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Wind of Change

Wind of Change

2020 . Music, Society & Culture . 10 m

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About the podcast

It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions. Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth. Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.

Year:

2020

Language:

English

Publisher:

Pineapple Street Studios / Crooked Media / Spotify

Episodes:

14

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Reviews

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Morten Schroeder image

2 years ago

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Interesting podcast that tries to chase down a myth that CIA wrote one of the biggest rocksongs. I was actually a bit bored in the first episodes, but then the story sort of takes a new form, where the chasing after the rocksong leads them down the path of other new interesting stories. I quite enjoyed how each episode in a way following a new branch that was related to it, but only partially relevant. It also gave a great view into the cold war, and what music meant to some people back then. Easy, fun and good listen if you just need a good story.

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Emil Holtemann

2 years ago

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Amazing - def. Recommendable to all my friends - even Those WHO doesnt listen to podcasts that often

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1 year ago

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Wind of Change, hosted by New Yorker writer Patrick Radden Keefe, has one pithy, propulsive, eyebrow-raising question at the center of the show: did the CIA write a song that helped take down the Soviet Union? That question, fed to Keefe by his friend Michael (a guy who seemingly knows everyone including the former CIA agent who told Michael this rumor) is what fuels this wild goose chase for the eight-episode series. At a time of the great conspiracy, such that we are in, the Wind of Change idea is seemingly innocuous. It’s not crazy enough to galvanize listeners to storm the capital but just crazy enough for three major podcast networks to back it.

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1 year ago

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Wind of Change: A Futile Search for Truth I don’t necessarily think there is a problem with allowing your brain “to go to that place,” but the question is about when you should do so. It’s definitely possible that the C.I.A. could have been involved with a hit song in one form or another. But when Keefe starts connecting conspiracy theories and broadcasting them to the world, it affects more than just him. Plenty of people love to play spy. I, for one, would love to have a house with 36 secret rooms. The problem is that Wind of Change doesn’t know when to distinguish that game from reality. The series is an entertaining ride, but its commentary on truth is flawed at best. If its goal is to provide us a story that we should listen to with skepticism, it succeeds. But in the year 2020, we don’t need any more of those stories.

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Phillip Dambæk

2 years ago

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With a premise you want to be true, this podcast is slow at times but I found it enjoyable and well produced.

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Pirgun Akinal

2 years ago

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Interesting story but it unnecessarily long.

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Jill Petersen

1 year ago

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Brilliant !

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