ClandesTime Podcast with Tom Secker

Regular podcast featuring film and book reviews and investigations into government, military and intelligence involvement in popular culture. To get early access to episodes of ClandesTime, a monthly subscriber-only podcast and other unique content sign up to my Patreon campaign.

ClandesTime 150 - The Weather Underground

ClandesTime 150 – The Weather Underground

The Weather Underground were the most active and successful militant left-wing group in US history. As part of their anti-Vietnam war operations they bombed the Pentagon, the State Department, corporate headquarters and other high-profile targets. In this episode I examine whether they were a lethal terrorist organisation, or a non-lethal ...
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ClandesTime 149 - Rear Window

ClandesTime 149 – Rear Window

Rear Window is one of my all-time favourite films so in this episode I discuss its unique production, the ethics of spying and voyeurism explored in the story, and feminist critiques of both Hitchcock and his movies.  Transcript Rear Window is one of my favourite films of all time, ...
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ClandesTime 148 - The American President

ClandesTime 148 – The American President

The American President is a romantic comedy set in the White House, set against a backdrop of political issues that are still part of our public conversation. In this episode I analyse the film's politics of nostalgia, its idealisation of the liberal agenda, and its promotion of the military and ...
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ClandesTime 147 - Crime, Censorship and the Copycat Effect

ClandesTime 147 – Crime, Censorship and the Copycat Effect

For movie censors, crime is perhaps the most complex issue to make decisions about. They want the public to be alert to the possibility of crimes happening, and respectful of law enforcement institutions. But entertainers and audiences want dramatic, ambiguous villains and stories of institutional corruption and hubris. This week ...
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ClandesTime Special - Just When You Thought it was Safe to Go Back in the Novichok

ClandesTime Special – Just When You Thought it was Safe to Go Back in the Novichok

For the last several weeks the British media has been in full panic mode after two people were apparently poisoned in the English town of Amesbury, a few miles from Salisbury. The official story is that the pair found a perfume bottle containing Novichok that was discarded by Russian assassins ...
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Subscriber Podcast #21 - Satirising the Security State

Subscriber Podcast #21 – Satirising the Security State

While most entertainment supports or promote the military, police and intelligence agencies there is a smaller but important sub-genre that critiques and satirises the security state.  On this month's subscriber-only podcast I look at four examples - two TV series and two films - that mock and criticise the security ...
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ClandesTime 146 - The Death of David Kelly

ClandesTime 146 – The Death of David Kelly

The death of weapons expert and UN inspector Dr David Kelly in the summer of 2003 is one of the Iraq War's most enduring mysteries. While the case was officially ruled a suicide, this conclusion was reached by an informal government inquiry which the Blair government used to replace the ...
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ClandesTime 145 - Conspiracy Theories: John Paisley

ClandesTime 145 – Conspiracy Theories: John Paisley

John Paisley was a senior CIA officer who worked on Team B, was the Agency's liaison to the Watergate burglars, and according to some was a Soviet double agent. In 1978 he disappeared while sailing in the Chesapeake Bay, and the body that washed up was never definitively identified as ...
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