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  1. Episode #10 • May 6, 2014

    The Spy Who Stayed In The Cold

    with George LeVines

    On August 9, 1990, two U.S. Embassy employees trying to enjoy a beer in Moscow were interrupted by a stranger. What wouldn't come out until much later: This stranger was a Soviet Union defector.

  2. Episode #9 • April 22, 2014

    Seeing Red: A Cold War Case of Mistaken Identity

    with Zack Sampson‎

    What's in a name? Quite a lot of trouble, particularly in the 1940s when the Red Scare was at its height. This is the story of two men, both named Irving Adler, which were investigated by the FBI.

  3. Episode #8 • January 28, 2014

    FOIA by Numbers

    with Anais Vaillant

    Feel like your public records request is taking forever? You’re not alone: Anais Vaillant crunches the numbers to look at just how much of a waiting game public records have become.

  4. Episode #7 • January 14, 2014

    Who Watches The Watch Lists?

    with contributor Zack Sampson

    A dedicated public servant found himself on the wrong end of an FBI investigation. The only problem was that the interrogations, the tails, and the leads were all chasing after the wrong guy.

  5. Episode #6 • December 10, 2013

    Do we have a drone policy for you!

    with projects editor Shawn Musgrave

    Michael and Shawn run through the second Drone Census, why NYPD is so bad with public records and the slice of seasonal cheer the NSA sent home with employees.

  6. Episode #5 • November 12, 2013

    The Star Spangled Banner, or To Endor with Love, Beyonce

    with Mara Berg

    When public records, copyright, and the Queen of Pop mix, it's not surprising who wins. In this episode, Mara Berg explores how long it can take public records to enter the public domain.

  7. Episode #4 • October 29, 2013

    The Drone Census

    with projects editor Shawn Musgrave

    Who runs that eye in the sky? Shawn Musgrave joins us to talk about the surprising uses drones are being put to close to home, and how the MuckRock Drone Census is helping watch the watchers.

  8. Episode #3 • October 15, 2013

    The general who wouldn’t give up the battle

    with Inkoo Kang

  9. Episode #2 • October 1, 2013

    The FOIAs of Aaron Swartz

  10. Episode #1 • September 16, 2013

    The Feynman Files

    Robert Hovden