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The United States won the cold war against the Russians through political warfare. But in the 21st century, Russia is winning the battle. Our democracy is under attack. America is edging toward autocracy under the leadership of a president that Russian spies helped elect. Pulitzer Prize-winning and NYT best-selling author Tim Weiner tells the story of how we got here. Once triumphant, American democracy now teeters at a terrible precipice; over ten episodes of this documentary podcast franchise, season one of WHIRLWIND provides a penetrating look at the decisions, mistakes, and mischief that led us to this point. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

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The United States won the cold war against the Russians through political warfare. But in the 21st century, Russia is winning the battle. Our democracy is under attack. America is edging toward autocracy under the leadership of a president that Russian spies helped elect. Pulitzer Prize-winning and NYT best-selling author Tim Weiner tells the story of how we got here. Once triumphant, American democracy now teeters at a terrible precipice; over ten episodes of this documentary podcast franchise, season one of WHIRLWIND provides a penetrating look at the decisions, mistakes, and mischief that led us to this point. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

    Ep 10: Counterforce

    Ep 10: Counterforce

    As the United States moves on from the Trump presidency, it begins adjusting to meet the demands of 21st century geopolitics. In the final episode of the series, host Tim Weiner is joined by Linda Robinson, a a senior international/defense researcher at the RAND Corporation, and David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, to discuss deep fakes, cyberattacks, and the future of political warfare.
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    • 57 min
    Ep 9: Post-Truth

    Ep 9: Post-Truth

    By undermining trust in facts and institutions, Donald Trump hasn’t just charted a new path for American government — he has followed a playbook perfected by Vladimir Putin. Host Tim Weiner is joined by John Brennan, former director of the CIA; journalist Masha Gessen; and his daughter Emma BB Doyle, who works in food justice and thinks he might be wrong about everything.
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    • 57 min
    Ep 8: Crossfire

    Ep 8: Crossfire

    In 2014, Russia began carrying out a new kind of Internet-based political warfare. It was an attack so brazen and so novel that American intelligence did not understand it until it was too late. Host Tim Weiner is joined by New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa.
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    • 51 min
    Ep 7: Perfect Weapons

    Ep 7: Perfect Weapons

    Russia develops new tools for political warfare in the 21st century, making Estonia and Ukraine victims of a new kind of combat - cyberwarfare - and laying the groundwork for an attack against the United States in 2016. Host Tim Weiner is joined by former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre Merle Maigre, and cybersecurity analyst Kenneth Geers.
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    • 48 min
    Ep 6: The Cold Peace

    Ep 6: The Cold Peace

    The Cold War finally ends, but a series of American actions in the 1990s lay the groundwork for renewed tensions. Host Tim Weiner is joined by Andrei Kozyrev, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1996, and Doug Wise, a CIA veteran and former Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
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    • 47 min
    Ep 5: The Department of Disinformation

    Ep 5: The Department of Disinformation

    The KGB specialized in fake news, and its Department of Disinformation successfully spread lies around the world. But starting in the 1980s, America began to fight back. Host Tim Weiner is joined by two members of that fight, Dr. Kathleen Bailey and Dr. John Lenczowski.
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    • 53 min

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