120 episodes

Secrets & Spies aims to seek out and engage in meaningful discussions with experts and practitioners about espionage, terrorism, geopolitics and intrigue.

Not all episodes are directly about espionage as some topics, such as terrorism, are pretty complex and require a look at the underlying ideology behind it to lead to a deeper understanding of the topic.

Also, due to the nature of the podcast topics, some episodes delve into the contemporary politics behind an issue. The podcast does its best to remain balanced. However, the show does take a critical view of the MAGA movement, far-left/far-right politics and Trumpism.

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Secrets & Spies aims to seek out and engage in meaningful discussions with experts and practitioners about espionage, terrorism, geopolitics and intrigue.

Not all episodes are directly about espionage as some topics, such as terrorism, are pretty complex and require a look at the underlying ideology behind it to lead to a deeper understanding of the topic.

Also, due to the nature of the podcast topics, some episodes delve into the contemporary politics behind an issue. The podcast does its best to remain balanced. However, the show does take a critical view of the MAGA movement, far-left/far-right politics and Trumpism.

    The Ideology behind Elon Musk buying Twitter 

    The Ideology behind Elon Musk buying Twitter 

    On this podcast episode, we are joined by author and journalist Dave Troy. Dave is an Investigative journalist addressing threats to democracy, and we discuss the possible ideological motivations behind Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter, and it’s national security implications.

    Read Dave’s fantastic article: “No, Elon and Jack are not competitors. They’re collaborating”
    https://davetroy.medium.com/no-elon-and-jack-are-not-competitors-theyre-collaborating-3e88cde5267d

    You can find out more about Dave Troy and his work here: https://about.davetroy.com/


    Music on this podcast is provided by Andrew R. Bird (Andy Bird) You can check out his work here: https://soundcloud.com/andrewbirduk

    For more information about the podcast, check out our website: https://secretsandspiespodcast.com/ 

    Secrets and Spies is part of the Spy Podcast Network. Check out our other excellent spy-related podcasts here: https://www.spypodcasts.com/ 


    You can support Secrets and Spies in a few ways: 
     
    * Subscribe to our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVB23lrHr3KFeXq4VU36dg

    * Become a “Friend of the podcast”  on Patreon for £3 www.patreon.com/SecretsAndSpies

    * You can buy merchandise from our shop: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/60934996?asc=u


    Connect with us on social media 

    TWITTER twitter.com/SecretsAndSpies
     FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/secretsandspies
      
    Check out our short spy film “THE DRY CLEANER” which is now available to buy on Apple TV & Amazon Prime. 
    Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/j_KFTJenrz4

    • 58 min
    Espresso Martini: Episode Two

    Espresso Martini: Episode Two

    On the second episode of Espresso Martini, Chris & Matt do their best to cover events from the jam pact month of October.

    Topics discussed


    Elon Musk takes over Twitter
    Russian espionage foiled in the US and Europe
    Mysterious Chinese "Police stations" have been discovered in UK, USA & Europe
    Spy Entertainment

    Links

    The Dry Cleaner is screening at the Horsham Film Festival on 30th November
    Tickets are available here: https://www.everymancinema.com/Booking/horsham/8814967

    Articles discussed in the show:

    No, Elon and Jack are not “competitors.” They’re collaborating
    https://davetroy.medium.com/no-elon-and-jack-are-not-competitors-theyre-collaborating-3e88cde5267d

    Elon Musk Spoke to Putin Before Tweeting Ukraine Peace Plan: Report
    https://www.businessinsider.com/elon-musk-blocks-starlink-in-crimea-amid-nuclear-fears-report-2022-10

    US army doctor and wife charged with Russia spying 
    https://topsecretumbra.substack.com/p/its-raining-traitors

    Russians expelled from the Hague
    https://euobserver.com/world/156289

    Chinese ‘police station’ in NYC that spies on dissenters run by shady charity on IRS blacklist
    https://nypost.com/2022/10/08/chinese-police-station-spies-on-dissenters-linked-to-shady-us-charity/

    More on the police stations
    https://www.politico.eu/article/uk-police-china-london-glasgow-investigating-unacceptable-chinese-police-stations-in-britain/

    Former RAF pilots in China training Chinese pilots to shoot down western aircraft
    https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2022/oct/18/raf-pilots-chinese-military-law-change-james-heappey

    US charges alleged Chinese spies in telecoms probe case
    https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-63378817

    UK sent RAF pilots to teach Chinese counterparts and allowed students to attend British military colleges
    https://news.sky.com/story/uk-sent-raf-pilots-to-teach-chinese-counterparts-and-allowed-students-to-attend-british-military-colleges-12732462


    Articles we did not get time to cover

    Wired: How the World Will Know If Russia Is Preparing to Launch a Nuke
    https://www.wired.com/story/russia-ukraine-nuclear-attack-surveillance/

    Spy Talk: “A Bold New look at China’s Audacious Spies”  by Matt Brazil titled
    https://open.substack.com/pub/spytalk/p/a-bold-new-look-at-chinas-audacious?r=19kty&utm_campaign=post&utm_medium=web

    “Terror Granny” plotting German civil war to bring back the Kaiser
    https://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/terror-granny-accused-of-plotting-german-civil-war-to-bring-back-the-kaiser/ar-AA12Ywv7

    The Hunt for Phish: How Agents Netted a Terrorist Jewel Thief 
    https://www.coffeeordie.com/phish-isis-jewel-thief


    Music on this podcast is provided by Andrew R. Bird (Andy Bird) You can check out his work here: https://soundcloud.com/andrewbirduk


    For more information about the podcast, check out our website: https://secretsandspiespodcast.com/ 

    Secrets and Spies is part of the Spy Podcast Network. Check out our other excellent spy-related podcasts here: https://www.spypodcasts.com/ 


    You can support Secrets and Spies in a few ways: 
     
    * Subscribe to our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVB23lrHr3KFeXq4VU36dg

    * Become a “Friend of the podcast”  on Patreon for £3 www.patreon.com/SecretsAndSpies

    * You can buy merchandise from our shop: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/60934996?asc=u


    Connect with us on social media 

    TWITTER twitter.com/SecretsAndSpies
     FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/secretsandspies
      
    Check out our short spy film “THE DRY CLEANER” which is now available to buy on Apple TV & Amazon Prime. 
    Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/j_KFTJenrz4

    • 1 hr 12 min
    Social Media Disinformation, US Mid Terms and Elon Musk with David Neiwert

    Social Media Disinformation, US Mid Terms and Elon Musk with David Neiwert

    Social Media Disinformation Mid Terms and Elon Musk with David Neiwert

    On this podcast episode, we are joined by author and journalist David Neiwert.

    David is an expert on the far-right, so he joins us to discuss online disinformation, the upcoming US midterm elections and the concerns about Elon Musk’s recent purchase of Twitter. 

    You can read David’s articles here: https://www.dailykos.com/users/david%20neiwert

    David is the author of a fantastic book called "Alt America: The Rise of the Alt-Right in the Age of Trump". You can get a copy here: https://www.versobooks.com/books/2801-alt-america and you can listen to our 2018 interview with David about his book here: https://pod.fo/e/14f9f and our 2021 chat about the Jan 6th Insurrection: https://pod.fo/e/b2262

    It’s a deep episode, so pour yourself your favourite drink, sit back and I hope you find it informative. 


    Music on this podcast is provided by Andrew R. Bird (Andy Bird) You can check out his work here: https://soundcloud.com/andrewbirduk

    For more information about the podcast, check out our website: https://secretsandspiespodcast.com/ 

    Secrets and Spies is part of the Spy Podcast Network. Check out our other excellent spy-related podcasts here: https://www.spypodcasts.com/ 


    You can support Secrets and Spies in a few ways: 
     
    * Subscribe to our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVB23lrHr3KFeXq4VU36dg

    * Become a “Friend of the podcast”  on Patreon for £3 www.patreon.com/SecretsAndSpies

    * You can buy merchandise from our shop: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/60934996?asc=u


    Connect with us on social media 

    TWITTER twitter.com/SecretsAndSpies
     FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/secretsandspies
      
    Check out our short spy film “THE DRY CLEANER” which is now available to buy on Apple TV & Amazon Prime. 
    Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/j_KFTJenrz4

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Biden and the Afghan evacuation one year on with Frank Snepp

    Biden and the Afghan evacuation one year on with Frank Snepp

    On today's podcast, we are joined by former CIA officer and investigative journalist Frank Snepp. 

    Frank recently published an article titled "Stop Kvetching About Biden’s Afghan “Screw-Ups” – Kudos Are Owed”. 
    You can read it here: https://franksneppexclusives.com/?p=519

    This is a detailed episode where I take a back seat and let Frank explain what he found. 

    In the last section of the podcast, we discuss the broader context of the evacuation and what it is like to play god in an evacuation, having to decide who can leave and who has to stay.

    It’s a deep episode, so pour yourself your favourite drink, sit back, and I hope you find it informative. 


    Music on this podcast is provided by Andrew R. Bird (Andy Bird) You can check out his work here: https://soundcloud.com/andrewbirduk

    For more information about the podcast, check out our website: https://secretsandspiespodcast.com/ 

    Secrets and Spies is part of the Spy Podcast Network. Check out our other excellent spy-related podcasts here: https://www.spypodcasts.com/ 


    You can support Secrets and Spies in a few ways: 
     
    * Subscribe to our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVB23lrHr3KFeXq4VU36dg

    * Become a “Friend of the podcast”  on Patreon for £3 www.patreon.com/SecretsAndSpies

    * You can buy merchandise from our shop: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/60934996?asc=u


    Connect with us on social media 

    TWITTER twitter.com/SecretsAndSpies
     FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/secretsandspies
      
    Check out our short spy film “THE DRY CLEANER” which is now available to buy on Apple TV & Amazon Prime. 
    Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/j_KFTJenrz4

    • 1 hr 20 min
    Putin’s war on Ukraine with Matthew Orr

    Putin’s war on Ukraine with Matthew Orr

    We are joined by Matthew Orr, a Eurasian analyst at RANE, Risk Assistance Network & Exchange in this episode.

    We discuss Russia’s war on Ukraine and what to expect as winter settles in. We also look at Putin’s political motivations for the war and speculate on his future and what a Russia without Putin may look like.

    You can find out more about RANE here: https://www.ranenetwork.com/

    And you can also read a few of Matthew’s reports in the links below:
    https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/drivers-and-potential-threats-deepening-russia-turkey-ties

    https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/what-ukraines-victory-kharkiv-means-russias-war

    https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/bracing-protracted-war-ukraine-part-1-time-kyivs-side

    https://worldview.stratfor.com/article/bracing-protracted-war-ukraine-part-2-time-russias-side


    Music on this podcast is provided by Andrew R. Bird (Andy Bird) You can check out his work here: https://soundcloud.com/andrewbirduk

    For more information about the podcast, check out our website: https://secretsandspiespodcast.com/ 

    Secrets and Spies is part of the Spy Podcast Network. Check out our other excellent spy-related podcasts here: https://www.spypodcasts.com/ 


    You can support Secrets and Spies in a few ways: 
     
    * Subscribe to our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVB23lrHr3KFeXq4VU36dg

    * Become a “Friend of the podcast”  on Patreon for £3 www.patreon.com/SecretsAndSpies

    * You can buy merchandise from our shop: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/60934996?asc=u


    Connect with us on social media 

    TWITTER twitter.com/SecretsAndSpies
    FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/secretsandspies
     
    Check out our short spy film “THE DRY CLEANER” which is now available to buy on Apple TV & Amazon Prime. 
    Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/j_KFTJenrz4

    • 1 hr 10 min
    Hope Not Hate and the Walk-In with Nick Lowles

    Hope Not Hate and the Walk-In with Nick Lowles

    In this episode, we are joined by Nick Lowles from Hope Not Hate.  

    Hope Not Hate is the real organisation behind ITV’s The Walk-In.

    Nick joins us to discuss the work of Hope Not Hate, and he gives us an overview of the far-right in Britain today. 

    We also discuss a Far Right plot by the terrorist group National Action to murder Labour MP, Rosie Cooper. That plot was foiled by a National Action member who objected to violence and became an informant for Hope Not Hate. The plot to murder Rosie Cooper has now been turned into an excellent ITV television drama called “The Walk-In.”

    Find out more about Hope Not Hate here: https://hopenothate.org.uk/

    You can connect with Nick on Twitter: https://twitter.com/lowles_nick

    Watch "The Walk-In" on ITV player here: https://www.itv.com/hub/the-walk-in/2a7556a0005

    Music on this podcast is provided by Andrew R. Bird (Andy Bird) You can check out his work here: https://soundcloud.com/andrewbirduk

    For more information about the podcast, check out our website: https://secretsandspiespodcast.com/ 

    Secrets and Spies is part of the Spy Podcast Network. Check out our other excellent spy-related podcasts here: https://www.spypodcasts.com/ 


    You can support Secrets and Spies in a few ways: 
     
    * Subscribe to our Youtube page: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCDVB23lrHr3KFeXq4VU36dg

    * Become a “Friend of the podcast”  on Patreon for £3 www.patreon.com/SecretsAndSpies

    * You can buy merchandise from our shop: https://www.redbubble.com/shop/ap/60934996?asc=u


    Connect with us on social media 

    TWITTER twitter.com/SecretsAndSpies
     FACEBOOK www.facebook.com/secretsandspies
      
    Check out our short spy film “THE DRY CLEANER” which is now available to buy on Apple TV & Amazon Prime. 
    Watch the trailer here: https://youtu.be/j_KFTJenrz4

    • 1 hr 5 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
121 Ratings

121 Ratings

brdhs ,

Great series!

I love the spy stories and the recent disinfo topics are so important. Keep it up!

Scotty Baby 929 ,

Great Show! Entertaining!

The content presented in this podcast is excellent. Intelligent dialogue with fascinating stories

Semper Sky ,

Disappointing

I’ve been listening for awhile now. There are some good episodes but here lately the political bias comes barging in the door. I wish you could leave the part out of your veiled hatred for Trump and advise your guests to do the same.

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