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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.

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Introducing: Spy Affair

Introducing: Spy Affair

2021-03-1502:2213

A story about deception, appearances and betrayal.Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffair
Graduate student. Gun enthusiast. Political activist. There are several sides to this mysterious Russian woman who arrives in America. But soon, her connections with powerful politicians and wealthy businessmen will begin to raise suspicions. Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffairSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.Thomas Lee Sheets - Get a 30% discount when you use code SPYAFFAIR at thomasleesheets.com.Klaviyo - To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.
Russian Roulette | 2

Russian Roulette | 2

2021-03-2950:4326

As Patrick and Maria grow closer, someone else begins to take a closer look at the young Russian: the FBI. They dig into her background in Russia as a gun rights activist, and her strange connection to a top Russian official with close ties to Putin.Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffairSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.Thomas Lee Sheets - Get a 30% discount when you use code SPYAFFAIR at thomasleesheets.com.Klaviyo - To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.
Hello, Uncle Sam  | 3

Hello, Uncle Sam | 3

2021-04-0546:079

Patrick invites Maria to a party but he has an ulterior motive. Maria is enjoying American student life but a knock at the door will spell trouble for her and Paul.Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffairSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.Thomas Lee Sheets - Get a 30% discount when you use code SPYAFFAIR at thomasleesheets.com.Klaviyo - To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.
Loose End | 4

Loose End | 4

2021-04-1247:3916

Maria meets Patrick in his hotel to share some good news and some troubling news. Patrick advises her to talk to Uncle Sam but as political tensions rise in Washington DC, it’s not clear who is friend and who is foe.Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffairSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.Thomas Lee Sheets - Get a 30% discount when you use code SPYAFFAIR at thomasleesheets.com.Klaviyo - To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.
The Byrne Ultimatum | 5

The Byrne Ultimatum | 5

2021-04-1950:0511

As the walls close in on Maria, Patrick believes he holds information that might turn Maria’s case around. But will it be enough?Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffairSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.Thomas Lee Sheets - Get a 30% discount when you use code SPYAFFAIR at thomasleesheets.com.Klaviyo - To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.
Patrick gets closer to the highest office in the land than Maria ever did as tensions in Washington DC reach breaking point.   Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair early and ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffairSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.Thomas Lee Sheets - Get a 30% discount when you use code SPYAFFAIR at thomasleesheets.com.Klaviyo - To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.
The Maria I Know | 7

The Maria I Know | 7

2021-05-0337:055

Celia chats with Aricia Skidmore-Williams and Brooke Siffrin of Wondery’s Even the RIch podcast about her relationship with Maria, the making of the series and the one question she never found the answer to.   Listen to new episodes of Spy Affair ad-free by joining Wondery Plus in the Wondery App. - https://wondery.app.link/spyaffairSupport us by supporting our sponsors!Talkspace - Get $100 dollars off your first month at talkspace.com when you use the code SPYAFFAIR.NetSuite - Schedule a free product tour at Netsuite.com/SPYAFFAIR.Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends for free.Daily Harvest - Use code SPYAFFAIR at DailyHarvest.com for $25 off your first box.Green Chef - Go to Greenchef.com/90spyaffair and use code 90spyaffair to get $90 off, including free shipping.Thomas Lee Sheets - Get a 30% discount when you use code SPYAFFAIR at thomasleesheets.com.Klaviyo - To get started with a free trial of Klaviyo, visit klaviyo dot com slash listen.
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May 9th
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AJB

Yawn

May 7th
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Janet Baker

opoo

May 3rd
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Pro freedom Tom G

excellent thank you

May 2nd
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grey rock

My ex was like that used-car salesman, 'Simon' who claimed to be a spy in the movie, True Lies. Captain fuckin' obvious. So yeah, Spy Affair a must see podcast. 🙈

May 1st
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Dee Smith

I can’t believe you all think this woman is intelligent But if she was would she want to actually be around a wanker like Patrick seriously he sounds like a douce

May 1st
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Dee Smith

Pratrick sounds like Trumps alter ego I think 🤔 everything he is saying is absolute bullshit He to busy incorporating his so call intelligence He doesn’t sound very wise to me at all just another drop kick 🦵

Apr 29th
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Harrybaker Games

I love the podcast but there are so many adverts!!

Apr 25th
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Paul Do

seemed like all these guys dreamed of being james bond sleeping with russian spies. the whole podcast is a waste of time without any real proveable facts wirh the FBI . I had more gathering of proof of my old dental office messing up a $500 insurance claim than the overstock guy has of calls with the fBI. pass on this.

Apr 19th
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Br0wnie

I enjoyed this podcast and would have immensely enjoyed her playing men for idiots if it wasn't to empower the corrupt.

Apr 16th
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Jeremiah C.

You know when you're reading a book or an article and certain words are italicized for emphasis and are typically read with a voice inflection. The podcast host sounds like she is reading a script that's completely italicized , I don't know if you ever have known anybody who would read in class and would emphasize almost every single word in every single sentence thinking that is how good reading is, but it's a pet peeve of mine.... I don't know if that's the way the podcast industry have decided narration should be to keep a listener engaged or what. but it just sounds like one long excited announcement rather than a story. eh, I tried.

Apr 15th
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AG

Is she saying "becourse" on purpose? Some kind of a mind game? Or does this 'brilliant' woman not know how to pronounce 'because'? Her English is pretty good otherwise. Annoying.

Apr 13th
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Apr 11th
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Amanda Williams

I'm amazed that these men actually thought Maria was into them. Musty dusty Patrick Byrne and Paul Erickson aren't smart, charming, handsome or rich - they are the epitome of disappointed, disillusioned middle-aged men battling receding hairlines, saggy balls and hypertension. Their only positive attribute was their connections to other Republican operatives. So dumb. Thank you Maria, I thoroughly enjoyed laughing at the expense of these two idiots. Cheers!

Mar 30th
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