50 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.

The Live Drop Mark Valley

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    • 4.2 • 49 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.

    A Moscow Station Conversation with John Sipher who Shares the Secret to a Good Spy Story

    A Moscow Station Conversation with John Sipher who Shares the Secret to a Good Spy Story

    Live Drop Welcomes Former CIA and Russia Expert John Sipher on the 50th Episode

    • 56 min
    Author and former refugee, Kao Kalia Yang Reveals the Life, Loss, and Hmong Legacy of the Secret War in Laos

    Author and former refugee, Kao Kalia Yang Reveals the Life, Loss, and Hmong Legacy of the Secret War in Laos

    A Hmong American writer, poet, and teacher shares traditions for life, grief and hope.

    • 47 min
    Author Jonathan Dyer Switches Back to his Time on Teufelsberg as an Army Intercept Operator with Field Station Berlin

    Author Jonathan Dyer Switches Back to his Time on Teufelsberg as an Army Intercept Operator with Field Station Berlin

    Former NSA intercept operator talks about Russian transmissions and the source of inspiration for his espionage novels.

    • 36 min
    International Security Risk Specialist Mike Croll Starts a New Conversation about Safety, Security and Risk

    International Security Risk Specialist Mike Croll Starts a New Conversation about Safety, Security and Risk

    There are a million deaths in the Bible but no mention of Security. Mike Croll takes us through the evolution of primal fear to our modern system of asset protection.

    • 1 hr 16 min
    Berlin Photographer Dan Kane and That Time the Stasi Made it Weird on the Way to Rostock

    Berlin Photographer Dan Kane and That Time the Stasi Made it Weird on the Way to Rostock

    American photographer and Berlin expat tells us about the time the Stasi tried to recruit him, on a road trip to the Baltic Coast.

    • 48 min
    Unraveling the Portland Spy Ring with Dead Doubles author Trevor Barnes

    Unraveling the Portland Spy Ring with Dead Doubles author Trevor Barnes

    Author Trevor Barnes discusses the inspiration, structure and content of his book Dead Doubles

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
49 Ratings

49 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.

LorrainePezz ,

Informative and interesting

First and only podcast I've ever fully listened to! There is a nice variety of guests, which keeps things very interesting. There is never a dull moment in the conversations, as there is always something new to learn. It's especially nice when the host contributes to the conversation, using parts of his own life to show that he can relate to what the guest is saying. I am looking forward to more episodes, which should be just as interesting as the previous ones!

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.

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