Declassifying the U.S.'s Cold War Satellites

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A short documentary from the National Reconnaissance Office explains how the U.S.'s earliest spy satellites monitored the Soviet Union without computers or digital cameras. For the full story, see Alexis Madrigal's "TOP SECRET: Your Briefing on the CIA's Cold-War Spy Satellite, 'Big Bird.'"

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Cieplak-Mayr von Baldegg joined The Atlantic in 2011 to launch its video channel and, in 2013, create its in-house video production department. She leads the development and production of original documentaries, interviews, and other video content for The Atlantic. Previously, she worked as a producer at Al Gore’s Current TV and as a content strategist and documentary producer in San Francisco. She studied filmmaking and digital media at Harvard University.
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