The Langley Files: CIA's Podcast

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 Sep 23, 2022
bit slow to start but pretty cool to get a podcast that illustrates things from the CIA's perspective. I am excited for the potential here, but skeptical and looking for propaganda.


You might have heard a thing or two about the CIA, but have you ever heard from the CIA? In the Central Intelligence Agency's first public podcast, you will. Let us be your guides around the corridors of CIA Headquarters in Langley, as you step beyond the Hollywood scripts and shadowed whispers to hear directly from the people serving each day as America's first line of defense. These are their stories. This is The Langley Files.

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FILE 010: CIA Travel Safety 101

How do CIA officers stay safe while traveling to some of the most dangerous places in the world? And how can you apply the CIA’s best practices to help stay safe during your own travels? On this episode of The Langley Files, a CIA security expert talks Dee and Walter through a notional trip abroad to reveal how he watches his back on the go—and shares how you can, too. 

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Looking for a handy checklist of CIA’s travel safety tips? Check out the “Ask Molly” column on the topic .

Going abroad? U.S. citizens can establish comms with their home base by registering with the State Department’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP). 

Put CIA’s world knowledge to work for you—check out the CIA World Factbook’s travel facts before you go, for key information on everything from climate to local tipping practices. 

May 18, 2023
FILE 009 - CIA's First Line of Defense: Security Protective Officers

CIA is known as America's first line of defense - but who protects CIA? On this episode, Dee and Walter sit down with a member of CIA's protective service - the unit charged with keeping CIA personnel and facilities safe. They'll discuss what it takes to qualify for that team, the training its officers undergo, and the importance of not calling a day "quiet" until it's over.

Look Inside FILE 009

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Where did David learn to master a controlled vehicular spin? Check out the FLETC website.

Interested to joining CIA's protective service cadre? See the requirements and desired qualifications.

Looking for more on today’s trivia answer? Your friends at the CIA World Factbook have you covered. 

Apr 20, 2023
FILE 008 - CIA's Analytic Chief on the Tradecraft Behind the Agency's Assessments

In this episode of The Langley Files, Deputy Director of CIA for Analysis, Linda Weissgold, joins Dee and Walter to discuss what makes a good CIA analyst, the unusual working hours required to be the President's briefer, and the importance of the Agency's apolitical assessments. Along the way, she shares lessons from her decades-long career with CIA - and what it's like delivering bad news to the most powerful person on the planet.

Look Inside FILE 008

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Overview of CIA’s Directorate of Analysis and the analytic positions available at the Agency


Is perhaps the most exclusive publication in the world still delivered on paper? Check out the evolution of the President’s Daily Brief (PDB)


Curious about the women OSS members Linda mentioned? Read stories from the “Sisterhood of Spies”


See the iconic words inside the final President’s Intelligence Checklist (PICL) ever produced by CIA


Want to try your hand at searching out the answer to today’s trivia question? Head over to the CIA World Factbook—where that information, and much more, awaits.

Mar 29, 2023
FILE 007 - CIA's First Chief Technology Officer Talks Start-Up Culture vs. Spy Culture

In 2022, CIA announced its first-ever Chief Technology Officer: Nand Mulchandani, a Silicon Valley executive with 25 years of industry experience. Since then, he’s been charting CIA’s course on technology—and now, on the Season 2 premiere of The Langley Files, he sits down with Dee and Walter for his first interview on being CTO of the world’s premiere foreign intelligence agency. Tune in to hear him discuss accelerating technological innovation at CIA—and whether his habit of wearing jeans to work is catching on at Langley.

CIA Files on FILE 007:
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CIA Announces CTO Nand Mulchandani

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From the CIA Museum
Argo Artist Concept
The Debrief: Behind the Artifact on Argo

Mar 09, 2023
Episode 6 - Reel vs. Real: CIA's Second in Command Sorts Spy Fact from Fiction
Rogue operatives. Off the books programs. Hood-sliding CIA officers single-handedly saving the world. Is there any fact behind the spy fiction we see all the time? For this, The Langley Files’ season one finale, Dee and Walter sit down with none other than CIA Deputy Director David Cohen to break down recurring scenes in spy fiction—and reveal that, behind some of them, is a surprising degree of CIA truth. *Nothing in this podcast should be construed to be an endorsement by the CIA or the US Government of any particular company, product, or service.
Dec 19, 2022
Episode 5 - The Greatest Museum You'll Never See
A top secret mission to the bottom of the Pacific Ocean. A legendary CIA officer who postponed retirement to lead the Agency's response to 9/11. An entire building turned into a listening post. Where can you find artifacts from these chapters of hidden history and many more? The museum at the heart of CIA Headquarters. Since this museum is not open to the general public, in this episode of The Langley Files, Dee and Walter catch up with the museum's director and deputy director for a behind the scenes tour ... podcast-style. *Nothing in this podcast should be construed to be an endorsement by the CIA or the US Government of any particular company, product, or service.
Dec 01, 2022
Episode 4 - Into the Archives: Why Does CIA Have Historians?
On this episode of The Langley Files, CIA's Chief Historian joins Walter and Dee to talk about the Agency's cadre of in-house historians. They'll discuss how these officers' work studying the past supports CIA's mission in the present, what it's like going through the Agency's archives ... and how one of the fastest, highest-flying operational jet aircraft ever built ended up in the parking lot of CIA Headquarters. *Nothing in this podcast should be construed to be an endorsement by the CIA or the US Government of any particular company, product, or service.
Nov 10, 2022
Episode 3 - The Recruiter: What Does it Take to Join CIA?
On this episode, Dee and Walter sit down with an Agency recruitment leader to learn what characteristics CIA is looking for when selecting candidates, how CIA differs from the private sector, and the number of occupations that the Agency has to offer—which may surprise you. *Nothing in this podcast should be construed to be an endorsement by the CIA or the US Government of any particular company, product, or service.
Oct 13, 2022
Episode 2 - CIA: 75 Years and Counting
2022 marks the Central Intelligence Agency's 75th Anniversary. On this episode, our hosts Dee and Walter talk with two Agency officers who are leading efforts to commemorate this milestone for the Agency. They will discuss the CIA's evolution over time, what events marked this year's celebration, and how CIA is learning from its past to best serve the American people.
Sep 29, 2022
Episode 1 - CIA Director Bill Burns Brings the Agency Out from the Shadows
On this debut episode of The Langley Files, CIA Director Bill Burns joins our hosts, Dee and Walter, to dispel some common misconceptions about the CIA, provide insights into the character and skills of the Agency’s workforce, and share some personal anecdotes about what it means to him to lead the world’s premiere foreign intelligence organization.
Sep 22, 2022
The Langley Files: A CIA Podcast (Trailer)
At the Central Intelligence Agency, there are truths we can share, and stories we can tell. CIA's official podcast, The Langley Files, is coming soon!
Sep 19, 2022