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Former NSA & CIA Director Michael Hayden Gets Subjective about Objective Reality

10/12/2018
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Gen Michael Hayden goes back to Intel 101 to give context on the shape and purpose of information gathering, then shares his experiences at the top agencies during the must tumultuous years for the Intelligence Community. And right now, he says might be the most dangerous development he’s seen yet, the rejection of ‘objective reality.’ Accurate, verifiable intelligence is more important now than ever.

Duration:00:26:12

Former KGB Jack Barsky Comes Clean About Life Undercover

8/10/2018
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Jack Barsky spied on the US for the KGB from 1978-1988 as part of the Russian Illegals Program. He speaks about the initial sense of adventure that lured him into a career in espionage. Jack reveals the emotional costs of a double life in service to a cause for which he eventually became disillusioned. Recorded earlier this year, Jack reveals what ultimately led him out of the spy life, and the strategies and rationalizations he used to keep a sense of personal authenticity.

Duration:00:43:03

James Vancel of the Busara Center talks Behavioral Economics in the Global South

8/6/2018
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Mark caught up with James Vancel, CEO of the Busara Center for Behavioral Economics, at his office in Nairobi. Busara is a Swahili word meaning Intelligence, and the Busara Center is one of the most sought after behavioral economics consultants in the region, with expertise that is growing in demand. James talked with Mark about the company's cultural and analytical assessments and the value these research and analysis efforts have to Intelligence Communities.

Duration:00:54:23

The Code Of Trust with FBI’s Robin Dreeke

7/27/2018
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Robin Derek is a former senior FBI agent with over 28 years of government service. He was until recently the head of the FBI’ Counterintelligence Behavior Analysis Program whose primary mission is to thwart the effort of foreign spies and recruit American spies... Robin is the author of The Code Of Trust, based on the system Dreeke devised, tested, and implemented during years of field work at the highest levels of national security.

Duration:00:53:18

Tim Hall Talks in Dots and Dashes

7/20/2018
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Mark’s old friend Tim Hall was a #Morse communicator for the #ASA. He talks about launching a #LOB from remote #SIGINT sites to duty in #Berlin at #Teuflelsberg tracking the #Spetznaz.

Duration:01:08:31

BG (ret) Kevin Ryan Demystifies the Elbe Group

7/13/2018
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The Elbe Group consists of retired Military and Intelligence generals from the US and Russia. It’s an unprecedented International collection of acronyms who meet to maintain a continuous channel of communication on sensitive issues facing US-Russian relations. While some create conflict, the group’s founder and director BG (ret) Kevin Ryan has had a career of productive cooperation with the Russians. He shares his experience and suggestions before heading to Moscow for the proposed summit.

Duration:00:58:18

Actress Evgenia Brik explains the Russian soul.

7/6/2018
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EPISODE 4: “Adaptatsiya” is a runaway hit show in Russia - their answer to “The Americans” - Mark drops in with Russian actress Evgenia Brik to talk about playing a spy in Siberia, and living the dream in Los Angeles.

Duration:00:43:11

Pulling Back The Curtain on Dr. Dmitri Trenin

6/29/2018
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EPISODE 3 Mark meets with Carnegie Moscow Center Director and Russian policy expert Dr. Dmitri Trenin to talk authoritarian tendencies, Soviet and Russian History , US-Russia relations, and hey, what was Soviet Plan anyway ?

Duration:00:38:40

Dagmar Hovestädt - Stasi vs Privacy

6/22/2018
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Communications Director for the Stasi Records Archive (BStU), Dagmar Hovestaedt joins The Live Drop in a former Cold War bunker at the Wende Museum -- the perfect place for a chat about privacy. Dagmar also reveals the incredible number of record requests the Stasi Archives has received - and not always for the reasons you'd think.

Duration:00:50:45

Andrew Bustamante talks Everyday Espionage

6/15/2018
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Air Force Academy, nuclear missiles, and career CIA, Andrew talks about a life in Intelligence: The ‘703’ cold call, what prepared him, and why he’s moved on from government service to spread the word of #EveryDayEspionage as a sought after speaker and consultant. Find him at AndrewBustamente.org He’s the FIRST episode of #TheLiveDrop !

Duration:01:04:26

Episode ZERO

6/11/2018
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Host Mark Valley introduces the show launching soon. Episode One - JUNE 15th, 2018

Duration:00:02:00