Retropod

The painter who became the CIA’s master of disguise

The spy business is all about masking the truth. One CIA agent’s deceptions and sham identities were so enterprising that he earned the nickname “Master of Disguise.”
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About Retropod

Retropod is a show for history lovers, featuring stories about the past, rediscovered. Host Mike Rosenwald introduces you to history’s most colorful characters - forgotten heroes, overlooked villains, dreamers, explorers, world changers.

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Tony Mendez was an illustrator working in graphic design when he went to an interview for a job working abroad. Soon he was using his skills as an artist to become a disguise guru and expert document forger, and eventually to lead a top secret, daring rescue mission.

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About Retropod

Retropod is a show for history lovers, featuring stories about the past, rediscovered. Host Mike Rosenwald introduces you to history’s most colorful characters - forgotten heroes, overlooked villains, dreamers, explorers, world changers.