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Weekly long-form conversations with fascinating people at the creative edges of national security. Unscripted. Informal. Always fresh. Chatter guests roll with the punches to describe artistic endeavors related to national security and jump into cutting-edge thinking at the frontiers where defense and foreign policy overlap with technology, intelligence, climate change, history, sports, culture, and beyond. Each week, listeners get a no-holds-barred dialogue at an intersection between Lawfar ...
 
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It's been just longer than one year since Shane Harris and David Priess embarked on a voyage of new adventures aboard the S.S. Chatter, seeking out creative conversations on the distant shores of the national security ocean. And what a journey it's been. To date, they've hosted more than 50 long-form conversations on topics from spy novels to Olymp…
 
Satellites have held a special place in military planning and in spy fiction alike for more than half a century. Both domains ended up devoting much attention to satellite-based weapons and anti-satellite weaponry; both have also dealt with the problem of space debris related to the latter. In this chat, David Priess and George Washington Universit…
 
Modern presidents both influence and are influenced by books, movies, and television; with no commander in chief is that more clear than with Ronald Reagan. Dr. Benjamin Griffin, chief of the Military History Division at the United States Military Academy, has researched and written the definitive book about the 40th president's interactions with T…
 
Although codemaking and codebreaking often receive less attention in the public imagination than swashbuckling HUMINT operations and ingenious spy gadgets, they have changed history. The under-appreciation of cryptography might stem from a combination of the complexity of encryption, the classified nature of much of its technology, and the difficul…
 
Andrew Kirsch didn’t grow up watching James Bond movies and dreaming of becoming a spy. Like many Canadians, he was barely aware his country had an intelligence service. But when terrorists attacked not far from his office in London, where he was working in the financial services industry, Kirsch decided to apply for a job with CSIS--not the think …
 
Rights for LGBTQ individuals in Russia today are all but non-existent, so the very idea of same-sex marriage in a Putin regime seems ludicrous. Yet, to start this heart-warming piece on an all too appropriate cliche, love finds a way. #cryptonews #lgbtq #blockchaintechnology #utah #russia #samesexmarriage #samesexmarriage --- Send in a voice messag…
 
Think you know the #cryptonews? Well step right up and take your shot at the toughest quiz in all of #bitcoin #shitcoin and maybe they might #pumpit coin history! #pixelmon #jollycake #cryptonews #xrp #sec #terraluna #dokwon #devcon #southafrica --- Send in a voice message: https://anchor.fm/nevermindtheshitcoins/message…
 
Olivia Troye has worked in the Republican National Committee, the Pentagon, the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Department of Homeland Security. But it was her role on the small team directly supporting Vice President Mike Pence that brought her the most challenging experiences of her career…
 
Welcome back to the biggest and best weekly #cryptocurrencynews game show in the world, NeverMind the #Shitcoins, Live from #Tulum Crypto Club! There were a couple of technical hiccups this week (Ben is a drunk and a liability), so apologies (from Ben) for the lack of introductions, but he promises to do better next week. We think we believe him th…
 
The American Revolution was fought not only over taxation and representation, but also information. Foreign news, received inconsistently and reprinted according to newspaper editors' biases and misperceptions, helped define the boundaries of early American politics and ultimately spurred colonists to rise up against the British authorities. Diggin…
 
Sim card swap hacks are an all too common and devastating social engineering attack, both inside and outside of the crypto space. But what exactly is a sim swap hack, how do they work, and what can you do to avoid falling victim to a hack? Join Ben as he finds out with Will Rose of Efani, a project actively protecting their clients from such networ…
 
Live from Tulum Crypto Club, Ben's back with another quickfire round of kooky #cryptonews questions to test your #bitcoin #nft #web3 #defi knowledge! We're the best #cryptoquizshow in the world, because we're the only #crypto quiz show in the world! How is the prime-minister of Japan trying to improv e his crypto cred? Why are crypto fans lovin’ th…
 
Darrell Blocker retired from the Central Intelligence Agency in 2018 after serving as an operations officer and manager in many countries, especially within Africa. His self-described lack of success recruiting assets during early assignments nevertheless taught him important lessons about the intelligence business, about how people work, and about…
 
Every year, the eastern United States faces the prospect--and, too often, the reality--of major hurricanes that cause extensive physical and financial damage. This year is no exception; even as Hurricane Ian approaches the Gulf Coast, more storms are likely in the coming weeks. David Priess chatted with author Eric Jay Dolin about the history of At…
 
Nevermind the Shitcoins, live from Tulum Crypto club!! How was Profanity the cause of Crypto market maker, WinterMule’s $160m hack this week? What need result do the team behind 2019 ICO disaster #Sparkster, think burning their tokens will have for holders? Name the rapping crypto influencer who's in trouble with the SEC over the Sparkster shenanig…
 
In her day, Josephine Baker was one of the most famous women in the world. Fans recognized the superstar singer, actress, and dancer everywhere she went, particularly on the streets of Paris, where she often walked a pet cheetah on a diamond leash. Why would anyone think such a conspicuous person might make the perfect spy? Author Damien Lewis set …
 
Welcome to the biggest, best, and only crypto news quiz in the worrrrrllllddd! Have you been paying attention to the #cryptocurrency news and events this week? Test yourself and join us as we find out how many Bitcoin, Blockchain and Altcoin market news quiz questions can Ben fit into a 10 minute show, try to decipher to complex scoring system impl…
 
Of all of the Central Intelligence Agency's activities, paramilitary operations might remain the least understood. This, in part, is both a cause and a consequence of inaccurate portrayals of such work in prominent movies; it's also because fewer memoirs come from the CIA's Special Activities Division than from traditional human intelligence collec…
 
The GitHub Solana Tornado Cash Dilemma: An interview with GOSH Lead Developer Mitja Goroshevsky Ben sits down with Mitja and gets the complete rundown on exactly what happened at GitHub, why Solana users were so badly affected by the attacks and censorship issues as seen by Tornado Cash, and what the software supply chain is and how can it be prote…
 
The silliest cryptocurrency news quiz returns in an all new live format, with thanks to the amazing Tulum Crypto Club community! In our first show back, we ask... Why did the new NFT collection from Rug Pull Finder, a non-fungible token watchdog focused on identifying Web3-based fraud, look a little threadbare after their mint last week? A dev work…
 
You don't have to look very far under the surface of the average game in the National Football League to find cloak-and-dagger machinations worthy of governmental intelligence agencies. During the past several decades, teams have used both myriad spying tactics to gain extra advantages and extensive counterintelligence techniques to thwart them. Th…
 
The final EVER episode of Nevermind the #Shitcoins, and what a way to finish up! Ben gets blushingly bullied by his crypto podcasting heroes, Anastasia gets to look organised and in control, and Joel Comm and Travis Wright get to awkwardly face off head to head to find out who knows the most about the wacky world of #shitcoin, #bitcoin, #NFTs and e…
 
This week, we take our listeners back to November 18, 2021, when we were just starting Chatter, to bring back one of our very special episodes. David Priess's guest that day was former Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence (PDDNI) and longtime intelligence officer Sue Gordon, who shared stories about her experiences in team sports, les…
 
NASA next week plans to launch the first of several Artemis missions, which collectively aim to land astronauts on the Moon again for the first time in more than half a century, explore the lunar surface more extensively, and establish a long-term presence on the Moon. Controversy lingers over both the launch system selected for these missions and …
 
Gone with the Wind--the top-grossing movie of all time, adjusted for inflation--remains an iconic influence in American culture, despite its deeply troubling portrayal of social and political dynamics in the South during and after the Civil War. The continued popularity of the film points to a need to examine its influence on nearly a century's wor…
 
Mary Louise Kelly is one of the most recognizable voices in American journalism. A co-host of NPR’s flagship program “All Things Considered,” she has spent years interviewing top newsmakers and traveling the world to chronicle stories about national security and foreign policy. And on top of all that, she’s a novelist. Kelly has written two books t…
 
Climate change and its effects are increasingly recognized as important subjects of national security research and analysis. Few issues of international political economy or international security avoid some intersection with warming global temperatures, evolving environments for human habitation, and/or changing geography. Erin Sikorsky has been s…
 
Fake news has been around for thousands of years in different forms that have changed with media technology, and there's little doubt that it's here to stay. For reasons ranging from human biases to financial incentives to the need for speed, it remains a hard problem. Cindy Otis, who worked for about 10 years at the Central Intelligence Agency as …
 
This week, Shane Harris talks with international best-selling novelist Daniel Silva, the creator of the long-running Gabriel Allon series. His latest installment in the adventures of the spy/art restorer is out now. Before he became a full-time fiction writer, Silva was a journalist. He produced successful shows at CNN and was a reporter overseas. …
 
Mass shootings are now such a frequent occurrence in the United States that reporters like CNN's Josh Campbell sometimes have to travel from one tragic location directly to a second one as news of another event breaks. Josh's experience as an FBI special agent helps to give him a rich perspective on the practical and ethical challenges involved in …
 
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