Unbelievable Spy Stories
Constant Wonder - Radio Archive, Episode 497
- May 29, 2020 7:00 pm
- 50:36 mins
The Secret Poisoner Guest: Stephen Kinzer, author, "Poisoner in Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control" Sidney Gottlieb was the 20th century's most powerful American you never heard of. A CIA operative who tortured and poisoned for a supposed greater good, no one during his lifetime fully grasped his shocking influence. He is responsible for introducing LSD to America, for example. But in his last years he volunteered in leper colonies, became a speech therapist, and was wracked with guilt. The Art of Counterintelligence Guest: James M. Olson, former Chief of CIA Counterintelligence, and Professor, Counterintelligence, Bush School of Government & Public Service, Texas A&M University Someone must spy on the enemy's spies. This is the role of counterintelligence agents, who track down and identify spies in their midst, and try to prevent them from getting there in the first place. A Most Unlikely Spy Guest: Sonia Purnell, author, "A Woman of No Importance: The Untold Story of the American Spy Who Helped Win World War II" Virginia Hall was a Baltimore socialite, amputee, and the most dangerous Allied Spy of WWII. This is her story of heroism, self-sacrifice, and grit.