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A podcast of fascinating facts! What do extraterrestrial radio signals and a mushroom from Texas have in common? What is a “number station“ and why is it so spine-tinglingly creepy? Join comedians Shane Rogers and Duncan MacEwan for an entertaining and hilarious deep-dive into obscure facts from science, history and pop culture. A new topic each week!

June 24, 2021

Spy vs. Spy: The History of Espionage

In the first installment of MFFI's espionage series, Shane gives Duncan an overview of the spy game, from its origins in postiquity through the Cold War and all the way to the modern intelligence industry. 

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In this episode: 

  • Sun Tzu and the Art of War
  • Francis Walsingham and Mary Queen of Scots
  • Alberto Ridolfi
  • Louis XIV and the Cabinet Noir
  • George Washington, America’s First Spy Master
  • The Culper Ring
  • Nathan Hale
  • James Armistead and Lafayette 
  • Benedict Arnold
  • The Great Game
  • Embassies and Diplomats
  • The Evidenzbureau
  • British Topographical & Statistic Department
  • The Military Information Division
  • The Secret Service Bureau
  • Directorate of Military Intelligence Section 5 (MI5)
  • Military Intelligence Section 6 (MI6)
  • Office of Strategic Services
  • The CIA
  • SIGINT
  • The NSA
  • Cipher Bureau 
  • The Black Chamber
  • KGB
  • The Cold War 
  • Life as a Spy

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