It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall has just come down. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. A heavy metal band from West Germany, the Scorpions, releases a power ballad, “Wind of Change.” The song becomes the soundtrack to the peaceful revolution sweeping Europe — and one of the biggest rock singles ever. According to some fans, it’s the song that ended the Cold War. [more inside]
Tom Clancy's Jack Ryan: Season 2: Venezuela Season 2, Ep 0
After tracking a potentially suspicious shipment of illegal arms in the Venezuelan jungle, CIA Officer Jack Ryan heads to South America to investigate. Jack’s actions threaten to uncover a far-reaching conspiracy, leading him on a mission spanning the globe. [more inside]
Edward Snowden, the man who risked everything to expose the US government’s system of mass surveillance, reveals for the first time the story of his life, including how he helped to build that system and what motivated him to try to bring it down. In 2013, twenty-nine-year-old Edward Snowden shocked the world when he broke with the American intelligence establishment and revealed that the United States government was secretly pursuing the means to collect every single phone call, text message, and email. The result would be an unprecedented system of mass surveillance with the ability to pry into the private lives of every person on earth. Six years later, Snowden reveals for the very first time how he helped to build this system and why he was moved to expose it.
A 16-year-old girl raised by her father to be the perfect assassin is dispatched on a mission across Europe. Tracked by a ruthless operatives, she faces startling revelations about her existence and questions about her humanity. [more inside]
Snowfall: You know I mean business Season 2, Ep 0
Snowfall continues its riveting story about the infancy of the crack cocaine epidemic and its ultimate radical impact on the culture as we know it. Season two follows our ensemble of characters as they intersect and overlap within the mosaic of Los Angeles as we enter 1984, all of them working toward their ultimate goals of money, power and influence. [more inside]
The Looming Tower: Mistakes Were Made Season 1, Ep 3
A ten-part miniseries from Hulu that traces the rising threat of Osama bin Laden and Al-Qaeda, and takes a controversial look at how the rivalry between the CIA and FBI might have set the stage for 9/11 and the war in Iraq. (from IMDB) Based on the book. [more inside]
Wormwood: In six parts Season 1, Ep 0
In 1953, Army scientist Frank Olson takes a fatal plunge from a hotel window. In 1975, a bombshell report ties his death to a top-secret experiment. (IMDB) A Netflix docudrama.
During the past 168 hours....
- International Women's Day and reactions it it from around the globe, from Russian President Vladimir Putin, from Brazil President Michel Temer, and a particularly clueless San Antonio TV morning show host.
- Wikileaks leaked documents concerning the CIA, although this batch is rather less alarming than Snowden's. It is filled with ridiculous program names though. Program Weeping Angel investigated the possibility of hacking into Samsung TVs to use them as listening devices, which, after two notorious recalls, is everything that company needed. LWT presents a message on behalf of Samsung to try to salvage their reputation, but it doesn't go too well.
- Main story: The Republican response to the Affordable Healthcare Act, the American Health Care Act (YouTube 19m), and the many ways in which it's terrible. The piece concludes with another visit from LWT commercial proxy, the Catheter Cowboy.
Taken: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
In the series premiere, young CIA operative Bryan Mills acquires a unique set of skills. [more inside]
Blindspot: Blindspot Season 2 discussion Season 2, Ep 0
As Jane's past and primary purpose is revealed to the Kurt's FBI team, they must decide whether they can ever trust her again as part of the team. We learn about Jane's real identity and origins, while she struggles with loyalty for either side. [more inside]
Quantico: Quantico season 2 discussion Season 2, Ep 0
Current: A terrorist group attack and block off a section of Manhattan during the G20 Summit. Past: Alex and Ryan are recruited by the CIA and begin their espionage training at The Farm. We meet a bunch of new classmates. [more inside]
The Sandbaggers: Enough of Ghosts Season 2, Ep 2
Geoffrey Wellingham is kidnapped in Brussels. Complicating matters, in his office is a paper detailing co-operation between the SIS and South African intelligence. Against orders from Peele, Burnside dispatches both Sandbaggers to Belgium to try and track him down. Despite both Sandbaggers being on station, most deem it to be a futile operation given the past history of hostages being murdered. [more inside]
The Sandbaggers: Always Glad to Help Season 1, Ep 5
The Ministry of Defence asks the SIS to send a diver to investigate a Russian merchant ship that they suspect has been outfitted to launch espionage operations against NATO and French naval bases. Sir Geoffrey Wellingham asks the SIS to organize a coup in the middle east. A Russian defector walks into the British embassy in Ankara. Dickens, Caine, and Burnside are left with very little time to sort through murky and contradictory information about internal and external plots. [more inside]
Would anyone here be up for re-watching "The Sandbaggers"? [more inside]
Homeland: Parabiosis Season 5, Ep 6
Saul orders a sweep at the station. Carrie looks to Düring for support.
Homeland: Better Call Saul Season 5, Ep 5
Quinn covers for Carrie. Dar and Allison assess the damage.
Homeland: Why Is This Night Different? Season 5, Ep 4
Answers elude Carrie. Saul and Allison run an operation.
Homeland: Super Powers Season 5, Ep 3
Jonas and Carrie revisit her past. Quinn stalks his prey.
An idealistic FBI agent is enlisted by an elected government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico. [more inside]
Homeland: The Tradition of Hospitality Season 5, Ep 2
Carrie and Düring visit a refugee camp. Saul and Allison are at odds. Quinn stays on mission.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: US torturing of detainees, upping the stakes against Jack Warner Season 2, Ep 17
This week: Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko warns Vladimir Putin likely to invade soon. Azerbaijan prepares to host the European Games, a new Olympics-style sporting festival, drawing closer scrutiny for their terrible human rights record. Canadian senators discovered to have spent over a million dollars of the government's money for things like golf and fishing trips, hockey tickets and holidays -- but spent $24 million to discover it. And Now: Newscasters Trying Not To Swear. The main story is on torture, American's attitudes and misconceptions regarding it, and how little has changed since we learned the CIA engaged in it, how it doesn't work, and why we seem to think that it does. LWT got Dame Helen Mirram to read key excerpts from it. YouTube (15m) And Now: Newscasters Not Trying Not TO Swear. And finally, an update on former FIFA vice president Jack Warner, who responded (3m) to Oliver's Trinidad TV response (4m) to his video (7m). The "epic and dramatic music" in Warner's is Ash (3m), by The Secession.
Archer: Drastic Voyage: Part 1 Season 6, Ep 12
In this first part of the two-part season finale, the CIA sends everyone on a last-chance mission, in an homage to The Fantastic Voyage.
12 Monkeys: The Keys Season 1, Ep 7
Cole, Dr. Railly and Aaron strive to stop the virus from being deployed as a bio-weapon in Chechnya.
The Blacklist: Ruslan Denisov (No. 67) Season 2, Ep 11
Keen and Ressler go to Uzbekistan to negotiate for a captured CIA agent, but encounter meddling all around. Meanwhile, a DC detective investigates the disappearance of the harbormaster.
Dave Skylark and producer Aaron Rapoport run the celebrity tabloid show "Skylark Tonight." When they land an interview with a surprise fan, North Korean dictator Kim Jong-un, they are recruited by the CIA to turn their trip to Pyongyang into an assassination mission.
Listeners, thank you so much for contributing your attention, questions and eartime to us this year. What a year it has been! Relisten to the highlights – and lowlights, including such annual delights as the Parade of Melancholy Calls and the blooper reel – in The Best of Answer Me This! 2014. [more inside]
State of Affairs: Pilot Season 1, Ep 1
Intelligence analyst Charleston "Charlie" Tucker prepares the President's Daily Brief on the anniversary of the death of Aaron Payton, her fiancee and the President's son, in an attack on their convoy in Kabul, using her editorial discretion to suppress shaky intelligence about the location of Omar Fatah, the terrorist responsible for the attack, in order to free up a Special Forces team to rescue an American doctor with an uncanny resemblance to Aaron.
American Dad!: Blagsnarst, A Love Story Season 10, Ep 3
Roger looks for love, finds it. But will the CIA ruin it before Roger can? [more inside]
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Argentina vs. Elliott Management and Native Advertising Season 1, Ep 13
Uganda anti-gay law invalidated due to improper procedure. Obama comments on torture. The New York Port Authority sues local New York kitchenware maker Fishs Eddy. Argentina defaults on debts due to machinations of hedge fund Elliott Management. Newscasters telling you about the things that will kill you. And a look into "native advertising," or, ads made to look like news, presented in news contexts. Bonus: The resolution of last week's space sex gecko story.
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: Obama's Tour, Income Inequality, CIA Image Problems Season 1, Ep 10
Japan ends its pacifist military stance. Warren G. Harding wrote naughty letters to his mistress. (YouTube) Obama goes on a tour of the nation. Main story: Income inequality and the estate tax. (YouTube) FIFA Secretary General Jerome Valcke is a hypocritical bastard. The CIA tries, and fails, to improve its public image.
24: Live Another Day: Day 9: 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m Season 1, Ep 3
A hunted Jack Bauer tries to thwart a presidential assassination [more inside]
24: Live Another Day: Day 9: 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Season 1, Ep 2
Chloe returns to a hacker group of which she is a member.
24: Live Another Day: Day 9: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m Season 1, Ep 1
The CIA's London branch captures Jack Bauer, albeit too easily, according to Agent Kate Morgan.