SpyCast 3.28.23
Ep 580 | 3.28.23

“Secrets Revealed” – Curators Alexis and Andrew on SPY’s Pop-Up Exhibit

Show Notes


Dr. Alexis Albion (LinkedIn, Twitter) joins Andrew (TwitterLinkedIn) to discuss amazing artifacts with amazing stories from SPY’s newest pop-up exhibit: “Secrets Revealed: Highlights from the Grant Verstandig Collection.”

What You’ll Learn


  • Casablanca’s spy connection
  • Lasting effects of the Rosenberg trial
  • Women in Intelligence
  • WWII covert operations


  • What makes a story timeless?
  • The human dimension of history

And much, much more …

Episode Notes

This year, the International Spy Museum opened a new pop-up exhibit, featuring artifacts from the private collection of Grant Verstandig, Co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Red Cell. Andrew and Alexis curated the exhibit and sat down to talk all about it...

Dr. Alexis Albion currently serves on the SPY team as the Curator of Special Projects. In previous chapters, she was a staff member on the 9/11 Commission Report, consultant with the World Bank, and strategist with the U.S. Department of State.


Andrew and Alexis only scratched the surface of this exhibit. “Secrets Revealed: Highlights from the Grant Verstandig Collection.”

Quote of the Week

“To us, that might be the Rosenbergs – These sort of incredible historic figures from the Cold War Intelligence. But to Mike Meeropol, it's his mom and dad. So, I think it's a really human story as well. This letter makes recommendations about their sentencing, about life and death, and again, for me it evokes that really human dimension about whether or not this mother might have lived.”




*Beginner Resources*

*Artifacts Discussed*



  • Ethel Rosenberg, An American Tragedy, A. Sebba (St. Martin’s Press, 2021)
  • Operation Neptune, B.B. Schofield (Pen & Sword Maritime, 2008)
  • Femme Fatale: Love, Lies, and Mata Hari, P. Shipman (Harper, 2008)



Primary Sources 

*Wildcard Resource(s)*

  • The classic quote from Casablanca, “Here’s looking at you, kid” is ranked #4 on the American Film Institute’s Top 100 Movie Quotes. In fact, four quotes from the movie made it onto the list – Can you guess what the others are?