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Is Someone Brain-Zapping American Operatives?

… maybe.

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Episode Notes

The Havana syndrome sounds like something straight out of a spy novel: Microwaves are being directed towards U.S. embassies, causing hearing loss, headaches, and, in some cases, permanent brain damage. The Biden administration is taking these “anomalous health incidents” very seriously. Should we be, too?

Guest: Michael Wilner, senior national security and White House correspondent for McClatchy.

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Correction, Oct. 13, 2021: This show page originally misspelled Michael Wilner’s first name.

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  • Mary Harris is the host and managing editor of What Next, Slate's new daily news podcast. She has reported throughout the public radio system, for NPR, Marketplace, and WNYC.

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