16 episodes

2022 Webby Award Honoree, Podcast Documentary Limited Series and Specials.

The Agent is the remarkable true story of Jack Barsky, the longest-surviving known member of the KGB illegals program operated during the height of the Cold War. Barsky hid in plain sight in America for 10 years, all the while leading dual lives on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. On one fateful day, he was confronted with an impossible choice.

The Agent is a production of Imperative Entertainment in association with Windjoy and is created, written, produced and edited by Jason Hoch. Narration by Alden Ehrenreich. Executive Producers are Jason Hoch, Jack Barsky and Alden Ehrenreich. Original score by Jasha Klebe. Sound engineering and additional editing by Shaine Freeman. 

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    • 4.7 • 16 Ratings

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2022 Webby Award Honoree, Podcast Documentary Limited Series and Specials.

The Agent is the remarkable true story of Jack Barsky, the longest-surviving known member of the KGB illegals program operated during the height of the Cold War. Barsky hid in plain sight in America for 10 years, all the while leading dual lives on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. On one fateful day, he was confronted with an impossible choice.

The Agent is a production of Imperative Entertainment in association with Windjoy and is created, written, produced and edited by Jason Hoch. Narration by Alden Ehrenreich. Executive Producers are Jason Hoch, Jack Barsky and Alden Ehrenreich. Original score by Jasha Klebe. Sound engineering and additional editing by Shaine Freeman. 

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Code Red | Chapter 1

    Code Red | Chapter 1

    On his way to the subway one morning, Jack Barsky receives a signal from the Center.
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    • 45 min
    The Mission | Chapter 2

    The Mission | Chapter 2

    Albrecht must decide on his future path.
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    • 39 min
    The Dance | Chapter 3

    The Dance | Chapter 3

    Just as Albrecht finds love, Moscow comes calling.
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    • 39 min
    Belly of the Beast | Chapter 4

    Belly of the Beast | Chapter 4

    Albrecht learns the craft of an agent while with the KGB in Moscow. But where is this all going?
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    • 44 min
    My Name is... | Chapter 5

    My Name is... | Chapter 5

    Albrecht heads West on his first and very dangerous mission.
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    • 42 min
    Bright Lights | Chapter 6

    Bright Lights | Chapter 6

    Jack Barsky arrives in New York City, hiding in plain sight amongst the millions.
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    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
16 Ratings

16 Ratings

16/7/0111 ,

The Agent

I find this Podcast series to be fascinating, insightful, & devoid of the usual tropes that this kind of subject matter usually attracts!
A very refreshing change.
The way in which the story/podcast is presented, is indeed exciting, but it does not attempt to either gloss over, or leave out the long periods of inactivity by the Agent!
The podcast is assisted by the insights & self awareness of this specific Agent, & his ability to narrate & tell his own story also assists greatly, in terms of making this podcast feel both human & real!
It’s also an intriguing snap shot into the “ Cold War” politics of the time!
On the whole one of the best podcasts I have listened to, in sometime!’
If I were to score this podcast, out of say 10,
I would give it an 8.
Regards
Donna lawaon ( Aotearoa/New Zealand)

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