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Starting in Cuba, a mysterious medical condition spreads among US diplomats and spies. Are they under attack?

From the team behind Fat Leonard, Resistance: Stories from Ukraine, and Kabul Falling, THE SOUND is a production of Project Brazen and Goat Rodeo in partnership with PRX.

Hosted by writer and journalist Nicky Woolf, and produced by Max Johnston at Goat Rodeo, THE SOUND dives deep into an unfolding global mystery – the bizarre illness, principally affecting American diplomats and spies, which has come to be known as “Havana Syndrome.”

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Woolf is a former reporter and editor for The Guardian and The New Statesman and the writer and host of the award-winning Audible original podcast Finding Q. His work focuses on all the weird, crunchy stuff that happens where politics and technology intersect – things like Qanon, or Gamergate, Slenderman, and the rise of the online far right.

Johnston is a Senior Creative Producer at Goat Rodeo – a DC-based creative audio team with over half a decade’s experience in amplifying audio and crafting stories both in house and with award winning partners. A National Public Radio alumnus, Johnston specializes in sound-rich narrative storytelling.

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The show’s hauntingly original score is composed and performed by the Grammy-winning Attacca Quartet. Amy Schroeder, Domenic Salerni, Nathan Schram and Andrew Yee have created a rich, lavish, soulful, and at times uncanny soundscape – the perfect accompaniment to this strange and unsettling story.

Project Brazen is a global journalism studio and production company specializing in ambitious fact-based narratives. Founded in 2021 by former Wall Street Journal reporters and co-authors of Billion Dollar Whale Tom Wright and Bradley Hope. Brazen delivers thrilling stories via podcasts, books, documentaries, television shows and films.

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Bradley Hope

Executive Producer

Tom Wright

Executive Producer

Nicholas Brennan

Executive Producer

Nicky Woolf

Host & Writer

Max Wolf

Lead Producer & Writer

Ian Enright

Senior Producer

Megan Nadolski

Senior Producer

Rebecca Seidel

Mixing & Engineering

Jonathan O'Sullivan

Additional Production

Emilio Polo

Additional Production

Javier Labrador

Additional Production & Video

Attaca Quartet

Original Score

Blue Dot Sessions

Additional Music

Blue Dot Sessions

Additional Music

Isabelle Kerby-McGowan

Editorial & Production Assistant

Cara Shillenn

Editorial & Production Assistant

Jay Venables

Editorial & Production Assistant

Mariangel Gonzales

Editorial & Production Assistant

Megan Dean

Editorial & Production Assistant

Susie Armitage

Editorial & Production Assistant

Francesca Gilardi Quadrio Curzio

Editorial & Production Assistant

Salber Lee

Editorial & Production Assistant

Lucy Woods

Editorial & Production Assistant

Siddhartha Mahanta

Editorial & Production Assistant

Neha Wadekar

Editorial & Production Assistant

Boris Crespo

Producer (Havana)

Ryan Ho

Creative Director

Julien Pradier

Graphic Designer

Andrija Klaric

Video Producer

Giulia Franchi

Video Producer

Emily Chao

Video Producer

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