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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today we are talking to Esther Atwell, a former linguist and collection manager who spent over a decade at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Esther has had a varied career beyond intelligence, working as a tutor, realtor and court interpreter on the island of Hawaii. We discussed working in the CIA and overseas, what it takes to work in intelligence, immigrating to the US and much more. Esther is also the partner of our previous guest, CIA operations officer John Atwell.

    Find Esther Atwell:LinkedInWe Spoke About:1:10 - Early life, learning languages, tutoring, livining overseas and joining the CIA with her husband. 18:42 - Being an Operationally Certified Collection Management Officer 23:59 - The desired traits of someone wants to work in this field 28:47 - Esether's view on faith and not mourning over missed opportunity 33:30 - Immigrating to the US and sense of patriotic duty 40:05 - Esther on working in the CIA and overseas as a woman and someone with foreign heritage 45:50 - Advice for young people looking to work in intelligence 54:16 - Cultural recommendationsRelated Links:Senior CIA Ops Officer John Atwell on Culture Change, Working with Five Eyes and Career Advice Canadian Intelligence, the ICC and Career Development with Kelly WongAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week we are talking to Michael Hawkes, a former 22 Special Air Service operator. Michael spent twenty four years in the British Army, twelve of which in the SAS. Including six in covert operations. He also served as a military advisor to UK's intelligence services. For the last twenty two years he has had a successful career in corporate security, working all over the world. We spoke about his experience in UKSF selection, his time in Northern Ireland, getting kidnapped in Bosnia and much more.

    Find Michael Hawkes:Hawkes & Co. LinkedInWe Spoke About:0:00 - Introduction and Michael’s background 07:14 - Michael’s upcoming book 11:58 - First time in UKSF selection and fatal accidents during training 18:45 - Michael’s day one experience in 22 SAS 22:15 - Michael’s time in Northern Ireland and working undercover 41:58 - Michael’s time in Bosnia and getting kidnapped by Serbians 59:02 - Working as a CQB instructor and working alongside female operators 1:05:33 - Discussing surveillance activities 1:11:00 - Hawkes & Co. 1:26:51 - Should young people join the UK armed forces currently? 1:29:30 - Cultural recommendationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast. This week we are discussing Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 (2022) in all its action packed Hollywood glory. As usual we'll be looking at the story from an intelligence perspective, digging into the games' realism, what it got right and what it got wrong.

    Contents in Mission Order:0:00 - Intro 6:27 - Strike 16:23 - Kill or Capture 19:23 - Wetwork and Tradecraft 29:29 - Borderline 33:31 - Cartel Protection 37:15 - Close Air and Hardpoint 42:18 - Recon by Fire 46:12 - Violence and Timing 49:05 - El Sin Nombre 53:37 - Dark Water 56:56 - Alone 1:00:00 - Prison Break 1:01:21 - Hindsight 1:02:57 - Ghost Team 1:05:01 - Countdown 1:08:46 - Ending 1:09:28 - Thoughts 1:20:49 - Cultural RecommendationsPrevious Call of Duty Episodes:Call of Duty 4 – Modern Warfare, an Intelligence perspective Call of Duty Modern Warfare, an Intelligence Perspective (Pt. 2) Call of Duty Modern Warfare, an Intelligence Perspective (Pt. 3) Call of Duty: Modern Warfare (2019) an Intelligence PerspectiveAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week we are talking to Keven Hendricks, an expert and pioneer in Crypto and Dark Web investigations. Keven is the founder of Ubivis, a project dedicated to combatting the spread of narcotics using the dark web. He has worked previously under the FBI and DEA, taking part in various task forces. We discussed adapting to the changing crypto landscape, taking down criminals operating on the dark web, privacy in crypto, the tools he uses to keep himself secure and much more.

    Find Keven Hendricks:UBIVIS ProjectWe Spoke About:1:10 - Kevin’s background3:54 - Being part of an anti-online exploitation task force6:17 - How Kevin began specialising in cryptocurrencies10:03 - Working with federal and international organisations, adapting to the changing crypto landscape and participating in the take down of illicit marketplaces15:24 - Where adversaries on the dark web slip up18:34 - How criminals using cryptocurrencies cash out22:02 - Cryptocurrency ATMs24:44 - Monero and other privacy centric cryptocurrencies29:07 - Using privacy centric crytocurrencies31:56 - What is TOR?36:09 - Disscusing Torndao Cash44:14 - Most private and secure messaging apps47:25 - Which mobile OS is more secure?50:00 - Recommendations for tools similar to TOR and TailsOS52:09 - Advice for conducting investigations into crypto and the dark web55:32 - Cultural recommendations57:22 - Final thoughts and the increasing relevancy of cryptocurrencies
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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week we are talking to Dr Andreas Krieg, director of MENA Analytica and associate professor at King's College London. He is also the author of Subversion: The Strategic Weaponization of Narratives. Andreas has a wealth of experience in the private sector, academia and supporting the UK armed forces training and doctrine. We discussed learning how to spot opportunity, getting exposure outside of academic circles, ways forward for the situation in Gaza and much more.

    Find Dr Andreas Krieg:King's College London LinkedIn X Facebook YouTube Subversion: The Strategic Weaponization of Narratives
    We Spoke About:0:44 - Andreas’ background 6:15 - Hunting for opportunities  11:10 - Legacy, economy of effort in academia and exposure outside of academia 15:00 - Academic publications and their relationship to the public 19:48 - Getting exposure outside of academic circles 25:29 - The situation in Gaza and possible ways forward 49:00 - Andreas discusses his work surrounding subversion, and how Israel uses it 54:56 - Career advice 1:06:28 - Cultural recommendationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week we are talking again to Gareth Westwood, Sibylline's head of global intelligence. Gareth is a highly experienced practitioner, having previously worked for the UK government in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office, the Ministry of Defence and in the private sector with AstraZeneca. We talked about demystifying the private sector, implementing AI and machine learning into intelligence, what makes a great leader and much more.

    Find Gareth Westwood:LinkedInSibyllineWe Spoke About:0:35 - Response to the podcast2:07 - Gareth’s background and demystifying the private sector5:20 - How Sibylline’s team is set up and how private intelligence vendors and in-house teams work together13:53 - Data Analysis and AI, how Gareth’s organisation implements it and what the future could look like24:02 - Strategies for fully understanding what the stakeholder wants to know and getting feedback37:31 - What makes a good intelligence and business leader?57:34 - What advice Gareth has for managers and leaders1:03:36 - The importance of one-to-ones with your staff1:08:23 - Is it healthy to create a competitive workplace with visible analytics based on performance?1:15:32 - Cultural recommendationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast. This week we are doing another editor's note. I discussed some updates concerning the course, the new website, upcoming espionage week as well as some reflections on my time in Somalia and journey with Grey Dynamics. Enjoy!

    Contents:1:07 - Grey Dynamics Intelligence School 5:01 - Website changes 6:57 - Forthcoming intelligence guides 8:53 - Phase two of the course 10:16 - Espionage Week 11:22 - Ahmed on Somalia and its future 19:31 - Reflections on experinces, work ethic and more 28:33 - Cultural RecommendationsRelated Links:[email protected] IncogniAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today we are talking to Ole Donner. Ole is a former German Bundeswehr Officer and analyst. He spent time his teaching intelligence strategies, such as structured analytic techniques. Now he has own training and consulting company called Gründer Strukturierte Analyse Deutschland. He is also a research fellow at the Institute for Intelligence and Security Management. We discussed his time in the military, how to get into intelligence in Germany, tradecraft, key intelligence readings and much more.

    Find Ole Donner:LinkedIn Gründer Strukturierte Analyse Deutschland Clear Thinking: Structured Analytic Techniques and Strategic Foresight Analysis for Decisionmakers - Randolph H. Pherson, Ole Donner & Oliver GnadWe Spoke About:0:51 - Ole’s background 4:57 - Getting into the military and intelligence corps 07:06 - Careers pathways into intelligence in Germany 11:02 - How does Germany’s culture affect perspective on intelligence? 12:52 - What role do contractors play in German intelligence? 15:11 - Why Ole start Gründer Strukturierte Analyse Deutschland 18:24 - The intelligence training landscape 23:30 - Bottle necks in the process of making intellignece products 28:08 - How to break into the intelligence industry beyond Germany and key readings 33:03 - Using AIMS to improve intelligence dissemination 36:24 - When do the Grey Dynamics courses start? 37:27 - Ole’s intelligence course 42:00 - Is social media effecting attentions spans and how does that effect intelligence analysis 47:21 - Cultural RecommendationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today, we are talking to John Atwell. John spent over twenty-three years of experience in operational and analysis roles at the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Since leaving the agency, John has spent time as a consultant, become a columnist for the Haiwaii-Tribune Herald, became editor of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers and a college lecturer at Haiwaii Community College. We discussed the culture shift in CIA after 9/11, views on allied and adversarial agencies around the world, advice for a career in intelligence and much more.

    Find John Atwell:LinkedInThe Island Intelligencer on SubstackWe Spoke About:0:32 - John Atwell’s background4:59 - What made John suitable for an operational role at CIA?9:10 - The shift towards paramilitarism at CIA after 9/1112:21 - Will CIA return to its pre-9/11 culture with its focus back to strategic targets?15:04 - CIA and diversity19:40 - Which international intelligence agencies was John impressed by during his career?21:31 - Thoughts on adversarial intelligence agencies23:44 - The growing use of intelligence and counter intelligence by non-state actors26:56 - Is the swing to OSINT, geospatial and cyber at the detriment of HUMINT?29:38 - Why John did not join the private sector after leaving the intelligence community32:06 - John on working with his wife at CIA33:08 - What advice would you give someone who wants a career in intelligence?35:59 - Ahmed’s career journey40:51 - Cultural RecommendationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today, we are talking to Kevin Riehle. Kevin has thirty years of experience in the US intelligence community and specialises in Russia and Counter Intelligence. Retiring in 2021, Kevin now works as an academic and author. He is currently a lecturer at the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies (BCISS). Kevin's latest book, "The Russian FSB: A Concise History of the Federal Security Service", takes a detailed look at the service and its activities.

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    Find Kevin Riehle:LinkedIn X Academia.edu Brunel University LondonWe spoke about:0:36 - Kevin’s background 5:09 - Who is the FSB? 7:32 - What is the FSB’s jurisdiction  10:33 - How comparable is the FSB to intelligence organisations in the US and UK? 12:22 - Could an organisation similar to the FSB exist in a democracy? 13:52 - What are the functions of the FSB’s special operations units, Alpha and Vympel? 19:30 - What is SMERSH, and why is it being revived? 23:26 - Where does the FSB fit into Russia’s hybrid warfare strategy? 26:31 - How has the FSB’s ideology evolved? 31:22 - The FSB’s relationship with PMCs, far-right groups and hackers 34:44 - FSB corruption and criminal activity 41:50 - Kevin on counter intelligence 44:34 - How did Ahmed’s time at Brunel University, studying the Intelligence & Security Studies MA, impact his career? 47:19 - The importance of effective dissemination of intelligence 49:43 - Cultural recommendations  52:59 - Advice to those seeking a career in intelligence
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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast. Today, we are trying something new! This is the first episode of Editor's Notes, where we keep you updated on what we're up to. We'll be discussing the Grey Dynamics Intelligence School, future podcast guests, our new website and what I'm reading. Enjoy!


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    Grey Dynamics Intelligence School University of Salford QUALITY CPD (QCPD) Accreditation Kevin Riehle - The Russian FSBAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast! Today we have Drew Biemer back with us again. Drew is a strategic management and communications professional with 2 decades of experience in governmental, public and civil affairs. His prior experience includes congressional and gubernatorial campaign management, legislative staffing, executive protection, geopolitical risk management, investigations, intelligence, and public information. We spoke about how dark money gets into the political process, how nation-states interfere in third-world countries' elections, targeting using social media and much more.

    Find Drew Biemer:LinkedIn
    We spoke about:1:06 - The presidential nomination process 8:14 - How dark money gets into the US electoral process  18:22 - How corporations interfere in the US political process 24:43 - Interference in other countries elections 28:40 - Psychological micro-targeting using social media 36:42 - The effect TikTok could have on US and other elections 48:28 - Ahmed and Drew’s experience concerning elections abroad 53:40 - Cultural recommendations 59:14 - Cultural observationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! Today, we are talking to Curtis Fox, former Green Beret, author, graduate of Georgetown University and currently a program manager. His book 'Hybrid Warfare: The Russian Approach To Strategic Competition & Conventional Military Conflict' is out now. We discussed some of the fascinating topics covered in it. Including how Russia has applied hybrid warfare in Ukraine since 2014, the collapse of effective cooperation between the FSB and GRU, as well as the destruction of Russia's special forces capability.


    Disclaimer: All of Curtis Fox's opinions are his own and do not reflect the policy of the US Department of Defense or the US Government.

    Find Curtis:LinkedInHybrid Warfare: The Russian Approach To Strategic Competition & Conventional Military ConflictWe spoke about:0:55 - Why Curtis chose to join the Green Berets4:26 - Deployments during the war on terror as part of 10th Special Forces Group5:15 - Experiencing other cultures6:23 - Observations on Somalia13:01 - The legacy of French colonialism and Wagner’s activities in the Sahel22:00 - Historical Russian strategy and hybrid warfare32:38 - Did Russia’s hybrid warfare strategy work in Ukraine from 2014?41:31 - The GRU, Salisbury and being cut out of planning for the 2022 invasion48:09 - The FSB’s botched invasion plan and feeding the Kremlin bad intelligence56:29 - The future of Russia’s hybrid warfare strategy and destruction of their special forces capability1:00:27 - Could Serbia use Russia’s hybrid warfare strategy themselves?1:04:26 - Does the West underestimate the Iranians?1:10:00 - Career advice for young people, including those looking to join special forces1:13:58 - Advice to those looking to write a book1:15:57 - How Grey Dynamics decides what topics to cover1:21:24 - Cultural recommendationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week we are talking to Michael Blicher Soerensen. Michael is a veteran of the Danish army, specialising in electronic warfare and SIGINT. He is currently a global security site lead at Meta. We discussed what makes a good analyst, deploying to Iraq, corporate intelligence and much more. Enjoy!

    Find Michael

    LinkedIn

    We spoke about:2:40 - Michael's background5:15 - Opportunities after working in SIGINT and Electronic Warfare9:17 - Killings your darlings10:40 - Adjusting to work outside of the army14:09 - Learning to build rapport with collegues in the workplace16:22 - What makes a good intelligence analyst20:21 - Discovering new career opportunities and staying open minded24:49 - Michael’s experience on deployment28:17 - Michael's experience working with allied intelligence counterparts32:07 - Commentary on how training and background can heavily influence analyst’s perspectives36:32 - Tailoring intelligence to the consumers needs and creating valuable products38:08 - Issues in the field of OSINT48:30 - Intelligence professionals being able to educate consumers on intelligence can and cannot do51:30 - Competing with other internal and external intelligence professionals in the corporate world1:01:50 - Lack of Tactical intelligence in the private sector1:03:24 - Intelligence products currently consumed by in the corporate world1:05:47 - Cultural RecommendationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics Podcast! This week, we are talking to Mack! Mack is a former British Army Infantryman and Team Leader. He then went on to be recruited as an Intelligence Officer in the tri-service Defence Human Intelligence Unit (DHU). After leaving the armed forces, Mack became a recruiter. Spending some time working in the Private Equity space, before joining cyber specialists Trident Search, where he is now. We discussed transitioning from infantry to intelligence, Mack's time in DHU combatting the Islamic State, the importance of culture in the work environment and much more.

    Find Mack:LinkedInWe spoke about:0:33 - Mack’s background 6:02 - Bridging the gap between the military and the private sector 9:20 - Upskilling for veterans 10:14 - Lack of consensus on intelligence job titles 12:52 - Intelligence as a function constantly having to prove its worth 16:05 - Mack’s time in the infantry and transition to intelligence  19:14 - Mack’s first tour as DHU 21:00 - Advice to people wanting to join DHU 23:07 - Referencing for employers as intelligence professionals and veterans 24:44 - Moving directly from the military to private equity 26:14 - The importance of culture in a workplace 29:41 - Moving to different countries to offer services 31:51 - Considering culture when recruiting 34:04 - What long-term career advice would Mack give to those looking to join the armed forces 37:05 - Getting into cyber as a route into intelligence 39:18 - Salary ranges in intelligence and cyber 45:02 - Mack asks Ahmed where he sees Grey Dynamics 2-3 years 50:14 - Cultural recommendations  54:34 - Final thoughtsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast! This week, we are talking to a risk management expert in the humanitarian sector. E. has previously worked in the military and private security sector in many countries and conflict zones. We'll discuss the opportunities presented during crisis, how humanitarian NGOs use intelligence and the complexity of navigating the current information space.

    We spoke about:0:00 - Intro and E's background 5:13 - Getting into humanitarian security 7:26 - How the private sector can learn to see risk as an opportunity 9:00 - Why is the private sector so conservative with risk 14:23 - Is there space for the private and humanitarian sector to work closer together 16:50 - Does the humanitarian sector have anything to learn from the private sector in terms of their approach to security 19:17 - How organisations such as humanitarian NGOs can use intelligence to support their operations 21:01 - Overcoming the stigma associated with intelligence in the humanitarian sector 24:39 - How unhelpful the mystification of intelligence is 28:54 - How has OSINT impacted the humanitarian sector? 32:25 - How do humanitarian organisations navigate the complexity of the current information domain 40:31 - What are some of the tools and techniques E uses for his work 45:23 - Advice on getting into security risk management in the humanitarian sector 47:31 - What keeps E up at night 53:29 - The emerging weaponisation of refugees 59:32 - Cultural recommendationsAdvance Your Intelligence Career Today!

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  • Welcome back to the Grey Dynamics podcast for season 3! We're kicking things off with a fascinating guest today, Pasha Munro. Pasha served as a Royal Marine Mountain Leader and Special Boat Service operator as part of UKSF in the British Armed Forces. Today, he is the director of operations at the private security company Black Box Global. Pasha has honed his skills in high-pressure environments, where precision, adaptability, and a relentless pursuit of excellence are paramount. His extensive experience in conducting complex operations and mitigating security risks allows him to provide invaluable guidance and leadership in safeguarding organisations and their assets.


    You can find Pasha Munro on LinkedIn.

    We spoke about:0:37 - Pasha’s background4:34 - Becoming a Royal Marine9:54 - First time in Special Forces selection12:12 - Becoming a Royal Marine mountain leader and returning to Special Forces selection15:35 - Joining the Special Boat Service (SBS)18:31 - Why Pasha choose the SBS19:18 - Training and earning his keep in the SBS21:25 - Deploying to Afghanistan with the SBS31:13 - Getting back into maritime activities32:32 - The Afghanistan pullout35:11 - Operational scenarios in the SBS37:32 - The psychological aspect of being in the water38:55 - Life after the SBS, office life and close protection43:27 - Black Box Global46:33 - Mentoring and advice49:17 - Being able to switch off50:52 - Advice to young people
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  • We're back to discuss the 2019 reboot of Call of Duty's Modern Warfare series! In this episode we'll be talking about the inspirations for the campaign, the controversies that made headlines, chemical weapons and much more.


    Make sure to stay tuned for the first episode of season three, coming very soon!


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    0:00 - Intro

    1:27 - Context

    5:54 - Marines vs. Spetsnaz in Kastovia

    20:26 - The London Attack

    27:07 - Russian occupation in Urzikstan

    36:11 - US Marines and CIA search for Al-Qatala

    38:03 - Storming of the US embassy in Urzikstan

    44:27 - The Highway of Death

    49:39 - The flashback 

    52:20 - Designating the rebels as terrorists and intel briefings

    58:05 - Second flashback

    1:00:16 - Clandestine operation in Russia and going to get General Barkov in Moldova

    1:09:25 - Summary

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  • Welcome to the Grey Dynamics Intelligence School (GDIS). In this special podcast, we provide an all-encompassing look at our unique approach to intelligence training, discussing our origin story, course structure, and future vision.


    Recognising a gap in existing intelligence training – a disconnect between academic studies and on-the-job experiences – we founded GDIS. Our mission? To bridge this gap and offer an effective transition from theoretical knowledge to practical intelligence work.


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    Our podcast also offers a glimpse into the future, revealing our plans for Phase 2 and Phase 3 of our intelligence training program. These upcoming phases will introduce specialised and advanced modules, deepening our intelligence training further. To ensure quality training, we limit our student intake to 100 per cohort (for the whole bundle and each 2/3 months), maintaining a focus on personalised attention and mentorship.


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    25:38 Analysis

    31:38 Dissemination

    34:18 Caveats and FAQ

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    38:24 Phase Two and Difficulty

    40:40 Career prospects

    42:57 External courses and instructors

    45:37 Marcel’s thoughts

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  • Today we are rounding up the best advice we have had so far in season 2 of the podcast! Advice from professionals from across the industry, whether it be corporate, government, or non-profit, it's all here. Be sure to check out the episodes featured. This is our last episode of season 2, but keep on the look out for bonus episodes over the summer.

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