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SPYSCAPE Studios podcast: a history of the world in spy objects

 

Prepare for a riveting journey into a world of espionage, where secrets are the name of the game and gadgets are the real stars. SPYSCAPE Studios drops its podcast series titled ‘A History of the World in Spy Objects,’ with thrilling stories and enigmatical objects. Hosted by historian, TV presenter, author and social media star Alice Loxton, the project promises to offer a deep dive into the hidden histories of iconic artefacts that have played significant roles in shaping the world. The impressive guest line-up includes Thomas Heatherwick, Daniel Arsham, Kengo Kuma, Marc Newson, and Joana Vasconcelos, and they are bound to reveal cunning tales of objects, ranging from Napoleon’s actual briefcase to poison-tipped umbrellas. 

spyscape studios drops podcast of thrilling gadget tales with kengo kuma, daniel arsham et al
War Games by Joana Vasconcelos | image ©DMF, Lisboa – Courtesy Atelier Joana Vasconcelos

all images courtesy of SPYSCAPE Studios

 

 

LISTEN TO the PREVIEW PODCAST EPISODES HERE

 

As long as there have been secrets, there have been spies, and as long as there have been spies, there have been incredible gadgets and iconic objects. A History of the World in Spy Objects is a new series from SPYSCAPE Studios – the hub of thrilling edutainment, known for their cutting-edge museum ranked NYC’s #1-rated destination for captivating tales. The company’s Podcast Network is the star-studded hotspot for gripping content, featuring hit series ‘True Spies‘ hosted by celebs like Hayley Atwell, Vanessa Kirby, Sophia DiMartino, and Daisy Ridley. The series also hosts the audacious audio reimagining of Joseph Conrad’s spy classic ‘The Razumov Files,’ as well as ‘The Great James Bond Car Robbery,’ hailed by Esquire as one of the finest true crime podcasts, hosted by none other than Elizabeth Hurley. 

spyscape studios drops podcast of thrilling gadget tales with kengo kuma, daniel arsham et al
Kim Philby’s Briefcase

 

 

the podcast lineup includes renowned architects and actors

 

A fascinating world of spies, their gadgets, and the incredible objects that have been integral to their missions are all revealed thanks to SPYSCAPE Studios. Listeners are guided through the different journeys by historian, TV presenter, author, and social media sensation Alice Loxton, celebrated for her engaging communication of history. As the series unfolds, it invites a diverse range of renowned guests to share the untold stories of these objects.

spyscape studios drops podcast of thrilling gadget tales with kengo kuma, daniel arsham et al
Welbike by Tim Marlow

 

 

In Season 1, to be precise, Dan Snow chooses the Prime Minister’s Despatch Box, actor Jason Isaacs (no stranger to playing secret agents on screen) focuses on the infamous B2 Stealth Bomber, Daniel Arsham picks ‘Number 8’ by Jackson Pollock, technological historian Elizabeth Bruton picks the tools used by the Portland Spy Ring, London Routemaster bus designer Thomas Heatherwick discusses the infamous Bulgarian poison-tipped umbrella,

bus designer Thomas Heatherwick who discusses the infamous Bulgarian poison-tipped umbrella, acclaimed industrial designer Marc Newson who details the creation of the Blackbird reconnaissance aircraft, while Police drummer Stewart Copeland talks about the trumpet played by his father – Miles Copeland –  the CIA’s man in the Middle East between 1947 and 1957.

 

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the secret RAF Button Compass by Lynette Nusbacher

 

In an accompanying video series, Alice Loxton herself gets her hands on items including Napoleon’s actual briefcase (used for daily intelligence reports from his codebreakers and agents), a rare secret RAF button compass, one of WWII’s legendary Enigma machines and a biographical manuscript penned by infamous spy Kim Philby that sheds new light on his early life. Also illustrating how the technology and psychology of spy craft influences our daily lives, other contributors include fashion design icon Manya Kullmann, ‘Alex Rider’ author Anthony Horowitz, conceptual artist Trevor Paglen and bestselling author Jung Chang.

spyscape studios drops podcast of thrilling gadget tales with kengo kuma, daniel arsham et al
Alice Loxton herself gets her hands on items including Napoleon’s actual briefcase

spyscape studios drops podcast of thrilling gadget tales with kengo kuma, daniel arsham et al
Animal Farm cels by Spyscape

spyscape studios drops podcast of thrilling gadget tales with kengo kuma, daniel arsham et al
SPYSCAPE Studio’s podcast debuts on November 15, 2023 and includes an impressive line of guests

 

 

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contributor and guest Marc Newson | image © Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
contributor and guest Marc Newson | image © Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd
contributor and guest Joana Vasconcelos | © Kenton Thatcher - Courtesy Atelier Joana Vasconcelos
contributor and guest Joana Vasconcelos | © Kenton Thatcher - Courtesy Atelier Joana Vasconcelos

project info:

 

name: A History of the World in Spy Objects

production: SPYSCAPE Studios | @spyscape 

host: Alice Loxton | @history_alice

release date: November 15, 2023

contributors: Marc Newson; Thomas Heatherwick; Daniel Arsham; Joana Vasconcelos; Jason Isaacs; Tim Marlow

season 1 guests:

Daniel Arsham – Number 8 by Jackson Pollock

Thomas Heatherwick – Poison umbrella

Dr James Grime – Enigma machine

Anthony Horowitz – Joan Bright Astley’s book

Joana Vasconcelos – ‘War Games’ sculpture

Jason Isaacs – B2 Stealth Bomber

Elizabeth Bruton – Portland Ring radio set

Gary Powers Jr – U2 spy plane

Dan Snow – PM’s Despatch box

Marc Newson – SR-71 aircraft

Lynette Nusbacher – Button compass

Simon Menner – Coffee pot photograph

Trevor Paglen – SKYNET

Justin Jampol – Cold War gadgetry

Kengo Kuma – Nijo Jinya hotel

Tim Marlow – Welbike

Manya Kullmann – ‘Galena’ fashion collection

Jung Chang – Mao badge

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