Spy Podcasts – Our Top 10 Espionage and Best Spy Podcasts

The best Spy Podcasts we recommend for Agents, Double Agents, and you sneaky Sleeper Agents who love Spy Books, Spy Movies and Spy TV series.

I know, you love the Spybrary Spy Podcasts but when you are finished listening to the latest episode and have raided the Spybrary Episode Archive you have to wait a week or two for the next one. 

Whilst you are waiting for the next Spybrary episode, we recommend our friends below who all produce epic espionage, intelligence, and spy podcasts. All the podcasts below are Spybrary Approved. If there is a spy-related podcast you enjoy and we are not listing it please drop me a line at the Contact Us page.

Maybe you are new here, in that case, do check out the Spybrary Spy Podcast which the UK Radio Times‘ described as ‘espionage as entertainment.’ 

We will shortly be publishing more top 10 spy podcasts including our top 10 spy fiction and top 10 spy non fiction podcasts, watch this space.

Note: These spy podcasts are not ranked in order of quality, they are all Number 1 in my book

11Spy Podcasts – Our Top 10 Espionage and Best Spy Podcasts.
11The Spybrary Spy Podcast

1. The Spybrary Spy Podcast with Shane Whaley

Classification – Hybrid. Spy Fiction, Espionage Non-Fiction

Established in 2017, The Spybrary Podcast covers spy books, spy movies, spy TV series both fiction and non-fiction.

Includes author interviews including Ben Macintyre, Charles Cumming, Mick Herron, plus real spies, intelligence experts, and spy fan features such as Dead Drop 5 (think Desert Island Discs,) The James Bond Book Club, the infamous Spybrary Brush Pass reviews sent in by listeners and the Spybrary Tea Break, 15 minute interviews with spy authors.

Spybrary offers a highly engaged community of spy fans on its Facebook group.

Shane’s favorite Spybrary Episode – It would be very unfair for me to pick one so I give you our most popular Spybrary Spy Podcast Episode – Tim Shipman of the Sunday Times on Spy Novels

2. The Spycast Podcast

Classification – Non-Fiction Espionage Podcast

Each week, the International Spy Museum offers a new SpyCast featuring interviews and programs with ex-spies, intelligence experts, and espionage scholars. SpyCast is hosted by the Museum’s Historian and Curator, Andrew Hammond.

Shane’s favorite episode of SPYCAST – Author Debriefing – How to Catch a Russian Spy.

For three nerve-wracking years, Naveed Jamali spied on the United States for the Russians – or so the Russians believed. Hear Naveed bring his unbelievable, yet true story to life. By trading thumb drives of sensitive technical data for envelopes of cash, he pretended to sell out his own country across noisy restaurant tables and in quiet parking lots.

Although he had no formal espionage training, with the help of an initially reluctant FBI duo he ended up at the center of a highly successful counterintelligence operation that targeted Russian espionage in New York City. With news about Russia’s disintegrating relationship with the United States a frequent headline and political hot topic, How to Catch a Russian Spy is the one-of-a-kind story of how one young man’s post-college adventure became a real-life US counter-intelligence coup.

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11True Spies – A Podcast by Spyscape

3. True Spies – A Podcast by Spyscape

Classification – Non-Fiction Espionage Podcast

On the True Spies Podcast produced by our friends at Spyscape (a must-visit if you find yourself in NYC.), Vanessa Kirby and Hayley Atwell get great spies to take them deep inside their greatest missions. The #1 podcast on Apple True Crime chart – Jun 2020

Shane’s favorite episode of the True Spies Podcast – S1 Ep 12 The Billion Dollar Spy.

Hayley Atwell tells the story of how Soviet engineer Adolph Tolkachev became one of the Cold War’s most prolific turncoats. For nearly a decade, CIA Operations Officer David Rolph was tasked with keeping the information flowing, right under the nose of the KGB. What would YOU do in David’s position?

4. The Live Drop with Mark Valley

Classification – Non Fiction Espionage

The Live Drop Podcast with Mark Valley.  Join Mark as he explores history and current events and ventures into the elusive world of intelligence collection and espionage — as it was, as it is, and as it’s portrayed — where he will spot and assess, reveal and debrief: diplomats, analysts and experts, spies and spy hunters, and the actors who have played them. ‘Tune in for new episodes each week to hear their stories of intrigue and deception as my guests recount their experiences from the Cold War to present.’

Shane’s favourite episode of The Live Drop Podcast – Episode 37 – Dissecting the Anatomy of a Spy For Intent and Motivation with Author Michael Smith

Focusing on the motivations, The Anatomy of a Spy  by Michael Smith tells the story of why spies spy, presenting a wealth of spy stories—some previously unknown and some famous—from the very human angle of the agents themselves. He breaks them into categories that go beyond the widely shared MICE – Money, Ideology, Compromise/Coercion, Ego. We discuss some classic examples from his book.

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5. James Bond Radio

Classification – Fiction Spy Podcast.

James Bond Radio is the James Bond podcast for 007 fans! Bond talk, celebrity guests (including the late, great Sir Roger Moore), news, reviews & more.

ShaneAdmittedly there are dozens of James Bond podcasts out there, but I only wanted to pick one 007 podcast for this list. If you listen to multiple 007 podcasts let us know and we are happy to publish your top 10 James Bond Podcasts

Shane’s favorite episode of the James Bond Radio Podcast. No brainer really – Sir Roger Moore Talks Bond, Cubby Broccoli, Timothy Dalton & more | Podcast #108

6. The Secrets and Spies Podcast

Classification – Non Fiction Spy Podcast.

“Secrets & Spies” is a bi-weekly podcast about Spies, Terrorism, Geopolitics and intrigue.

Shane’s favourite episode – Ian Fleming With Jeremy Duns

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11Barbican Station – A Slough House Podcast

7. Barbican Station – A Slough House Podcast

Classification – Fiction based Spy Book Podcast

Barbican Station, a monthly podcast produced by Spywrite’s Jeff Quest looking at the Mick Herron books in the Slough House series.

Shane’s favorite episode – Barbican Station is a fairly new spy book podcast, it is still under our surveillance, come back soon.

 

8. Spy Hards Podcast

Classification – Spy Movie Podcast

Spyhards – A weekly podcast decoding classic spy cinema.

Shane’s favorite episode – SpyHards is a fairly new spy movie podcast, it is still under our surveillance, come back soon.

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11The Spy Movie Navigator

9. The Spy Movie Navigator

Classification – Spy Movie Podcast

 

Spy Movie Navigator – Cracking the Code of Spy Movies – Bond, M:I, Bourne, Best of the Rest-podcasts!

Shane’s favorite episode of the Spy Movie Navigator PodcastFuneral in Berlin (1966) – Scene Analysis & Connections – Part 1

The Spy-Fi Guys

Classification – Spy Fiction Podcast

The Spy-Fi Guys Podcast covers spy fiction, spy fact, and everything in between.

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