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Wind of Change
It’s 1990. The Berlin Wall just fell. The Soviet Union is on the verge of collapse. And the soundtrack to the revolution is one of the best selling songs of all time, the metal ballad “Wind of Change,” by the Scorpions. Decades later, journalist Patrick Radden Keefe heard a rumor: the song wasn’t written by the Scorpions. It was written by the CIA. This is his journey to find the truth. Wind of Change is an Original Series from Pineapple Street Studios, Crooked Media and Spotify.
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Ratings & Reviews
4.6 stars from 2,096 ratings
Funny, charming, transcendent
Just a note - don't approach this wanting a definitive answer or else you'd be missing the point. The investigative journey isn't a means to an end, but rather, an open-ended dialogue. Host Patrick spans borders and decades - let him take you on a ride.Read full review »
AlaskanRosie via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/02/20
What a great ride !
Whether you think the CIA wrote Wind of Change or not this podcast was fun, entertaining, educational and all in all a great ride. And I loved the music.
DSBBBL via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/02/20
Overhyped
Listened to whole podcast already on Spotify. Interesting and engaging. Brings up a lot of questions but never answers them. Left me disappointed when there is no definitive answer.
Anonymously professional via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 06/01/20
Recent Episodes
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Published 06/01/20
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KIEV, UKRAINE, 2019: Patrick flies to Ukraine and witnesses how fully the political message of “Wind of Change” still resonates with fans at a Scorpions show in Kiev. Plus: what does the CIA say when you come right out and ask about the agency’s connection to the band?
Published 05/18/20
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