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It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions. Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth. Wind of Ch... more

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Chapter 1: Bug’s Plan. It’s 2014. Adelanto is a bankrupt city in the California desert known for its massive detention centers and not much else. Then, a stranger comes to town with a wild idea to make Adelanto great again: Become the first city in S... more

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When Patrick Radden Keefe heard that the Scorpions were coming to town last month, he knew he had to go to the show. So he called his friend Michael, his source for the original CIA conspiracy theory, and they headed to UBS Arena on Long Island, micr... more

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4.6 out of 5 stars from 6.3k ratings
  • Good mixture

    What I appreciate about this series, besides the fine entertainment, is the background information and research about the circumstances: secret service ways, Cold War politics, the festival, eccentric personas. More than the original question, which is in my opinion not really corroborated. Nicely peculiar considerations on „Rorschach“. A likable interview with Klaus (I believe him, but I’m a fan;)). more

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    Germanya month ago
  • Fascinating

    Really great podcast. Well researched and delivered. Well worth a listen.

    Apple Podcasts
    Ireland2 months ago
  • Gen X Approved

    Fascinating tale involving one of my all-time favorite bands, The Scorps. So incredibly well done and thought provoking. I have tickets to their rescheduled residency in Vegas this spring and I’m looking forward to it even more after this podcast!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Don’t bother

    Compelled to write a review because of how horrid that was. Host seems to have gone to the conspiracy buzz word well to draw inspiration. Such great proof as “I trusted him because he seemed to trust the person who told him”, “its to insane not to be true”. 40 minutes and possibly 2 minutes of chat only on the actual subject, the other 38 minutes spent on juvenile ramblings on a Wikipedia level detail on spy craft. Great premise, insanely poorly executed.

    Apple Podcasts
    Australia4 months ago
  • Wonderful short podcast. Great audio quality, and there's lots of interesting conversations. There's lots to think about after each episode, too.

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    6 months ago

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