This is my favorite podcast. I started listening, like many, because of a lifelong fascination with spies and espionage, mainly in film and on TV. It's been eye opening to learn that the reality is so much more interesting. Spycast's range of topics and guests - authors, politicians, historians, former agents, academics, and leaders in the intelligene community - as well as the depth of the interviews, make every episode fresh, intriguing and original. And, regardless of (or maybe because of!) the public scrutiny that has followed people such as Michael Flynn, David Petraeus, Liz Wahl, and Michael Hayden, it's a privilege to hear their stories in their own words.
A few of my favorite episodes: Stacey Dixon from IARPA; author Jason Fagone, "The Woman Who Smashed Codes"; John Tye and Mark Zaid from Whistleblower Aid, author Sean McFate, "Deep Black"; Emily Brandon former CIA agent; Nate Jones on Able Archer 83; Tom Nichols, "The Death of Expertise"; John Nixon on debriefing the president; former CIA now Congressman Will Hurd... so many more.
Also, I appreciate the effort put into curating a diverse group of interviewees - from showcasing the contributions of women in this sector (without calling it out; it is normal, after all), to the range of policy perspectives—despite the IC's imperative to stay out of the political fray. At the end of the day, we're all people, we all have opinions, and Spycast does an admirable job of giving voice while staying respectful. This podcast is a real treasure.