12 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.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 3.7K 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.

    Empire of Pain - An Exclusive Sample of Patrick's New Book

    Empire of Pain - An Exclusive Sample of Patrick's New Book

    While he was working on Wind of Change, Patrick Radden Keefe was also researching and writing a new book, a sweeping investigative chronicle about the billionaire Sackler family, famed for their philanthropy, whose fortune was built by Valium and whose reputation was ruined by OxyContin. This excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Keefe, tells the little known story of a massive chemical explosion at a plant owned by the Sacklers. Already hailed as one of the most anticipated nonfiction books of 2021, Empire of Pain has just been released and is now available for purchase, as a book or audiobook. More information, and links to buy, here: 
    https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/612861/empire-of-pain-by-patrick-radden-keefe/
    Audio excerpted courtesy Penguin Random House Audio from Empire of Pain by Patrick Radden Keefe, read by the author and available wherever audiobooks are sold.
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    • 20 min

    Hello, Klaus

    Hello, Klaus

    HANOVER, GERMANY, 2020: There is one last person Patrick needs to ask about “Wind of Change.” At a small hotel in sleepy Hanover, Germany, it is time to confront Klaus Meine about his biggest hit.
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    • 51 min
    Rorschach

    Rorschach

    MOSCOW, RUSSIA, 2019: On a boat ride down the Moskva River, Patrick starts to fear that this entire podcast could itself be CIA propaganda. Or worse, Ksenia, his Russian fixer points out: propaganda by the successors to the KGB.
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    • 46 min
    The Doctor Is In

    The Doctor Is In

    CAYMAN ISLANDS, 1982: The Scorpions’ manager Doc McGhee has a secret past: he played a role in one of the largest drug busts in U.S. history, working with a smuggling ring that included CIA asset (and Panamanian dictator) Manuel Noriega. Nearly everyone went to prison. But Doc didn’t serve a day. Patrick heads to Naples, Florida, to find out why Doc threw a rock festival in Moscow instead of going to prison.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
3.7K Ratings

3.7K Ratings

AndrewJacksonsBigToe ,

Intriging, almost certainly not true, but so entertaining

This origin story of a tumultuous time in history is interesting. If you don't know anything about the fall of Communism, this podcast is an entertaining introduction. If you believe that historical events are driven by the machinations of individuals, this tale is completely plausible. Well told and worth the investment.

FunnyFaceKing ,

The nostalgia was nice.

PRK is a very serious author. His book "Say Nothing" about the IRA is the most serious nonfiction book I've read in years. It is essential, bone-chilling reading for many reasons. Seeing his name attached to this fluff podcast is confusing. His reputation went way down in my eyes.

I am one year older than PRK. Our pop culture modes of references are very much alignes. I really enjoyed the nostalgic look back athair metal history and the GI Joe convention episode was hilarious.

The premise of the show isn't a premise though. It's a pretext to hit these nostalgic cues in the listener's ears. The audience is guaranteed. Not for anything PRK did, but because it's about one of the top five most famous songs in the world. He heard a rumor and did so much to try to fit the evidence to fit his preconceived conclusion. This is not journalism or good nonfiction by any standard.

I still recommend that IRA book, though. For real. It's fire.

ABUZRAW ,

Interestingly told, story not that mysterious

I enjoy the storytelling and found it easy to listen to (even though things start to drift around episode 6), but I just can’t get passed how selfish these people are. Oliver should never have told Michael the story, but once he found out Oliver might be in serious trouble if this got out then they should have stopped right there. What are they thinking?? Are they really willing to potentially out a CIA officer or agent for a podcast? Also, like, what’s the mystery here? Of COURSE the CIA was using “soft power” to influence the Russian public. It makes sense that they would organize concerts to reach a mass audience. I just don’t see the intrigue or mystery here.

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