4 episodes

It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.
Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.
Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

Wind of Change Pineapple Street Studios / Crooked Media / Spotify

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4, 128 Ratings

It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.
Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.
Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

    3. America’s Secret Weapon

    3. America’s Secret Weapon

    LAGOS, NIGERIA, 1961: One of America’s most beloved singers died without ever knowing that during the Cold War she had been used by the CIA. And a 40-year-old mystery resurfaces: when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was picked to tour behind the Iron Curtain in 1977, was an undercover CIA officer planted among their entourage?

    • 45 min
    2. You Call It An Operation, We Call It A Performance

    2. You Call It An Operation, We Call It A Performance

    KIEV, UKRAINE, 2019: Patrick flies to Ukraine and witnesses how fully the political message of “Wind of Change” still resonates with fans at a Scorpions show in Kiev. Plus: what does the CIA say when you come right out and ask about the agency’s connection to the band?

    • 47 min
    1. My Friend Michael

    1. My Friend Michael

    LANGLEY, VIRGINIA, 2011:
    The Scorpions’ song “Wind of Change” became the soundtrack to the end of the Cold War. But decades later, New Yorker investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor from a trusted source: the Scorpions didn’t write the song. The CIA did.

    • 45 min
    Wind of Change, coming May 11

    Wind of Change, coming May 11

    A power ballad helped bring down the Soviet Union. Was it written by the CIA? Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the secret history of Cold War espionage and heavy metal.
    Wind Of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
128 Ratings

128 Ratings

Valerie Plamé ,

Slick and Very Disappointing

The best thing about this podcast is the premise. The subject has so much potential! Unfortunately it unfolds like a bad documentary with too much focus on the personal experience of those telling the story. Recommended for anyone that enjoys filler and teasing that leads nowhere. The only nice thing I can say is that the production quality is high, as you would expect from a studio with a real budget.

zedomlionheart ,

Amazingly well done, extremely disappointing story

* Please note the following review may contain spoilers *
Everything surrounding this podcast is well done: the sound, the editing, the casting, the conception. All of it is exactly what I would expect and more from a podcast with such a strong journalist.

The ending is why I’m giving this podcast such a poor review. It made me regret spending all this time only to learn what I did learn. It’s a great story with an extremely underwhelming ending.
I even listened to it a second time telling myself that I zoomed too quickly through it, but to no avail.

It’s also a blatant example of how Americans, even those in foreign diplomacy roles, are completely oblivious to anything going on a outside of the US...

Such disappointment

MarilouEmard ,

Super entretaining

Really enjoyed going down the rabbit hole of cold war mysteries!

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