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SpyTalk lives at the intersection of intelligence operations, foreign policy, homeland security and military strategy. Co-hosted by veteran national security journalist Jeff Stein and former star CNN homeland security correspondent Jeanne Meserve, the podcast will feature exclusives by SpyTalk’s roster of longtime reporters, news and profiles of US and foreign spymasters and interviews with policymakers and expert authors. There’s nothing quite like it—a place for experts and lay persons alike, who enjoy national security scoops and insights by SpyTalk's subject matter experts. For more SpyTalk go to:


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Latest Episodes

Retired Green Beret Col. David Maxwell discusses paramilitary options against Russian invaders in Ukraine, while former US-Iran nuclear deal negotiator Ernest Moniz offers perspective on new talks with hardliners. With Jeff Stein and Jeanne Meserve. ... more

a day ago

Former top FBI counterspy Frank Figliuzzi tells Jeff Stein how foreign agents woo state and local US police, and Jeanne Meserve learns how satellite sleuths track China’s Uighur genocide from RAND Corp expert Scott Harold. Our Guests: Frank Figliuzzi... more

8 days ago

This week: Jeanne Meserve talks with the Atlantic Council’s Jared Holt about the evolving face of right-wing extremism. Joe Weisberg, creator of the hit spy drama “The Americans,” defends his argument on ending the Cold War with Russia with Jeff Stei... more

15 days ago


4.5 out of 5 stars from 43 ratings
  • Great practitioner views and hard cutting questions!

    Really appreciate the team’s interviews and coverage. Jeff’s previous case officer experience allows for great discussions as well as the co-hosts ability to ask hard questions from their guests. Topics are top notch and relevant to Natsec viewers.

    Apple Podcasts
    Tomes JT
    United States6 months ago
  • Amazing content, terrible audio

    The content of this show is absolutely phenomenal, and it pains me to leave a three star review. But the audio quality on the show makes some of the episodes unbearable. The decibel level of the subjects being interviewed is so low it requires the volume to be turned all the way up, and then the intro music or narrators voice comes blasting in nearly exploding your eardrums. Additionally, two consecutive episodes will have completely different audio levels, so going from one to the next nearly b... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States6 months ago
  • Insight

    This is a wonderful insight into subjects I’ve always been intrigued by with facts and opinions from more informed knowledgeable people than I.

    Apple Podcasts
    The mak69
    United States7 months ago
  • Amazing content, down to the wire

    The hosts know intelligence well enough to dig as deeply as possible with each guest, yet never get an “I can’t tell you that” response. Truly fabulous interviewing.

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada8 months ago
  • Promising, but...

    ... the hosts sound like they’re from two different shows. He seems unprepared and wooden, while she’s overheated and broadcast-y.

    Apple Podcasts
    Canada8 months ago

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