4 episodes

It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.
Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.
Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

Wind of Change Pineapple Street Studios / Crooked Media / Spotify

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6, 1.3K Ratings

It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions.
Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth.
Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

    3. America’s Secret Weapon

    3. America’s Secret Weapon

    LAGOS, NIGERIA, 1961: One of America’s most beloved singers died without ever knowing that during the Cold War she had been used by the CIA. And a 40-year-old mystery resurfaces: when the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band was picked to tour behind the Iron Curtain in 1977, was an undercover CIA officer planted among their entourage?

    • 45 min
    2. You Call It An Operation, We Call It A Performance

    2. You Call It An Operation, We Call It A Performance

    KIEV, UKRAINE, 2019: Patrick flies to Ukraine and witnesses how fully the political message of “Wind of Change” still resonates with fans at a Scorpions show in Kiev. Plus: what does the CIA say when you come right out and ask about the agency’s connection to the band?

    • 47 min
    1. My Friend Michael

    1. My Friend Michael

    LANGLEY, VIRGINIA, 2011:
    The Scorpions’ song “Wind of Change” became the soundtrack to the end of the Cold War. But decades later, New Yorker investigative journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor from a trusted source: the Scorpions didn’t write the song. The CIA did.

    • 45 min
    Wind of Change, coming May 11

    Wind of Change, coming May 11

    A power ballad helped bring down the Soviet Union. Was it written by the CIA? Journalist Patrick Radden Keefe investigates the secret history of Cold War espionage and heavy metal.
    Wind Of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Ecogator58 ,

Totally intriguing and binge-worthy.

I too downloaded from Spotify after listening to part 1 from iTunes. I served in the military, stationed in West Germany, and found each episode extremely entertaining. Easily recommendable.

bnburmeister ,

What a fun story!

Such a great story and well told! So much fun to listen to!

Jane Internet ,

Jon Internet

You are the diversion with expletives.

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