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In 2016, a mysterious, debilitating illness begins to afflict American diplomats and spies working abroad – first in Cuba, and then around the world. Victims report crippling neurological symptoms. Some describe the feeling of being hit by an invisible, directed pressure while they were stationed on government property, or sometimes standing in their own homes or hotel rooms. Is this bizarre illness the result of a weapon? Is it mass psychosis? Or something else entirely? 


Award-winning journalists Jon Lee Anderson and Adam Entous take listeners to the heart of this saga in HAVANA SYNDROME, a new podcast from VICE World News.



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10 Episodes
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A mysterious illness is knocking out US spies and diplomats all over the world, ruining US diplomacy with Cuba and leaving thousands of government officials afraid that they’ll be next. No one knows what’s causing the illness, who’s behind it, or if it’s even real. From VICE World News, this is Havana Syndrome. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
1. Get Off The X

1. Get Off The X

2023-01-1740:112

Tina Onufer thought she was getting a plum gig at the newly reopened U.S. embassy in Havana, Cuba. Then she has a bizarre incident in her kitchen that makes her question everything. Reporters Jon Lee Anderson and Adam Entous set out to solve what happened to Tina and other victims of the so-called Havana Syndrome. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
A White House official leads top-secret negotiations between the U.S. and Cuba in an effort to restore trust. Little does he realize the CIA has other plans. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
3. Immaculate Concussion

3. Immaculate Concussion

2023-01-1744:293

Dozens of Havana Syndrome patients are secretly whisked away to the University of Pennsylvania for study and treatment. Doctors are shocked by what they find. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
4. Adios y Hasta Nunca

4. Adios y Hasta Nunca

2023-01-1743:102

Jon Lee and Adam fly to Havana, Cuba to investigate the earliest Havana Syndrome cases. What they find on the ground fuels more questions than answers. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
The U.S. consulate in Guangzhou, China becomes the site of a mysterious outbreak of illnesses, and the White House takes notice. Is Havana Syndrome spreading? Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Adam receives an anonymous tip, which sends down the rabbit hole to investigate decades-old incidents in which the Soviet Union repeatedly aimed microwaves at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
7. Vienna Rules

7. Vienna Rules

2023-01-2435:312

The largest outbreak of Havana Syndrome illnesses is reported in Vienna, Austria. Adam and Jon Lee travel there to explore why the city has become a hotbed of spycraft. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
Adam and Jon Lee try to piece it all together, and find that there’s a big hole in what they’ve found thus far. Luckily, a mysterious source comes out of the woodwork to fill in the blanks. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
For many Latinx kids in the ‘00s, the party crew scene was a safe space to express themselves as they came of age in the grit and glitter of Los Angeles. A space to make friends, forget about your problems and dance the night away. But the scene wasn’t always physically safe. There were shootings and police raids. Many adults saw the scene as gang-adjacent and the media fueled negative stereotypes of kids who were out of control. One of the teens who got caught in that easy narrative was Emmery Muñoz, after she was murdered in 2006. Host Janice Llamoca goes on a Y2K-filled journey back in time to her own party crew days to find out what this scene meant for teens like her and Emmery, and why – to this day – Emmery’s case remains unsolved. From IHeart, VICE and LAist Studios as part of the My Cultura Podcast Network.Here is Episode 1: Emmery. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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Bea Kiddo

This podcast about the Havana syndrome is so interesting and a great spy story that’s crazy real.

Jan 3rd
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