Each week, SpyCast will feature interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Andrew Hammond (https://www.spymuseum.org/press/press-archive/2020-press-releases/spy-museum-names-andrew-hammon/) , the museum's Historian & Curator. Dr. Hammond specializes in intelligence, diplomatic, and military history, with expertise in the late-Cold War and post-9/11 eras. The International Spy Museum in Washington, DC is home to the world's largest collection of intelligence and espionage related artifacts. Don't believe us? See Guinness World Records!
“How Spies Think” – Spy Chief David Omand
Ever thought you were the smartest person in the room? You’ve never been in a room with Sir David Omand. My former professor – no slouch himself – described Sir David as “the brightest person I have ever met.” It is certainly difficult to think of anyone more qualified to appear on SpyCast: former Director of GCHQ, former Chair of the Joint Intelligence Committee, formulator of current British counter-terrorism policy, he also happens to be one of the world’s deepest thinkers on intelligence and espionage (as well as the intellectual man-crush of my former professor). In his new book, How Spies Think, David distills insights derived from a career spent at the summit of British secret intelligence. 1 Book, 2 Glaswegians, 10 Lessons in Intelligence. It’s simple, really. Sláinte
From the Vault: Intelligence & Analysis in the National Football League
If 1985 was “The Year of the Spy,” was 2019 its equivalent in the sporting world? The Patriots were accused of spying on the Bengals, Leeds Utd. of surveilling Derby County, and the Houston Astros of stealing-signs from, well, everybody. Just before Super Bowl XLV (2011), high-school quarterback, artist and Spy Museum stalwart Dan Treado sat down with ex-intelligence officer, analyst, consultant and author T.J. Waters to discuss the secret world of the NFL. Briefing books. Secure Comms. Deception operations. Think states have a monopoly on intelligence and espionage: think again.
Moxie + Brains = America’s First Female Foreign Intelligence Agent
Join Andrew and former Baltimore Sun reporter Liz Atwood as they dig into the fascinating life of multi-lingual Baltimore socialite Marguerite Harrison: path-breaking journalist, documentary actor, co-founder of the Society of Women Geographers…double agent.
Dis.information: Russia, China & the Specter of Democracy
Fact vs. Fake. Truth vs. Lies. Information vs. Disinformation. For voters trying to choose between competing parties and candidates the distinction between them would seem to be central. But is it still possible to tell which is which? In this week’s SpyCast Andrew is joined by two analysts from the Alliance for Securing Democracy – Russia watcher Brad Hanlon and China watcher Bryce Barros – to try to get to the bottom of what is going on. Is “disinformation” fake news and malarkey, or a serious threat to the future of democracy?
An Ode to Sean Connery’s ‘Bond’ | WTOP
For Andrew Hammond, a Scotsman and the historian and curator of the International Spy Museum (https://www.spymuseum.org/) , the loss of iconic actor Sean Connery this week at the age of 90 hits particularly hard.
“As a Scot, someone from the same country, it’s a great loss and a deep loss,” Hammond told WTOP. “For spy fans and people who are from Scotland, but also for anyone who’s ever loved having the lights out and escaping through the lens of cinema, it’s just a great loss.”
James Bond movies, Hammond said, have taught lots of people what they know about being a spy, even if many of them are pure fantasy - via WTOP.
2020 Election Special: Electoral Interference & Intelligence
What do you get if you cross a Harvard historian with a UCLA trained political scientist and an award winning doctoral researcher? One word: context. Join Andrew and his guests – Calder Walton, Dov Levin and Magda Long – as they drill down into intelligence agencies and electoral intervention.
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Was thoroughly enjoying the stories of Mrs. Harrison and will read her autobiography. Not quite sure why the guest started questioning whether she was an idiot for what sounded like a brave action. Really, an idiot? Hmm...
Hopefully a good new host
I’m relatively new to podcasts and this was one of the first that got me hooked. But, as of late Vince has grated on me for voicing his personal political opinions. The nation being so divided currently, I had enjoyed the sheer informative dialogue without political discourse. That disappeared when Vince was unable to contain himself and inserted his own narrative. I was about to unsubscribe when I listened to an interview with the incoming historian. He comes across as as apolitical...refreshing. I’ll give the podcast another go.
I've been listening to this podcast for about a decade now , but lately it seems to be getting duller and boring discussions. It's not as fun or interesting anymore. It's become more like a think tank podcast , not exciting to listen to anymore. I used to get excited to see the podcast in my queue now I dread listening to it in the last couple years because it’s very hit and miss. It’s gotten worse in the fall of 2020.
Update : gets more boring and too academic. Too focused on elections and too long. The Intelligence Matters by Michael Morrell is a better model to follow - shorter and more concise