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Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner and created by the Peabody-nominated studio C13Originals, Whirlwind: America, Russia & Ukraine examines the ongoing war in Ukraine -- the worst war in Europe since WWII -- in interviews with decorated, high-ranking CIA veterans who have led the American intelligence war with Russia for decades. These experts explain how Putin laid the groundwork for attacking Ukraine using deception and disinformation, how Russian disinformation has been amplified by American media figures and politicians, and how American political warfare can undermine Putin and the Kremlin.

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Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner and created by the Peabody-nominated studio C13Originals, Whirlwind: America, Russia & Ukraine examines the ongoing war in Ukraine -- the worst war in Europe since WWII -- in interviews with decorated, high-ranking CIA veterans who have led the American intelligence war with Russia for decades. These experts explain how Putin laid the groundwork for attacking Ukraine using deception and disinformation, how Russian disinformation has been amplified by American media figures and politicians, and how American political warfare can undermine Putin and the Kremlin.

    Part 1: The Invisible War

    Part 1: The Invisible War

    Four CIA veterans explore how American intelligence is shaping the battlefield in Ukraine--and taking the fight to Russia.
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    • 37 min
    Part 2: Empire of Lies

    Part 2: Empire of Lies

    As the war rages in Ukraine, experts examine the power of information and disinformation in the battle between democracy and autocracy--in Ukraine, Russia, and the United States.
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    • 35 min
    Welcome to Whirlwind, Season 2

    Welcome to Whirlwind, Season 2

    Russia is committing atrocities, destroying cities and killing thousands of civilians in Ukraine. But Putin’s dreams of conquest are being shattered – first and foremost by the will of the Ukrainian people – but also by American counter-efforts. And now, as Ukraine fights for freedom, democracy, and truth, so does the world. In two new episodes, C13Originals re-teams with Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Tim Weiner to expand the acclaimed documentary series with a new focus on the war in Ukraine, Russia’s threat to democracy, and the roles of intelligence and disinformation in 21st century political warfare.
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    • 2 min
    Ep 1: Agents of Influence

    Ep 1: Agents of Influence

    In the series premiere of Whirlwind, host Tim Weiner tells the story of Samuel Dickstein, an American Congressman who turned out to be working for the enemy as an “agent of influence.” Joined by guests Alexander Vassiliev, a former KGB officer turned journalist; Leon Panetta, former CIA director; Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, former CIA intelligence officer; and journalist Catherine Belton, Tim explores the possibility that there’s an “agent of influence” in the White House today. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.
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    • 55 min
    Ep 2: Wilderness of Mirrors

    Ep 2: Wilderness of Mirrors

    The story of James Jesus Angleton, an obsessive reader of poetry who became the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence, and grew obsessed with the threat of Soviet moles infiltrating American institutions. Host Tim Weiner is joined by former CIA officers John Sipher and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and former KGB officer-turned-journalist Alexander Vassiliev. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.
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    • 58 min
    Ep 3: Poland is Not Yet Lost

    Ep 3: Poland is Not Yet Lost

    The story of the CIA’s secret support for the Solidarity movement in Poland. Host Tim Weiner is joined by Polish political activist Jacek Bendykowski, former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and author Seth Jones. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.
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    • 59 min

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