20 Best Espionage Podcasts of 2021

Are you wanting to learn more about espionage? Well you’ve come to the right place. This is a curated list of the best espionage podcasts of 2021.

We have selected these podcasts for a variety of reasons, but they are all well worth a listen. We tried to select a variety of podcasts across the spectrum from hosts with a wide breadth of experience.

We are always keen to hear your feedback, if we have missed a podcast, Linkedin us (Linkedin) and we will check it out!

Best Espionage Podcasts 2021

With thanks to ListenNotes, Crunchbase, SemRush and Ahrefs for providing the data to create and rank these podcasts.


  • Publisher: SpyCast
  • Total Episodes: 481

Each week, SpyCast will feature ex-spies, intelligence officers, and authors talking about the world of international intelligence and espionage. SpyCast is hosted by Dr. Andrew Hammond ( , the museum’s Historian & Curator: @spyhistorian ( ). Follow us on Twitter @INTLSpyCast ( .   The International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. is home to the world’s largest collection of intelligence and espionage related artifacts. Don’t believe us? See Guinness World Records ( !

The Strange Case of Starship Iris

  • Publisher: Jessica Best (Procyon Podcast Network)
  • Total Episodes: 31

In 2189, Earth narrowly won a war against extraterrestrials. The Strange Case of Starship Iris is about what comes after. It’s a story of outer space, survival, espionage, resistance, identity, friendship, found family, romance, and secrets. (Also, there’s jokes.) For more info, visit

Relic Radio Thrillers (Old Time Radio)

  • Publisher:
  • Total Episodes: 441

The best Old Time Radio adventures in crime, mystery, espionage and suspense! Relic Radio Thrillers delivers the ticking time bombs, mysterious crime scenes, and the cloak and dagger action that today’s armchair adventurer demands!


  • Publisher: Parcast Network
  • Total Episodes: 84

Not all spies look like James Bond and Ethan Hunt. Most of them look like ordinary people, which makes them all the more dangerous… So what does it really take to be a spy? Every week, we cover a real-life spy mission: the stakes, the deception, the gadgets, and how it changed the course of history. Each two-part series follows one mission of a historic spy, and if they made it out alive. Espionage is a production of Cutler Media and part of the Parcast Network.

Gray Man: Hiding in plain sight

  • Publisher: Shammer
  • Total Episodes: 70

Exploring situational awareness, espionage, surveillance, body language, interrogation, persuasion and detecting deception. Segments may examine military operations, security and regional activity. Support this podcast:


  • Publisher: Notable
  • Total Episodes: 11

Stuart Maconie and Elizabeth Alker meet up to tell each other extra-ordinary tales from 400 years of musical history.From a murderous 16th Century madrigal composer to Batley Variety Club – Yorkshire’s very own Caesar’s Palace… and from the espionage-tinted roots of the theremin to the wild weekend that was the Bickershaw pop festival… Notable has the lot. Produced by Geoff Bird, artwork by Rory Clifford.

State of the Hack

  • Publisher: Mandiant
  • Total Episodes: 37

State of the Hack discusses the latest in information security, digital forensics, incident response, cyber espionage, APT attack trends, and tales from the front lines of significant targeted intrusions.

Hiding Something

  • Publisher: IRONCLAD
  • Total Episodes: 21

For decades, the CIA has conducted secret research to understand the next frontier of espionage: Human consciousness. On the new season of Hiding Something, you’re invited down the rabbit hole—one that will take us to far edges of technological innovation, the strange world of research into consciousness, and the edges of spycraft, and the future of warfare and weaponry, as we go on a twisting journey to separate fact from conspiracy theory, and to understand what’s actually happening, the truth behind programs like MKUltra and Project Stargate, and who, just might be Hiding Something.

Security Conversations

  • Publisher: Ryan Naraine
  • Total Episodes: 66

Security Conversations covers the business of cybersecurity, from the lens of veteran journalist and storyteller Ryan Naraine. Thoughtful conversations with security practitioners on threat intelligence, zero trust, securing cloud deployments, penetration testing, bug bounties, advancements in offensive research and targeted malware espionage activity. Connect with Ryan on Twitter (Open DMs).

Danger Close with Jack Carr

  • Publisher: IRONCLAD
  • Total Episodes: 11

Go beyond the books. Jack Carr spent 20 years as a Navy SEAL, where he served as a Team Leader, Platoon Commander, Troop Commander, Task Unit Commander and a sniper. Now, he’s a speaker and the author behind the bestselling Terminal List series. Inspired by actual experiences serving in conflict areas around the world, the novels follow James Reece, a Navy SEAL who becomes embroiled in the world of conspiracies, international espionage and revenge. Now, on his new podcast Danger Close, an IRONCLAD original, Jack takes fans beyond the books with conversations from real-life warriors, tactical experts and fellow writers about the world of the Terminal List, real conflicts, gear and a ton more. 

The Live Drop

  • Publisher: Mark Valley
  • Total Episodes: 50

Host Mark Valley ventures into the elusive world of intelligence collection and espionage to spot, assess and debrief: spies, spy catchers, analysts, diplomats, security experts and occasionally the storytellers who bring them all to life – a HUMINT Experiment.

Security Clearance Careers Podcast

  • Publisher: ClearanceJobs
  • Total Episodes: 133

ClearanceJobs is the largest career networking site for individuals with active federal clearances. Get security clearance, intelligence community, espionage, national security and defense contracting updates in our exclusive interviews with IC and government leaders. See for privacy and opt-out information.


  • Publisher: Realm
  • Total Episodes: 8

Two rival tech companies compete for the chance to bring AI to Mars in this workplace drama full of corporate espionage, high-stakes science, and, yes, robot dogs.  Ever since two DevLok employees left the company to start Watchover, the companies have been bitter enemies. So when a government competition to bring AI to Mars is announced, both teams begin vying for the honor. Perilous workplace romances, corporate espionage, and shady ethics mean even blowing off steam at the local bar is rife with conflict. Alliances will be forged and bridges burned in the race to space. Machina is a Realm production, created by Fran Wilde and written by Fran Wilde, Malka Older, and Curtis C. Chen, with Martha Wells. Listen Away.

Thrillers Old Time Radio

  • Publisher: Dennis Humphrey
  • Total Episodes: 145

Old Time Radio Network Thrillers, thrilling mystery, espionage, and political intrigue. Step into the world of action and Psychological twist that will keep you on the edge of your chair.

Presenting Hitchcock

  • Publisher: Cory Metcalfe and Aaron Peterson
  • Total Episodes: 27

Gooooood evening. Alfred Hitchcock is long believed to be the Master of Suspense in film circles. His ability to craft engaging tales of espionage, murder, and debauchery – all while entrenched in the plight of the Everyman – have stood the test of time. Each month, Cory and Aaron look at a randomly drawn film of Hitch’s and examine what makes it so inherently Hitchcockian.

The Dauntless Gambit

  • Publisher: Erik Flowers
  • Total Episodes: 64

The Dauntless Gambit is a sci-fi espionage action-drama written as a novel and being released as a FREE serial! Written by Erik Flowers, edited by Hannah Reedy, narrated by Chris Lynch.

The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences

  • Publisher: The Ministry of Peculiar Occurrences
  • Total Episodes: 343

Steampunk adventures and espionage with Her Majesty’s Agents


  • Publisher: Wordtastic Podcast
  • Total Episodes: 20

Logline: Due to an evil plot that has wiped out written language and is causing spoken language to fade from memory, special agent spy kids must race against time to collect and archive known vocabulary before it is lost forever! Description: Wordtastic is a comedy vocabulary development podcast primarily intended for children aged 8-14. The show provides multiple exposures to content-rich vocabulary terms in the context of a fun story of spies and espionage that features kids as the heroes and main characters. Goal of the Show: To impart a love of language and in particular vocabulary to children aged 8-14 through engaging them in an interesting, entertaining, and language-rich story.


  • Publisher: CyberWire, Inc.
  • Total Episodes: 12

Readings from the dark underworld of cybercrime and espionage, recalled to life, reinterpreted, and reimagined for the benefit of the infosec literati. Oh, and it’s also just play and parody from the ever-restless imaginations of the CyberWire editorial team.

Cyber From The Start

  • Publisher: Center for Strategic and International Studies
  • Total Episodes: 13

The Cyber from the Start podcast unveils the roots of today’s cybersecurity policies for critical infrastructure, surveillance, espionage, warfare and privacy. James A. Lewis interviews the people who helped lay the foundations for these policies before cybersecurity gained the mass attention it has today.


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