8 episodes

FINALIST, ASSN FOR INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING AWARDS 2020. The day John Daniell turned 10, his mum told him she had been a spy.
Now, he and Guyon Espiner are investigating a family story that could reveal New Zealand's biggest Cold War secret.

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    • 4.4 • 188 Ratings

FINALIST, ASSN FOR INTERNATIONAL BROADCASTING AWARDS 2020. The day John Daniell turned 10, his mum told him she had been a spy.
Now, he and Guyon Espiner are investigating a family story that could reveal New Zealand's biggest Cold War secret.

    06: New Revelations

    06: New Revelations

    Guyon and John break radio silence with new revelations about SIS operations, the reactions from Iran and India and news about surveillance of one of New Zealand's most renowned writers. And Guyon re-thinks his conclusions.
     

    • 48 min
    Bonus: More Raids Confirmed

    Bonus: More Raids Confirmed

    More raids. More embassies. More breaking of international law. Ongoing investigations have uncovered other break-ins by New Zealand's SIS to bug and steal from embassies in Wellington, teaming up with the CIA as well as MI6

    • 7 min
    05: The Raid

    05: The Raid

    In the final episode, we close in on the details around the joint MI6/SIS operation targeting the Czechoslovakian Embassy. Finally, someone who was on the raid breaks their silence. But there’s a twist…

    • 1 hr
    04: The Club

    04: The Club

    The Five Eyes is an intelligence alliance with roots that go all the way back to World War II. It’s a tight club – but just what does membership demand of us? 

    • 59 min
    03: A Full Court Press from the KGB

    03: A Full Court Press from the KGB

    In the mid-1980s, New Zealand's anti-nuclear policy is attracting international attention. With the ANZUS alliance in crisis, the KGB see an opportunity.

    • 51 min
    02: The Wilderness of Mirrors

    02: The Wilderness of Mirrors

    New Zealand has Cold War spy stories we know about - and some we don't. Even now, it's hard to get people to talk. The big question is: who do you trust?

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
188 Ratings

188 Ratings

Simon Drought ,

Simon Drought

Great work guys. You make a good double act. This content is important. These secrets should not be taken to the grave.

ScrapMusic101 ,

Rubbish

I wouldn’t trust Espiner to report where the sun rises in the morning. Complete waste of time

Youie66 ,

Well paced and interesting

A great podcast with the right balance between personal, national and international perspectives. Brilliant, thanks. Well presented by two fine voices too.

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