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Apr 11, 2023
Bonus: Live from the International Spy Museum
This week’s episode comes in collaboration with SpyCast, a podcast featuring in-depth conversations from the world of global intelligence and espionage. In this bonus, you’ll get to listen in on a panel discussion recorded live at the International Spy Museum in Washington, DC.
Guests: Dr. Andrew Hammond (Moderator), Marc Polymeropolous, Mark Zaid
Feb 27, 2023
Chapter 6: A Silent Injury
A CIA officer in Moscow gets sick, and his story fundamentally changes the narrative surrounding “Havana Syndrome.” We hear first-hand accounts of Soviet radiation that go back decades, and learn that the Cold War may have never really ended.
Guests: Marc Polymeropolous, Aliza Bran, James Schumacher, Peter Kornbluh
Feb 20, 2023
Chapter 5: The Great British Nuke Off
We head to the UK to build a microwave device that could be the key to the mystery. And we take a deep-dive into the American military industrial complex to see what the future of warfare and weaponry looks like. Is Havana Syndrome just the beginning of something much scarier?
Guests: Kyle Major, James Giordano
Feb 13, 2023
Chapter 4: The Frey Effect
The story is bigger than Cuba now. Cases are being reported on nearly every continent, so some investigators propose a new, strange theory. We wade into the science to see if “Havana Syndrome” is just the latest in a long pattern of attacks using microwave energy.
Guests: Beatrice Golomb, Linda Birnbaum, David Relman, Frank Figliuzzi, Charles Kupperman
Feb 6, 2023
Chapter 3: Speak of the Devil
When recordings of a strange sound in Havana go public, some wonder if these health problems are real or imagined. We take a critical look through the research – and enlist the help of a mentalist – to try to answer the question: is this whole thing in our heads?
Guests: Robert Bartholomew, Bob Baloh, Matt Cooper
Jan 30, 2023
Chapter 2: The Immaculate Concussion
Cases are spreading. Investigators flock to Cuba and politicians look for a culprit. We break down the early investigations by the US and Cuban governments while our own ramps up. And we see a political narrative start to take shape.
Guests: Doug Ferguson, James Giordano, Johana Tablada, Mitchell Valdez-Sosa
Jan 23, 2023
Chapter 1: Jericho
There’s a mysterious outbreak of neurological problems among American spies and diplomats in Cuba. We document the first cases via never before heard accounts from Havana, while we parse through classified intelligence to learn how this all started.
Guests: Kevin Coats, Patrick Oppman
Over the years he became terminally online, and cultivated a masochistic niche reporting on the weird stuff that happens when technology, internet subculture, and politics meet. All that time delving into conspiracy theories, online radicalisation, information ecosystems, and the rise of the digital far right, turned his brain basically into mush - but also led him to his first foray into podcasting with Finding Q, an award-winning Audible series investigating the shadowy figures behind the movement known as Qanon.