26 episodes

Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But on Foreign Policy’s podcast I Spy, we get them to open up. We hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, kill adversaries, and turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling one dramatic story.

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    • 4.7 • 2.4K Ratings

Spies don’t talk—it’s the cardinal rule of the business. But on Foreign Policy’s podcast I Spy, we get them to open up. We hear from the operations people: the spies who steal secrets, kill adversaries, and turn agents into double agents. Each episode features one spy telling one dramatic story.

    Introducing: Cautionary Tales

    Introducing: Cautionary Tales

    While we're working on our new season, we wanted to share with you an episode of another podcast we're enjoying: Cautionary Tales. On the show, host Tim Harford tells stories of awful human error, tragic catastrophes, daring heists and hilarious fiascos. In this episode, Tim describes the trial of an art forger who fooled revered art connoisseurs... and even the Nazis.
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    • 35 min
    The Cassandra part 2

    The Cassandra part 2

    This is part 2 of Frank Snepp's story. Snepp was a CIA analyst based in Saigon during the Vietnam War. In April of 1975, he discovered that Communist forces were preparing a large-scale attack on Saigon—but the higher ups refused to believe it. When the attack began later that month, the Americans conducted a frenzied evacuation, leaving behind many Vietnamese allies.
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    • 28 min
    The Cassandra

    The Cassandra

    Frank Snepp was a CIA analyst based in Saigon during the Vietnam War. In April of 1975, he discovered that Communist forces were preparing a large-scale attack on Saigon—but the higher ups refused to believe it. When the attack began later that month, the Americans conducted a frenzied evacuation, leaving behind many Vietnamese allies.
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    • 29 min
    The Special Agent

    The Special Agent

    The FBI's Ali Soufan specialized in Al Qaeda investigations both before and after the attacks of September 11th. In 2002 he was sent to question Abu Zubaydah, a high-level jihadi captured in Pakistan. But after several rounds of interrogation at the secret site, he was sidelined by a CIA contractor who had helped develop a new torture program for the agency.
     
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    • 34 min
    The Hellraiser

    The Hellraiser

    Jay Dobyns was a special agent for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives. In 2002, he infiltrated the Hells Angels biker gang and spent two years undercover—a period in which he says he worried every single day about getting exposed and killed by the group.
     
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    • 37 min
    The Infiltrator

    The Infiltrator

    The British spy agency MIV recruited Willie Carlin to infiltrate Sinn Fein in Northern Ireland. He spied on the group for 11 years until his cover was blown.  
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    • 33 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.4K Ratings

2.4K Ratings

ReedUSA ,

Wow!

This is TERRIFIC!!!

But on what planet does the advertising algorithm pair this offering with Saks Fifth Avenue virtual shopping?

I married the USMC Colonel’s daughter and she uniquely blends fashion sense with “Quit whining... your limb is still attached by tendons” hard core-ness, so I know there is one such warrior women out there, and the two stories about the female CIA analysts who went respectively to Libya and Iraq war zones shows there are two more, but are there more than that?!?

As Patton, said if we don’t man up a stronger race will take our women and eliminate us? Who needs us guys, though, with warrior women like these? These ladies prove my saying that “Girls are the new boys”?

Many more episodes, please!

William3000 ,

Who wouldn’t love this?

Very engaging and well produced. Exceptional. Love Margot!!

Venice Surfer... ,

Enjoyable but abrupt and with an odd soundtrack

Mostly well done. The main opportunity for improvement is around the editing of the stories - sometimes they end abruptly, as if trying to fit a certain time window, when a minute or two more of explanation- even by the host, would greatly help tie things off or complete the story. Also, the music is sometimes incongruous to the story - for instance a heavy topic where someone has died might have strangely upbeat banjo music playing. Worth a listen though, despite the oddities.

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