Learn Something

SpyCast

SpyCast

+13 FANS

Each week, the International Spy Museum will offer a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. The SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Vince Houghton, historian and curator at the International Sp...Show More

Best
Newest
Looking for recently uploaded episodes
Rethinking CT: A Conversation with Jason Blazakis

46:41 | Mar 19th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with the Director of the Center on Terrorism, Extremism, and Counterterrorism at Monterey to discuss terrorism financing, state-sponsorship, and the rise of domestic terrorism.

Dezinformatsiya Revisited: A Conversation with Liz Wahl

49:57 | Mar 12th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down for a second time with journalist, and now congressional candidate, Liz Wahl to discuss Russian disinformation operations and more.

Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell: A Conversation with Former Director Rob Saale

37:39 | Mar 5th

SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with Rob Saale, the former director of the Hostage Recovery Fusion Cell.

CIA vs DOD: A Conversation with David Oakley

46:02 | Feb 26th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Army officer and former CIA intelligence officer David Oakley to discuss the tensions between the military and the CIA, and his new book, Subordinating Intelligence: The DoD/CIA Post-Cold War Relationship

The New Rules of War: A Conversation with Sean McFate

45:52 | Feb 19th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with National Defense University professor Sean McFate to discuss his new book, The New Rules of War: Victory in the Age or Durable Disorder.

Hunting Mengele: A Conversation with David Kennedy, David Turk, and Howard Safir

1:01:58 | Feb 12th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with representatives of the United States Marshals Service to discuss the decades-long manhunt for Nazi war criminal Dr. Joseph Mengele.

Code Name Lise: A Conversation with Larry Loftis

33:35 | Feb 5th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with bestselling author Larry Loftis to discuss the extraordinary WWII British agent Odette Sansom, and Loftis’s new book, Code Name: Lise: The True Story of the Woman Who Became WWII's Most Highly Decorated Spy

Counterterrorism Strategy: A Conversation with Peter Bergen & Chris Costa

1:07:41 | Jan 29th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with terrorism expert Peter Bergen and SPY Executive Director Chris Costa to discuss the details and highlights of the most recent national counterterrorism strategy

The First Conspiracy: A Conversation with Brad Meltzer

42:19 | Jan 22nd

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with prolific author Brad Meltzer to discuss his newest book, The First Conspiracy: The Secret Plot to Kill George Washington. Link: [https://www.amazon.com/First-Conspiracy-Secret-George-Washington/dp/1250130336...Show More

The SpyCast Interview with DIA Director LTG Robert Ashley

50:21 | Jan 15th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with the 21st Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency to discuss his career, the mission of the DIA, and his role as its director.

Disrupt and Deny: A Conversation with Rory Cormac

56:36 | Jan 8th

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with University of Nottingham professor Rory Cormac to discuss the history of British covert action and his newest book, Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy.

Korean Security Issues: A Conversation with former Ambassador to South Korea Mark Lippert

57:00 | Jan 1st

SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sits down with the former Ambassador to South Korea, Mark Lippert to discuss his career and insights on the U.S. relationship with South Korea, as well as current issues surrounding the Korean peninsula.

Moscow at Midnight: A Conversation with Sally McGrane

40:12 | Dec 25th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with journalist and writer Sally McGrane to discuss modern-day Russia, living in Germany, and her novel Moscow at Midnight.

Masters of Mayhem: A Conversation with James Stejskal

49:30 | Dec 18th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Green Beret and CIA Operations Officer James Stejskal to discuss the legacy of TE Lawrence and Stejskal’s newest book, Masters of Mayhem: Lawrence of Arabia and the British Military Mission to the Hej...Show More

Into the Shadows: A Conversation with Michael Brady

49:45 | Dec 11th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with ret US Army LTC and former career intelligence officer Michael Brady to discuss his career, the status of intelligence education, and his latest book, Into the Shadows, Assassination Corps.

The Spy Who Was Left Behind: A Conversation with Michael Pullara

54:30 | Dec 4th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with attorney Michael Pullara to discuss the case of slain CIA officer Freddie Woodruff and Pullara’s new book, The Spy Who Was Left Behind: Russia, the United States, and the True Story of the Betrayal and Assas...Show More

The SpyCast Conversation with Ambassador Joe Wilson

1:04:13 | Nov 27th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ambassador Joe Wilson to discuss his career, the politicization of intelligence, and uranium from Niger

The SpyCast Interview with Jeremy Bash

47:14 | Nov 20th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Jeremy Bash and discussed his career at CIA, DOD, the House Intelligence Committee, and other topics.

Hostage US: A Conversation with Rachel Briggs & Joshua Geltzer

39:24 | Nov 13th, 2018

SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with Rachel Briggs and Joshua Geltzer from Hostage US, a non-profit organization that supports families of Americans taken hostage abroad

From FBI to CNN: A Conversation with Josh Campbell

1:08:58 | Nov 6th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Josh Campbell, former Supervisory Special Agent with the FBI, and now Law Enforcement Analyst for CNN

Inside the DIA – The Hunt for UBL: A Conversation with DIA Historian Greg Elder

54:54 | Oct 30th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with DIA Chief Historian Greg Elder to discuss the DIA’s role in the hunt for Usama bin Laden.

The Secrets of the Bridge of Spies: A Conversation with Francis Gary Powers, Jr., Mary Ellen Fuller, and Vin Arthey

55:39 | Oct 23rd, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down for a discussion of the most famous spy trade in history: Soviet spy Rudolf Abel for American U-2 pilot Francis Gary Powers

Active Measures: A Conversation with Jack Bryan

42:54 | Oct 16th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with filmmaker Jack Bryan to discuss his newly released film on Russian active measures and the 2016 presidential election.

An American’s Path to Al-Qa’ida: A Conversation with Bryant Neal Viñas

33:47 | Oct 9th, 2018

SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down with Bryant Neal Viñas to discuss the story of his ideological journey from New York to Pakistan and Afghanistan to wage jihad.

The Wounded Muse: A Conversation with Robert Delaney

51:40 | Oct 2nd, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with award winning author and journalist Robert Delaney, who has been covering China as a journalist for more than 20 years. His debut novel, The Wounded Muse, is out now.

Man of War: A Conversation with Sean Parnell

46:02 | Sep 25th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Retired Army Infantry Captain, veteran’s advocate, and author Sean Parnell to talk about his new book Man of War, his wartime experiences, and key issues facing veterans today.

The Spy and the Traitor: A Conversation with Ben MacIntyre

54:05 | Sep 18th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with prolific author Ben MacIntyre to discuss the Oleg Gordievsky case and MacIntyre’s new book, The Spy and the Traitor: The Greatest Espionage Story of the Cold War.

From the Vault, 9/11 Edition: A Conversation with Cofer Black

1:03:40 | Sep 11th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Cofer Black, the former Director of CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), to discuss the role of the CTC before, during, and after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

From the Vault (But Never Heard Before): A Conversation with William Webster

45:23 | Sep 4th, 2018

Former SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down in 2013 with former CIA and FBI Director, Judge William Webster. Hear it now for the first time.

NatSec and the Law: A Conversation with Mark Zaid

1:13:25 | Aug 28th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with attorney Mark Zaid to discuss the revocation of security clearances, non-disclosure agreements, pre-publication review, and recent national security leaks.

Reflections on Counterterrorism: A Conversation with Nicholas Rasmussen

1:20:13 | Aug 21st, 2018

SPY Executive Director Chris Costa sat down for a special conversation with the former Director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC), Nicholas Rasmussen.

US Intel in WWI: A Conversation with Mark Stout

1:06:56 | Aug 14th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former SPY Historian Mark Stout to discuss all things American Intelligence in WWI.

Busy Days: A Conversation with Shane Harris

1:04:28 | Aug 7th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Washington Post intelligence and national security reporters to discuss…well, everything.

The SpyCast Conversation with former HPSCI Chair Mike Rogers

1:06:50 | Jul 31st, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former FBI agent and chair of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Mike Rogers to discuss his career and how he feels about the current state of the Intelligence Community.

“The Cyber”: A Conversation with Rick Holland

47:42 | Jul 24th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Rick Holland, Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Vice President of Strategy for Digital Shadows, to discuss the latest cyber trends and developments

The Other Woman: A Conversation with Daniel Silva

42:51 | Jul 17th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with bestselling novelist Daniel Silva to discuss his career, his writing philosophy, and his new book, The Other Woman.

Covering the Front: A Conversation with James Gordon Meek

1:12:07 | Jul 10th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with ABC News national security investigative reporter James Gordon Meek to discuss his career in journalism and government.

Operation Black Mail: A Conversation with Ann Todd

47:14 | Jul 3rd, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Ann Todd to discuss WWII propaganda efforts and her book, OSS Operation Black Mail: One Woman’s Covert War Against the Imperial Japanese Army

Wisdom of the Crowd: A Conversation with Dr. Steven Rieber

44:05 | Jun 26th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Steven Rieber, IARPA program manager, to discuss CREATE, which seeks to develop, and experimentally test, systems that use crowdsourcing and structured analytic techniques to improve analytic reasoning. ...Show More

Nine Lives: A Conversation with Aimen Dean

1:13:09 | Jun 19th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Aimen Dean, former member of Al Qaeda, agent for MI-6, and author of the new book, Nine Lives: My time as the West's top spy inside al-Qaeda

Overkill: A Conversation with Ted Bell

33:56 | Jun 12th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with spy novelist Ted Bell, author of 10 consecutive New York Times Bestsellers, including the Alex Hawke series of spy thrillers. The newest is Overkill.

Spy Chiefs: A Conversation with Mark Stout and Chris Moran

56:05 | Jun 5th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with intelligence experts Drs. Mark Stout and Chris Moran to discuss the 2 volume book Spy Chiefs, which they both contributed to and edited.

Space and National Security: A Conversation with Chirag Parikh

1:04:19 | May 30th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Chirag Parikh, the Deputy Director for Counterproliferation at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, to discuss the importance of space in the 21st century.

The SpyCast Conversation with John Brennan

53:40 | May 22nd, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA Director John Brennan to discuss his career and key moments during his time as Director .

The Targeter: A Conversation with Nada Bakos

54:40 | May 15th, 2018

SPY historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA analyst and targeting officer Nada Bakos to discuss her career, the CIA, and the current state of intelligence in America

A Brotherhood of Spies: A Conversation with Monte Reel

57:36 | May 8th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author and journalist Monte Reel, whose new book on the development and impact of the U-2 program is A Brotherhood of Spies: The U-2 and the CIA's Secret War. For more information about this week’s sponsor, ...Show More

The National Security Strategy: A Conversation with Fmr Dep National Security Advisor Nadia Schadlow

54:04 | May 1st, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Nadia Schadlow, the former Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategy, to discuss the recently released National Security Strategy for the Trump Administration.

Cold War Navy SEAL: A Conversation with James Hawes

1:06:42 | Apr 24th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Navy SEAL and CIA operator James Hawes to discuss his time in Vietnam and the Congo in the 1960s. Hawes is the author of the new book, Cold War Navy SEAL: My Story of Che Guevara, War in the Congo, an...Show More

Last Night of the World: A Conversation with Joyce Wayne

47:17 | Apr 17th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with award-winning literary journalist and author Joyce Wayne to discuss her new historical novel Last Night of the World, which centers on an infamous Soviet spy ring operating in early-Cold War Canada.

The Mad Scientists: A Conversation with Lee Grubbs

56:18 | Apr 10th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Lee Grubbs, director of the Mad Scientist initiative, a US Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) program that continually explores the future through collaborative partnerships and continuous dialogue ...Show More

Meet the New Guy, Part 2: An Interview with Chris Costa

57:34 | Apr 3rd, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton continues his conversation with the new Executive Director of the International Spy Museum to discuss his career in intelligence, special operations, counterterrorism, and policymaking. This week’s SpyCast is brought to y...Show More

Meet the New Guy, Part 1: An Interview with Chris Costa

54:21 | Mar 27th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with the new Executive Director of the International Spy Museum to discuss his career in intelligence, special operations, counterterrorism, and policymaking. Part 2 will be posted next week. This week’s SpyCast ...Show More

In the Enemy’s House: An Interview with Howard Blum

46:55 | Mar 20th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with NYT bestselling author and Pulitzer Prize nominee Howard Blum to discuss his newest book In the Enemy's House: The Secret Saga of the FBI Agent and the Code Breaker Who Caught the Russian Spies. This week’s ...Show More

Breaking Cover: An Interview with Michele Rigby Assad

52:31 | Mar 13th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA operations officer Michele Rigby Assad to discuss her career in intelligence, and her new book Breaking Cover: My Secret Life in the CIA and What It Taught Me about What's Worth Fighting For.

Operation Chaos: An Interview with Matthew Sweet

59:55 | Mar 6th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Matthew Sweet, who has written on one of the most…extraordinary topics of the Cold War. His book, Operation Chaos: The Vietnam Deserters who Fought the CIA, the Brainwashers, and Themselves, is out no...Show More

The Peter Earnest “Exit Interview”

59:27 | Feb 27th, 2018

SPY Historian sat down with recently retired International Spy Museum Executive Director Peter Earnest to discuss his career in intelligence, his time with the Museum, and his thoughts on life moving forward .

The Doomsday Machine: An Interview with Daniel Ellsberg

1:16:38 | Feb 20th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with Daniel Ellsberg, who is best known for his release of the Pentagon Papers to the public in 1971\. He is also the author of The Doomsday Machine: Confessions of a Nuclear War Planner, which details...Show More

Technology and Human Intelligence: An Interview with Paula Doyle

1:05:21 | Feb 13th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paula Doyle, former Associate Deputy Director of Operations at CIA, where she oversaw worldwide HUMINT operations and activities that required the use of air, land, maritime, space-based and cyber technologi...Show More

Spy Watching: An Interview with Loch Johnson

1:07:06 | Feb 6th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with political scientist and professor Loch Johnson, whose decade-long career in and out of the intelligence world has culminated in a new book, Spy Watching: Intelligence Accountability in the United States.

The Saboteur: An Interview with Paul Kix

53:32 | Jan 30th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paul Kix, deputy editor at ESPN the Magazine, and author of the book The Saboteur: The Aristocrat Who Became France's Most Daring Anti-Nazi Commando

Destination Casablanca: An Interview with Meredith Hindley

46:25 | Jan 23rd, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with writer and historian Meredith Hindley to discuss her new book Destination Casablanca: Exile, Espionage, and the Battle for North Africa in World War II

The Red Web: An Interview with Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan

59:00 | Jan 16th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with investigative journalists Andrei Soldatov and Irina Borogan to discuss Russian intelligence, their security services, and the Russian use of the internet both internally and externally

American Radical: An Interview with Kevin Maurer

1:02:46 | Jan 9th, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Kevin Maurer, coauthor of the bestseller No Easy Day, and now coauthor of the new book, American Radical: Inside the World of an Undercover Muslim FBI Agent, which he cowrote with undercover FBI agent Tamer ...Show More

A Rebel at the CIA: An Interview with former DDI Carmen Medina

1:05:01 | Jan 2nd, 2018

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Carmen Medina, the CIA’s former Deputy Director of Intelligence and Director of the Center for the Study of Intelligence. She is also the author of Rebels at Work: A Handbook for Leading Change from Within.

The Psychology of Espionage: An Interview with Dr. Ursula Wilder

1:20:48 | Dec 26th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with CIA clinical psychologist Dr. Ursula Wilder, who in her over two decades at CIA has worked within the Counterintelligence Center, the Counterterrorism Center, and the Sherman Kent School for Intelligence Ana...Show More

Inside Naval Intelligence: An Interview with Deputy Director B Lynn Wright

53:23 | Dec 19th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Lynn Wright, the current Deputy Director of Naval Intelligence and the Head of the Naval Intelligence Activity.

A Little Bit of Everything: An Interview with Kristin Wood

1:15:09 | Dec 12th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Kristin Wood, who spent more than two decades with CIA in a number of roles – from the briefer to the Vice President, to intelligence analyst, to the National Clandestine Service, to the Open Source Center.

View from the Top: An Interview with Michael Morell

1:29:52 | Dec 5th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA Deputy Director and Acting Director Michael Morell to discuss his career at the Agency, and his role in some of the most momentous intelligence events of the last two decades.

Follow the Money: An Interview with Nitsana Darshan-Leitner

1:06:58 | Nov 28th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Israeli activist and attorney Nitsana Darshan-Leitner to discuss the ongoing campaign to disrupt terrorist finance, and her new book Harpoon: Inside the Covert War Against Terrorism's Money Masters

Speaking Truth to Power: An Interview with Ned Price

1:08:22 | Nov 21st, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ned Price, former CIA analyst and Special Assistant to President Obama on the National Security Council staff, where he also was the Spokesperson and Senior Director for Strategic Communications.

Everything You Wanted to Know About GEOINT but Were Afraid to Ask: An Interview with Keith Masback

1:02:40 | Nov 14th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Keith Masback, the CEO of the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, to talk all things GEOINT.

The Woman Who Smashed Codes: An Interview with Jason Fagone

1:01:05 | Nov 7th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Jason Fagone to discuss the history of American codebreaking and his book, The Woman Who Smashed Codes: A True Story of Love, Spies, and the Unlikely Heroine Who Outwitted America’s Enemies.

Chief of Station: An Interview with John Sipher

1:16:45 | Oct 31st, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with CIA veteran John Sipher, who served multiple overseas tours as Chief of Station and Deputy Chief of Station in Europe, Asia, Southeast Asia, the Balkans, and South Asia.

Dinner at the Center of the Earth: An Interview with Nathan Englander

50:59 | Oct 24th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Nathan Englander to discuss his new novel, Middle East politics, the Mossad, the Israeli/Palestinian conflict, and growing up Jewish in America.

Our First Bond Villain: An Interview with Robert Davi

1:11:13 | Oct 17th, 2017

In late July, SPY Historian Vince Houghton traveled to Pasadena, CA to take part in Politicon, the “Unconventional Political Convention” (think Comic Con for political junkies). There he sat down with prolific actor Robert Davi, who played Franz Sanc...Show More

Spy Schools: An Interview with Dan Golden

57:03 | Oct 10th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Dan Golden to discuss his new book, focused on the exploitation of American universities by both foreign and US intelligence agencies.

Preserving Cold War Berlin: An Interview with Bernd von Kostka

55:06 | Oct 3rd, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Bernd von Kostka, the Acting Director of the Allied Museum in Berlin, to discuss some of the key stories from the Cold War in Germany.

Whistleblower Aid: An Interview with John Tye and Mark Zaid

55:00 | Sep 26th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with attorneys John Tye and Mark Zaid to discuss their new project Whistleblower Aid, which is a non-profit organization designed to protect whistleblowers – and to prevent them from becoming leakers.

Foxtrot in Kandahar: An Interview with Duane Evans

1:11:19 | Sep 19th, 2017

Recorded in front of a live audience at the Museum, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA operations officer Duane Evans, who led a team of special operators into Afghanistan in the weeks following 9/11.

Patton’s Way: An Interview with James Kelly Morningstar

59:51 | Sep 12th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Army officer and historian James Kelly Morningstar to discuss the use of intelligence by legendary General George Patton, highlighted in Morningstar’s new book Patton’s Way: A Radical Theory of War.

The Taking of K-129: An Interview with Josh Dean

1:10:39 | Sep 5th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author and journalist Josh Dean to discuss Project Azorian, the Glomar Explorer, and one of the most spectacular covert operations in history.

Inside the DIA, Episode 2: An Interview with DIA Historian Greg Elder

1:15:07 | Aug 29th, 2017

In the second installment of our recurring series, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with DIA Chief Historian Greg Elder to discuss the DIA’s role in some of the most momentous events in recent US history.

From the Vault: Civil War Overhead Recon, An Interview with Dr. Jim Green

55:36 | Aug 22nd, 2017

Because everyone else is going eclipse crazy, we thought we would re-post SPY Historian Vince Houghton’s interview with one of the tops guys at NASA, Dr. Jim Green. Green’s day job is Director of the Planetary Science Division at NASA. In his spare t...Show More

Deep Black: An Interview with Sean McFate

48:53 | Aug 15th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sean McFate, a former paratrooper, private military contractor, and now author, novelist, and expert in foreign policy and national security strategy. Drs. Houghton and McFate discuss military and intelligen...Show More

China's Cyber Wars: An Interview with TL Williams

54:54 | Aug 8th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA operations officer and Deputy Division Chief for Counterintelligence TL Williams to discuss his career and his new novel, Zero Day: China's Cyber Wars.

Whistleblower at the CIA: An Interview with Melvin Goodman

1:10:58 | Aug 1st, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA analyst Melvin Goodman to discuss his life in government, and his book “A Whistleblower at the CIA: The Path of Dissent” – an insiders account of the politics of intelligence.

Special Forces Berlin: An Interview with James Stejskal

56:33 | Jul 25th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Green Beret James Stejskal to discuss the role of US Army Special Forces, and their actions against the Warsaw Pact, in Cold War Berlin.

Dezinformatsiya: An Interview with Liz Wahl

1:03:31 | Jul 18th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Newsy reporter Liz Wahl to discuss Russian efforts to propagate disinformation to the American public – and her unique role in exposing this threat.

Angola, Clausewitz, and the American Way of War: An Interview with Jack McCain

1:09:12 | Jul 11th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with US Naval Officer and helicopter pilot Jack McCain to discuss the potential lessons learned from his experiences and his new book, Angola, Clausewitz, and the American Way of War.

From the Vault, 4th of July Edition: Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War

54:29 | Jul 4th, 2017

Hear from former CIA officer Kenneth Daigler, as he closely examines American intelligence activities during the era of the Revolutionary War from 1765 to 1783.

Predicting President Trump: An Interview with the Authors of High Hand

54:30 | Jun 27th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with James Rosen (McClatchy), James Ellenberger (formerly of AFL-CIO), and Curt Harris (NIH National Cancer Institute), authors of High Hand. Their novel, which involves a Republican presidential candidate with c...Show More

The Death of Expertise: An Interview with Tom Nichols

1:13:42 | Jun 20th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Tom Nichols, professor at the U.S. Naval War College and at the Harvard Extension School, and the author of The Death of Expertise: The Campaign Against Established Knowledge and Why it Matters

Inside the DIA, Episode 1: An Interview with DIA Historian Greg Elder

1:06:21 | Jun 13th, 2017

In the first installment of what will become a recurring series, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with DIA Chief Historian Greg Elder to discuss the DIA’s role in some of the most momentous events in recent US history.

Our Latest Longest War: An Interview with Ben Jones

1:06:59 | Jun 6th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ben Jones, the former Transition Coordinator for the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan, where he coordinated the transfer of Afghanistan's security from the coalition to the Afghan Natio...Show More

Agent M: An Interview with Henry Hemming

53:19 | May 30th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with British author Henry Hemming to discuss his newest book Agent M: The Lives and Spies of MI5’s Maxwell Knight.

The Black Hand: An Interview with Stephan Talty

48:40 | May 23rd, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Stephan Talty, author of two previous books on intelligence, Agent Garbo and The Secret Agent: In Search of America’s Greatest World War II Spy. They discuss his newest book, The Black Hand: The Epic War Bet...Show More

The Power of Words: An Interview with Sven Hughes

52:45 | May 16th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sven Hughes, a former reserve soldier within British Military Intelligence, Psychological Operations, and UK Special Forces, to discuss counter-radicalization and the effectiveness of influence operations. M...Show More

Spies in the Family: An Interview with Eva Dillon

1:24:23 | May 9th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Eva Dillon, whose father Paul was a career CIA officer who ran one of the most prolific Soviet spies of the Cold War. Their stories are told in Eva’s new book, Spies in the Family: An American Spymaster, His...Show More

CIA Spy Girl: An Interview with Emily Brandwin

1:01:32 | May 2nd, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former improv comedienne and CIA operations officer Emily Brandwin to discuss her career(s) and views on many things intel-related.

The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: An Interview with Yudhijit Bhattacharjee

1:06:36 | Apr 25th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author and journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee to discuss the fascinating case of wannabee spy Brian Regan, detailed in Yudhijit’s book The Spy Who Couldn’t Spell: A Dyslexic Traitor, an Unbreakable Code, and ...Show More

The Imagineers of War: An Interview with Sharon Weinberger

58:42 | Apr 18th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sharon Weinberger, national security journalist and author of the book The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency that Changed the World.

Spy Sites of DC: An Interview with Keith Melton and Bob Wallace

57:27 | Apr 11th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with intelligence historian Keith Melton, and former chief of the CIA’s Office of Technical Services, Bob Wallace, to discuss their newest collaboration: Spy Sites of Washington, DC. Get the book:http://www.spym...Show More

Deep Undercover: An Interview with Former KGB Illegal Jack Barsky

1:14:20 | Apr 4th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Jack Barsky, the longest-surviving known member of the KGB illegals program that operated during the Cold War, and author of the memoir Deep Undercover: My Secret Life & Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in A...Show More

SpyCast Roundtable: The Women of NatSec Journalism

1:09:16 | Mar 28th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with six extraordinary journalists to discuss the challenges associated with reporting on intelligence and national security. They include: Ali Watkins (BuzzFeed), Mary Louise Kelly (NPR), Jenna McLaughlin (The I...Show More

Allen Dulles, the OSS, and the German Resistance: An Interview with Scott Miller

47:50 | Mar 21st, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Scott Miller, author of Agent 110: An American Spymaster and the German Resistance in WWII, to discuss the relationship between future CIA director Dulles and those Germans scheming to overthrow Hitler.

Climate and Security: An Interview with Brig. Gen Gerry Galloway and Rear Adm. Dave Titley

1:02:41 | Mar 14th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with retired US Army Brigadier General Gerry Galloway and retired US Navy Rear Admiral Dave Titley to discuss the intelligence and national security implication of climate change. Both men are members of the Advi...Show More

Author Debriefing - Finks: How the CIA Tricked the World’s Best Writers

1:07:06 | Mar 7th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with Joel Whitney, the cofounder and editor at large of Guernica: A Magazine of Art & Politics, to discuss his book on how the CIA used culture to fight the Cold War, Finks: How the CIA Tricked the Wor...Show More

Author Debriefing - Beware the Predator: The American’s Guide to Personal Security

51:50 | Feb 28th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA Technical Operations Officer Warren Holston and former Air Force intel specialist Dave White to discuss their new book Beware the Predator: The American’s Guide to Personal Security. Get the Book...Show More

How Much Should We Know: An Interview with Alex Howard of the Sunlight Foundation

1:09:19 | Feb 21st, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Alex Howard, the Deputy Director of the Sunlight Foundation, to discuss the public’s right to know what the government is doing in its name.

From the Vault: The SpyCast Interview with Michael Flynn

1:03:45 | Feb 21st, 2017

A year ago, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former DIA Director and National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. Here is their conversation.

Spooks and Nukes: An Interview with Dr. James Acton

57:02 | Feb 14th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with James Acton, co-director of the Nuclear Policy Program and a senior fellow at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to discuss the threat of nuclear confrontation and how intelligence can play a vi...Show More

CIA’s Secret War in Laos: An Interview with Josh Kurlantzick

1:01:38 | Feb 7th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Josh Kurlantzick of the Council on Foreign Relations to discuss his new book A Great Place to Have a War: The Secret War in Laos and the Birth of a Military CIA.

“Historian” Roundtable: 2016 Revisited

1:19:16 | Jan 31st, 2017

SPY Historians Vince Houghton sat down to rehash the year that was 2016. He was joined by former SPY Historian Mark Stout, former CIA briefer David Priess, and BuzzFeed intelligence and national security reporter Ali Watkins.

John Nixon - Debriefing the President

1:01:57 | Jan 24th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton is joined by John Nixon, who shares what he learned as the first man to conduct a prolonged interrogation of the captured Iraqi president. Get the book:http://www.spymuseumstore.org/spycast-books.html

Bioweapons Containment: An Interview with Dr. Hank Parker

44:04 | Jan 17th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with bioterrorism expert Hank Parker to discuss current threats and Parker's new book Containment.

Cyber Special Forces: An Interview with Dmitri Alperovitch

45:42 | Jan 10th, 2017

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dmitri Alperovitch, the CTO and co-founder of CrowdStrike, the cybersecurity firm that detected the hack of the DNC, and traced the breach back to Russian intelligence.

From the Vault: The Tony and Jonna Mendez Edition, Part 1

22:23 | Jan 3rd, 2017

The Secret History of Disguises (November 1, 2006) Peter talks with Tony Mendez, former Chief of Disguise for the CIA. Peter and Tony discuss the intricacies of developing disguises for use in hostile environments, the advantages of selective aging,...Show More

From the Vault: The Tony and Jonna Mendez Edition, Part 2

25:12 | Jan 3rd, 2017

Woman in Disguise - Jonna Mendez (November 18, 2008) Jonna Hiestand Mendez began her CIA career as a secretary and ended it as head of the agency’s Office of Technical Services, overseeing the development of gadgets, disguises, and high-tech devices...Show More

From the Vault: The Tony and Jonna Mendez Edition, Part 3

29:40 | Jan 3rd, 2017

The Iranian Hostage Crisis (September 1, 2008) In November 1979, radical Iranian students overran the U.S. embassy in Tehran, capturing most of the embassy staff—except for six diplomats who found refuge with the Canadian embassy. Today, Peter talks...Show More

From the Vault: Russians Behaving Badly Edition, Part 3

29:28 | Dec 27th, 2016

An Army of Illegals: Assessing the Russian Spy Case (July 12, 2010) Two weeks ago on 27 June, the FBI arrested a network of 10 Russian "deep cover" spies. Peter sits down with former KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin to discuss this remarkable case and...Show More

From the Vault: Russians Behaving Badly Edition, Part 2

30:25 | Dec 27th, 2016

Leon Trotsky — Murder in Mexico (September 1, 2007) Peter’s guest today is H. Keith Melton, renowned intelligence historian and owner of the largest collection of espionage artifacts. Keith sheds new light on one of the most notorious intelligence o...Show More

From the Vault: Russians Behaving Badly Edition, Part 1

50:55 | Dec 27th, 2016

The Litvinenko Murder and Other Riddles from Moscow (December 4, 2006) Peter sits down with former CIA officer Bob Rayle and Oleg Kalugin to talk Russia past and present. The three discuss their perspectives on the recent poisoning of former KGB spy...Show More

The Last Diplomat: An Interview with Devlin Barrett of the WSJ and Adam Entous of the Washington Post

1:14:30 | Dec 20th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Devlin Barrett and Adam Entous, co-authors of an exceptional long-form article, written for the Wall Street Journal, which highlights the tension between traditional diplomacy and the counterintelligence mis...Show More

High Risk, High Reward: An Interview with IARPA Dep. Director Dr. Stacey Dixon

42:05 | Dec 13th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Stacey Dixon, the Deputy Director of the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity. Drs. Houghton and Dixon discuss some of the advanced scientific and technological research that will transform i...Show More

Pearl Harbor at 75: An Interview with Steve Twomey

1:27:36 | Dec 6th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Steve Twomey to discuss his new book about the attacks of December 7, 1941, Countdown to Pearl Harbor: The Twelve Days to the Attack.

CIA’s Man in Havana: An Interview with Canadian Diplomat John Graham

50:01 | Nov 29th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Canadian diplomat John Graham to discuss his role as the eyes and ears of Western intelligence following the Cuban Missile Crisis. This story, as well as many others, are told in Graham’s memoir, Whos...Show More

Author Debriefing – 100 Deadly Skills: The SEAL Operative's Survival Guide

43:53 | Nov 22nd, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with former SEAL Team 6 member Clint Emerson to discuss his new book, 100 Deadly Skills: Survival Edition, a follow-up to his national bestseller 100 Deadly Skills.

Able Archer 83: An Interview with Nate Jones

56:00 | Nov 15th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Nate Jones, the Director of the Freedom of Information Act Project for the National Security Archive, and the author of the new book Able Archer 83: The Secret History of the NATO Exercise That Almost Trigge...Show More

From the Vault: Election Spectacular, Part III - Why Mark Felt became Deep Throat

36:48 | Nov 8th, 2016

Intelligence officers and investigative journalists both depend on clandestine sources to divulge secrets. But why do people betray a trust? Peter interviews veteran journalist Max Holland about his new book, Leak, which probes the mind and motivatio...Show More

From the Vault: Election Spectacular, Part II - An Interview with Ken Vogel of POLITICO

37:56 | Nov 8th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ken Vogel, Chief Investigative Reporter for POLITICO and author of the article, “The Koch Intelligence Agency.” Houghton and Vogel (who tracks the confluence of money, politics, and influence for POLITICO) d...Show More

From the Vault: Election Spectacular, Part I - An Interview with NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd

30:19 | Nov 8th, 2016

SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd to discuss the growing role of intelligence tradecraft in American election politics. Todd, the host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundow...Show More

Stalin’s Englishman: An Interview with Andrew Lownie

37:24 | Nov 1st, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author and literary agent Andrew Lownie, who has been researching Guy Burgess and the Cambridge 5 for over three decades. The culmination of this research is Lownie’s book, Stalin's Englishman: Guy Burgess, ...Show More

Rise of the Machines: An Interview with Dr. Thomas Rid

49:43 | Oct 25th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Thomas Rid, professor in the Department of War Studies at King’s College London, and the author of Rise of the Machines. The book tells the sweeping story of how cybernetics, a late-1940s theory of machines,...Show More

Countering Radicalism and Extremism: An Interview with Dr. Lorenzo Vidino and Jesse Morton

54:18 | Oct 18th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Lorenzo Vidino and Jesse Morton from the Program on Extremism at the George Washington University’s Center for Cyber & Homeland Security. Dr. Vidino, and expert on Islamism in Europe and North America, i...Show More

Author Debriefing - True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy

1:02:56 | Oct 11th, 2016

At a live event at the International Spy Museum, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with journalist Kati Marton to discuss Soviet spy Noel Field, the subject of Marton’s new book True Believer: Stalin’s Last American Spy.

From MI to UPI: An Interview with Newsweek’s Jeff Stein

58:33 | Oct 4th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Jeff Stein, who covers the spy agencies and foreign policy for Newsweek in Washington. An Army Intelligence case officer in Vietnam, Stein is an investigative reporter of long standing, specializing in intel...Show More

15 Years Later, Part 3: An Interview with Mark Zaid and Bradley Moss

1:35:04 | Sep 27th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with national security attorneys Mark Zaid and Brad Moss to discuss the impact of the attacks of 9/11 on the US Constitution, and the continuing legal legacy of that fateful day.

15 Years Later, Part 2: An Interview with Ambassador Cofer Black

1:07:38 | Sep 20th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Cofer Black, the former Director of CIA’s Counterterrorism Center (CTC), to discuss the role of the CTC before, during, and after the attacks on September 11, 2001.

15 Years Later, Part 1: An Interview with Dr. Barbara Sude

1:00:27 | Sep 13th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA analyst Barbara Sude to discuss the intelligence analysis leading up to the September 11, 2001 attacks. Dr. Sude was one of a team of analysts at CIA who focused on Al Qaeda and bin Laden starting...Show More

Securing Cyberspace: An Interview with Charlie Mitchell

54:25 | Sep 6th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Charlie Mitchell, editor and co-founder of Inside Cybersecurity, and the author of Hacked: The Inside Story of America's Struggle to Secure Cyberspace. Houghton and Mitchell discuss the ongoing congressional...Show More

When COIN Works: An Interview with Tom Ordeman

39:34 | Aug 30th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with antiterrorism advisor and risk management specialist Tom Ordeman to discuss the little-know case of the Dhofar Rebellion. Often called the “Secret War” (because so few people have heard of it), the Dhofar Re...Show More

The Corrupted State: An interview with Ilya Zaslavskiy

55:25 | Aug 23rd, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ilya Zaslavskiy, who was falsely accused of espionage by Russian security services (the FSB). Unwilling to sit back and allow others to be victimized by a corrupt system, Ilya now dedicates his time to expos...Show More

GPS Declassified: An Interview with Richard Easton

51:44 | Aug 16th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Richard Easton, author of GPS Declassified: From Smart Bombs to Smartphones, to discuss the development of GPS and its role in the military, intelligence, and civilian domains. Easton’s father, Roger, led th...Show More

Blurred Lines: An Interview with Georgetown International Law Professor Rosa Brooks

56:18 | Aug 9th, 2016

Blurred Lines: An Interview with Georgetown International Law Professor Rosa Brooks SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Rosa Brooks, professor of national security law, Senior Fellow at the New America Foundation, and author of the new book...Show More

Author Debriefing: NSA’s Codebreakers and the Secret Intelligence War Against the Soviet Union

1:07:46 | Aug 2nd, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Stephen Budiansky, the author of seventeen books about military history, intelligence and espionage, science, the natural world, and other subjects, to discuss the history of the NSA and his new book, NSA’s ...Show More

A Lifetime in Intelligence: An Interview with ex-CIA Officer Stephen Slick

55:35 | Jul 26th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former CIA officer Steve Slick, who spent more than three decades at the Agency as a case officer, chief of station, and senior executive. He is now the inaugural Director of the Intelligence Studies Project...Show More

Goat Staring and Other Oddities: An Interview with Jon Ronson

58:18 | Jul 19th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton traveled to Politicon in Pasadena, CA and sat down (before a live audience) with Jon Ronson, author of The Men Who Stare at Goats, and all-around interesting person.

The Secret History of WWII: An Interview with Sir Max Hastings

47:57 | Jul 12th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with prolific author Sir Max Hastings, whose 20+ books have set the standard for historical writing over the last 40 years. Dr. Houghton and Sir Max discuss the fascinating topic of Hastings’ new book, The Secret...Show More

Intel at Leyte: An Interview with John Prados

42:46 | Jul 5th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. John Prados, author of the new book Storm Over Leyte: The Philippine Invasion and the Destruction of the Japanese Navy. Drs. Houghton and Prados discuss the role of intelligence in the Pacific War and, s...Show More

Author Debriefing: Executing the Rosenbergs: Death and Diplomacy in a Cold War World

41:44 | Jun 28th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Lori Clune, Associate Professor of History at California State University, Fresno, to discuss her new book on how the Rosenberg spy case affected American relations with the rest of the world. A complete...Show More

Combating Extremism: An Interview with Dr. Tara Maller

49:09 | Jun 21st, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Tara Maller, the Spokesperson and a Senior Policy Advisor for the Counter Extremism Project (CEP), to discuss the growing threat – and responses to – online extremism. To learn more about the CEP, go to ...Show More

The Missing Man: An Interview with the NYT’s Barry Meier

46:02 | Jun 14th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Barry Meier of the New York Times to discuss the story of Bob Levinson, former FBI agent and CIA contract worker, who disappeared in Iran in 2007. Meier’s book, Missing Man: The American Spy Who Vanished in ...Show More

From the SpyCast Vault: D-Day Anniversary Edition

43:39 | Jun 7th, 2016

Juan Pujol was the Walter Mitty of World War II, a nobody who at one doomed venture after another while dreaming of doing something interesting with his life -- saving Western civilization, if possible. Journalist Stephan Talty, whose work has appear...Show More

The Blonde Bond: An Interview with Vanity Fair’s Howard Blum

48:27 | May 31st, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Howard Blum, contributing editor at Vanity Fair and the author of The Last Goodnight: A World War II Story of Espionage, Adventure, and Betrayal, a book about one of the greatest spies of WWII, Betty Pack. P...Show More

The Commander: An Interview with Gen. David Petraeus

45:05 | May 24th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with retired 4-star general David Petraeus, former Commanding General, Multi-National Force – Iraq; Commander, US Central Command; commander of the International Security Assistance Force and Commander, US Forces...Show More

Author Debriefing: Eisenhower's Guerrillas: The Jedburghs, the Maquis, and the Liberation of France

1:02:53 | May 17th, 2016

SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with Ben Jones, Dean of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of History, Dakota State University. Dr. Jones also served as an advisor to the National Military Academy of Afghanistan and later as a li...Show More

Corporate Espionage: An Interview with CNBC’s Eamon Javers

35:43 | May 10th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton discusses corporate espionage with CNBC’s Washington Reporter Eamon Javers, who is also the author of the book Broker, Trader, Lawyer, Spy: The Secret World of Corporate Espionage. Get the book: http://www.spymuseumsto...Show More

Playing to the Edge: An Interview with Gen. Michael Hayden

1:12:40 | May 3rd, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former NSA and CIA Director Gen. Michael Hayden to discuss his role as the only person to head both of these key intelligence agencies. Get the book: http://www.spymuseumstore.org/playing-to-the-edge.html#....Show More

Historian Roundtable, Part II: A Conversation with the SPY Historians

57:56 | Apr 26th, 2016

Current SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with all of his former colleagues to discuss listener questions. To submit your own questions, send them via email to spycast@spymuseum.org, or on Twitter, @intlspycast.

Victor in the Rubble: An Interview with Alex Finley

29:52 | Apr 19th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Alex Finley, author of the new satirical novel about CIA and the War on Terror, Victor in the Rubble. Finley, herself a former officer in CIA’s Directorate of Operations, provides a hilarious look at the bur...Show More

The President's Book of Secrets: The Untold Story of Intelligence Briefings to America's Presidents from Kennedy to Obama

51:41 | Apr 12th, 2016

SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with former CIA intelligence officer, manager, and daily intelligence briefer David Priess to discuss his new book centered on the President’s Daily Brief (PDB). Every living former President and Vice Pre...Show More

Sold Out? Iraq, the CIA, and the Kurds: An Interview with Dr. Bryan Gibson

47:58 | Apr 5th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Bryan Gibson to discuss the tumultuous history of US foreign policy in Iraq. From the end of the Second World War through today, Iraq has remained a key component in the American security calculus....Show More

Author Debriefing: Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master

33:04 | Mar 29th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paddy Hayes to discuss his book Queen of Spies: Daphne Park, Britain's Cold War Spy Master. Hayes recounts the fascinating story of the evolution of the British Secret Intelligence Service (SIS) from World W...Show More

Defeating ISIS: An Interview with Malcolm Nance

47:18 | Mar 22nd, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former Arabic speaking naval intelligence counter-terrorism and intelligence officer Malcolm Nance. After spending 35 years participating in field and combat intelligence activity including both covert and c...Show More

Special Breed of Warrior: An Interview with Former SEAL Clinton Emerson

25:46 | Mar 22nd, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former SEAL Team 6 member Clinton Emerson to discuss the role of special operations forces in modern intelligence activities. Houghton and Emerson delve into Clint’s life as a SEAL, his work with the Nationa...Show More

Intelligence Analysis in the 21st Century: An Interview with Dr. Mark Lowenthal

46:19 | Mar 15th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Mark Lowenthal, former Assistant Director of Central Intelligence for Analysis and Production and Vice Chairman for Evaluation on the National Intelligence Council – and the man who (literally) wrote the boo...Show More

Army Intelligence: A View from the Top. An Interview with the Chief of Army Intel, LTG Mary Legere

40:36 | Mar 7th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with current Army G-2 LTG Mary Legere to discuss the current role and mission of Army Intelligence. LTG Legere, who has spent her entire career as an intelligence officer, also provides some historical context on...Show More

Author Debriefing: United States of Jihad. An Interview with Peter Bergen

41:58 | Mar 3rd, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Peter Bergen to discuss his newest book, United States of Jihad: Investigating America's Homegrown Terrorists. Paced like a detective story, the book tells the entwined stories of the key actors on th...Show More

History Roundtable: A Conversation with Drs. Alexis Albion, Thomas Boghardt, Mark Stout, and Vince Houghton

1:10:37 | Feb 23rd, 2016

In what will hopefully become a series of conversations here at the Spy Museum, all of the past and present SPY historians sat down to discuss a key issue in the world of intelligence – from a historical, but not-too-formal perspective. This week’s t...Show More

The CI Professional: An Interview with Dr. John Schindler

48:58 | Feb 16th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with former NSA counterintelligence officer John Schindler to discuss his experiences in the Balkans, and his views on the current intelligence war against Russia. Houghton and Schindler also dive into Edward Sno...Show More

Defense Intelligence in the 21st Century: An Interview with Former DIA Director Michael Flynn

1:03:45 | Feb 9th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with LTG (Ret) Michael Flynn, the Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency from 2012-2014. Houghton and Flynn discuss the challenges DIA has faced in the last several decades, including the sharp transitions f...Show More

The Real Story of the U-2 Incident: An Interview with Francis Gary Powers, Jr.

52:24 | Feb 2nd, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Gary Powers, Jr., the son of the legendary U-2 pilot who was shot down over the Soviet Union in 1960. Vince and Gary discuss his father’s legacy, the incorrect assumptions about his father’s capture, and the...Show More

Higher, Faster, Stealthier: An Interview with SR-71 Pilot Buz Carpenter

48:01 | Jan 26th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with USAF Colonel (Ret.) Buz Carpenter, who flew some of the most incredible aircraft ever developed. As an RF-4C pilot in Vietnam, Col. Carpenter flew low level reconnaissance missions over enemy territory. Late...Show More

The Radicalization of Women in Islam: An Interview with Farhana Qazi

45:12 | Jan 19th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Farhana Qazi, a scholar and speaker on conflicts in the Islamic world, and the first American Muslim woman to serve in the National Counter-Terrorism Center. Houghton and Qazi discuss the role of women in ra...Show More

Author Debriefing: JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War

1:00:18 | Jan 12th, 2016

During a public program at the Museum, SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Bruce Riedel, author of JFK's Forgotten Crisis: Tibet, the CIA, and Sino-Indian War. Riedel, who is a senior fellow and director of the Brookings Intelligence Project, ...Show More

Political Espionage: An Interview with Ken Vogel of POLITICO

37:56 | Jan 5th, 2016

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Ken Vogel, Chief Investigative Reporter for POLITICO and author of the article, “The Koch Intelligence Agency.” Houghton and Vogel (who tracks the confluence of money, politics, and influence for POLITICO) d...Show More

Author Debriefing: Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War

41:29 | Dec 29th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with PW Singer, co-author of Ghost Fleet: A Novel of the Next World War (which he wrote with August Cole). In the spirit of early Tom Clancy (especially Red Storm Rising), Ghost Fleet is a imagining of how World ...Show More

The Whistleblower: An Interview with Thomas Drake

1:03:00 | Dec 22nd, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Thomas Drake, former senior executive of the NSA – and whistleblower – who in 2010 was indicted on 10 felony counts; charges that would have carried decades of prison time had Drake been convicted. Instead, ...Show More

Coast Guard Intelligence: An Interview with Captain Erich Telfer

39:57 | Dec 15th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Captain Erich Telfer, the commanding officer of the Coast Guard Maritime Intelligence Fusion Center Atlantic in Virginia Beach, Virginia. Houghton and Telfer discuss the role of the Coast Guard in the broade...Show More

Author Debriefing: Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign

51:49 | Dec 8th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Tom Ryan, former intelligence professional for the Department of Defense and author of Spies, Scouts, and Secrets in the Gettysburg Campaign. The first book to offer a unique and incisive comparative study o...Show More

The World of Global Jihad: A Conversation with Morten Storm

18:49 | Dec 1st, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton talked to Morten Storm, who, after a decade of jihadi life, not only repudiated extremism but, in a quest for atonement, became a double agent for the CIA and British and Danish intelligence. He is now in hiding, fearful ...Show More

The Public’s Right to Know: An Interview with Sheryl Shenberger, the Director of the National Declassification Center

34:23 | Nov 24th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Sheryl Shenberger, the Director of the National Declassification Center at the National Archives. President Obama pledged to preside over the most transparent government ever — a vow that included declassify...Show More

The Real Story of Rudolph Abel: An Interview with Vin Arthey

41:13 | Nov 17th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Vin Arthey, who has spent most of his adult life researching the life of KGB Colonel William Fisher – better known as Rudolf Abel. Working with secret sources and inside information, Arthey turned this lifel...Show More

Author Debriefing: Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan

50:43 | Nov 10th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with author Doug Waller to discuss his new book Disciples: The World War II Missions of the CIA Directors Who Fought for Wild Bill Donovan. The author of the critically acclaimed bestseller Wild Bill Donovan, Wal...Show More

Hitler in Los Angeles: An Interview with Professor Steve Ross

1:02:13 | Nov 3rd, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with University of Southern California history professor Steve Ross to discuss the ongoing research for his upcoming book Hitler in Los Angeles: How Jews and their Spies Foiled Nazi Plots Against Hollywood and Am...Show More

From the Vault: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Russian Intelligence – Past and Present

20:51 | Oct 20th, 2015

SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest and former KGB General Oleg Kalugin discuss the current espionage conflict between Russia and Georgia, reminisce about the Cuban Missile Crisis, and bring an old question to light: Was Isaac Stone a Russian spy? F...Show More

From the Vault: The Cuban Missile Crisis - Blind Over Cuba

36:23 | Oct 20th, 2015

Professor David Barrett discusses his book Blind over Cuba: The Photo Gap and the Missile Crisis which he wrote with Max Holland. He describes to former SPY Historian Mark Stout how the Kennedy Administration impeded reconnaissance flights over Cuba ...Show More

Author Debriefing: Church of Spies: The Pope’s Secret War Against Hitler

37:38 | Oct 13th, 2015

SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down with author Mark Riebling to discuss his new book on the wartime espionage of the Catholic Church. The Vatican’s silence in the face of Nazi atrocities remains one of the great controversies of our time. ...Show More

Author Debriefing: Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected

37:45 | Oct 6th, 2015

When Jason Hanson joined the CIA in 2003, he never imagined that the same tactics he used as a CIA officer for counter intelligence, surveillance, and protecting agency personnel would prove to be essential in everyday civilian life. In addition to e...Show More

Author Debriefing: The Pentagon’s Brain: An Uncensored History of DARPA, America’s Top-Secret Military Research Agency

1:01:07 | Sep 29th, 2015

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) is the radical force behind the nation’s most revolutionary, high-tech military initiatives over the past half century. To write the first definitive history of the world’s most powerful and produ...Show More

Covering Intelligence, Part 3: An Interview with Greg Miller of the Washington Post

38:02 | Sep 15th, 2015

In Part 3 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Greg Miller, who covers intelligence and national security for the Washington Post. Houghton and Miller discuss the difficulties in ...Show More

Covering Intelligence, Part 2: An Interview with Ali Watkins of the Huffington Post

45:07 | Sep 15th, 2015

In Part 2 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Ali Watkins, who covers intelligence and national security for the Huffington Post. Houghton and Watkins discuss the difficulties in reporting on this most secret of ...Show More

Covering Intelligence, Part 1: An Interview with Mark Mazzetti of the New York Times

45:52 | Sep 8th, 2015

In Part 1 of this three-part series, SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Mark Mazzetti, who covers intelligence and national security for the New York Times. Houghton and Mazzetti discuss the difficulties ...Show More

Author Debriefing: Climate Change and Conflict Prevention

22:34 | Sep 1st, 2015

SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with career US Foreign Service Officer J. Andrew Plowman to discuss his book, Climate Change and Conflict Prevention. Plowman uses the Darfur conflict as a case study to examine how the effects of climate cha...Show More

Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part III)

1:08:02 | Aug 25th, 2015

SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed...Show More

Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part II)

37:35 | Aug 18th, 2015

SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed...Show More

Cuba Libre: An Interview with Intelligence Legend Felix Rodriguez (Part I)

38:41 | Aug 11th, 2015

SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with Cuban-exile-turned-CIA-officer Felix Rodriguez to discuss his extraordinary intelligence career. As a teenager, Rodriguez joined the effort to overthrow (and kill) Fidel Castro. After that mission failed...Show More

Author Debriefing: The Billion Dollar Spy

1:05:03 | Jul 16th, 2015

While getting into his car on the evening of February 16, 1978, the chief of the CIA's Moscow station was handed an envelope by an unknown Russian. Its contents stunned the Americans: details of top secret Soviet research and development in military ...Show More

From the CIA to the Classroom: An Interview with Joe Wippl

37:56 | Jun 30th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Joe Wippl, the Director of Graduate Studies and Professor of the Practice of International Relations, Boston University Pardee School of Global Studies. Wippl is also a former CIA officer, who spent a 30 yea...Show More

Author Debriefing: How to Catch a Russian Spy

49:27 | Jun 26th, 2015

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on the United States for the Russians – or so the Russians believed. Hear Naveed bring his unbelievable, yet true, story to life. By trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of...Show More

Author Debriefing: Manchu Princess, Japanese Spy: The Story of Kawashima Yoshiko, the Cross-Dressing Spy Who Commanded Her Own Army

26:47 | Jun 16th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with biographer Phyllis Birnbaum to discuss her newest book, based on the life of Kawashima Yoshiko, who supported the puppet Manchu state established by the Japanese in 1932--one reason she was execut...Show More

Author Debriefing: When Should State Secrets Stay Secret?: Accountability, Democratic Governance, and Intelligence

53:59 | May 19th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Dr. Gen Lester to discuss her new book, When Should State Secrets Stay Secret. Lester’s book examines the oversight mechanisms that have developed within all three branches of government, how they interact, ...Show More

From CIA to Congress: An Interview with US Congressman Will Hurd

35:39 | May 12th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Representative Will Hurd, a Republican from Texas’ 23rd Congressional District, to discuss his unique background as a former CIA officer who is now a Member of the US House of Representatives. After spending...Show More

The Rosenbergs: The Definitive Debate

1:26:31 | Apr 30th, 2015

More than sixty years after their execution in June 1953 for conspiring to steal atomic secrets for the Soviet Union, debate still rages about the Rosenbergs. Mike Meeropol, the son of Julius and Ethel, has spent his life in pursuit of the real story...Show More

Intelligence and Arms Control: An Interview with Kelsey Davenport

45:57 | Apr 28th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Kelsey Davenport, the Director for Nonproliferation Policy at the Arms Control Association, where she provides research and analysis on the nuclear and missile programs in Iran, North Korea, India, and Pakis...Show More

Washington’s Spies: An Interview with Alexander Rose

39:54 | Apr 14th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian and author Alex Rose, whose book Washington’s Spies: The Story of America’s First Spy Ring, is the source material for AMC Network’s series TURN. Drs. Houghton and Rose (who is a writer and co-prod...Show More

From the SpyCast Vault: An Interview with Major General Michael Ennis

37:10 | Mar 31st, 2015

Former SPY Historian Mark Stout sat down with Marine Maj. Gen. (ret.) Mike Ennis to discuss human intelligence (HUMINT) within the Defense Department and the CIA. In 1998, Ennis commanded the Joint Intelligence Center of the United States Pacific Com...Show More

Author Debriefing | Operation Chowhound: The Most Risky, Most Glorious US Bomber Mission of WWII

34:46 | Mar 19th, 2015

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down (remotely) with Australian author Stephen Dando-Collins to discuss his new book, Operation Chowhound. Beginning with a crazy plan hatched by a suspect prince, and an even crazier reliance on the word of the Nazis...Show More

Intelligence in the Early Republic: An Interview with Ken Daigler

30:03 | Feb 17th, 2015

The history of American intelligence in the Revolution and Civil War has been extensively covered by both professional and amateur historians. But what about the time in between the wars? SPY historian Vince Houghton sat down with retired career CIA ...Show More

Author Debriefing: The Hundred-Year Marathon: China's Secret Strategy to Replace America as the Global Superpower

43:24 | Feb 3rd, 2015

For more than forty years, the United States has played an indispensable role helping the Chinese government build a booming economy, develop its scientific and military capabilities, and take its place on the world stage, in the belief that China’s ...Show More

Defending a Spy: An Interview with Espionage Attorney Plato Cacheris

29:31 | Jan 27th, 2015

What do Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, and Ana Montes have in common? Two things: they all spied against the United States, and they all had Plato Cacheris as their lawyer. SPY Historian Vince Houghton and Executive Director Peter Earnest sat down wit...Show More

Author Debriefing | Iran-Contra: Reagan’s Scandal and the Unchecked Abuse of Presidential Power

1:08:38 | Jan 13th, 2015

Through exhaustive use of declassified documents, previously unavailable investigative materials, and wide-ranging interviews, Malcolm Byrne explores what made the Iran-Contra scandal possible and meticulously relates how it unfolded—including clarif...Show More

Drones: Past, Present, and Future: An Interview with Dr. Trevor McCrisken

39:19 | Dec 16th, 2014

Guest host Dr. Chris Moran of Warwick University (UK) sat down with his colleague, Dr. Trevor McCrisken, for a SpyCast on the role of drones in modern surveillance, warfighting, and counterterrorism. McCrisken, whose biography can be found here, disc...Show More

Inside the Stasi Archives: An Interview with Dr. Doug Selvage

40:13 | Dec 2nd, 2014

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Doug Selvage to discuss the archives of the East German Ministry of State Security, the Stasi. Dr. Selvage, Project Director in the Office of the Federal Commissioner for the Stasi Records in Berli...Show More

Spies, Policymakers, and Nuclear Weapons: An Interview with Gregg Herken (Part 1)

27:04 | Nov 25th, 2014

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with historian Gregg Herken to discuss his new book The Georgetown Set: Friends and Rivals in Cold War Washington. Herken, the professor emeritus of modern American diplomatic history at the University of Califor...Show More

Spies, Policymakers, and Nuclear Weapons: An Interview with Gregg Herken (Part 2)

31:59 | Nov 25th, 2014

SPY Historian Vince Houghton continues his conversation with historian Gregg Herken, focusing on his previous four books on US nuclear policy. Brotherhood of the Bomb, Cardinal Choices, Counsels of War, and The Winning Weapon redefined the ways histo...Show More

Can a Drone Read Your Email? : An Interview with Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins

28:37 | Nov 17th, 2014

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Mike Tassey and Rich Perkins, creators of the Wireless Aerial Surveillance Platform, a state-of-the-art cyber drone. Mike and Rich built their unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) in their garage using off-the-shel...Show More

From Bletchley to Bond: An Interview with Journalist and Author Sinclair McKay (Part 1)

30:36 | Nov 12th, 2014

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with British author and journalist Sinclair McKay for a two-part SpyCast. In Part 1, Vince and Sinclair discuss the role played by the codebreakers at Bletchley Park in the Allied victory in the Second World War....Show More

From Bletchley to Bond: An Interview with Journalist and Author Sinclair McKay (Part 2)

30:35 | Nov 12th, 2014

Half of the world’s population has seen a James Bond movie. The historical and cultural impact of this franchise’s 23 (and counting) films is unrivaled by anything else in contemporary pop culture. SPY Historian Vince Houghton is joined by British jo...Show More

Author Debriefing: The Catcher Was a Spy: The Mysterious Life of Moe Berg

59:44 | Nov 11th, 2014

Moe Berg—the major league baseball player, OSS operative and legendary linguist—was one of the most remarkable secret agents ever deployed by the US. Whether authorized by the government as an atomic spy or choosing to surreptitiously film Tokyo of ...Show More

Author Debriefing: Good Hunting, An American Spymaster’s Story

1:08:26 | Nov 11th, 2014

Jack Devine is one of the legendary spymasters of our time. He was in Chile when Allende fell; he ran Charlie Wilson’s war in Afghanistan; he had too much to do with Iran-Contra for his own taste, though he tried to stop it; he caught Pablo Escobar i...Show More

Author Debriefing: Double Agent, The First Hero of World War II and How the FBI Outwitted and Destroyed a Nazi Spy Ring

48:45 | Nov 10th, 2014

Leading up to the US entry into WWII, Germany set up a sophisticated and productive espionage ring, which effectively utilized well-placed German Americans in the States. They were able to infiltrate key military and industrial facilities, and succee...Show More

Tinker, Tailor, Shortstop, Spy: An Interview with Former CIA Analyst Bryan Soderholm-Difatte Part 1

26:16 | Oct 28th, 2014

Baseball has been played in the United States since the mid-19th Century, and from the very beginning teams were trying to gain a competitive edge against their rivals. In many cases, this involved stealing signs – the messages passed from coaches to...Show More

Terrorists, Double Agents, and European Domination (Part 2)

30:22 | Sep 11th, 2014

Join SPY Historian Vince Houghton as he continues his conversation with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister of CNN. Both men share their expertise on ISIS and the threat of Islamic Jihadism, and Tim, who has traveled to Ukraine on four different occasion...Show More

Terrorists, Double Agents, and European Domination (Part 1)

24:13 | Sep 11th, 2014

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sat down with Paul Cruickshank and Tim Lister of CNN to discuss their new book Agent Storm: My Life Inside Al Qaeda and the CIA. The book, which they co-wrote with terrorist-turned-double-agent Morten Storm, traces an imp...Show More

Author Debriefing: Spies, Patriots, and Traitors: American Intelligence in the Revolutionary War

54:14 | Sep 4th, 2014

Nathan Hale and Benedict Arnold may be the most famous spies of the American Revolution, but they were hardly alone. George Washington’s use of spy networks and wider intelligence efforts were critical to the fight for independence. In Spies, Patriot...Show More

Election Espionage: An Interview with NBC Chief Political Correspondent Chuck Todd

30:19 | Aug 11th, 2014

SPY Historian Dr. Vince Houghton sat down with NBC News Political Director and Chief White House Correspondent Chuck Todd to discuss the growing role of intelligence tradecraft in American election politics.Todd, the host of MSNBC’s The Daily Rundown...Show More

The Birth of British Intelligence Coordination: The Joint Intelligence Committee

48:55 | Jul 1st, 2014

SPY Historian Vince Houghton in joined by Dr. Michael Goodman of King’s College in London. Dr. Goodman is the official historian for the British Joint Intelligence Committee, and in that role he has published the book The Official History of the Join...Show More

Author Debriefing: The Zhivago Affair: The Kremlin, the CIA, and the Battle Over a Forbidden Book

48:25 | Jun 25th, 2014

Travel back to a time when literature had the power to influence the world. Washington Post national security correspondent and former bureau chief in Moscow, Peter Finn tells the dramatic first account of how a forbidden book in the Soviet Union be...Show More

Author Debriefing: The Good Spy: The Life and Death of Robert Ames

57:48 | Jun 25th, 2014

Pulitzer Prize- winning biographer Kai Bird gives the inside story of his compelling portrait of the remarkable life and death of one of the most important operatives in CIA history, Robert Ames. Through Bird’s personal connection to Ames’ family, he...Show More

The Beginnings of US Overhead Reconnaissance

51:15 | Jun 23rd, 2014

The development of overhead reconnaissance technology is one of the most important – if not the most important – advances in the history of intelligence. Policymakers today use IMINT from spy planes and satellites in their daily assessments of global...Show More

Spy in the Sky - The KH-9 Hexagon

41:29 | Jun 10th, 2014

SPY Historian Vince Houghton sits down with engineer Phil Pressel to discuss his role in developing the KH-9 Hexagon spy satellite. The Hexagon, which was the last US spy satellite to use film, was declassified in 2011, allowing Pressel to write his ...Show More

Peter Earnest: My Life in the CIA

35:26 | May 5th, 2014

Former SPY Historian Mark Stout sat down with SPY Executive Director Peter Earnest to discuss Peter’s CIA career. After his recruitment and espionage training at the Farm, Peter’s entry into the world of spying came at an important turning point in t...Show More

The Future of Intelligence

31:18 | Apr 24th, 2014

The world sends 3 million emails every second. How do Western intelligence agencies cope with such massive amounts of data? The Spy Museum's Executive Director Peter Earnest sits down to discuss the future of intelligence with historian Richard Aldri...Show More

Putin’s End Game in Ukraine

26:45 | Mar 20th, 2014

Peter and SPY Historian Vince Houghton are joined by retired KGB Major General Oleg Kalugin. They discuss the current confrontation between Russia and Ukraine over Crimea, Crimea’s strategic place in Russian history, and the potential conflict over U...Show More

America's Great Game: The CIA's Secret Arabists and the Shaping of the Modern Middle East

51:25 | Mar 4th, 2014

Intelligence historian Hugh Wilford reveals the surprising history of the CIA’s pro-Arab operations in the 1940s and 50s by tracing the work of the agency’s three most influential—and colorful—officers in the Middle East: Kermit Roosevelt, Archie Roo...Show More

Enemies Within: Inside the NYPD's Secret Spying Unit and bin Laden’s Final Plot Against America

51:40 | Dec 5th, 2013

Six months after the 9/11 attacks, New York Police Commissioner Ray Kelly initiated a straightforward, yet audacious, antiterrorist plan to be implemented in the Big Apple, dispatching a vast network of undercover officers and informants to track sus...Show More

Author Debriefing: Cyber War Will Not Take Place

57:28 | Dec 5th, 2013

Is cyber war really coming? Renowned scholar Thomas Rid of the Department of War Studies at Kings College London argues that the focus on war distracts from the real challenge of cyberspace: non-violent confrontation that may rival or even replace v...Show More

Shadow Warrior: William Egan Colby and the CIA

52:05 | Nov 19th, 2013

Historian Randall B. Woods of the University of Arkansas discusses his new biography of one of the most fascinating and controversial figures of the postwar period: William Egan Colby. World War II commando, Cold War spy, CIA station chief in Saigon,...Show More

The Life of a Military Attaché: Moscow, Almaty, and Warsaw in the 1990s (Part 2)

17:20 | Oct 27th, 2013

In this continuation of the discussion with US Army Colonel James Cox, we hear about the day-to-day work of US military attachés: being military diplomats for the Defense Intelligence Agency. Colonel Cox tells SPY Historian Mark Stout what it was li...Show More

The Secret Rescue: An Untold Story of American Nurses and Medics Behind Nazi Lines

36:52 | Oct 27th, 2013

When 26 Army nurses and medics boarded a transport plane in November, 1943, they never anticipated the crash landing in Nazi-occupied Albania that would lead to their months-long struggle for survival. The group dodged bullets and battled blinding w...Show More

The CIA Analyst and the Polish Colonel

51:24 | Sep 16th, 2013

During the 1970s, Colonel Ryszard Kuklinski was a rising star in the Polish General Staff during the Cold War. He was also a spy for the CIA. Colonel Aris Pappas was a rising star in the CIA’s analytic ranks whose specialty was Poland. Pappas sat ...Show More

The Life of a Military Attaché: Moscow During the Coup (Part 1)

44:03 | Sep 3rd, 2013

In the summer of 1991, US Army Colonel James Cox arrived in Moscow, the capital of the Soviet Union, to serve as Assistant Army Attaché. Little did he know that Communist hardliners were about to launch a coup. When the coup started, the intelligen...Show More

Espionage in Traditional China

28:41 | Aug 5th, 2013

Sun Tzu’s 2500 year old book The Art of War contains a famous chapter on spies. However, Master Sun was not the only Chinese author to address this topic centuries before Westerners did. In fact, many Chinese authors built on his work. SPY Histori...Show More

The OSS in Burma: Jungle War Against the Japanese

50:38 | Jul 11th, 2013

“One could not choose a worse place for fighting the Japanese,” said Winston Churchill of northern Burma, but it was there that the fledgling Office of Strategic Services conducted its most successful combat operations of World War II. Troy Sacquety...Show More

Deceiving the Iraqis in Operation Desert Storm

37:02 | Jun 26th, 2013

Military deception was an important part of Operation Desert Storm, the 1991 coalition effort to eject the Iraqi Army from Kuwait. The man in charge of that U.S. Marine Corp’s part of that deception was Brigadier General Tom Draude. Despite the fac...Show More

A Legal Perspective on the Snowden Case

42:46 | Jun 24th, 2013

Mark Zaid is one of the nation’s top national security lawyers and has defended many alleged whistleblowers and leakers. SPY Historian, Mark Stout, called him in for a consultation on the case of Edward Snowden who has admitted leaking to the press ...Show More

A Western Spy among Terrorists in Yemen

57:26 | May 26th, 2013

Morten Storm was a Danish convert to Islam who became a close associate of Anwar al-Awlaki, the American imam who was a senior member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) in Yemen. He even ate in Awlaki’s home and helped find him a wife. Whe...Show More

The Rice Paddy Navy: U.S. Sailors Undercover in China

42:33 | May 3rd, 2013

After the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the US Navy knew it would need vital information from the Pacific. Captain Milton ‘Mary’ Miles journeyed to China to set up weather stations and monitor the Chinese coastline—and to spy o...Show More

Spying in America: Espionage from the Revolutionary War to the Dawn of the Cold War

55:03 | May 3rd, 2013

Can you keep a secret? Maybe you can, but the United States government can’t. Since the birth of our country, nations from Russia and China to Ghana and Ecuador, have stolen some of our country’s most precious secrets. Michael Sulick, former directo...Show More

The United States Military Liaison Mission in East Germany

39:10 | Apr 19th, 2013

Major General Michael Ennis was one of the rare Marine officers admitted to the Foreign Area Officer program where he became a specialist on the Soviet Union. This led to an assignment as a translator on the Washington-Moscow Hotline at the White Hou...Show More

American Communism and Soviet Espionage: A Look Back with John Earl Haynes

45:52 | Apr 1st, 2013

In the 1970s, historian John Earl Haynes was researching the American labor movement when he discovered interesting connections to the Communist party. Fast forward 20 years to the 1990s, when that ongoing research on the Communist party led him into...Show More

Intelligence in Support of UN Peacekeeping in Bosnia during the 1990s

43:35 | Feb 11th, 2013

The United Nations thinks “intelligence” is a dirty word but it still needs intelligence to conduct peacekeeping operations. The result is a euphemism: “military information.” SPY Historian Mark Stout talks with Tom Quiggin, a former Canadian intelli...Show More

Born Under an Assumed Name

27:04 | Feb 11th, 2013

Looking back on her childhood, Sarah Taber remembers that “my identity was problematic because of moving from country to country and the overall atmosphere of growing up in the CIA.” As an adult she wrote about what it was like to be raised in a cul...Show More

From Nazi Germany to the OSS to the CIA (Part 2)

27:30 | Jan 22nd, 2013

In this Spycast Peter finishes his conversation with Peter Sichel. Listen to this insider talking about CIA operations in Germany after World War II, the futile support for anti-communist guerrillas in Ukraine and China during the 1940s and 1950s, th...Show More

Canada’s Security Intelligence Service in the Post-Cold War World

42:31 | Jan 10th, 2013

Canada’s Security Intelligence Service (CSIS) operates on a very different model from the American CIA, being neither strictly a foreign intelligence agency nor a domestic intelligence agency. Today SPY Historian Mark Stout discusses CSIS with Ray B...Show More

The Zimmermann Telegram: Intelligence, Diplomacy, and America's Entry into World War I

39:48 | Dec 31st, 2012

In January 1917, British naval intelligence intercepted what became the most important telegram in all of American history. It was a daring proposition from Germany's foreign secretary, Arthur Zimmermann, offering German support to Mexico for regaini...Show More

From Nazi Germany to the OSS to the CIA (Part 1)

22:54 | Dec 21st, 2012

Today Peter begins a conversation with the remarkable Peter Sichel, OSS veteran, senior CIA official of the 1950s, and onetime head of Blue Nun wines. After fleeing Nazi Germany with his family in the 1930s and eventually finding himself in the Unit...Show More

The Evolution of Spy Fiction: Bond and His Brethren

43:53 | Nov 14th, 2012

The modern spy novel was born in early twentieth century Britain with writers such as Erskine Childers and William LeQueux whose one-dimensional heroes were English gentlemen holding back the barbarians. How did we get from there to the gray and mora...Show More

Author Debriefing: The Twilight War: The Secret History of America’s Thirty-Year Conflict with Iran

47:56 | Nov 8th, 2012

The United States and Iran have been at daggers drawn for more than thirty years. While this rivalry has never erupted into open war, it has been an enduring “twilight war” in which spies and terrorists often play the lead role. US Government histori...Show More

Author Debrief: Castro's Secrets: The CIA and Cuba's Intelligence Machine

1:00:54 | Nov 6th, 2012

In Castro’s Secrets, Brian Latell, former National Intelligence Officer for Latin America and long-time Cuba analyst, offers a strikingly original image of Fidel Castro as Cuba's supreme spymaster. Latell exposes many long-buried secrets of Castro's ...Show More

Author Debriefing: The Art of Intelligence: Lessons from a Life in the CIA’s Clandestine Service

58:43 | Sep 25th, 2012

In the days after 9/11, the CIA directed Henry Crumpton to organize and lead its covert action campaign in Afghanistan. In less than 90 days Al Qaeda and the Taliban were routed. The Art of Intelligence draws from the full arc of Crumpton’s espionage...Show More

The Red Cell: Fact and Fiction

35:46 | Aug 23rd, 2012

The surprise of September 11 2001 was, in part, a failure of imagination and CIA Director George Tenet did not want that to happen again. On September 13 he created the Red Cell and staffed it with “people who were willing to take their analysis to a...Show More

Agent Garbo: How a Brilliant & Eccentric Double Agent Tricked the Nazis & Saved D-Day

43:39 | Aug 21st, 2012

Juan Pujol was the Walter Mitty of World War II, a nobody who at one doomed venture after another while dreaming of doing something interesting with his life -- saving Western civilization, if possible. Journalist Stephan Talty, whose work has appea...Show More

Our Man in the Middle East (Part 3)

13:08 | Aug 6th, 2012

Peter concludes his conversation with longtime CIA officer George Cave with a brief discussion of some of the funny and unusual events that took place in the course of his career in the Clandestine Service.

Spies Against Armageddon: Inside Israel's Secret Wars

1:01:44 | Jul 26th, 2012

The history of Israel’s intelligence community—led by the feared and famous Mossad—includes stunning successes and embarrassing failures with important implications for war and peace today. CBS journalist Dan Raviv co-author with Israeli journalist Y...Show More

Spies and Commissars: The Early Years of the Russian Revolution

56:59 | Jul 13th, 2012

Russia was a chaotic hotspot after the Revolution of 1917 and an extraordinary collection of spies, adventurers, and opportunists poured into the roiling Russian political scene. Outsized characters like Sidney “Ace of Spies” Reilly, communist activi...Show More

Our Man in the Middle East (Part 2)

30:26 | Jul 9th, 2012

Peter continues his discussion with career CIA officer George Cave. They cover Cave’s time in Saudi Arabia—from which he was expelled when a candid cable he wrote about Saudi politics leaked to the press—and back in Washington where he became embroil...Show More

Our Man in the Middle East (Part 1)

40:23 | Jun 21st, 2012

George Cave is a legend in the CIA’s Clandestine Service. He was recruited into the CIA in 1956 as a fluent Farsi speaker and was pulled out of his entry training and sent to Afghanistan to deal with an urgent operation there. He never looked back. J...Show More

Dick Holm: the Perils and Rewards of a Life in the CIA, Part 2

31:40 | Jun 1st, 2012

Peter continues his discussion with legendary case officer Dick Holm, the author of The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA. Holm discusses several highlights and low points of his career. Learn about his work with Belgian intelligence in thwarting a...Show More

Author Debriefing: Alger Hiss - Why He Chose Treason

57:01 | May 25th, 2012

In 1948, when Whittaker Chambers accused Ivy League-educated senior diplomat Alger Hiss of spying for the Soviets, few Americans were willing to believe him. In fact, Hiss went to his grave protesting his innocence, but now it seems clear that he wa...Show More

The Hunt for KSM: Inside the Pursuit and Takedown of the Real 9/11 Mastermind, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed

27:42 | May 18th, 2012

Josh Meyer, co-author with Terry McDermott of The Hunt for KSM, visits the International Spy Museum to talk about the decade-long FBI and CIA effort to capture Khalid Sheikh Mohammed. Meyer discusses the repeated failed attempts to find the evil gen...Show More

Dick Holm: the Perils and Rewards of a Life in the CIA, Part 1

18:03 | May 11th, 2012

Today Peter starts a conversation with Dick Holm, a legendary CIA operations officer, who has served all over the world. Dick, the author of The Craft We Chose: My Life in the CIA, talks about the importance of intelligence and reveals the terrible ...Show More

Leak: Why Mark Felt became Deep Throat

36:48 | Apr 26th, 2012

Intelligence officers and investigative journalists both depend on clandestine sources to divulge secrets. But why do people betray a trust? Peter interviews veteran journalist Max Holland about his new book, Leak, which probes the mind and motivatio...Show More

Author Debriefing: Shadow Commander: The Epic Story of Donald D. Blackburn-Guerrilla Leader and Special Forces Hero

34:47 | Apr 2nd, 2012

During the Vietnam War, perhaps the US Army’s most secretive unit was the Studies and Observations Group (SOG). This unit conducted reconnaissance missions, captured enemy prisoners for interrogation and rescued American POWs. It also ran teams of cl...Show More

Eavesdropping in Vietnam: One Man’s Experience

36:26 | Mar 28th, 2012

SPY Historian Mark Stout explores the importance of signals intelligence (SIGINT) to the Vietnam War with retired National Security Agency cryptanalyst Tom Glenn. Glenn served more time in country than any other civilian of the NSA. Hear about the ...Show More

The Power of Open Source Intelligence

31:03 | Mar 21st, 2012

With the ever increasing global connectivity, more and more information is available merely for the asking. This has led to a flourishing of the discipline of open source intelligence collection. SPY Historian Mark Stout has a probing discussion wi...Show More

Author Debriefing: Smersh: Stalin's Secret Weapon: Soviet Military Counterintelligence in WWII

1:02:33 | Feb 17th, 2012

In the early James Bond novels, the hero battled the villainous forces of Smersh, a shadowy Soviet intelligence organization. Bond was fictional, but Smersh really existed. Drawing its name from smert shpionam Russian for “death to spies,” it was Sta...Show More

Investigating Historical Spies

29:59 | Feb 8th, 2012

Researching spy history is a difficult business. Spies carefully cover their tracks and intelligence agencies classify everything and release their records only after many years, if at all. Given these difficulties how do historians reconstruct espio...Show More

The Intelligence War Against Terrorism

36:14 | Jan 18th, 2012

Since 9/11, the United States Intelligence Community has expanded into an $80 billion behemoth and taken on many new tasks, for instance spying on terrorists in cyberspace and even becoming a combat organization in its own right. Are we getting valu...Show More

Intelligence and Espionage in the U.S. Civil War

30:53 | Jan 13th, 2012

Spies, cavalry, and telescopes were the traditional intelligence tools available during the Civil War, but there was also cutting edge high tech: the telegraph and the observation balloon. How did Civil War generals combine these to help make strate...Show More

Author Debriefing: MH/CHAOS: The CIA’s Campaign against the Radical New Left and the Black Panthers

45:00 | Dec 19th, 2011

Operation MHCHAOS was the code name for a secret domestic spying program conducted by the Central Intelligence Agency in the late 1960s and early 1970s charged with unmasking any foreign influences on left wing protestors. CIA counterintelligence off...Show More

The Silent Listener: British Eavesdropping in the Falklands War

44:39 | Dec 16th, 2011

D. J. Thorp, a signals intelligence officer in the British Army, spent many years eavesdropping on the hot spots of the Cold War in Europe and the Middle East. In 1982 he found himself on board a Royal Navy ship intercepting signals from the Argenti...Show More

J. Edgar Hoover: Fact vs. Fiction

35:17 | Dec 6th, 2011

Clint Eastwood’s movie, J. Edgar, gives a Hollywood take on the controversial Director of the FBI. However, many people have criticized the movie for whitewashing Hoover’s abuses while others have criticized it for its implication that Hoover may ha...Show More

Uncompromised: The Rise, Fall, and Redemption of an Arab American Patriot in the CIA

54:14 | Nov 17th, 2011

After a childhood in war-torn Lebanon with an abusive father, Nada Prouty jumped at the chance to forge her own path in America, a path that led to undercover work in the FBI, then the CIA. Her work earned her great respect from her colleagues but he...Show More

Identity, Espionage, and Social Media

21:06 | Oct 9th, 2011

Who are your friends on Facebook? Are you sure? Thomas Ryan, co-founder of Provide Security, knows that you can’t always be certain. Why? Because he created the fictional Robin Sage, a cyber femme fatale, who quickly wormed her way into the confi...Show More

Interrogating a High Value Detainee: A Morality Tale

34:12 | Sep 23rd, 2011

What would you do if you were told to do whatever was necessary to get a prisoner to talk? This is the situation that career CIA officer Glenn Carle found himself in when he was made the lead interrogator for a detainee who was said to be a member o...Show More

In the Counterterrorism Center on 9/11: One Analyst’s Story

29:05 | Sep 9th, 2011

The war with Osama Bin Laden and Al Qaeda did not begin on September 11th. CIA analyst Cindy Storer was there from the beginning in the early 1990s, a member of a small band of mostly female analysts who worked on Al Qaeda long before September 11....Show More

The Triple Agent: The al-Qaeda Mole Who Infiltrated the CIA

36:04 | Aug 16th, 2011

In 2009, the CIA’s partners in the Jordanian General Intelligence Directorate had a source named Humam Khalil al-Balawi working inside Al Qaeda and he knew where Ayman al-Zawahiri, the number two man in al Qaeda was…or so they thought. In fact, Al Q...Show More

The Aftermath of Bin Laden’s Death: The Lessons of Strategic Manhunting

27:53 | Aug 2nd, 2011

The 13-year search for Osama Bin Laden may have seemed unprecedented, but actually such events have not been uncommon in American history. Since the days of Geronimo, the United States has embarked on at least eleven such “strategic manhunts.” Benjam...Show More

Mastermind: The Many Faces of the 9/11 Architect, Khalid Shaikh Mohammed

1:05:16 | Aug 1st, 2011

Khalid Shaikh Mohammed was behind many of the most heinous terrorist plots of the past twenty years, including the 1993 World Trade Center bombing, the Millenium Plots, and 9/11 itself. He even claims to have personally beheaded Wall Street Journal ...Show More

Author Debriefing: "Wild Bill" Donovan

1:05:23 | Jul 13th, 2011

“Wild Bill” Donovan was a World War I hero with a Medal of Honor to prove it, a millionaire Wall Street lawyer, and a prominent Republican. Democratic President Franklin Roosevelt chose this brilliant yet disorganized visionary to be his spymaster, ...Show More

Modern Intelligence Analysis: From Art to Science?

27:04 | Jul 1st, 2011

A great deal of public attention goes to the CIA’s case officers who recruit and run agents and steal secrets. However, few people pay attention to the fact that those secrets are stolen so that they can be put on desks of intelligence analysts. Anal...Show More

<