The Red Spy Queen | Episode 25


Elizabeth Bentley was a communist spy turned American spy and informant in the 1930’s – 40’s – she spent enough time as a communist spy that when she defected from the party, Russian spying in the US effectively ceased for years, so vast was her damaging knowledge. While she was neither a good witch nor a bad bitch, spending much more time in the gray area, it can’t be disputed that without Elizabeth Bentley, we wouldn’t have background checks, an oath of allegiance for government officials when they are sworn in, and McCarthyism might not have been the movement that it came to be.

0:00 - 13:30 | Deanna and Hannah discuss an article about Ginger Rogers’ extreme work ethic and ability as a dancer with Fred Astaire

13:30 - 48:25 | Person of the Week: Elizabeth Bentley

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