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Boston Public Radio Podcast
Thu October 17, 2013
Valerie Plame Wilson: Spy vs. Spy
Is it possible for fiction to surpass real life when it comes to Valerie Plame Wilson, the CIA agent whose cover was famously blown during the Bush administration? She makes the case that it can.
She joined us today to talk about her debut novel, Blowback, which she co-wrote with suspense writer Sarah Lovett. It’s set to be the first in a series of international spy thrillers detailing the work of fictional operative Vanessa Pierson. But before talking about how her fictionalized spy Vanessa Pierson stacks up against her own CIA career, Valerie Plame Wilson weighed in on the government shutdown, the U.S. Invasion of Iraq and Afghanistan, and the CIA under John Brennan's leadership.
Also on today's show:
- Christopher Lydon picked up where Valerie Plame Wilson left off , offering his take on U.S.foreign policy and American exceptionalism by way of the new Stephen Kinzer book, The Brothers: John Foster Dulles, Allen Dulles and Their Secret World War
- Kara Miller dropped by to talk about how the business model of the blockbuster movie is now shaping TV, publishing, and music
- Todd Zwillich joined us for an update on what the end of the government shutdown means and the price the US has paid for it, literally and figuratively