The Soyuz Files

A Soviet scientist's postcards

American radio broadcasts

A secret that could win the Cold War

The Soyuz Files is an interactive podcast: real postcards, decoded messages, and planetwide collaboration unravel a knot of international intrigue

Follow intrepid journalist Jack Schechter as he bounces across the world, and drop in on his recorded conversations and radio broadcasts—an immersive story rife with clues and culture that sharpens and quickens as he gets closer to the terrible truth.

As the far-flung social media community discovers, snaps, and hashtags their found postcards, more of the story is uncovered: a story of friendship, deep pain, and the forces that tear nations apart—and bind them together.

Featured on

Mat Kaplan’s Planetary Radio
produced by Bill Nye’s Planetary Society

People talk about multimedia, but this is true, physical multi-media—I feel like I’m discovering actual objects that have leaked in from another world.

Devin O'Neill, The Armageddon Club

Created by Spencer Devlin Howard and Nathan Turner of the Los Angeles-based multimedia storytelling collective The WestThe Soyuz Files captures the imagination, ignites the intellect, and breaks down the barrier between audience and narrative.

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