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Ridiculous History: The Use of Animals in Espionage

We've used our furry and finned friends in spycraft and warfare for years. Learn more in this HowStuffWorks Now article.

How Spies Work

Spying is a tense and often deadly way for governments to gather secret information from their enemies. Learn how spies are recruited and why some people choose to become spies.

How Spies Work

Psst. You want to know how governments and corporations get the drop on one another? The frontline of intelligence is populated by spies. Learn about how spies get and transfer information (and why they do it) in this episode of Stuff You Should Know.

Stuff They Don't Want You to Know: Infiltration: Corporations

Not all spies work for governments. Join Matt and Ben as they take a closer look at the murky world of corporate spying, surveillance and espionage.

Family Vacations: International Spy Museum

Go "undercover" to investigate the history of spies and espionage at the International Spy Museum in Washington, D.C. Learn more about the museum.

Mata Hari, Sinister Salome?

Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and a courtesan, but today she's known more for her work as a spy. In this podcast, Katie and Sarah take a look at the extraordinary life of Mata Hari -- and whether the French intelligence community used her as a scapegoat.

TechStuff Counts Some Number Stations

What is a number station? What is shortwave radio? What could these numbers mean? In this episode, Chris and Jonathan dive into the murky, mysterious world of number stations.

How a U.S. Spy Plane Works

Spy planes play an integral role in international espionage. Take a look at the highly sophisticated technology of a reconnaissance plane.

Decoding the Mystery of Female Spies

When people think of spies, they often picture men like James Bond. Yet throughout history women have also had careers as spies. Listen in to learn more about notable female spies, sex as a espionage tactic, stereotypes and more.

Civil War Spies: Allan Pinkerton

Allan Pinkerton fell into detective work when he discovered a gang of counterfeiters in Illinois. In 1861, he helped thwart a plot to assassinate Abraham Lincoln, which may have led Lincoln to later tap Pinkerton to organize the first Union espionage.

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