Analyst Bryan Soderholm-Difatte Part 1
Oct 28, 2014 • 27 min
Baseball has been played in the United States since the mid-19th Century, and from the very beginning teams were trying to gain a competitive edge against their rivals. In many cases, this involved stealing signs – the messages passed from coaches to…
Terrorists, Double Agents, and European Domination (Part 1)
Sep 11, 2014 • 24 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister of CNN to discuss their new book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book, which they co-wrote with terrorist-turned-double-agent Morten Storm, traces an…
Terrorists, Double Agents, and European Domination (Part 2)
Sep 11, 2014 • 31 min
Join SPY Historian Vince Houghton as he continues his conversation with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister of CNN. Both men share their expertise on ISIS and the threat of Islamic Jihadism, and Tim, who has traveled to Ukraine on four different occasions…
Author Debriefing: Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War
Sep 4, 2014 • 54 min
Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold may be the most famous spies of the American Revolution, but they were hardly alone. George Washington’s use of spy networks and wider intelligence efforts were critical to the fight for independence. In Spies, Patriots,…
Election Espionage: An Interview with NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd
Aug 11, 2014 • 31 min
SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd to discuss the growing role of intelligence tradecraft in American election politics.Todd, the host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown,…
The Birth of British Intelligence Coordination: The Joint Intelligence Committee
Jul 1, 2014 • 49 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton in joined by Dr. Michael Goodman of King’s College in London. Dr. Goodman is the official historian for the British Joint Intelligence Committee, and in that role he has published the book The Official History of the Joint…
Author Debriefing: The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book
Jun 25, 2014 • 49 min
Travel back to a time when literature had the power to influence the world. Washington Post national security correspondent and former bureau chief in Moscow, Peter Finn tells the dramatic first account of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union became a…
Author Debriefing: The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames
Jun 25, 2014 • 58 min
Pulitzer Prize- winning biographer Kai Bird gives the inside story of his compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history, Robert Ames. Through Bird’s personal connection to Ames’ family, he…
The Beginnings of US Overhead Reconnaissance
Jun 23, 2014 • 52 min
The development of overhead reconnaissance technology is one of the most important – if not the most important – advances in the history of intelligence. Policymakers today use IMINT from spy planes and satellites in their daily assessments of global…
Spy in the Sky - The KH-9 Hexagon
Jun 10, 2014 • 42 min
SPY Historian Vince Houghton sits down with engineer Phil Pressel to discuss his role in developing the KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite. The Hexagon, which was the last US spy satellite to use film, was declassified in 2011, allowing Pressel to write his book,…
Peter Earnest: My Life in the CIA
May 5, 2014 • 36 min
Former SPY Historian Mark Stout sat down with SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest to discuss Peter’s CIA career. After his recruitment and espionage training at the Farm, Peter’s entry into the world of spying came at an important turning point in the…
The Future of Intelligence
Apr 24, 2014 • 32 min
The world sends 3 million emails every second. How do Western intelligence agencies cope with such massive amounts of data? The Spy Museum’s Executive Director Peter Earnest sits down to discuss the future of intelligence with historian Richard Aldrich,…
Putin’s End Game in Ukraine
Mar 20, 2014 • 27 min
Peter and SPY Historian Vince Houghton are joined by retired KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin. They discuss the current confrontation between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea, Crimea’s strategic place in Russian history, and the potential conflict over…
America’s Great Game: The CIA’s Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East
Mar 4, 2014 • 52 min
Intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals the surprising history of the CIA’s pro-Arab operations in the 1940s and 50s by tracing the work of the agency’s three most influential—and colorful—officers in the Middle East: Kermit Roosevelt, Archie…
Author Debriefing: Cyber War Will Not Take Place
Dec 5, 2013 • 58 min
Is cyber war really coming? Renowned scholar Thomas Rid of the Department of War Studies at Kings College London argues that the focus on war distracts from the real challenge of cyberspace: non-violent confrontation that may rival or even replace…
Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD’s Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America
Dec 5, 2013 • 52 min
Six months after the 9/11 attacks, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly initiated a straightforward, yet audacious, antiterrorist plan to be implemented in the Big Apple, dispatching a vast network of undercover officers and informants to track…
Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA
Nov 19, 2013 • 52 min
Historian Randall B. Woods of the University of Arkansas discusses his new biography of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures of the postwar period: William Egan Colby. World War II commando, Cold War spy, CIA station chief in Saigon, and…
The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines
Oct 27, 2013 • 37 min
When 26 Army nurses and medics boarded a transport plane in November, 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. The group dodged bullets and battled blinding winter…
The Life of a Military Attaché: Moscow, Almaty, and Warsaw in the 1990s (Part 2)
Oct 27, 2013 • 18 min
In this continuation of the discussion with US Army Colonel James Cox, we hear about the day-to-day work of US military attachés: being military diplomats for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Colonel Cox tells SPY Historian Mark Stout what it was like…
The CIA Analyst and the Polish Colonel
Sep 16, 2013 • 52 min
During the 1970s, Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski was a rising star in the Polish General Staff during the Cold War. He was also a spy for the CIA. Colonel Aris Pappas was a rising star in the CIA’s analytic ranks whose specialty was Poland. Pappas sat down…
The Life of a Military Attaché: Moscow During the Coup (Part 1)
Sep 3, 2013 • 44 min
In the summer of 1991, US Army Colonel James Cox arrived in Moscow, the capital of the Soviet Union, to serve as Assistant Army Attaché. Little did he know that Communist hardliners were about to launch a coup. When the coup started, the intelligence…
Espionage in Traditional China
Aug 5, 2013 • 29 min
Sun Tzu’s 2500 year old book The Art of War contains a famous chapter on spies. However, Master Sun was not the only Chinese author to address this topic centuries before Westerners did. In fact, many Chinese authors built on his work. SPY Historian Mark…
The OSS in Burma: Jungle War Against the Japanese
Jul 11, 2013 • 51 min
“One could not choose a worse place for fighting the Japanese,” said Winston Churchill of northern Burma, but it was there that the fledgling Office of Strategic Services conducted its most successful combat operations of World War II. Troy Sacquety, an…
Deceiving the Iraqis in Operation Desert Storm
Jun 26, 2013 • 37 min
Military deception was an important part of Operation Desert Storm, the 1991 coalition effort to eject the Iraqi Army from Kuwait. The man in charge of that U.S. Marine Corp’s part of that deception was Brigadier General Tom Draude. Despite the fact that…
A Legal Perspective on the Snowden Case
Jun 24, 2013 • 43 min
Mark Zaid is one of the nation’s top national security lawyers and has defended many alleged whistleblowers and leakers. SPY Historian, Mark Stout, called him in for a consultation on the case of Edward Snowden who has admitted leaking to the press top…
A Western Spy among Terrorists in Yemen
May 26, 2013 • 58 min
Morten Storm was a Danish convert to Islam who became a close associate of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American imam who was a senior member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen. He even ate in Awlaki’s home and helped find him a wife. When Storm…
The Rice Paddy Navy: U.S. Sailors Undercover in China
May 3, 2013 • 43 min
After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the US Navy knew it would need vital information from the Pacific. Captain Milton ‘Mary’ Miles journeyed to China to set up weather stations and monitor the Chinese coastline—and to spy on the…
Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War
May 3, 2013 • 55 min
Can you keep a secret? Maybe you can, but the United States government can’t. Since the birth of our country, nations from Russia and China to Ghana and Ecuador, have stolen some of our country’s most precious secrets. Michael Sulick, former director of…
The United States Military Liaison Mission in East Germany
Apr 19, 2013 • 39 min
Major General Michael Ennis was one of the rare Marine officers admitted to the Foreign Area Officer program where he became a specialist on the Soviet Union. This led to an assignment as a translator on the Washington-Moscow Hotline at the White House…
American Communism and Soviet Espionage: A Look Back with John Earl Haynes
Apr 1, 2013 • 46 min
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…
Intelligence in Support of UN Peacekeeping in Bosnia during the 1990s
Feb 11, 2013 • 44 min
The United Nations thinks “intelligence” is a dirty word but it still needs intelligence to conduct peacekeeping operations. The result is a euphemism: “military information.” SPY Historian Mark Stout talks with Tom Quiggin, a former Canadian intelligence…
Born Under an Assumed Name
Feb 11, 2013 • 27 min
Looking back on her childhood, Sarah Taber remembers that “my identity was problematic because of moving from country to country and the overall atmosphere of growing up in the CIA.” As an adult she wrote about what it was like to be raised in a culture…
From Nazi Germany to the OSS to the CIA (Part 2)
Jan 22, 2013 • 28 min
In this Spycast Peter finishes his conversation with Peter Sichel. Listen to this insider talking about CIA operations in Germany after World War II, the futile support for anti-communist guerrillas in Ukraine and China during the 1940s and 1950s, the…
Canada’s Security Intelligence Service in the Post-Cold War World
Jan 10, 2013 • 43 min
Canada’s Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) operates on a very different model from the American CIA, being neither strictly a foreign intelligence agency nor a domestic intelligence agency. Today SPY Historian Mark Stout discusses CSIS with Ray…
The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America’s Entry into World War I
Dec 31, 2012 • 40 min
In January 1917, British naval intelligence intercepted what became the most important telegram in all of American history. It was a daring proposition from Germany’s foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, offering German support to Mexico for regaining…
From Nazi Germany to the OSS to the CIA (Part 1)
Dec 21, 2012 • 23 min
Today Peter begins a conversation with the remarkable Peter Sichel, OSS veteran, senior CIA official of the 1950s, and onetime head of Blue Nun wines. After fleeing Nazi Germany with his family in the 1930s and eventually finding himself in the United…
The Evolution of Spy Fiction: Bond and His Brethren
Nov 14, 2012 • 44 min
The modern spy novel was born in early twentieth century Britain with writers such as Erskine Childers and William LeQueux whose one-dimensional heroes were English gentlemen holding back the barbarians. How did we get from there to the gray and morally…
Author Debriefing: The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran
Nov 8, 2012 • 48 min
The United States and Iran have been at daggers drawn for more than thirty years. While this rivalry has never erupted into open war, it has been an enduring “twilight war” in which spies and terrorists often play the lead role. US Government historian…
Author Debrief: Castro’s Secrets: The CIA and Cuba’s Intelligence Machine
Nov 6, 2012 • 61 min
In Castro’s Secrets, Brian Latell, former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America and long-time Cuba analyst, offers a strikingly original image of Fidel Castro as Cuba’s supreme spymaster. Latell exposes many long-buried secrets of Castro’s…
Author Debriefing: The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service
Sep 25, 2012 • 59 min
In the days after 9/11, the CIA directed Henry Crumpton to organize and lead its covert action campaign in Afghanistan. In less than 90 days Al Qaeda and the Taliban were routed. The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Crumpton’s espionage and…
The Red Cell: Fact and Fiction
Aug 23, 2012 • 36 min
The surprise of September 11 2001 was, in part, a failure of imagination and CIA Director George Tenet did not want that to happen again. On September 13 he created the Red Cell and staffed it with “people who were willing to take their analysis to a…
Agent Garbo: How a Brilliant & Eccentric Double Agent Tricked the Nazis & Saved D-Day
Aug 21, 2012 • 44 min
Juan Pujol was the Walter Mitty of World War II, a nobody who at one doomed venture after another while dreaming of doing something interesting with his life — saving Western civilization, if possible. Journalist Stephan Talty, whose work has appeared…
Our Man in the Middle East (Part 3)
Aug 6, 2012 • 13 min
Peter concludes his conversation with longtime CIA officer George Cave with a brief discussion of some of the funny and unusual events that took place in the course of his career in the Clandestine Service.
Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel’s Secret Wars
Jul 26, 2012 • 62 min
The history of Israel’s intelligence community—led by the feared and famous Mossad—includes stunning successes and embarrassing failures with important implications for war and peace today. CBS journalist Dan Raviv co-author with Israeli journalist Yossi…
Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution
Jul 13, 2012 • 57 min
Russia was a chaotic hotspot after the Revolution of 1917 and an extraordinary collection of spies, adventurers, and opportunists poured into the roiling Russian political scene. Outsized characters like Sidney “Ace of Spies” Reilly, communist activist…
Our Man in the Middle East (Part 2)
Jul 9, 2012 • 31 min
Peter continues his discussion with career CIA officer George Cave. They cover Cave’s time in Saudi Arabia—from which he was expelled when a candid cable he wrote about Saudi politics leaked to the press—and back in Washington where he became embroiled in…
Our Man in the Middle East (Part 1)
Jun 21, 2012 • 41 min
George Cave is a legend in the CIA’s Clandestine Service. He was recruited into the CIA in 1956 as a fluent Farsi speaker and was pulled out of his entry training and sent to Afghanistan to deal with an urgent operation there. He never looked back. Join…
Dick Holm: the Perils and Rewards of a Life in the CIA, Part 2
Jun 1, 2012 • 32 min
Peter continues his discussion with legendary case officer Dick Holm, the author of The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA. Holm discusses several highlights and low points of his career. Learn about his work with Belgian intelligence in thwarting a…
Author Debriefing: Alger Hiss - Why He Chose Treason
May 25, 2012 • 57 min
In 1948, when Whittaker Chambers accused Ivy League-educated senior diplomat Alger Hiss of spying for the Soviets, few Americans were willing to believe him. In fact, Hiss went to his grave protesting his innocence, but now it seems clear that he was…
The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed
May 18, 2012 • 28 min
Josh Meyer, co-author with Terry McDermott of The Hunt for KSM, visits the International Spy Museum to talk about the decade-long FBI and CIA effort to capture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Meyer discusses the repeated failed attempts to find the evil genius…
Dick Holm: the Perils and Rewards of a Life in the CIA, Part 1
May 11, 2012 • 18 min
Today Peter starts a conversation with Dick Holm, a legendary CIA operations officer, who has served all over the world. Dick, the author of The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA, talks about the importance of intelligence and reveals the terrible price…
Leak: Why Mark Felt became Deep Throat
Apr 26, 2012 • 37 min
Intelligence officers and investigative journalists both depend on clandestine sources to divulge secrets. But why do people betray a trust? Peter interviews veteran journalist Max Holland about his new book, Leak, which probes the mind and motivations of…
Author Debriefing: Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn-Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero
Apr 2, 2012 • 35 min
During the Vietnam War, perhaps the US Army’s most secretive unit was the Studies and Observations Group (SOG). This unit conducted reconnaissance missions, captured enemy prisoners for interrogation and rescued American POWs. It also ran teams of…
Eavesdropping in Vietnam: One Man’s Experience
Mar 28, 2012 • 37 min
SPY Historian Mark Stout explores the importance of signals intelligence (SIGINT) to the Vietnam War with retired National Security Agency cryptanalyst Tom Glenn. Glenn served more time in country than any other civilian of the NSA. Hear about the sixth…
The Power of Open Source Intelligence
Mar 21, 2012 • 31 min
With the ever increasing global connectivity, more and more information is available merely for the asking. This has led to a flourishing of the discipline of open source intelligence collection. SPY Historian Mark Stout has a probing discussion with one…
Author Debriefing: Smersh: Stalin’s Secret Weapon: Soviet Military Counterintelligence in WWII
Feb 17, 2012 • 63 min
In the early James Bond novels, the hero battled the villainous forces of Smersh, a shadowy Soviet intelligence organization. Bond was fictional, but Smersh really existed. Drawing its name from smert shpionam Russian for “death to spies,” it was Stalin’s…
Investigating Historical Spies
Feb 8, 2012 • 30 min
Researching spy history is a difficult business. Spies carefully cover their tracks and intelligence agencies classify everything and release their records only after many years, if at all. Given these difficulties how do historians reconstruct espionage…
The Intelligence War Against Terrorism
Jan 18, 2012 • 36 min
Since 9/11, the United States Intelligence Community has expanded into an $80 billion behemoth and taken on many new tasks, for instance spying on terrorists in cyberspace and even becoming a combat organization in its own right. Are we getting value for…
Intelligence and Espionage in the U.S. Civil War
Jan 13, 2012 • 31 min
Spies, cavalry, and telescopes were the traditional intelligence tools available during the Civil War, but there was also cutting edge high tech: the telegraph and the observation balloon. How did Civil War generals combine these to help make strategic…
Author Debriefing: MH/CHAOS: The CIA’s Campaign against the Radical New Left and the Black Panthers
Dec 19, 2011 • 45 min
Operation MHCHAOS was the code name for a secret domestic spying program conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in the late 1960s and early 1970s charged with unmasking any foreign influences on left wing protestors. CIA counterintelligence officer…
The Silent Listener: British Eavesdropping in the Falklands War
Dec 16, 2011 • 45 min
D. J. Thorp, a signals intelligence officer in the British Army, spent many years eavesdropping on the hot spots of the Cold War in Europe and the Middle East. In 1982 he found himself on board a Royal Navy ship intercepting signals from the Argentinean…
J. Edgar Hoover: Fact vs. Fiction
Dec 6, 2011 • 36 min
Clint Eastwood’s movie, J. Edgar, gives a Hollywood take on the controversial Director of the FBI. However, many people have criticized the movie for whitewashing Hoover’s abuses while others have criticized it for its implication that Hoover may have…
Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA
Nov 17, 2011 • 54 min
After a childhood in war-torn Lebanon with an abusive father, Nada Prouty jumped at the chance to forge her own path in America, a path that led to undercover work in the FBI, then the CIA. Her work earned her great respect from her colleagues but her…
Identity, Espionage, and Social Media
Oct 9, 2011 • 21 min
Who are your friends on Facebook? Are you sure? Thomas Ryan, co-founder of Provide Security, knows that you can’t always be certain. Why? Because he created the fictional Robin Sage, a cyber femme fatale, who quickly wormed her way into the confidence of…
Interrogating a High Value Detainee: A Morality Tale
Sep 23, 2011 • 34 min
What would you do if you were told to do whatever was necessary to get a prisoner to talk? This is the situation that career CIA officer Glenn Carle found himself in when he was made the lead interrogator for a detainee who was said to be a member of Al…
In the Counterterrorism Center on 9/11: One Analyst’s Story
Sep 9, 2011 • 29 min
The war with Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda did not begin on September 11th. CIA analyst Cindy Storer was there from the beginning in the early 1990s, a member of a small band of mostly female analysts who worked on Al Qaeda long before September 11. They…
The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA
Aug 16, 2011 • 36 min
In 2009, the CIA’s partners in the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate had a source named Humam Khalil al-Balawi working inside Al Qaeda and he knew where Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two man in al Qaeda was…or so they thought. In fact, Al Qaeda…
The Aftermath of Bin Laden’s Death: The Lessons of Strategic Manhunting
Aug 2, 2011 • 28 min
The 13-year search for Osama Bin Laden may have seemed unprecedented, but actually such events have not been uncommon in American history. Since the days of Geronimo, the United States has embarked on at least eleven such “strategic manhunts.” Benjamin…
Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed
Aug 1, 2011 • 66 min
Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was behind many of the most heinous terrorist plots of the past twenty years, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Millenium Plots, and 9/11 itself. He even claims to have personally beheaded Wall Street Journal…
Author Debriefing: “Wild Bill” Donovan
Jul 13, 2011 • 66 min
“Wild Bill” Donovan was a World War I hero with a Medal of Honor to prove it, a millionaire Wall Street lawyer, and a prominent Republican. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt chose this brilliant yet disorganized visionary to be his spymaster, head…
Modern Intelligence Analysis: From Art to Science?
Jul 1, 2011 • 27 min
A great deal of public attention goes to the CIA’s case officers who recruit and run agents and steal secrets. However, few people pay attention to the fact that those secrets are stolen so that they can be put on desks of intelligence analysts. Analysts,…
The Aftermath of Bin Laden’s Death: Inside al Qaeda’s Hard Drive
Jun 16, 2011 • 30 min
After killing Osama bin Laden, the SEALs reportedly took hundreds of drives, disks, and computers from the house in Abbottabad, Pakistan. What challenges will American intelligence agencies face in exploiting bin Laden’s computers and what can be learned…
The Aftermath of bin Laden’s Death: Winning the War While Staying in the Right
May 20, 2011 • 33 min
What are the implications of Osama bin Laden’s death for the al Qaeda movement? What role did waterboarding and “enhanced interrogation techniques” play in tracking down Bin Laden and should we reassess our views of torture? Peter explores these…
Spy versus Spy in East Germany
May 9, 2011 • 34 min
The East German security service, the Stasi, was infamous for surveilling and oppressing the East German population. However, it also hunted Western spies and there were many to be found; the CIA, the West German BND, and Britain’s MI-6 were all very…
Stalking Terrorists Online
Apr 21, 2011 • 31 min
Montana resident Shannen Rossmiller is proof that things are not as they seem online. Before September 11, she was a judge, a wife, and a mother but not an expert on terrorism or an Arabic speaker. After September 11, she taught herself Arabic and started…
Dropping Spies from the Sky during the Korean War
Mar 16, 2011 • 31 min
During the Korean War, US military intelligence worked with anti-communist Korean agents and partisans to collect information from behind North Korean lines. SPY Historian Mark Stout interviews Colonel Douglas Dillard, USA (Ret.) who led AVIARY…
Social Media: Tools of Liberation or Repression?
Feb 1, 2011 • 29 min
Social media—Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others—are held up as powerful tools for peoples trying to overthrow police states. Iran’s “Twitter Revolution” electrified the world and the Egyptian government shut off Internet access as demonstrations swept…
Intelligence and Analysis in the National Football League
Jan 26, 2011 • 23 min
In 2007, the New England Patriots were caught videotaping the New York Jet’s sideline defensive signals. That was illegal, but it’s remarkable what is allowed, even routine. From surveillance films, to secure communications, to briefing books, and…
Spying on the Soviet Army in East Germany
Jan 5, 2011 • 37 min
During the Cold War, the United States, the United Kingdom, and France each had a “military liaison mission” authorized to roam East Germany. While the fiction was that they existed to coordinate military affairs with the Soviets in Germany, the reality…
A Young Woman on the Front Lines of the Cold War
Dec 17, 2010 • 25 min
Shirley Perry was recruited to join the CIA in 1951, a time when applications were handed out “under the counter” at the university job office, and when the CIA lived in rodent-infested temporary buildings on the National Mall. What was it like to be a…
David Kahn on Codebreaking from Ancient Times to the Internet Era
Dec 6, 2010 • 22 min
David Kahn is the author of the classic book The Codebreakers. When it was first published in 1967, the National Security Agency was concerned that the book might reveal sensitive secrets. Over the years, however, NSA changed from perceiving Kahn as “an…
The Real History of MI6
Nov 1, 2010 • 32 min
Britain’s Secret Intelligence Service, better known as MI6, is James Bond’s home agency and one of the world’s most secretive organizations. The British government did not even admit that it existed until the 1990s. Yet, in connection with its centennial…
Escape from Tehran, 1979: Part II
Oct 14, 2010 • 26 min
American diplomats Mark and Cora Lijek were hiding at the home of a Canadian diplomat as the Iranian Revolution swirled around them. Peter continues his discussion with the Lijeks and also welcomes Tony Mendez, the CIA officer who led the daring operation…
Escape from Tehran, 1979: Part I
Sep 28, 2010 • 27 min
When Iranian militants stormed the US Embassy in Tehran, Mark and Cora Lijek and four other American diplomats slipped out a side exit and found themselves on the run in a hostile country. Before long, Canadian diplomats gave them shelter but now they had…
From the Vault: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Peering Over the Iron Curtain: Overhead Photography and the Cold War
Aug 16, 2010 • 37 min
Today Peter converses with Dino Brugioni, a pioneer of the art of photo interpretation and a living legend of the US Intelligence Community. Dino shares his personal experiences briefing Presidents and describes the role that he and overhead photography…
A Spy in the Iranian Revolutionary Guard
Jul 21, 2010 • 31 min
A young student in the US when the Iranian Revolution happened in 1979, Reza Kahlili rejoiced and hurried back to his native country, but he soon found that “every promise that Khomeini had made was vividly a lie.” In the early 1980s, he made contact with…
An Army of Illegals: Assessing the Russian Spy Case
Jul 12, 2010 • 30 min
Two weeks ago on 27 June, the FBI arrested a network of 10 Russian “deep cover” spies. Peter sits down with former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin to discuss this remarkable case and the historic spy swap which took place last Friday. Kalugin, who once ran…
Son of Hamas, Spy for Israel
Jul 2, 2010 • 49 min
Mosab Hassan Yousef was the nearest thing to royalty in the terrorist group Hamas: the son of one of its founding members. He was also a spy for Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security agency, which dubbed him the “Green Prince.” Today Mosab and his Shin Bet…
Caught by the KGB
Jun 4, 2010 • 33 min
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.
Military Intelligence from the Cold War to Cyber War
May 7, 2010 • 24 min
In 1973 Captain Gail Harris became the first woman to hold a combat intelligence job in the U.S. Navy. Her 28 year career included hands-on leadership in the intelligence community during every major conflict from the Cold War to Desert Storm to Kosovo.…
Evolution of Government Surveillance Programs
Apr 19, 2010 • 27 min
Shane Harris is a staff correspondent for National Journal and the former technology editor of Government Executive magazine. In his new book, The Watchers, he chronicles the government’s efforts to create a computer system capable of analyzing data and…
Tales from the OSS, part II
Mar 1, 2010 • 24 min
Elizabeth Macintosh continues to offer her insights into OSS. This time, she talks about the many fascinating and colorful people she met at OSS, including Director William “Wild Bill” Donovan and Virginia Hall.
Cyber Security and Covert Action
Feb 17, 2010 • 25 min
Dr. Herbert Lin is chief scientist at the Computer Science and Telecommunications Board, National Research Council of the National Academies. An expert on cyber security, Herb discusses various aspects of cyber attacks, including ways in which cyber…
Intelligence in a War Zone (Melissa Mahle)
Jan 20, 2010 • 29 min
Melissa Mahle served from 1988-2002 at the CIA, much of the time as a case officer dealing with terrorist issues in the Middle East, running agents and gathering intelligence. Today, she discusses with Peter her perspective on the recent suicide bombing…
The Terrorist Challenge
Jan 8, 2010 • 19 min
The U.S. authorities’ failure to prevent a Nigerian suicide bomber from boarding a Detroit-bound plane on Christmas Day, and the suicide bombing at a CIA base in Afghanistan have roiled the intelligence community. International Spy Museum historian Dr.…
Tales from the OSS, Part I
Jan 1, 2010 • 24 min
Elizabeth Macintosh served in the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) during World War II. Today, she discusses her personal experience working for OSS, the role of women in it, as well as some of the agency’s most exciting operations.
The MI5 Centenary
Dec 1, 2009 • 28 min
This year, Britain’s domestic security service, MI5, celebrates its 100th anniversary. Cambridge University professor Christopher Andrew, the author of MI5’s official history, Defend the Realm, reveals the agency’s strengths and weaknesses, and relates…
Cyber Threats: Challenges and Solutions
Nov 1, 2009 • 30 min
Melissa Hathaway served as acting senior director for cyberspace for the National Security Council, heading a 60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review for President Obama that resulted in a comprehensive report with recommendations for action. Today, she discusses…
The Changing Face of Al Qaeda
Oct 1, 2009 • 27 min
How has the sustained U.S. effort to destroy Al Qaeda affected the terrorist organization, and how important is the current struggle against the Taliban in Afghanistan for the future of Al Qaeda? A former Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy…
Intelligence and 9/11 with Amy Zegart
Sep 11, 2009 • 24 min
Could intelligence have prevented the terrorist attacks of 9/11, and has the Intelligence Community been sufficiently reformed to deal with current and future threats? These are the questions that Amy Zegart discusses on the eighth anniversary of 9/11. An…
Sexpionage
Sep 1, 2009 • 25 min
Since biblical times, spies and intelligence services have used sexual entrapment and emotional blackmail to recruit agents and gather secret information. International Spy Museum advisory board member and espionage author H. Keith Melton discusses the…
The Cambridge Five
Aug 15, 2009 • 26 min
In the 1930s, five young Cambridge University students were recruited by Soviet intelligence to penetrate the British intelligence community. In the course of their decade-long espionage career, the Five did enormous damage to Western security. British…
Cold War Radio
Aug 1, 2009 • 28 min
Richard H. Cummings served for fifteen years as Director of Security for Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty (RFE/RL). He reviews the propaganda activities of RFE/RL during the Cold War and describes Soviet bloc operations against the stations, including the…
Intelligence on Pakistan
Jul 1, 2009 • 28 min
“Pakistan is the most dangerous country in the world today,” asserts Bruce Riedel, a 30-year CIA veteran and currently a senior fellow at the Saban Center for Middle East Policy at the Brookings Institution. Bruce discusses the various threats emanating…
Intelligence in Cyberspace
Jun 15, 2009 • 27 min
Cyber threats, information warfare, and internet espionage are growing challenges for business companies, private individuals, and the intelligence community alike. A former CIA operations officer and current president of the cyber intelligence company…
Inside the National Security Agency
Jun 1, 2009 • 21 min
The National Security Agency (NSA), America’s premier cryptanalytic organization, is the largest and most secretive member of the American intelligence community. Discussing NSA’s mission, capabilities, and past exploits, former NSA Chief of Information…
U.S. Military Intelligence—Past and Present
May 1, 2009 • 26 min
A West Point graduate, Brian G. Shellum was U.S. Army attaché in Germany, served in the armed forces during the first Gulf War, and worked for over a decade as historian for the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). Today, Brian discusses the history and…
U.S. Naval Intelligence in World War II
Apr 14, 2009 • 30 min
Rear-Admiral Donald Mac Showers joined the U.S. Navy’s codebreakers at Pearl Harbor in 1942 and went on to serve three decades in the American intelligence community. Today, he talks about the contribution of codebreaking to the defeat of Japanese naval…
Intelligence and Conspiracy Theories II
Apr 1, 2009 • 30 min
During the Cold War, Soviet intelligence used disinformation to malign the United States, for example, by spreading the rumor that AIDS resulted from U.S. Army bacteriological warfare experiments. U.S. State Department Counter-Misinformation officer Todd…
Intelligence and Conspiracy Theories I
Mar 4, 2009 • 26 min
What makes conspiracy theories so appealing, and why have they become so prevalent in this day and age? Do some of them contain a grain of truth? And who stands to gain from spreading these ideas? To answer these questions, Peter interviews Professor…
Intelligence Lessons from Vietnam
Feb 19, 2009 • 26 min
Working for the Saigon Military Mission and the CIA, Rufus Phillips spent ten years in South East Asia during the Vietnam War. Drawing on this experience, Rufus talks about psychological warfare and counter-insurgency tactics in Vietnam, and lessons for…
Robert De Niro on Intelligence
Feb 2, 2009 • 18 min
Today, Peter chats with actor and film producer Robert De Niro. De Niro talks about his long-standing interest in the world of intelligence and discusses his latest espionage movie The Good Shepherd about the early history of the CIA. He also provides an…
U.S. Intelligence in Decline?
Jan 2, 2009 • 28 min
A senior fellow at the Center for International Policy, Melvin A. Goodman served many years as an analyst at the CIA and the State Department’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research. A critical observer of the intelligence community, he elaborates on his…
The CIA and the End of the Cold War
Dec 5, 2008 • 28 min
As CIA station chief in Pakistan, Nigeria, Sudan, and Germany in the 1980s and early ‘90s, Milt Bearden observed—and influenced—the end of the Cold War from a unique vantage point. Today, he talks with Peter about U.S. support of Afghani mujahideen…
Woman in Disguise - Jonna Mendez
Nov 18, 2008 • 25 min
Jonna Hiestand Mendez began her CIA career as a secretary and ended it as head of the agency’s Office of Technical Services, overseeing the development of gadgets, disguises, and high-tech devices in support of espionage missions. Today, she discusses…
Intelligence and the Presidential Elections II
Nov 1, 2008 • 26 min
Judge William H. Webster, the only person who directed both the FBI (1978-87) and the CIA (1987-91), taps into his vast expertise to discuss with Peter the guidance he would offer to the next U.S. president. In addition, he provides insight on the…
Inspecting the CIA
Oct 20, 2008 • 25 min
Peter’s guest today is Frederick Hitz, the CIA’s first inspector general subject to U.S. Senate Confirmation (1990-98) and now a lecturer on intelligence at the University of Virginia. In a wide-ranging discussion, Fred talks about intelligence oversight,…
Intelligence and the Presidential Elections I
Oct 1, 2008 • 25 min
A former station chief in Moscow and head of the CIA’s Soviet/East Europe division, Burton Gerber now lectures on intelligence and national security at Georgetown University. Today, Peter interviews him about the post 9/11 reforms of the intelligence…
The Iranian Hostage Crisis
Sep 1, 2008 • 30 min
In November 1979, radical Iranian students overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, capturing most of the embassy staff—except for six diplomats who found refuge with the Canadian embassy. Today, Peter talks with retired CIA officer Tony Mendez who, in an…
Intelligence and the Presidency
Aug 1, 2008 • 25 min
How is information from the intelligence community (IC) conveyed to the president, and how have different administrations incorporated intelligence in the political decision-making process? John Hedley, former CIA officer and editor of the President’s…
Gizmos and Gadgets—the World of Spycraft
Jul 1, 2008 • 25 min
Peter interviews Robert Wallace, director of the CIA’s Office of Technical Services (OTS, the department in charge of “gadgetry”) from 1998 to 2002. Bob explains some of his favorite devices, such as the T-100 subminiature camera, and compares OTS’…
Predicting Terrorism
Jun 1, 2008 • 29 min
Peter’s guest today is Malcolm W. Nance. A 20 year veteran of the US intelligence community, Malcolm has participated in numerous counter-terrorism operations in the Balkans, the Middle East, and sub-Saharan Africa. The author of The Terrorist Recognition…
Congressional Perspectives on U.S. Intelligence
May 1, 2008 • 24 min
Peter’s guest today is former Democratic Congressman Louis Stokes from Ohio, who chaired the House Intelligence Committee in the 1980s and the House Select Committee on Assassinations in the 1970s. Congressman Stokes discusses Congress’ role in overseeing…
Comrade J and Russian Espionage in the U.S.
Apr 1, 2008 • 26 min
Today, Peter interviews espionage writer Pete Earley about one of the most senior Russian intelligence defectors ever, Col. Sergei Tretyakov or “Comrade J.” Pete reveals some of the secrets Tretyakov covertly betrayed to the FBI/CIA while serving as SVR…
Intelligence and the WMD Fiasco - Part II
Mar 5, 2008 • 25 min
Looking further into the U.S. intelligence community’s faulty assessment of Iraq’s WMD program, Peter interviews Bob Drogin, author of Curveball: Spies, Lies and the Conman Who Caused a War. Bob reveals how fabricated information about Saddam’s WMD…
Intelligence and the WMD Fiasco
Feb 1, 2008 • 25 min
Today, Peter interviews Tyler Drumheller, the former chief of CIA covert operations in Europe. In the run-up to the Iraq war, Tyler consistently questioned affirmative intelligence on the existence of Saddam’s WMD program. He recounts his often…
Valerie Plame Speaks
Jan 2, 2008 • 23 min
Peter’s guest today is Valerie Plame, a covert CIA officer who recently left the Agency after her name was leaked to the press. Valerie discusses her time at the CIA, the controversy surrounding her case, and the administration’s drive to war against…
On Assignment to Congo
Dec 3, 2007 • 27 min
Today, Peter chats with Larry Devlin, the CIA’s legendary station chief in Congo during the 1960s. Larry reflects on his reasons for joining the CIA, the political situation in Congo at the time, and the face-off with the Soviets in the Third World. He…
Intelligence and the Middle East with Robert Baer
Nov 1, 2007 • 26 min
Peter’s guest today is Robert Baer who served for many years as a CIA operative in the Middle East. Among other things, Bob talks about his tour of duty in Lebanon, the psychology of suicide bombers, and the emerging threat of Iran. He also discusses the…
The Polygraph — Science or Art?
Oct 1, 2007 • 30 min
Peter interviews John Sullivan, the CIA’s longest serving polygrapher. The lie detector has supporters and detractors, and John confronts the controversy surrounding it head-on. He frankly discusses the role of the polygraph in the Agency’s security…
Leon Trotsky — Murder in Mexico
Sep 1, 2007 • 31 min
Peter’s guest today is H. Keith Melton, renowned intelligence historian and owner of the largest collection of espionage artifacts. Keith sheds new light on one of the most notorious intelligence operations of all time—the assassination of exiled Russian…
Cuban Intelligence and the Ana Montes Spy Case
Aug 1, 2007 • 27 min
Peter’s guest this month is Scott Carmichael of the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). As the DIA’s senior counterintelligence investigator, Scott identified one of the most damaging spies in recent U.S. history, the Agency’s own chief Cuba analyst, Ana…
From the Secret Files of the CIA
Jul 2, 2007 • 28 min
Peter interviews Tom Blanton of the National Security Archive about a recently declassified set of documents regarding illegal CIA activities in the early Cold War. Putting these “Family Jewels” in historical perspective, Tom and Peter discuss the CIA’s…
British Intelligence—Past and Present
Jun 1, 2007 • 23 min
Peter interviews Dame Stella Rimington, former Director-General of MI5, the British domestic security service. Dame Stella compares American and British approaches to intelligence and offers her view on the terrorist threat and the Litvinenko murder. She…
Counterterrorism, Intelligence, and the Iraq War
May 1, 2007 • 31 min
After responding to inquiries from listeners, Peter interviews Melissa Mahle who served for over a decade in the CIA’s clandestine service in the Middle East. Melissa provides a unique intelligence perspective on 9/11, terrorist threats, and America’s…
FBI Counterintelligence and the Robert Hanssen Spy Case
Apr 2, 2007 • 26 min
Peter discusses the Robert Hanssen spy case with retired Senior FBI Supervisory Special Agent David Major who knew Hanssen for over 20 years and was one of his supervisors. Dave shares his thoughts on Hanssen’s personality and reasons for spying for the…
The Movie Breach and Hollywood’s Take on Espionage
Mar 1, 2007 • 35 min
Peter interviews Eric O’Neill, the FBI investigator who went undercover as Robert Hanssen’s clerk during the final months before Hanssen was arrested for espionage. O’Neill is the model for Ryan Phillippe’s character in the current movie Breach. O’Neill…
Israeli Intelligence and the Jonathan Pollard Spy Case
Feb 1, 2007 • 33 min
Peter sits down with Ron Olive, former special agent in charge of counterintelligence for the Naval Investigative Service, to discuss Olive’s role in the capture of Jonathan Pollard, one of the most controversial spies in history. Ron talks about…
Reviewing Robert De Niro’s The Good Shepherd
Jan 6, 2007 • 30 min
Peter discusses the film The Good Shepherd with former CIA officer Jack Platt and AFIO (Association for Intelligence Officers) Director Elizabeth Bancroft, comparing fact and fiction in the OSS and CIA. Enjoy a bonus spoiler in which the three debate the…
The Litvinenko Murder and Other Riddles from Moscow
Dec 4, 2006 • 51 min
Peter sits down with former CIA officer Bob Rayle and Oleg Kalugin to talk Russia past and present. The three discuss their perspectives on the recent poisoning of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko. Then, they turn to 1967 and Bob’s role in the…
The Secret History of Disguises
Nov 1, 2006 • 23 min
Peter talks with Tony Mendez, former Chief of Disguise for the CIA. Peter and Tony discuss the intricacies of developing disguises for use in hostile environments, the advantages of selective aging, and the secret history of facial recognition technology.