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True Spies: Espionage | Investigation | Crime | Murder | Detective | Politics

True Spies takes you inside the world's greatest espionage and detective operations. Our hosts Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby and Sophia Di Martino talk to the real spies behind the missions. What do they know? What are their skills? And what would you do in their position? We explore and investigate real life thrillers, mysteries and crimes - stories that prove truth is stranger than fiction! These stories cover lies, murder, theft, sex, drugs and rock ‘n roll. You’ll meet experts from the top intelligence agencies including FBI, CIA, MI5, MI6 (SIS), KGB, GRU, Mossad and many others. You’ll discover characters who spied because of money, ideology, coercion or just plain old ego. And, if you’d like to dig deeper into the world of secrets, and test your own secret intelligence skills, head over to spyscape.com for articles, games, experiences, puzzles and videos. A Cup & Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Music: Nick Ryan.

Tracks

Aldrich Ames - The Ultimate Double Agent, Part 1/2: Selling Secrets | CIA
The CIA is only as strong as it's weakest link. And in the waning years of the Cold War, weak links were in ready supply. A number of trusted Agency officers were caught selling secrets to the Russian regime. And the most notorious traitor? Aldrich Hazen Ames. In the first episode of a 2-part True Spies story, Sophia Di Martino joins journalist and spy chronicler Bryan Denson to uncover the inglorious origins of Ames' betrayal - and the beginnings of his downfall. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Max Bower. Music by Nick Ryan.
47:12 11/28/2022
Introducing... The Razumov Files
The Razumov Files, from Spyscape Studios, is an audacious audio reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s classic spy thriller Under Western Eyes, starring Jessica Brown Findlay (Downton Abbey, Brave New World) and Maryam D'Abo (The Living Daylights). Approaching the events leading to the 1917 Russian Revolution like a present-day investigative podcast, The Razumov Files is a radical reinvention of spy fiction - and podcasting. Episode 1 is available wherever you get your podcasts from 23 November 2022. The remaining five episodes are available on the same day - exclusively with Spyscape+ on Apple Podcasts. A Cup & Nuzzle production, written and directed by Justin Trefgarne.
00:55 11/23/2022
The Bin Laden Files, Part 3/3: A Lion In Winter
As a new era of True Spies begins, Sophia di Martino joins the experts to reveal Osama bin Laden’s origins, methods and motivation. CIA operatives Gina Bennett and Tracy Walder join CNN’s Peter Bergen, the man who first interviewed Osama, to share the unvarnished truth about Bin Laden’s rise to power. In Part 3, the hunt begins for the world's most infamous terrorist begins in earnest - and a humble courier has an important part to play. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Max Bower. Music by Nick Ryan.
51:48 11/21/2022
The Bin Laden Files, Part 2/3: Take The Shot
As a new era of True Spies begins, Sophia di Martino joins the experts to reveal Osama bin Laden’s origins, methods and motivation. CIA operatives Gina Bennett and Tracy Walder join CNN’s Peter Bergen, the man who first interviewed Osama, to share the unvarnished truth about Bin Laden’s rise to power. In Part 2, the world begins to pay attention to Bin Laden - and the CIA makes its first moves against the Al Qaeda kingpin. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Max Bower. Music by Nick Ryan.
51:11 11/14/2022
The Bin Laden Files, Part 1/3: The Making of Osama
As a new era of True Spies begins, Sophia di Martino joins the experts to reveal Osama bin Laden’s origins, methods and motivation. CIA operatives Gina Bennett and Tracy Walder join CNN’s Peter Bergen, the man who first interviewed Osama, to share the unvarnished truth about Bin Laden’s rise to power. In Part 1 of this three-part epic we follow Bergen to the mountainous Afghan-Pakistan border region for the recording of the first televised interview with the Al Qaeda leader. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Max Bower. Music by Nick Ryan.
47:45 11/07/2022
The Legal Attaché, Part 2/2: Lobsters in a Box | FBI
The men and women of the FBI are entrusted with defending Americans from their enemies at home and abroad. As an FBI Legat, Kathy Stearman performed that service in a variety of foreign locales. But even as she faced off against terrorists, she was fighting another insidious threat - one that affects women in every field. Vanessa Kirby joins Kathy for a no-holds-barred look at the realities of misogyny and sexism at the heart of the Bureau - and how those realities affected her in some of the world's most dangerous environments. In Part 2, Kathy becomes a key witness at the trial of a deadly terrorist - and reaches the limits of her patience. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Max Bower. Music by Nick Ryan.
40:51 10/31/2022
True Spies: A New Era
Prepare for a new era of True Spies stories, as told by Sophia Di Martino.
01:09 10/27/2022
The Legal Attaché, Part 1/2: Kentucky Windage | FBI
The men and women of the FBI are entrusted with defending Americans from their enemies at home and abroad. As an FBI Legat, Kathy Stearman performed that service in a variety of foreign locales. But even as she faced off against terrorists, she was fighting another insidious threat - one that affects women in every field. Vanessa Kirby joins Kathy for a no-holds-barred look at the realities of misogyny and sexism at the heart of the Bureau - and how those realities affected her in some of the world's most dangerous environments. In Part 1, Kathy finds herself in the white heat of the Sri Lankan civil war. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Max Bower. Music by Nick Ryan.
38:07 10/24/2022
The Fourth Man, Part 2/2: The Rock Star | CIA
In the late 80s and early 90s, the Agency was rocked by a series of high-profile turncoats Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, and Edward Lee Howard all leaked secrets to the Russians, with often-deadly consequences for agents on the ground. 20 years later, former CIA officer Bob Baer caught wind of a disturbing possibility - that a fourth, and even more insidious mole might have been active at the heart of America's intelligence community. In Part 2, Vanessa Kirby joins Bob Baer in the present day, where renewed interest in the Fourth Man case throws up more questions than answers... From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan.
38:28 10/17/2022
The Fourth Man, Part 1/2: The Big Case | CIA
In the late 80s and early 90s, the Agency was rocked by a series of high-profile turncoats Aldrich Ames, Robert Hanssen, and Edward Lee Howard all leaked secrets to the Russians, with often-deadly consequences for agents on the ground. 20 years later, former CIA officer Bob Baer caught wind of a disturbing possibility - that a fourth, and even more insidious mole might have been active at the heart of America's intelligence community. In Part 1, Vanessa Kirby joins Bob at the outset of an ongoing investigation with the potential to rock the CIA all over again. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan.
37:22 10/10/2022
Veil of Beads, Part 3/3: The Good, The Bad, and the Beautiful | Investigation
Everywhere on Earth has its own flavors of greed, corruption and lies. And everywhere produces its own champions - beacons of light in the murk. In Sub-Saharan Africa, that champion is Anas Aremeyaw Anas - investigative reporter extraordinaire. Hiding his face behind a veil of beads, Anas goes deep undercover to expose the rot at society's heart. In Part 3, an investigation into endemic corruption within Ghana's soccer industry has tragic consequences for Anas and his team. Vanessa Kirby narrates. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Frank Palmer. Music by Nick Ryan.
41:16 10/03/2022
Veil of Beads, Part 2/3: The Ritual | Investigation
Everywhere on Earth has its own flavors of greed, corruption and lies. And everywhere produces its own champions - beacons of light in the murk. In Sub-Saharan Africa, that champion is Anas Aremeyaw Anas - investigative reporter extraordinaire. Hiding his face behind a veil of beads, Anas goes deep undercover to expose the rot at society's heart. In Part 2, Vanessa Kirby follows Anas and a rookie journalist, Henry Mhango, into a dangerous confrontation with a gang of unscrupulous ritual killers. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Frank Palmer. Music by Nick Ryan. Henry Mhango is voiced by Kelvin Maxwell Ngoma.
45:45 09/26/2022
Veil of Beads, Part 1/3: The Method and the Madness | Investigation
Everywhere on Earth has its own flavors of greed, corruption and lies. And everywhere produces its own champions - beacons of light in the murk. In Sub-Saharan Africa, that champion is Anas Aremeyaw Anas - investigative reporter extraordinaire. Hiding his face behind a veil of beads, Anas goes deep undercover to expose the rot at society's heart. In Part 1, Vanessa Kirby follows Anas on a dangerous mission to bust a drugs ring operating out of a Ghanaian mental hospital. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Frank Palmer. Music by Nick Ryan.
38:54 09/19/2022
Mexican Maneuvers, Part 2/2: By The Dawn's Early Light
In Mexico, life can come cheap - but some are worth millions. When ruthless gangs kidnap the loved ones of the wealthy, the ransoms can soar in to seven-figure sums. And when that happens, Nick Brokhausen and Jeff Miller are the men you want on your side of the negotiating table. They're former Special Forces operatives who've spent a lifetime solving problems and making money in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. In Part 2, Vanessa Kirby joins the duo on a second adventure south of the border. This time, a Mexican dairy tycoon is in danger of going on ice - unless Nick and Jeff track down his kidnappers. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Max Bower. Music by Nick Ryan.
47:05 09/12/2022
Mexican Maneuvers, Part 1/2: Pancho and Cisco
In Mexico, life can come cheap - but some are worth millions. When ruthless gangs kidnap the loved ones of the wealthy, the ransoms can soar in to seven-figure sums. And when that happens, Nick Brokhausen and Jeff Miller are the men you want on your side of the negotiating table. They're former Special Forces operatives who've spent a lifetime solving problems and making money in some of the most dangerous parts of the world. In Part 1, Vanessa Kirby joins Jeff and Nick on the trail of a kidnapping victim in Texcoco - and they'll use any means necessary to see his safe return. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Max Bower. Music by Nick Ryan.
46:49 09/05/2022
CASSIA Spy Ring, Pt. 2/2: The Best Laid Plans | Historical | WW2
In the face of an historical evil, would YOU have the courage to resist? It's a question that weighed heavily on the members of the CASSIA spy ring - a civilian resistance operation based out of a church in occupied Vienna. Vanessa Kirby joins ex-CIA officer Christopher Turner and Austrian intelligence expert Siegfried Bier to uncover a story of extreme courage in the face of insurmountable odds. In Part 2, the Austrian spies are folded in to the OSS - America's new foreign intelligence agency. But the acquisition comes with unforeseen - and deadly - complications. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan.
42:35 08/29/2022
CASSIA Spy Ring, Pt. 1/2: The Priest and the CEO | Historical | WW2
In the face of an historical evil, would YOU have the courage to resist? It's a question that weighed heavily on the members of the CASSIA spy ring - a civilian resistance operation based out of a church in occupied Vienna. Vanessa Kirby joins ex-CIA officer Christopher Turner and Austrian intelligence expert Siegfried Bier to uncover a story of extreme courage in the face of insurmountable odds. In Part 1, we meet clergyman Heinrich Maier and rubber tycoon Franz Messner - unlikely friends who became the core of a new movement. Together, they recruited like-minded individuals to strike back at the Nazi regime. From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan.
40:08 08/22/2022
Russia's Laundromat, Part 3/3: Putin's Butler? | Investigation
All around the world, dirty money pollutes public and private life. Those who wield it are a diverse cast of businessmen, politicians, and criminals - and sometimes, they're all three. In this anthology, Vanessa Kirby meets the investigators using open source intelligence to expose the murky relationship between international institutions and Russian financial crime. In Part 3, author and journalist Oliver Bullough exposes the UK's role as a facilitator of questionable foreign wealth - a butler to the world. When a shady Ukrainian businessman with ties to the Kremlin embeds himself at the heart of the British establishment, Oliver is determined to investigate his true allegiances. Could YOU follow the breadcrumbs? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan
45:37 08/15/2022
Russia's Laundromat, Part 2/3: The Godfather | Investigation
All around the world, dirty money pollutes public and private life. Those who wield it are a diverse cast of businessmen, politicians, and criminals - and sometimes, they're all three. In this anthology, Vanessa Kirby meets the investigators using open source intelligence to expose the murky relationship between international institutions and Russian financial crime. In Part 2, investigative journalist Olesya Shmagun goes on record with her efforts to expose the financial dealings of a wealthy musician with close ties to the Kremlin. But working against corruption inside the Russian Federation isn't without risk. Would YOU poke the bear? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan
49:24 08/08/2022
Russia's Laundromat, Part 1/3: The Minister of Thievery | Investigation
All around the world, dirty money pollutes public and private life. Those who wield it are a diverse cast of businessmen, politicians, and criminals - and sometimes, they're all three. In this anthology, Vanessa Kirby meets the investigators using open source intelligence to expose the murky relationship between international institutions and Russian financial crime. In Part 1, former financier and anti-corruption activist Roman Borisovich details an undercover operation in London, where an eager real-estate industry is all too willing to get rich off of ill-gotten cash. Could YOU shine a light in the shadows? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan.
37:24 08/01/2022
Special Relationships, Part 3/3: Hands Across Libya | CIA & MI6
After a shaky start, the friendship between Britain and America has blossomed in to one of the most important alliances on the world stage. In this anthology, Vanessa Kirby relates three crucial chapters in the evolution of the Special Relationship. In Part 3, former CIA case officer Jim Lawler and intelligence writer Michael Smith lift the lid on a rare joint operation between the CIA and MI6. When AQ Khan - the father of Pakistan's nuclear program - is caught selling nuclear secrets to rogue states, the Brits and the Americans must join forces to bring him down. To do so, they need the help of an unlikely ally - Colonel Muammar Gadhafi. Could YOU play games with global consequences? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Joe Foley. Music by Nick Ryan.
48:12 07/25/2022
Special Relationships, Part 2/3: The Lisbon Connection | Historical
After a shaky start, the friendship between Britain and America has blossomed in to one of the most important alliances on the world stage. In this anthology, Vanessa Kirby relates three crucial chapters in the evolution of the Special Relationship. In Part 2, scholar and intelligence professional Dr. Anthony Wells takes us behind the scenes in WW2-era Lisbon, where rival spies work tirelessly to turn the tide of war. Among their number is Commander Ian Fleming, who mounts an operation that will provide the inspiration for a daring new American intelligence agency... Could YOU survive in the City of Spies? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Joe Foley. Music by Nick Ryan.
41:38 07/18/2022
Special Relationships, Part 1/3: The Zimmermann Telegram | Historical
After a shaky start, the friendship between Britain and America has blossomed in to one of the most important alliances on the world stage. In this anthology, Vanessa Kirby relates three crucial chapters in the evolution of the Special Relationship. In Part 1, scholar and intelligence professional Dr. Anthony Wells is your guide to the unprecedented carnage of World War One - and how a crafty British Naval Intelligence officer tipped the scales by bringing the USA in to the conflict. Could YOU adapt to a new reality? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Joe Foley. Music by Nick Ryan.
35:48 07/11/2022
Team Alpha, Part 2/2: First Casualty | CIA
October 17, 2001. The dust of 9/11 has barely settled. America and the world are reeling. In Afghanistan, 8 CIA officers - a crack team of linguists, tribal experts and paramilitaries - are the first Americans to infiltrate Taliban territory after the attacks. Their mission is to ensure that Al Qaeda does not strike again. They are Team Alpha. In Part 2, Vanessa Kirby joins CIA linguist David Tyson and author Toby Harnden for the gripping conclusion to the first act of the War on Terror. Could YOU adapt to a new reality? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan.
44:37 07/04/2022
Team Alpha, Part 1/2: The Tip of the Spear | CIA
October 17, 2001. The dust of 9/11 has barely settled. America and the world are reeling. In Afghanistan, 8 CIA officers - a crack team of linguists, tribal experts and paramilitaries - are the first Americans to infiltrate Taliban territory after the attacks. Their mission is to ensure that Al Qaeda does not strike again. They are Team Alpha. In Part 1, Vanessa Kirby joins CIA linguist David Tyson and author Toby Harnden to tell the true story of Team Alpha's first foray in to a dangerous and unpredictable new theatre of war. Could YOU adapt to a new reality? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Morgan Childs. Music by Nick Ryan.
48:23 06/27/2022
Sexpionage, Part 3/3: The Lover, the Ax, and Leon Trotsky | NKVD
Throughout history, spies have used sex, seduction and emotional manipulation to achieve their shadowy aims. In this 3-part anthology, Vanessa Kirby joins espionage authors Henry Schlesinger and Michael Smith to uncover the real stories behind some of history's most explosive honeytrap operations. In Part 3, Michael and Henry tell the real spy story behind one of history's most famous murders. When Ramón Mercader attacked Marxist revolutionary Leon Trotsky at his home in Mexico, the evidence suggested a crime of passion. In reality, it was the culmination of a long and intricate honeypot operation by Stalin's secret service. Could YOU get close enough to kill? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Joe Foley. Music by Nick Ryan.
37:02 06/20/2022
Sexpionage, Part 2/3: Russian Doll | SVR
Throughout history, spies have used sex, seduction and emotional manipulation to achieve their shadowy aims. In this 3-part anthology, Vanessa Kirby joins espionage authors Henry Schlesinger and Michael Smith to uncover the real stories behind some of history's most explosive honeytrap operations. In Part 2, Henry Schlesinger reveals the unlikely life and times of a celebrity spy. In 2010, Russian property entrepreneur Anna Chapman was exposed as one of 10 deep-cover agents working on US soil. Armed with SVR tradecraft, nightlife connections and charm to spare, she was linked to a variety of rich and influential men as she rose through the upper echelons of Western society - waiting for the moment to strike. Could YOU play the long game ? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Joe Foley. Music by Nick Ryan.
46:01 06/13/2022
Sexpionage, Part 1/3: Operation Diamond | Mossad
Throughout history, spies have used sex, seduction and emotional manipulation to achieve their shadowy aims. In this 3-part anthology, Vanessa Kirby joins espionage authors Henry Schlesinger and Michael Smith to uncover the real stories behind some of history's most explosive honeytrap operations. In Part 1, Michael Smith relates an audacious plot by the Israeli Mossad in the turbulent 1960s. Mossad officers targeted Iraqi pilots, hoping to seduce them into defecting with a MiG-21 - the next-gen fighter plane favoured by Israel's enemies. In a bloody and dangerous mission spanning three continents, the outcome played a part in changing the face of the Middle-East. How far would YOU go to level the playing field? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Joe Foley. Music by Nick Ryan.
41:12 06/06/2022
The Spy's Son, Part 2/2: Dark Inheritance | CIA
When he was arrested in 1996, Jim Nicholson - nicknamed 'Batman' - was the highest-ranking CIA officer to be convicted of espionage for the Russian Federation. 10 years later, he did it again. Join Vanessa Kirby for the first ever True Spies duology - a tale of spy-craft, treachery, and a toxic father-son relationship. In Part 2, DoJ Attorney Ethan Knight shines the spotlight on Nicholson's son, Nathan, who was manipulated by his incarcerated father into continuing his espionage work. But before long, his spy fantasies turned sour. Could YOU live a double life? From SPYSCAPE, the home of secrets. A Cup And Nuzzle production. Series producers: Gemma Newby, Joe Foley. Produced by Joe Foley. Music by Nick Ryan.
52:20 05/30/2022
Introducing... The Spying Game
The Spying Game is a new series from the Spyscape Podcast Network in which real spies and storytellers dissect your favourite tales of espionage. Your host Rory Bremner sits down with Hollywood filmmakers, international authors and TV stars, along with real spies to separate the facts of true espionage from the fiction we see on screen and on the page. The Spying Game is available now wherever you get your podcasts, or you can listen to episodes a week early and ad-free by subscribing to Spyscape+ on Apple Podcasts.
05:14 05/25/2022