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In this episode, Matthew talks to the journalist, writer, broadcaster and researcher - Julie Bindel. Julie writes regularly for The Guardian newspaper, the New Statesman, The Sunday Telegraph and Standpoint magazines, and appears regularly on the BBC and Sky News. Julie's focus in on issues such as rape, domestic violence, sexually motivated murder…
 
A superstar line-up chooses an African American spy from American history. Harriet Tubman, Ralph Bunche and Willie Merkerson Jr. are introduced, before we have a discussion about African Americans and the American experience. Our guests are Mel Gamble, a former CIA Chief of the Africa Division and Senior Intelligence officer; Reuben E. Brigety II, …
 
Barry Broman spent most of his life in South-east Asia as a photographer, an infantry officer, and as a “diplomat” (although not really!). It is not that he wasn’t a diplomat - it’s just that he did something else too…like recruit over 40 agents, escape the genocidal Khmer Rouge, supervise covert paramilitary operations, and bring in gargantuan qua…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Simone Kolysh. Dr Kolysh's research looks at Sex & Gender, Sexualities, Race & Ethnicity, and Urban Sociology. Dr Kolysh is past chair of the Sociologists’ LGBTQ Caucus, member of the Sociologists for Trans Justice, and chair of the Committee on Gender Equity for the Eastern Sociological Society. In this episode…
 
In this student takeover episode, Abby Reyes discusses - Is meritocracy a flawed and harmful ideal? Abby has just completed her A-levels at Sydenham School and is going on to study Sociology at university. You can also follow Abby's Sociology blog here - https://sociologywithabby.blogspot.com/Autor: Matthew Wilkin
 
What do Afghan Mujahedeen, the KGB, Pablo Escobar, Iran-Contra, and Chilean Elections have in common? Two words: Jack Devine. This CIA legend is the Forrest Gump of the intelligence world, in that he always finds himself at the center of events. Jack reflects on his remarkable career and hones in on Russian aggression and Vladimir Putin, the subjec…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Gemma Ahearne - an educator in Criminology at the University of Liverpool. Gemma values lived experience and different ways of producing knowledge. Gemma is an active researcher and teacher who has almost 20 year experience of the sex industry. You can contact Gemma on her blog, via her staff profile here - http…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Chloe Wakeham who is a second year PhD student at Swansea University looking at online mental health communities and identities. Chloe uses a mixed methods study (Netnography and Ethnographic content analysis) in her research of mental health discourses and language on the platforms of Twitter and Tumblr.…
 
Rob Montgomery had a real scare on deployment in Afghanistan…the scare was back in Virginia though; he had a motion detect on his phone that showed multiple unidentified males outside his home in a sleepy college town - while his wife and children were asleep inside. You’ll need to listen to hear the rest of the story, but it did prompt Rob to thin…
 
In this episode, Nigel Warburton and David Edmonds from the Social Science Bites podcast interview Professor Ann Oakley about her classic research on childbirth. Ann explains all about her research, her methodology and her findings in her books; Motherhood (1979) and From Here to Maternity (1981). You can here more podcasts from social science bite…
 
Hear an incredible true story. Marthe Cohn was a young Jewish woman who went behind enemy lines into Nazi Germany with a pair of walking shoes, a cover story, and about half a ton of chutzpah. 101-year-old Marthe spoke to Andrew over the phone from her home in Los Angeles.Autor: SpyCast
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Catherine Hakim who is the author of Honey Money: The Power of Erotic Capital, Erotic Capital: The Power of Attraction in the Boardroom and the Bedroom and Supply and Desire: Sexuality and the Sex Industry in the 21st Century. Catherine talks particularly about her research and outcomes for the Honey money publi…
 
In a first for the show, this week’s guest is a former spy chief from the world’s largest democracy. Vikram Sood was the Director of India's Research and Analysis Wing (R&AW). Andrew and Vikram talk Pakistan, China, the United States, human capital, intelligence reform and the power of narratives: because spies can be sensitive souls too.…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Rachel Allison all the way from Mississippi about her research on women's sport. Rachel is the author of 'Kicking Center: Gender and the Selling of Women's Professional Soccer' and she takes a particular focus on the structures and formation of women's soccer leagues and the impact this can have on attendances a…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to anti-Feminist Judith Charpentier. Judith explains why she feels that Feminism is not achieving its goals of gender equality and why it is often hypocritical in its judgments on men. Judith also questions many of the claims made by the Feminist movement and considers if many western countries truly are still patriar…
 
Where to begin. Marty was described to me as, “the greatest analyst we ever had (truthfully),” would I be interested in speaking to him? Guess the answer!? The result, a SpyCast with a CIA analytic legend. For 40 years Marty analyzed intelligence for US foreign policymakers, trained a whole generation of analysts, and mentored figures who would go …
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Jenny Van Hooff from Manchester Metropolitan University. Jenny's work looks at issues of Intimacy, couples, sexual practices, commitment and in this podcast the discussion flows from how relationships have changed, the fascination with monogamy, reasons for infidelity and how traditional gender roles persist in …
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Ali and Reece about studying A-level Sociology. Ali is currently a year 12 completing the end of year one of a two year course and Reece is now a third year degree student having completed his A-levels previous to this. Ali and Reece give their advise on how to navigate the A-level course, some tips on revision and…
 
This week’s guest is Frank Figliuzzi, former assistant director of Counterintelligence at the FBI, who oversaw all espionage investigations across the US govt. He served for 25 years as a Special Agent, which included countering economic espionage in Silicon Valley, being appointed the FBI’s Chief Inspector, and heading up the Cleveland Division. H…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Ruth McKie about her work on climate change denial, delay and obstruction. Ruth explains how issues around climate change are controlled in the media and how those with power can push back or deny the evidence of climate change. Ruth also explains the positive changes in the movement especially in terms of the f…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Wendy Podd about the benefits of a Sociology degree. Wendy discusses some examples of famous people who have studied Sociology and then explains findings from her research on Sociology graduates in terms of what they are doing now and how they use their Sociology qualification in their current employment.…
 
Infosec. Cybersec. Techsec. In the second part of our double-header on the US Air Force Office of Special Investigations, we round out our previous discussion with two former Directors of Counterintelligence for the US Air Force, Jude Sunderbruch and Terry Phillips. Their world-wide remit includes cybersecurity, information security, technology pro…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Mark Doidge from the University of Brighton about the proposed new European super league within the world of football. Mark outlines what the new competition was planned to look like, why it is so controversial and why it began to collapse as soon as the plans were revealed across the media. Mark applies some So…
 
Andrew and Director Dominic Cooke sit down to talk about his new movie The Courier (2021), starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Rachel Brosnahan and Merab Ninidze, which tells the story of Greville Wynne and Oleg Penkovsky. A Cold War spy thriller based on true events where humanity was precariously perched on a wire.…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Male Sexual Abuse Specialist - Phil Mitchell about men's issues and the recent explosion of misandry on social media. Phil discusses examples of misandry and explains why it is often ignored or dismissed but also how this can be damaging to the self identity of boys and young men. You can find out more about Phil a…
 
If you think that all the best spy stories happened during the Cold War – we have a doozy for you. In 2008 FSB officer Alexy Yurievich Artmonov was presented with three choices: (1) put a bullet in his own head, (2) wait for someone else to do it, (3) run. Which would you choose? Alexy chose (3). In fact, this story has all the makings of Cold War …
 
Continuing our journey through SpyCast’s greatest hits enroute to our relaunch, we arrive on a topic of perennial interest and great importance: intelligence and the US presidency. Just how is information from the intelligence community (IC) conveyed to the president? How have different administrations incorporated intelligence into the political d…
 
Josh Campbell lit his cigar and extinguished the match. It was Inauguration Day 2017, and he was on the roof of his Washington D.C. apartment building. As the outgoing Obama’s made their way overhead on a helicopter, he turned to his father who had flown up from Texas for the event and remarked, “I hope Trump is good for the FBI.” Josh Campbell, fo…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Prof Micheal Rosino from Molloy College in Long Island, New York. Michael's teaching and research interests include race and ethnicity, political sociology, social movements, media, and human rights. He has just released his first book - Debating the Drug War: Race, Politics, and the Media.…
 
As we continue ramping up for SpyCast 2.0, featuring a content overhaul and improved audio, we release a real gem on a perennial favorite of the SpyCast community. You literally couldn’t make this one up, it has everything you’d expect to see at Shakespeare’s Globe – betrayal, suspicion, ambition, political machinations, royal intrigue and flabberg…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr David Scott from The Open University. David's research interests include the ethical foundations of penal abolitionism; the historical relationship between penal abolitionism and the politics of social justice; and anti-carceral approaches to prisons, punishment and the social harms of state-corporate power. His…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Deanna Dadusc, Roxana Pessoa Cavalcanti and Stephen Burrell about the issue of violence against women and girls following the kidnap and murder of Sarah Everard. The discussion focuses on what the murder of Sarah Everard tells us about society already and considers the systemic and structural changes that need to h…
 
As we gear up for an exciting new Spring program – which will feature a number of changes including a content overhaul and improved audio – we are releasing some of our greatest hits from the vault. Back in 2007 Dame Stella Rimington, former Director-General of MI5, spoke about British intelligence past and present and compared British and American…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Duncan Exley about his book 'The End of Aspiration? Social Mobility and Our Children’s Fading Prospects'. Duncan discusses some of the people he spoke to via semi structured interviews about their experiences of moving up from a working class childhood into a higher social status and some of the challenges they enc…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Sarah McLaughlin about studying Sociology as an adult through an access course. Sarah explains the structure, grading and content of the course and what students can expect. She also talks through some of the challenges of returning to the classroom as an adult especially for those that have spent some time out of …
 
ONE OF THE GREAT SPY STORIES OF MODERN TIMES Palestinian & Israeli. Agent & Handler. Mosab & Gonen. One became involved with Hamas almost as a birthright, his father, after all, was a founder and its spiritual leader; the other was inspired to join Shin Bet, Israel’s internal security service, after the assassination of Yitzhak Rabin in 1995, and h…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to the comedian, journalist and political satirist - Andrew Doyle. Andrew is perhaps best known for being the co-creator of the fictional character Jonathan Pie and for being the man behind the Titania McGrath parody account on twitter. In part one Andrew talks about Titania in relation to the culture wars, the social…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Richard Driscoll who is a teacher at Shenzhen College of International Education about his experiences of teaching the subject in China for the last seven years. Richard explains how Sociology has gained a very high status amongst the students and also about a recent webinar he delivered linking Sociological issues…
 
Former FBI Special Agent Dennis Franks is nothing if not interesting. He has faced off against the Columbian Cali Cartel – yes, the Cali Cartel from Season 3 of Narcos – the Mexican Gulf Cartel, MS-13, Sicilian Mafioso’s, and all manner of gangbanger, gangster and narcotraficante. He has been a firearms instructor, on an Enhanced SWAT Team, and ran…
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Jasmine Harris - an Associate Professor of Sociology at Ursinus College. Jasmine holds a Ph.D in Sociology from the University of Minnesota, a Masters degree in Public Communications from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Women’s Studies from Vassar College in P…
 
Nicole Perloth descended into the cyber netherworld and emerged to share her wisdom. This is the second of a double-header with the New York Times cybersecurity reporter and author of This is How They Tell Me The World Ends. In fact, on February 9 SpyCast listeners got the skinny before readers got their mitts on the book – which many of them did, …
 
In this episode, Matthew talks to Dr Kate Herrity from the University of Cambridge and Dr Jason Warr from De Montford University about their new book - Sensory Penalties. Sensory Penalties reflects an explosion in explorations of the sensory and disrupts conventional expectations of both form and focus by expanding anthropological practices and cra…
 
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