8 episodes

The United States won the cold war against the Russians through political warfare. But in the 21st century, Russia is winning the battle. Our democracy is under attack. America is edging toward autocracy under the leadership of a president that Russian spies helped elect. Pulitzer Prize-winning and NYT best-selling author Tim Weiner tells the story of how we got here. Once triumphant, American democracy now teeters at a terrible precipice; over ten episodes of this documentary podcast franchise, season one of WHIRLWIND provides a penetrating look at the decisions, mistakes, and mischief that led us to this point. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

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    • 4.1 • 377 Ratings

The United States won the cold war against the Russians through political warfare. But in the 21st century, Russia is winning the battle. Our democracy is under attack. America is edging toward autocracy under the leadership of a president that Russian spies helped elect. Pulitzer Prize-winning and NYT best-selling author Tim Weiner tells the story of how we got here. Once triumphant, American democracy now teeters at a terrible precipice; over ten episodes of this documentary podcast franchise, season one of WHIRLWIND provides a penetrating look at the decisions, mistakes, and mischief that led us to this point. In partnership with Cadence13, Jigsaw Productions and a production of Prologue Projects.

    Ep 7: Perfect Weapons

    Ep 7: Perfect Weapons

    Russia develops new tools for political warfare in the 21st century, making Estonia and Ukraine victims of a new kind of combat - cyberwarfare - and laying the groundwork for an attack against the United States in 2016. Host Tim Weiner is joined by former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre Merle Maigre, and cybersecurity analyst Kenneth Geers.
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    • 48 min
    Ep 6: The Cold Peace

    Ep 6: The Cold Peace

    The Cold War finally ends, but a series of American actions in the 1990s lay the groundwork for renewed tensions. Host Tim Weiner is joined by Andrei Kozyrev, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1996, and Doug Wise, a CIA veteran and former Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency.
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    • 47 min
    Ep 5: The Department of Disinformation

    Ep 5: The Department of Disinformation

    The KGB specialized in fake news, and its Department of Disinformation successfully spread lies around the world. But starting in the 1980s, America began to fight back. Host Tim Weiner is joined by two members of that fight, Dr. Kathleen Bailey and Dr. John Lenczowski.
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    • 53 min
    Ep 4: The Italian Job

    Ep 4: The Italian Job

    In 1948, Italy has an important national vote and so begins one of the CIA's finest traditions: foreign election interference. Host Tim Weiner is joined by Professor Victoria de Grazia and journalists Maurizio Molinari and Paolo Mastrolilli.
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    • 36 min
    Ep 3: Poland is Not Yet Lost

    Ep 3: Poland is Not Yet Lost

    The story of the CIA’s secret support for the Solidarity movement in Poland. Host Tim Weiner is joined by Polish political activist Jacek Bendykowski, former Director of the CIA and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, and author Seth Jones. 
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    • 59 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.
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    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
377 Ratings

377 Ratings

Jon Lee Pettimore ,

Proof is in the reviews

This podcast takes a long, deep look at American relations with Russia and how, since the end of World War 2 they have had an adversarial relationship. It is well researched, masterfully narrated and the interviews are top notch.

Need proof? Go look at the one star reviews. As the host is educating us about the depth and breadth of Russian propaganda, disinformation and espionage we are seeing the fruits of those labors here.

These one star reviews are either from the brain washed alt right followers of Trump or their straight out of Russian cyber command in Vladivostok.

Don’t let the Russians win. Remember the old saying; better dead than red, be it communist or republican.

ubique13 ,

Good [Selective] Storytelling

The episode ‘Perfect Weapons’ omits one convenient detail pertaining to cyber warfare: Stuxnet.

America is ultimately responsible for unleashing cyber war. Operation Olympic Games was an unambiguous escalation in the history of geopolitical combat.

Sd413 ,

Exciting & Informative

I have listened to the first four episodes and love it so far! A great podcast for those interested in learning about espionage and covert operations during The Cold War. Fans of the game "Twilight Struggle" can also gain a lot of historical context.

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