The two-month war in Ukraine has led to the release of a pair of new episodes from the Whirlwind, the acclaimed documentary podcast series written and narrated by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Tim Weiner. In Whirlwind, originally released in September 2020, Weiner told the story of the 75-year battle between the U.S. and Russia that led to the election and impeachment of an American president, exploring the long history of political warfare between Russia and the United States, with Ukraine as a key element in that conflict. Now in the special release, Weiner aims to provide critical insight on the war in Ukraine, Russia’s threat to democracy, and the roles intelligence and disinformation play in 21st-century political warfare.
"The war in Ukraine is a battle for democracy against autocracy. The United States is engaged in the same war here at home. The autocrats' weapon is the big lie. Democracy's superpower is the truth,” said Weiner. “Whirlwind takes its listeners into the battlefield.”
The episodes feature interviews with high-ranking CIA veterans who have led the American intelligence war with Russia for decades. They include Chris Bort, former national intelligence officer for Russia and chief Kremlinologist for the American intelligence community; Beth Sanner, former Deputy Director of National Intelligence; CIA veteran Mark Polymeropoulos, former Deputy Chief for the CIA's covert operations in Russia; Gregory Sims, 30-year CIA veteran; Douglas London, longtime CIA Senior Operations Officer; Julia Davis, Russian Media Monitor; David Corn, Washington Bureau Chief, Mother Jones, and co-author of "Russian Roulette."
Whirlwind is produced by C13Originals, the documentary division of Cadence13.
“With the horrors unfolding in Ukraine and the impact of Russian disinformation at an all-time high, we’re proud to work with Tim to update this incisive and important series,” said Chris Corcoran, Chief Content Officer at Cadence13. “Whirlwind is a must-listen to understand and navigate the state of 21st-century political warfare, and the history that led to this tragic moment.”