Transcripts (10)

Ep 10: Counterforce


  • 4 months ago
  • 53:10

As the United States moves on from the Trump presidency, it begins adjusting to meet the demands of 21st century geopolitics. In the final episode of the series, host Tim Weiner is joined by Linda Robinson, a a senior international/defense researcher at the RAND Corporation, and David Sanger, the chief Washington correspondent for The New York Times, to discuss deep fakes, cyberattacks, and the future of political warfare. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Ep 9: Post-Truth


  • 4 months ago
  • 54:39

By undermining trust in facts and institutions, Donald Trump hasn’t just charted a new path for American government — he has followed a playbook perfected by Vladimir Putin. Host Tim Weiner is joined by John Brennan, former director of the CIA; journalist Masha Gessen; and his daughter Emma BB Doyle, who works in food justice and thinks he might be wrong about everything. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Ep 8: Crossfire


  • 4 months ago
  • 47:10

In 2014, Russia began carrying out a new kind of Internet-based political warfare. It was an attack so brazen and so novel that American intelligence did not understand it until it was too late. Host Tim Weiner is joined by New York Times reporter Michael Schmidt, former FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok, and CNN analyst Asha Rangappa. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Ep 7: Perfect Weapons


  • 4 months ago
  • 44:00

Russia develops new tools for political warfare in the 21st century, making Estonia and Ukraine victims of a new kind of combat - cyberwarfare - and laying the groundwork for an attack against the United States in 2016. Host Tim Weiner is joined by former Estonian president Toomas Hendrik Ilves, former director of the NATO Cooperative Cyber Defense Centre Merle Maigre, and cybersecurity analyst Kenneth Geers. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

Ep 6: The Cold Peace


  • 5 months ago
  • 43:22

The Cold War finally ends, but a series of American actions in the 1990s lay the groundwork for renewed tensions. Host Tim Weiner is joined by Andrei Kozyrev, Russia's Minister of Foreign Affairs from 1991 to 1996, and Doug Wise, a CIA veteran and former Deputy Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit