What if the Soviets won the Space Race?
That question is at the center of The Soyuz Files, an alternate history audio drama, comprised of a podcast, postcards, decoded messages, and planetwide collaboration, all unraveling a knot of international intrigue.
Part 1: The Space Race
Breaking news! The United States has lost the Space Race to the Soviet Union. On October 31, 1968, Americans received transmissions from Cosmonauts on the Lunar surface. Jack Schechter, host of WNYX’s news program The Friday Review brings on Natalia Gromyko, Soviet diplomat, to discuss what this means for geopolitics and the future of the Cold War.
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When the player visits soyuzfiles.com, they come upon old postcards from a Soviet scientist, American radio broadcasts, and a code that will lead to a secret that could take down the entire Soviet Union. The Soyuz Files captures the imagination, ignites the intellect, and breaks down the barrier between audience and narrative.
Follow intrepid journalist Jack Schecter as he bounces across the world and drop in on his recorded conversations and radio broadcasts—an immersive story rife with clues and culture that sharpens and quickens as he gets closer to the terrible truth.
As listeners discover, snap, and hashtag their found postcards, more of the story is uncovered: a story of friendship, deep pain, the forces that tear nations apart—and bind them together.
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