The Soyuz Files
By The West
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In an alternate history of the Cold War, the Soviet Union wins the Space Race -- American astronauts never land on the Moon. Told through radio news broadcasts in 1968 and 1969, The Soyuz Files takes you from the skyscrapers of Manhattan to the spires of the Kremlin. Join investigative journalist Jack Schechter as he gets swept up in the intrigue of two rocket scientists, a Soviet diplomat, and the lies that hold everything together.
||CleanThe Soyuz Files – Part 6 – “Tribunal” – July 18, 1969||Four months after the world learned the truth of the Soviet Moon landing, Jack returned to The Friday Review following his leave of absence to file one last report amid growing global conflict.||6/16/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Soyuz Files – Part 5 – “Diogenes Will Know” – Apr. 4, 1969||Diogenes will know. Not enough. The cryptic notes Nikolai left in the margin of a top secret document take Jack from Moscow to the Cosmodrome itself, halfway across the continent, to investigate the Soviet Space Program from within.||6/15/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Soyuz Files – Part 4 – “To Moscow” – Mar. 21, 1969||Broadcast from the snowy streets of Moscow, Jack teams up with Soviet reporter Igor to try and locate Nikolai. What they find instead is even more troubling: a ransacked home, Moscow police hot on their tail, and a deepening of Cold War paranoia.||6/11/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Soyuz Files – Part 3 – “The Land of Righteousness” – Mar. 14, 1969||Jack seeks Natalias help in locating Nikolai, but she has a word of warning to share with the idealistic journalist. Meanwhile, in the midst of the dismantling of NASAs Apollo Program, the Nixon administration doubles down on defense.||6/10/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Soyuz Files – Part 2 – “Cosmonauts at the White House” – Mar. 7, 1969||The Cosmonauts who landed on the Moon finish their world tour with a White House dinner. On the other side of the Iron Curtain, a Soviet rocket scientist named Nikolai has been sending postcards to Jacob, an American working at NASA. He brings the postc||6/9/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Soyuz Files – Part 1 – “The Space Race” – Nov. 1, 1968||Breaking news! The United States has lost the Space Race to the Soviet Union. On October 31, 1968, Americans received transmissions from Cosmonauts on the Lunar surface. Jack Schechter, host of WNYXs news program The Friday Review brings on Natalia Grom||6/8/2016||Free||View in iTunes|
This podcast isn't really a podcast, I guess. More of a miniseries. But the coolest part is that there's more to it. There are postcards online at soyuzfiles.com that tell more of the story, and those postcards have a password that leads to extra goodies. It's a whole mystery and really fun to play.
Come for the interesting historical hypothetical, stay for the gripping political thriller it seamlessly morphs into. Wonderful listen. I hope to see more soon!
Little bit podcast .. Little bit old radio play .. Little bit historical revisionism .. Completely fascinating. Soyuz Files is an amazing shot at a fictional "real story" with great production. Can't wait for wha's next from the West.