February 5, 2023

Espionage, decoder rings and useless drops of the Hollywood kind had been the order of the day throughout Julie Mason Mornings’ Pop Tradition Spy Week on POTUS Politics (Ch. 124). Earlier editions of Spy Week coated the real-life exploits of undercover brokers, so Julie switched issues up — first, with Ann Hornaday, movie critic for the Washington Put up, who ran down her high spy motion pictures.

As any binge-watcher is aware of, it takes loads to face out the crowded area of James Bonds and Jason Bournes. How? Hornaday mentioned it’s not explosions or gunfire that reels us in, however fairly a filmmaker’s drive “to maintain the viewers destabilized.”

One such surprising spy movie Hornaday praised is docudrama The Mole Agent, which incorporates a spy (of types) deep undercover in a Chilean nursing residence. How’s that for clandestine?

Mason’s conversations continued with Mike Hale, a tv critic for the New York Instances, who rattled off a half dozen diamonds within the tough for streamers to take a look at.

There was no query, although, which present took the prize throughout Pop Tradition Spy WeekThe People “nailed it,” Hale mentioned, when it got here to portraying the Nineteen Eighties America its paranoid Russian brokers crept by.

One would assume Hale and Hornaday’s fields of curiosity would keep on the proper facet of the silver display, however the distinction between truth and fiction sometimes will get confused, even in Congress. When Amy Zegart, writer of Spies, Lies, and Algorithms: The Historical past and Way forward for American Intelligence, stopped by Julie Mason Mornings, she recounted the story of intelligence officers getting grilled on the exploits of Kiefer Sutherland. Sure, that Kiefer Sutherland.

Hear extra top-secret conversations with Julie Mason each weekday from 6-9am ET on SiriusXM Ch. 124, and catch the complete set of Pop Tradition Spy Week interviews any time on the SXM App.

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