44 episodes

Host Mark Valley ventures into the elusive world of intelligence collection and espionage to spot, assess and debrief: spies, spy catchers, analysts, diplomats, security experts and occasionally the storytellers who bring them all to life - a HUMINT Experiment.

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    • 4.2, 46 Ratings

Host Mark Valley ventures into the elusive world of intelligence collection and espionage to spot, assess and debrief: spies, spy catchers, analysts, diplomats, security experts and occasionally the storytellers who bring them all to life - a HUMINT Experiment.

    Global Health Supply Chain is Having a Moment - A Covid Conversation with Expert Maeve Magner

    Global Health Supply Chain is Having a Moment - A Covid Conversation with Expert Maeve Magner

    Global Health Supply Chain Expert Shares Her Experience

    • 33 min
    Former CIA Analyst Cindy Otis Reveals How to Spot Fake News in a Crowded Feed

    Former CIA Analyst Cindy Otis Reveals How to Spot Fake News in a Crowded Feed

    A former CIA Analyst gives a valuable primer on fake news and misinformation.

    • 44 min
    Norman Ohler’s The Bohemians Reveals a Spy Ring the Nazis Didn’t Want us to Remember

    Norman Ohler’s The Bohemians Reveals a Spy Ring the Nazis Didn’t Want us to Remember

    The Bohemians made good spies in Berlin, too good for the Nazis.

    • 31 min
    A Profile of Life in Beirut and Lebanon's History of Unrest with Middle East Historian Emily Whalen

    A Profile of Life in Beirut and Lebanon's History of Unrest with Middle East Historian Emily Whalen

    Emily Whalen is a historian of U.S. foreign policy and the Middle East. She is a doctoral candidate in History at the University of Texas - Austin, and an Earnest May pre-doctoral fellow at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at the...

    • 50 min
    Author Jessica Pearce Rotondi Searches the Secret War in Laos for Answers to a Family Mystery

    Author Jessica Pearce Rotondi Searches the Secret War in Laos for Answers to a Family Mystery

    The Secret War in Laos was sponsored by Americans, fought by Laotians, Thais, Vietnamese, American advisors and pilots while almost entirely eclipsed by the war in Vietnam.  Jessica Pearce Rotondi’s book What We Inherit – is a poignant memoir of a...

    • 31 min
    Mossad Sends In The Good Assassin to Catch The Butcher of Latvia with Author Stephan Talty

    Mossad Sends In The Good Assassin to Catch The Butcher of Latvia with Author Stephan Talty

    Author describes the Mossad's hunt for the Butcher of Latvia

    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
46 Ratings

46 Ratings

mted8 ,

Improved interviewing since inception

I’ve been listening since first episode and agree with the interruptions breaking the flow of conversation, but I also enjoyed the ease and sense of camaraderie. Just listened to two most recent interviews back-to-back and found the topics and host/interviewee thoroughly informative and engaging. I like the interjection of personal stories.

S.J.X. ,

Smart and Funny!

I learn something new from every episode. Every. Single. One.
Morse code operators can distinguish the style of each other’s dashes and dots? (Yep). A hotbed for sexy spy activity was...Ottawa? (Who knew?). The guests are always interesting and the conversation flows—I particularly dig the kinds of questions the host asks. He lets the guest shine.

magnsteve ,

Clueless about actual totalitarianism.

What could’ve been a great podcast was ruined by the narrator’s obsession with drawing a false equivalence between a democratically elected president and actual authoritarian/communist/repressive governments. Your historical ignorance is embarrassing.

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