15 episodes

Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner, Whirlwind: America, Russia & Ukraine examines the ongoing war in Ukraine, the worst war in Europe since WWII, in interviews with decorated, high-ranking CIA veterans who have led the American intelligence war with Russia for decades. These experts explain how Putin laid the groundwork for attacking Ukraine using deception and disinformation, how Russian disinformation has been amplified by American media figures and politicians, and how American political warfare can undermine Putin and the Kremlin.
Whirlwind is an Audacy original presented in partnership with Tim Weiner and Jigsaw Productions.

Whirlwind: America, Russia & Ukraine Audacy

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    • 4.2 • 557 Ratings

Written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner, Whirlwind: America, Russia & Ukraine examines the ongoing war in Ukraine, the worst war in Europe since WWII, in interviews with decorated, high-ranking CIA veterans who have led the American intelligence war with Russia for decades. These experts explain how Putin laid the groundwork for attacking Ukraine using deception and disinformation, how Russian disinformation has been amplified by American media figures and politicians, and how American political warfare can undermine Putin and the Kremlin.
Whirlwind is an Audacy original presented in partnership with Tim Weiner and Jigsaw Productions.

    Part 1: The Invisible War

    Part 1: The Invisible War

    Four CIA veterans explore how American intelligence is shaping the battlefield in Ukraine--and taking the fight to Russia.

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    • 38 min
    Part 2: Empire of Lies

    Part 2: Empire of Lies

    As the war rages in Ukraine, experts examine the power of information and disinformation in the battle between democracy and autocracy--in Ukraine, Russia, and the United States.

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    • 37 min
    Welcome to Whirlwind, Season 2

    Welcome to Whirlwind, Season 2

    Russia is committing atrocities, destroying cities and killing thousands of civilians in Ukraine. But Putin’s dreams of conquest are being shattered – first and foremost by the will of the Ukrainian people – but also by American counter-efforts. And now, as Ukraine fights for freedom, democracy, and truth, so does the world. In two new episodes, C13Originals re-teams with Pulitzer Prize-winning and New York Times bestselling author Tim Weiner to expand the acclaimed documentary series with a new focus on the war in Ukraine, Russia’s threat to democracy, and the roles of intelligence and disinformation in 21st century political warfare.

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    • 2 min
    Introducing About A Boy: The Story of Vladimir Putin

    Introducing About A Boy: The Story of Vladimir Putin

    In the West, Russian dictator Vladimir Putin is always seen as one of two things: KGB spy or judo master. But to anyone who’s ever lived in the Soviet Union, Putin is something else entirely: a street kid. Join journalist Julia Ioffe as she explores how Putin’s childhood taught him lessons that shape his thinking and actions to this day.



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    • 3 min
    Ep 1: Agents of Influence

    Ep 1: Agents of Influence

    In the series premiere of Whirlwind, host Tim Weiner tells the story of Samuel Dickstein, an American Congressman who turned out to be working for the enemy as an “agent of influence.” Joined by guests Alexander Vassiliev, a former KGB officer turned journalist; Leon Panetta, former CIA director; Rolf Mowatt-Larssen, former CIA intelligence officer; and journalist Catherine Belton, Tim explores the possibility that there’s an “agent of influence” in the White House today. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

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    • 56 min
    Ep 2: Wilderness of Mirrors

    Ep 2: Wilderness of Mirrors

    The story of James Jesus Angleton, an obsessive reader of poetry who became the CIA’s chief of counterintelligence, and grew obsessed with the threat of Soviet moles infiltrating American institutions. Host Tim Weiner is joined by former CIA officers John Sipher and Rolf Mowatt-Larssen and former KGB officer-turned-journalist Alexander Vassiliev. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

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    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
557 Ratings

557 Ratings

oldjohnhall ,

Well done!!

Excellent, insightful, informative, accurate. Don’t pay any attention to the 🇷🇺 🤖 criticism, they're irrelevant and dumb

Fheifheohfeowojfuh ,

Deep Bias, but some good

There is an obvious dig at Trump and the Republican Party, which develops into its own interpretation of history far before any of it is proven factual in the current day. I did not like the parts that were pontificating, but I did enjoy some of the parts about the Soviet Union and how it operated. I also do believe Russian AND Chinese foreign influence is real. The parts on communism influence in the early 20th century in the U.S. was also interesting, but I highly doubt it was much of a sticking point, or threat back then as deeply as it was described. I think this was just a balancing act between the Trump digs and bringing up communism in the U.S. to soften those digs. People were more patriotic back then in the U.S. from my understanding, not even close to communists. But, I appreciate the communist threat in a way in the theory as some liberals in the U.S. are shifting towards socialism and communism, because they aren’t too bright. Maybe that will push them more moderate. It’s just a mixed bag with obvious political intent.

Anastasya M ,

Excellent research & use of media sources

This podcast covers history dating back to the 1940s and employs primary as well as secondary sources to relate complex events.

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