SPY GAMES EPISODE DESCRIPTIONS #1-13
Episode #1: The Secret History of History
Understanding what happened in the past is the key to understanding the present and the future. Spies have played
a huge role in shaping the world that we live in, but nobody knows it because they did it undercover. For the first
time ever, we’re going to show you what they did, who they did it for, and their impact on the events of today.
This week on Spy Games, Stephanie Matteis takes a look at some early spymasters like Moses and George
Washington, she explores the role of institutionalised spying in the early days of Soviet Union and catches up with
Peter Earnest, ex-CIA operative and current Director of the International Spy Museum in Washington DC, to talk
about the development of spy technology. Meanwhile, retired KGB officer Oleg Kalugin and former CIA agent
Eugene Poteat talk about their decisions to enter the world of espionage and their role in the events you see on
your evening news.
Episode #2: War Stories
More than fifty years after D-Day, the World Wars still capture our imagination. What we fought for is still very
much in our hearts and minds and those who fought are still our heroes. One fascinating war story is the tale of
espionage during the World Wars and it’s one that not many people know, until now!
This week on Spy Games, Stephanie Matteis investigates the role of espionage in the world wars. She’ll explore
the spy tools and gadgets of the time, uncover the role of spying in the D-Day landings, unearth the truth behind
the loss of the secrets of the atomic bomb, and speak to Peter Earnest, former CIA agent and now Director of the
International Spy Museum, about the rise of propaganda. Meanwhile David Kahn, author of The Code Breakers,
and Keith Melton, technical advisor to the CIA, talk about the actual experience of spying during the greatest
armed conflicts in history.
Episode #3: Cryptology
Cryptology is the science of code making and breaking. Its impact on the outcome of world events is huge. It’s
about the only way to be sure that your secrets don’t fall into the wrong hands. Cryptology has a long and
complicated past. Rulers and generals throughout time have used cryptology to make sure that power stays where
they want it—with them.
This week on Spy Games, Stephanie Matteis gives us an in-depth history of secret messages, checks out a real
Enigma machine, discovers the real Navaho Code talkers, and chats with cryptology expert Keith Melton to
uncover what’s in store for the future of codes and ciphers. Meanwhile, best-selling author David Kahn, and
former member of the CIA’s Senior Intelligence Service and current executive director of Washington’s
International Spy Museum Peter Earnest discuss the role of cryptology in the wars of the past and the struggles of
Episode #4: The Spy You Never Knew
There could be a spy in the room with you right now and you would never know it. Spies know how to conceal
themselves in any situation. They know just what to do and just what to say. Their training is extensive but
sometimes even experienced agents can make mistakes that cost both their mission and their lives. A good spy has
the chameleon-like ability to take on the traits of his or her environment and blend right in.
In this episode of Spy Games, we learn the different ways that spies escape detection. Our host, Stephanie Matteis
takes us deep into the murky world of specialized spies where we learn about the infiltration, escape and evasion
techniques they rely on to preserve their covers. Stephanie also interviews Peter Earnest, former CIA agent and
current Director of the International Spy Museum, to get the inside scoop on the importance of covers and what to
do when your cover is blown. And former CIA Chief of Disguise Tony Mendez and the CIA’s top technical
expert Keith Melton discuss some real-life deep cover operations.
Episode #5: Spies and the Cold War
The Cold War gave new meaning to the word fear. People were terrified. They built bomb shelters, accused
neighbours of spying on them, and lived with the constant threat of nuclear war. Intelligence organizations were
under scrutiny like never before and agencies with no name and no mandate became known to the public for the
In this episode of Spy Games, Stephanie Matteis explores the spy tactics that took place behind the Iron Curtain
and in our own backyard. The Berlin Tunnel, the Stasi, the fall of the Soviet Union, they’re all up for debate as
Stephanie and ex-CIA agent and current Director of the International Spy Museum Peter Earnest uncover the huge
impact of Cold War espionage on the everyday world of the West. Meanwhile, former KGB agent Oleg Kalugin
and former CIA agent Eugene Poteat tell us about just what they were doing during the Cold War.
Episode #6: America’s Red Scare
During the Cold War, everyone was on the lookout for “commies” and no one was above suspicion. Your
neighbour, your best friend, or even your mother could be working for the reds. Or so Washington told the
American people. But were there spies everywhere? Very possibly, yes.
In this episode of Spy Games, Stephanie Matteis explores the reasons behind the Red Scare and the rise of
McCarthyism. We uncover how the KGB spies managed to infiltrate America, and we get the inside scoop from
ex-CIA operative and ISM Director Peter Earnest on what America did to combat the infiltration. And top CIA
advisor Keith Melton and ex-CIA agent Gene Poteat talk about what they experienced during this tremendous era
Episode #7: Pop Culture and Espionage
In the movies and on TV secret agents are everything we wish we could be. They’re daring, charming,
sophisticated and their world is one of danger, intrigue and deceit. But how much of that is real and how much is
This week on Spy Games, Stephanie Matteis uncovers what’s real and what’s not with former CIA agent Peter
Earnest. We’ll see just how much of espionage really is sex, guns, and glamour and how much is actually blood,
sweat and tears. Meanwhile ex-CIA agent Tony Mendez and the CIA’s chief technical advisor - Keith Melton talk
about our fascination with spies.
Episode #8: The Lady is a Spy
Sex is the most effective weapon out there. It clouds your judgment, makes your blood boil and your heart pound.
It’s an essential tool in the spy trade and it’s especially dangerous in the hands. or legs , of the right agent. Men
will beg, borrow, and betray their countries to get the woman they want.
In this episode of Spy Games, we look at the lives and loves of female spies. Stephanie Matteis investigates the
history of sex as a weapon and the women who yield it. She interviews ex-CIA agent Peter Earnest who will
introduce us to some of the well-known lady spies and show us what made them unique and successful.
Meanwhile ex-CIA agent Eugene Poteat and former CIA Chief of Disguise Jonna Mendez talk about the various
roles of women in espionage and why sometimes it takes a woman to get the job done right.
Episode #9: Masters of Disguise
As a spy, you must hide your identity. You have to be able to play different roles for different people. When
you’re a spy, infiltrating terrorist organizations, getting close to high-ranking officials, and breaking into secure
compounds is all part of a days work.
In this episode of Spy Games, Stephanie Matteis goes under cover and gets a disguise of her very own. Former
CIA Chief of Disguise, Tony Mendez gives Stephanie a complete makeover. We watch as Stephanie learns all the
tricks of the trade and has her own identity replaced with a brand new one. Meanwhile, ISM Director and ex-CIA
agent Peter Earnest, and CIA disguise expert Jonna Mendez share experiences where disguise has made all the
difference between life and certain death.
Episode #10: Now You See It, Now You Don’t
Gadgets and gizmos are what we think espionage is all about. Technology can help make a spy’s high-stress job
just a little bit easier but it’s still the human element that determines ultimate success or failure. Cameras, listening
devices, miniature weapons, and tiny transmitters help spies steal information without getting caught—or killed.
This week on Spy Games, Stephanie Matteis gets to try her hand at spying using the gadgets and tools that real
spies use out in the field. She details the history of miniature gadgetry and speaks to ex-member of the CIA’s
Senior Intelligence Service Peter Earnest about the role of technology in espionage. Meanwhile, the CIA’s top
technical advisor Keith Melton and ex-CIA agent Eugene Poteat share their personal live-saving experiences with
Episode #11: Spies in Washington
There’s a seedy side to Washington, D.C. It’s the soft underbelly of the most powerful nation on earth. And not
surprisingly, there’s an infestation of spies in the American capital—where there’s classified information in every
bank line-up and at every gas station. But rest easy, we know who they are.
In this episode of Spy Games, Stephanie takes us on a city tour of Washington and shows us how much we don’t
know about the espionage capital of the world. We look at the events of the past, the present, and the measures
that security agencies take to make sure that safety is maintained. And the importance of Washington is discussed
by ex-KGB operative Oleg Kalugin and former CIA agent Peter Earnest.
Episode #12: The International Spy Museum
Spies should never leave a trail. They should be unseen and unheard. But now, for the first time ever, the entire
history of espionage can be explored. At the brand-new International Spy Museum you can become a spy and see
what it’s like to live on the edge--and all without actually putting your life in danger.
In this episode of Spy Games, join Stephanie Matteis as she takes us through the International Spy Museum. We
take on a cover and learn all about the life of a spy. Stephanie interviews the International Spy Museum’s Jennie
Saxon to get the inside scoop on the history of the ISM. And the importance of documenting espionage is
discussed by the CIA’s top technical advisor Keith Melton and ex-CIA operative and current ISM Director Peter
Episode #13: Spy School
Who hasn’t thought about becoming a spy? It would be an incredible life of intrigue, danger and deceit. But it’s
not a career that’s open to everyone. Only the best of the best can face the world of espionage and even they
quickly learn it’s all it’s cracked up to be—especially when it’s your life that’s on the line.
In this episode of Spy Games, our host Stephanie Matteis takes a look at the process of becoming a spy and learns
that lying for a living is not as easy as it looks. With the help of best-selling author and Cryptology expert David
Kahn, Stephanie learns about the recruitment methods of the CIA, endures some of the intense training that spies
suffer through, and finds out who’s out to get you once you enter the ranks. Meanwhile, ex-CIA spy Tony Mendez
and technical advisor to the CIA Keith Melton speak about their experiences in recruitment, training, in the field,
and if they’ve ever had any second thoughts.