“Jack Barsky” was a college student in 1970 when the KGB knocked on the door of his dorm room to inquire about his plans after college. “I was told to broaden my knowledge of culture, of literature, of music, to become a well-educated person who could operate in higher strata of society.”
Another good episode of the Criminal podcast: The Spy.
Phoebe takes him through the recruiting process and how he managed to create a fake identity once he arrived the the US. Fans of The Americans TV show take note: the procedures he operated under were nothing like were portrayed on that program.
An absolutely fascinating episode.