Not all spies look like James Bond and Ethan Hunt. Most of them look like ordinary people, which makes them all the more dangerous... So what does it really take to be a spy? Every week, we cover a real-life spy mission: the stakes, the deception, the gadgets, and how it changed the course of history. Each two-part series follows one mission of a historic spy, and if they made it out alive. Espionage is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.
“Agent Fifi” was a central part of Britain’s SOE training program during the 1940s, with new recruits having to take her test before they were released into the field. And Chilver’s tests were thorough.
Known as “Special Agent Fifi,” British agent Marie Chilver was a smart, beautiful woman—and an expert at coaxing secrets out of unsuspecting targets. In the midst of World War II, that was just the kind of person the newly formed Special Operations Executive needed.
Most mysteries can be solved by looking at the facts. But sometimes, the facts don’t lead to a logical explanation, and the truth lies somewhere in the unknown…Join Parcast and Crime Junkie’s Ashley Flowers as they dive deep into the strange and surreal to explain some of the world’s most bizarre true crime occurrences in the new series, Supernatural with Ashley Flowers. Every Wednesday, Ashley digs into a different mystifying crime—where the most fitting theory isn’t always the most conventional.
Join Ashley in this exclusive clip from the first episode as she takes on the mysterious “Lead Masks Case.” To finish this episode, subscribe to Supernatural with Ashley Flowers free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
In 1944, Pearl Nicholson lead her squad of resistance fighters into the Gitanes Forest in France to attack retreating Nazi units before they could reach Germany. Her successful sabotage missions would secure her place among the legends of British spy history.
In 1943, 29-year-old Pearl Nicholson parachuted into France to lead a small band of resistance fighters in sabotaging the Nazi invasion. She was a member of the Special Operations Executive, a British spy network on the continent that operated at the height of World War II. Pearl's career would bring her to the brink of death as the Nazis closed in on the resistance.
In July 1997, 46-year-old Jim Nicholson was admitted to the Federal Correctional Institution in Sheridan. Although he was locked up, Jim’s desire to work with the Russians was far from over. Even from behind bars, Jim was looking for ways to reach his contacts in the Russian Foreign Intelligence Service, or SVR, without U.S. interference.
On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of Espionage that you might have missed!
One of the most important figures in World War II wasn’t a military commander or a powerful statesman: he was a mathematician. From a secretive mansion 50 miles north of London, Alan Turing and his fellow cryptanalysts broke the codes that led the Allies to victory.
In 1994, 43-year-old Jim Nicholson was a bona fide U.S. intelligence star. But a series of challenges in Jim’s personal life led him to sell top-secret U.S. intelligence secrets to the Russian spy service, the Service of the Russian Federation. His betrayal would put countless American lives at risk.
Every Monday through Friday, Parcast Daily filters through all of your favorite Parcast shows to highlight one timely and relevant episode premiering each day. You might hear about a calculating killer on Female Criminals, delve into the minds of history and fiction’s greatest bad guys on Villains, or spiral down into intrigue and speculation on Conspiracy Theories. Whatever your tastes, you’ll always get something new on Parcast Daily.
Enjoy this exclusive clip from our featured episode: “Bohemian Grove Pt. 1.” To finish this episode, subscribe to PARCAST DAILY free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
While on assignment in America, he secured information that could have stopped Pearl Harbor—but his efforts were thwarted by the FBI’s politics of suspicion. As Duško Popov returned to Europe and his Nazi spymasters, he had to work harder than ever before to keep his cover intact—and ensure that D-Day happened.
He was recruited by both Germany’s Abwehr and Britain’s MI6, cementing himself as one of World War II’s foremost double-agents. Promptly after Duško Popov started his life as a spy, he was given information that could have stopped Pearl Harbor.
Sure, you’re a fan of true crime—but are you ready to put your skills to the test and be crowned an undisputed expert? Then try your hand at our new trivia podcast, Killer Knowledge. Every Tuesday, two competitors go head-to-head to correctly answer multiple-choice true crime questions. Whoever gains the most points after 20 questions, wins! It’s all the murder, mystery, and suspense you’ve come to expect from Parcast, now in a fast-paced, interactive format.
Play along in this exclusive clip from our pilot episode about the mysterious circumstances surrounding D.B. Cooper, and see how well you measure up! To find out who wins, follow KILLER KNOWLEDGE free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts!
On the last Sunday of every month, Parcast Rewind replays a classic episode of Espionage that you might have missed!
Born in 1909, Henri Dericourt went from quiet beginnings in a small hamlet northeast of Paris, to working his way to the center of one of the most consequential clandestine operations in WW2.
In 1945, American activists Morris and Lona Cohen provided the Soviet Union with a complete diagram and description of the atomic bomb, expediting the development of Russia’s own A-bomb and giving them a substantial advantage during the Cold War.
They are natural-born-leaders with a never-ending thirst for power. Through force and deceit, they rise through the ranks towards radicalism—eliminating anyone who stands in their way. Every Tuesday, delve into the minds, and motives, behind some of the world’s most infamous leaders in Parcast’s original series, DICTATORS. Each dictator is analyzed in 2-part episodes... with the first giving insight into their rise to power, and the second chronicling the impact of their downfall.
In this special clip from our first episode, learn about Benito Mussolini’s transformation from Italian “Superman” to despised despot. To finish this episode, subscribe to DICTATORS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Sidney Reilly had escaped the clutches of the Soviet secret police before, but his mission wasn't complete. He would need to create a new alias for himself to return to Russia, even if it meant risking his entire career.
He was a British intelligence agent who was the inspiration behind Ian Fleming’s fictional spy James Bond. Sidney Reilly traveled the world on covert missions, but his womanizing, gambling, and lavish lifestyle were what made him a legend in the world of spycraft.
They’ve been around for thousands of years…orchestrating some of history’s most controversial events. And if not for their radical actions, you may never have even known they existed. Every Thursday, take a journey through hidden passageways and become a member of Parcast’s diabolical series, SECRET SOCIETIES. Each society is explored in 2 episodes—exposing the people and context responsible for its founding, and analyzing the psychology behind their beliefs.
Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first episode on Yale’s mysterious “Skull and Bones” fraternity. To finish this episode, subscribe to SECRET SOCIETIES free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: Despite his below-average job performance and his secret work as a soviet spy, Aldrich “Rick” Ames managed to keep his CIA position well into the 1960s. In the hunt for their elusive mole, the Agency was battling against their own inefficiency and ineptitude.
Here’s one of our listeners’ most requested episodes of 2019: He was a chronic underachiever—lazy, reckless, alcoholic, and barely hanging on to his desk job at the CIA in the 1960s. But all of these flaws made Aldrich Ames perfectly suited for a new career: leaking state secrets to the KGB.
Parcast Exclusive! DAHMER: A SERIAL KILLERS 3-PART SPECIAL
While on probation after an early release from prison in March of 1990, Jeffrey Dahmer continued his wave of sadistic violence. A chance event would finally lead to his arrest, and a media spectacle would bring Dahmer to the masses.
Parcast Exclusive! DAHMER: A SERIAL KILLERS 3-PART SPECIAL
It was a murderous rampage that could have possibly been stopped. Although Jeffrey Dahmer failed numerous times to turn his life around, his multi-year killing spree also went ignored by his family, neighbors, sentencing judges, and court-appointed therapists.
Parcast Exclusive! DAHMER: A SERIAL KILLERS 3-PART SPECIAL
You know the name, but do you know the whole story? Jeffrey Dahmer—one of history’s most notorious serial killers, and our most requested episode, is now the subject of an exclusive 3-part special event. You can now listen to all 3 episodes within SERIAL KILLERS, and all of Parcast’s true-crime related feeds.
He was one of the most infamous serial killers of the 20th century, murdering 17 young men between 1978 and 1991 through a variety of cruel and unusual methods. But how did Jeffrey Dahmer, one of the era's most monstrous killers, get his start?
During the Cold War, East Germany’s state security service was the Ministry for State Security—later known as the Stasi. Their creative spy technologies would make them famous, inventing gadgets such as button and pen cameras.
Shrewd and calculating, Walter Schellenberg wasted no time in climbing his way through the ranks to become the head of all foreign intelligence in Nazi Germany. His understanding of subterfuge and his relationships with some of the most dangerous men in the world boosted his ascent to the top.
They’re sport’s greatest heroes… displaying superhuman-like abilities to overcome intense pressure. But when it comes to the downfalls of fame, money, and ego—they’re far more human than super. Every Thursday, Parcast’s original series SPORTS CRIMINALS keeps score on the darker side of sports. Each episode chronicles the meteoric rise and fall of some of sport’s biggest names.
Enjoy this exclusive clip from the first of two captivating episodes on disgraced figure skater Tonya Harding. To finish this episode, subscribe to SPORTS CRIMINALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
From her experience as an exotic dancer in the early 1900s, Mata Hari was used to moving amongst powerful men and switching into whatever persona suited the situation. But when WWI struck Europe, her overtly sexual, international lifestyle started to look very suspicious to the French.
Willing to do anything for his lover, Shi Pei Pu, and their young son—Bernard Boursicot would even go as far as betraying his own country. But as the authorities closed in on them by the 1980s, Bernard realized he wasn’t the only one capable of betrayal.
Dragons, serpents, giants, and demons… they aren't merely foils to a hero. They are primal symbols reflecting ancient truths. The Parcast original series, MYTHICAL MONSTERS, tells the stories of these legendary beasts, and explores what they represent to mankind. New episodes released every Monday.
And now you can hear a special clip from the episode on the demonically-menacing Gargoyle. To finish this episode, subscribe to MYTHICAL MONSTERS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Every Tuesday leading up to the 2020 election, POLITICAL SCANDALS counts down the 52 most controversial events in American history—uncovering the crimes and deceptions by some of our most infamous elected officials.
And now you can hear a special clip from the first episode on the cutthroat circumstances surrounding the election of 1800. To finish this episode, subscribe to POLITICAL SCANDALS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Russia. 1972. Explore why Vasili Mitrokhin switched from spying for the Soviet Union to spying on them, and how he secretly copied and smuggled thousands of documents right out from under the KGB’s nose.
Bad guys. Black hats. Evildoers. They are the bane of every hero’s existence…and the subject of Parcast’s dastardly new original series, VILLAINS. Every Friday, VILLAINS dissects the greatest foils from history and fiction—uncovering origins, analyzing impacts, and exploring the complexity of character and motive.
In this clip, we explore the creation of an iconic, modern-day psychopath of the silver screen—Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men. To finish this episode, subscribe to VILLAINS free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
Although he risked his life to catch some of the world’s most dangerous terrorists, when push came to shove, Morten Storm knew the CIA didn’t have his back. So in late 2011, with enemies on all sides, Morten is forced to choose between his personal safety and sharing his story.
After becoming disillusioned with his Muslim faith’s more radical aspects, former Danish criminal Morten Storm started working for Danish intelligence services—becoming one of the most valuable spies in the War on Terror.
With his new post at West Point, American turncoat Benedict Arnold plots to hand over the fort over to British general Henry Clinton. But Arnold's trust in the wrong people, and careless tradecraft, leads to his undoing. And the loss of his potentially lucrative payout.
As the War for Independence waged on, American General Benedict Arnold struggled to cope with increasing financial debt and injury. He had taken massive loans to marry the beautiful Peggy Shippen, and received a bullet in the leg in battle. Feeling disrespected, Arnold, with the whisper of his loyalist wife in his ear, decides that perhaps he could spy for the British. And in the process, make enough money to pay off his debts.
In our new show SPORTS CRIMINALS, we break down the crimes and careers of the most controversial sports figures in history. From kidnapping and murder to widespread corruption scandals, we give you the play by play of what lurks in the shadows of the sports world. New episodes come out every Thursday! In this clip we introduce the incredible rise and precipitous fall of Oscar Pistorius, who captured the attention of the world by participating in the 2012 Olympic games as a double-leg amputee. To finish this episode, subscribe to SPORTS CRIMINALS on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts!
As Donald Maclean climbed the ranks of the British Foreign Service in the wake of WWII, his ideological commitment to communism never wavered. But his ability to withstand the lies and secrets did, and he turned to alcohol to numb the pain. But when he drank, he talked... It was only a matter of time before MI6 caught on. Sponsors!hims - Get started with the Hims complete hair kit for just $5 today right now while supplies last (and subject to doctor’s approval). Go to ForHims.com/ESPIONAGE.
In 1930s England, plenty of young Cambridge men were communists during their University Days. But most of them dropped the left wing politics when they left school. Donald Maclean, along with the rest of the Cambridge Five, was the exception: however high he climbed in the ranks of the Foreign Service, his loyalty was with the Soviets.
After secretly giving Washington Post reporter Bob Woodward information on Watergate in the late 1960s, Mark Felt struggled to balance his public life and his secret one. He knew that what he shared with Woodward would have a dramatic effect on the way American citizens saw their government. When Watergate ended, Felt's friendship with Woodward deteriorated. And for the rest of Felt's life he struggled with whether or not to come clean about being the infamous informant known as Deep Throat.
Mark Felt, also known as “Deep Throat” was the most famous whistleblower in the definitive government scandal in United States history. Serving in the Federal Bureau of Investigations for over 30 years placed Felt in the ideal position to observe and divulge key information regarding President Richard Nixon’s abuse of presidential powers in the 1960s and 70s. Parcasters - Watergate forever changed the way Americans look at the presidency, but could there be more to the story? Find out today on Conspiracy Theories! Subscribe to Conspiracy Theories on Spotify to listen now!
Humans are the most adaptable species on the planet. We endure fierce blizzards, build communities in the blistering heat of the Sahara, erect societies on mountains. Our new podcast, NATURAL DISASTERS reminds us Mother Nature is ultimately always in control.In this clip, we take you through the 1883 eruption of Krakatoa, a massive volcanic event that took both native Indonesian peoples and Dutch colonists by surprise. Subscribe to NATURAL DISASTERS to listen to the rest of this episode!
Now an SOE agent trained in cryptic radio messages and sabotage, Nancy Wake found herself parachuting back into France. Her mission: organize over 7,000 French Maquis scattered across France, arm them, and prepare them for the impending invasion of Europe by the Allies, D-Day.Sponsors!hims - Get a trial month of HIMS for just $5 today right now while supplies last at ForHims.com/ESPIONAGE.
When France fell to Nazi Germany in 1940 and established the puppet regime known as Vichy France, former journalist and socialite Nancy Wake knew she couldn't sit around and do nothing. Using her social status as cover, she quickly joined the young French Resistance and smuggled escaped Allied soldiers and Jewish refugees out France and into Spain.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com and use promo code ESPIONAGE during checkout!
After moving to Florida in the 1990s, George Trofimoff thought he had left all traces of his espionage back in Europe. However, the FBI knew what he had done, and was determined to make him pay for it.Parcasters - Is there any truth behind the rumored society that protects the secrets of the Holy Grail? Learn more about the Priory of Sion on this week’s episode of Conspiracy Theories!
In 1969, American intelligence officer George Trofimoff agreed to provide copies of highly classified documents to the Soviet Union. Driven by a lust for wealth, he was willing to give up his adopted country's biggest secrets for the chance to live a life of luxury.Sponsors!Away - For $20 off a suitcase, visit AwayTravel.com/ESPIONAGE and use promo code ESPIONAGE during checkout!hims - Get a trial month of HIMS for just $5 while supplies last. Go to ForHims.com/ESPIONAGE.
From counterfeit goods, to fake love interests, and even major financial fraud, you will find it all in our new show. In this Parcast Original, we examine the swindlers behind the scam, and the victims manipulated by their deceit. In CON ARTISTS you will learn about the art of the hustle, and the ways you can spot a con. In this clip, we explore the massive Ponzi scheme orchestrated by fraudster Bernie Madoff. Subscribe to CON ARTISTS on Spotify or wherever you listen to Parcast to listen to the rest of this episode!
Successfully infiltrating Vichy France and establishing high-level diplomatic contacts for British intelligence was just the beginning of Virginia Hall's plan to fight the Nazis. But as she executed prison breaks, recruited sex-workers, and hid downed RAF pilots in her apartment, the Gestapo was closing in...Parcasters - Don’t miss all of our special Summer of ‘69 episodes by subscribing to Parcast Presents: Summer of ‘69, on Spotify, or anywhere you listen to podcasts!Sponsors!Veestro - Try the 6 most popular Veestro meals for just $49! Visit TryVeestro.com/Espionage.
Baltimore-born Virginia Hall only had one leg, but she wasn't going to let that stop her from joining the Allied war effort and fighting fascism. She arrived in Vichy France in 1941 to help Jews escape over the Pyrenees and sabotage the Nazis.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/ESPIONAGE.
After being found out by the British government, George Blake's spy career was finally at an end. His punishment was likely far greater than he anticipated. But even today, some believe the spy escaped true justice.Sponsors!Native - For 20% off your first purchase, visit NativeDeodorant.com/ESPIONAGE and use promo code ESPIONAGE during checkout!Veestro - Visit TryVeestro.com/ESPIONAGE to try the six most popular Veestro meals for just $49!
Held in a Korean POW camp in 1948, British intelligence agent George Blake converted to communism and was released back to England. He thus began a long career of spying on the British for the Soviets throughout the Cold War. Parcasters - When conservation advocate Joy Adamson turned up dead, the authorities initially suspected one of her lions. Little did they know one of her disgruntled employees would be much more dangerous! Listen to her story on Assassinations, available now on Spotify or wherever you get your Parcast Originals!
After his arrest and prison break in 1757, Casanova’s run-ins with the Venetian Inquisition were only beginning. To get protection from Venice, Casanova need to win the favor of a more powerful government: France.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/ESPIONAGE.
In the 1700s, the Venetian State Inquisitors arrested anyone they deemed a security threat: Spies. Blasphemers. Gamblers. Social climbers. Anyone who upset the traditional order. All of these traits applied to Giacomo Girolamo Casanova.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SPY to get three cups FREE in your first box!
Despite his below-average job performance and his secret work as a Soviet spy, Rick Ames managed to keep his CIA position for years in the 1960s. In the hunt for their elusive mole, the Agency was battling against their own inefficiency and ineptitude.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SPY to get three cups FREE in your first box!
He was a chronic underachiever - lazy, reckless, alcoholic, and barely hanging on to his desk job at the Central Intelligence Agency in the 1960s. But all of these flaws made Aldrich Ames perfectly suited for a new career: leaking state secrets to the KGB.Sponsors!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off your first order at PairOfThieves.com/ESPIONAGE.Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/ESPIONAGE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Linguist. Spy. Slumlord. Sex offender. Larry Chin was a man of many hats. But after 33 years spying for the Chinese government in 1985, the FBI still couldn’t force him into the role of “convicted prisoner.”Parcasters - Larry Wu-tai Chin became fabulously wealthy by selling state secrets, not unlike the subjects covered on our organized crime podcast, Kingpins! Listen to our new episode today on the notoriously vicious "El Azul," available now at parcast.com/kingpins
During the Korean War in the 1950s, Chinese-born linguist Larry Wu-Tai Chin was hired by the US State Department to translate prisoner of war interrogations. Larry would use his new position to embark on the longest career of espionage in U.S. history.Parcasters - Our new show Not Guilty covered the infamous Central Park Five trial this week! Check it out at parcast.com/notguilty
Traveling to America, he finds his loyalties pulled between his home country and their new ally. Once Alan Turing returns home in 1942, he must navigate the end of the war and learn to live in the society he saved from extinction.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to Daily-Harvest.com and enter promo code SPY to get 3 cups FREE in your first box!Pair of Thieves - Get 20% off when you go to PairOfThieves.com/ESPIONAGE.
One of the most important figures in World War II wasn’t a military commander or a powerful statesman: he was a mathematician. From a secretive mansion 50 miles north of London, Alan Turing and his fellow cryptanalysts broke the codes that led the Allies to victory.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/ESPIONAGE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes a few minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Paris, 1943. World War II was in full swing, and triple-agent Henri Déricourt was right in the middle of it. His mission: secure an Allied victory before his carefully-spun web of lies comes unraveled.Parcasters - When it comes to transporting drugs, you can't do much better than a jetliner flying across international boundaries. Amado Carrillo Fuentes figured that out, earning his title as "Lord of the Skies" - learn his story on this week's episode of Kingpins at parcast.com/kingpins
In January 1943, a parachutist landed in a snowy field in Nazi-occupied France. At first glance, he was a wealthy Frenchman visiting an old friend in Paris. Below the surface, he was a spy for the British Special Operations Executive. Below that, his true goals were even more mysterious. Henri Dericourt was such a prolific liar, even he could barely keep track of his own loyalties.Parcasters - Check out our new show today! We cover the most intriguing exoneration and acquittal cases in Not Guilty, now available at parcast.com/notguilty
After Julius and Ethel sold atomic bomb secrets to the Soviet Union in 1945, American intelligence began a manhunt to find the traitors. As the FBI swarmed around them and their USSR contacts abandoned them, the Rosenberg’s made a critical mistake.Sponsors!Daily Harvest - Go to DAILY-HARVEST.com and enter promo code ESPIONAGE to get three cups FREE in your first box!
Starting in the early 1940s, Julius Rosenberg and his wife Ethel orchestrated a top-secret operation to steal atomic bomb secrets from right under the nose of the FBI. While living in New York City, they then sold those secrets to the Soviet Union and turned the tide of the Cold War in favor of communism.Sponsors!Upstart - Hurry to Upstart.com/ESPIONAGE to find out HOW LOW your Upstart rate is. Checking your rate only takes 2 minutes—and won’t affect your credit!
Invisible to most, or maybe merely overlooked, these people change the course of history--with no one the wiser. Every week, Parcasts Original Podcast Espionage covers a real-life spy mission: the stakes, the deception, the gadgets, and how it changed the course of history. Espionage premieres on April 12th, with new episodes everyFriday.