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  • 34 minutes 48 seconds
    After Hotel Rwanda, Part 3: The Campaign

    A Rwandan court convicts Paul Rusesabagina on terrorism charges and sentences him to 25 years in prison. As he comes to terms with the prospect of spending the rest of his life behind bars, a team of lawyers, negotiators, and advocates works up a strategy to win his release.

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    21 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 28 minutes 4 seconds
    After Hotel Rwanda, Part 2: The Backstory

    Tensions between ethnic Hutus and Tutsis in Rwanda began long before the 1994 genocide—a vestige of Belgian colonial rule in the country. On this episode, we trace the events leading up to the mass killing—and how they affected Paul and his wife.

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    21 May 2024, 1:27 am
  • 29 minutes 46 seconds
    After Hotel Rwanda, Part 1: The Trap

    An old friend persuades human rights activist Paul Rusesabagina to travel from his home in San Antonio, Texas, to Burundi for a speaking engagement. But the friend turns out to be collaborating with the Rwandan government and the journey is a trap.

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    10 May 2024, 2:38 pm
  • 4 minutes 52 seconds
    Introducing: After Hotel Rwanda

    Hello I Spy listeners. We're back in your feed to introduce you to a remarkable new podcast made by the producers of I Spy called: After Hotel Rwanda. The show tells the story of Paul Rusesabagina, who in 2020 was lured from his home in San Antonio, Texas, to his former country of Rwanda, were he was tried on terrorism charges and sentenced to 25 years in prison. Rusesabagina had been a national hero in Rwanda for saving the lives of more than twelve hundred people during the 1994 genocide there. His story was told in the Hollywood movie Hotel Rwanda. Our four-part series describes how Rusesabagina went from hero to dissident in Rwanda—and how a team of supporters in Washington and elsewhere managed eventually to bring him home. You can hear an extended trailer in this feed right now—and all four episodes, also in this feed, starting May 7.

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    6 May 2024, 9:51 pm
  • 33 minutes 38 seconds
    The Skeptic

    Long before Joe Weisberg created the award-winning television show The Americans, he served in the CIA. His brief period in the agency informed story lines in the show and helped shape Weisberg's views on espionage. Eventually, he came to believe that spying does more harm than good in the world.



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    28 June 2022, 10:00 am
  • 29 minutes 13 seconds
    The Investigator
    The Secret Service is known for its VIP protection unit but it also investigates international crimes, including hacking cases. On this episode, we feature a Secret Service agent who helped nab one of the biggest hackers in the world, Roman Seleznev.

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    21 June 2022, 10:00 am
  • 33 minutes 46 seconds
    The Handler


    Michele Rigby Assad joined the CIA just weeks after the attacks of September 11, 2001, and spent much of the next decade working undercover in the Middle East.

    In 2007, she helped investigate an ambush in Iraq that killed an American woman. 


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    14 June 2022, 10:00 am
  • 34 minutes 30 seconds
    The Spycatcher Part 2

    This is part two of Eric O'Neill's story. O'Neill was an FBI agent who went undercover to catch a suspected spy in the bureau: Robert Hanssen.

     

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    7 June 2022, 10:00 am
  • 31 minutes 36 seconds
    The Spycatcher

    On this episode, FBI agent Eric O'Neill goes undercover to catch a suspected spy in the bureau: Robert Hanssen. O'Neill is just 26 at the time. Hanssen turns out to be one of the most damaging spies in U.S. history.

     

    This is part one of a two-part story.

     

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    Each week we'll send you bonus content you won't find anywhere else, including photos, illustrations, and expanded show notes—for free.


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    31 May 2022, 10:00 am
  • 35 minutes 2 seconds
    The Trainer

    Well, listeners, it's taken us a while but here it is: the first episode of our fourth season.


    We begin with Ric Prado, a former CIA officer who trained the Contras in Central America in the 1980s.


    For those of you who don't remember, the Contras were trying to overthrow the Sandinista regime in Nicaragua. America's support for the group eventually led to the Iran-Contra affair, a government scandal that nearly brought down the Reagan administration.


    For more on the Contras, go back and listen to season one's The Jumper. Eugene Hasenfus, who helped deliver arms to the Contras, describes parachuting from a burning plane and getting captured by Nicaraguan forces. We spent several years tracking down Hasenfus and getting him to tell his story.


    Also, our show now has a newsletter! Sign up for free to get bonus material after each episode, including photos, illustrations, and other content you won't find anywhere else. https://foreignpolicy.com/ispynewsletter/


    I Spy is produced by the podcast team at Foreign Policy, the premiere website for intelligent news and analysis from around the world. The best way to support the show—and keep those episodes coming—is by subscribing to Foreign Policy.

     

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    Okay, enough verbiage. Enjoy the show.


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    31 May 2022, 10:00 am
  • 1 minute 59 seconds
    I Spy Season 4—Coming May 31


    Hey there I Spy listeners, here's the trailer for season 4. We'll have new episodes starting May 31. More spies, more Margo Martindale.


    This season, we'll also have an I Spy newsletter, with photos, very cool illustrations, and a bunch of other bonus content you won't find anywhere else. Yes, it's free. Sign up at foreignpolicy.com/ispynewsletter.




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    18 May 2022, 2:56 pm
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