The Live Drop
By Mark Valley
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Join host Mark Valley as he ventures into the elusive world of intelligence collection and espionage to spot, assess and debrief: spies, spy catchers, analysts, diplomats and occasionally the actors who portray them. A new interview each week brings stories and analysis from the Cold War to the present. Drop in at thelivedrop.com
||CleanFormer NSA & CIA Director Michael Hayden Gets Subjective about Objective Reality||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...||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFormer KGB Jack Barsky Comes Clean About Life Undercover||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...||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJames Vancel of the Busara Center talks Behavioral Economics in the Global South||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..||8/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Code Of Trust with FBI’s Robin Dreeke||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...||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanTim Hall Talks in Dots and Dashes||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.||7/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBG (ret) Kevin Ryan Demystifies the Elbe Group||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..||7/13/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanActress Evgenia Brik explains the Russian soul.||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.||7/6/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPulling Back The Curtain on Dr. Dmitri Trenin||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 ?||6/29/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDagmar Hovestädt - Stasi vs Privacy||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...||6/22/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAndrew Bustamante talks Everyday Espionage||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 spe||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanEpisode ZERO||Host Mark Valley introduces the show launching soon. Episode One - JUNE 15th, 2018||6/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Wonderful subjects but the host keeps interrupting the guest.. Not sure if he’s just ADD or not interested in the guests
Distracted by the interruptions
The host interrupts the interviewee in a way that doesn’t seem particularly respectful and it cuts off the flow. A bit obnoxious.
Good podcast, but some critical feedback
I really enjoyed the episode with Andrew Bustamante, but thought his interview could’ve have allowed for fewer interruptions of Bustamante while he was talking (ie peace corps story, come up into the CIA) he was on a roll.