The Chatter Podcast: Spy Movies and the Oscars with Alyssa Rosenberg

By David Priess
Thursday, March 16, 2023, 10:31 AM

The Academy loves a good spy flick, and so do we! This week, Shane talks with Washington Post culture critic Alyssa Rosenberg about the enduring power of espionage on the big screen. 

Movies like Zero Dark Thirty, the Mission: Impossible franchise, and this year’s Top Gun: Maverick and All Quiet on the Western Front, which both took home Oscars, help us understand global conflict as they wrestle with questions of personal morality. How do the stories of James Bond and George Smiley help us make sense of the fate of nations? And why is Hollywood finding it nearly impossible to tell stories about great power competition between the U.S. and China? 

Shane and Alyssa go way back, and this is a fun, lively conversation about spy stories that have resonated through the decades. Alyssa has written for years about popular culture, books, and more recently parenting. 

Chatter is a production of Lawfare and Goat Rodeo. This episode was produced and edited by Ian Enright and Cara Shillenn of Goat Rodeo. Podcast theme by David Priess, featuring music created using Groovepad.

Alyssa’s work at The Post

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Alyssa’s podcast on movies, Across the Movie Aisle

Movies discussed in this episode:

  • Zero Dark Thirty 
  • Top Gun: Maverick
  • Mission: Impossible 
  • All Quiet on the Western Front 
  • Casino Royale 
  • Skyfall 
  • The Hunt for Red October 
  • Breach 
  • Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy