I listened to this on my drive home from a family Easter gathering. I was mesmerized right from the beginning. I’m currently listening to the second episode (on Podbean), and eagerly looking forward to hearing the next four. Wow.

Episode 1: I Just Met a Girl Named Maria

Episode 2: Russian Roulette

A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes SPY AFFAIR a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich.


Patrick M. Byrne wrote about it today on his TELEGRAM channel.

“I remind people in this channel: if you really want to understand the big picture, you should listen to the four episodes of this podcast where the Russian “spy” Maria Butina and her activities in the United States are explored. As I mentioned, Tuesday’s episode is going to be largely about me, I think.

Wondery Spy Affair is a six part miniseries podcast being done on the Russian woman, Maria Butina. They have released the Intro, Episodes 1 & 2 in the FREE version. In the PAID version, they have released the Intro, Episodes 1-4 so far. Number five comes out on Tuesday, April 6. The final episode will be released a week later.

Copied from previous post: I strongly suggest that people listen to the first four episodes (if you have not done so) over this Easter weekend. What comes out in episode number five will, I suspect, shock the tens of millions of listeners, and in any normal world would make headlines globally the next day. We are no longer in a normal world, so I cannot make any such predictions. But if you prepare yourself by listening to the first four episodes this weekend, to prepare yourself for episode number five on Tuesday, by Tuesday night you will be thanking me.

The Intro, Episode 1 and 2 are available now for FREE. You don’t have to pay unless you want to listen ahead of the free releases. In the PAID version, the Intro, Episodes 1-4 are released so far.”

You can listen directly from the website: https://wondery.com/shows/spy-affair/

or from the app: https://wondery.app.link/y4ZghApm3eb

or here: https://castbox.fm/channel/Spy-Affair-id3930262