The first episode of Ronan Farrow’s new podcast, “The Catch and Kill Podcast With Ronan Farrow,” was released early Tuesday morning on RADIO.COM.
The Pineapple Street production serves as an audio companion to Farrow's book, “Catch and Kill: Lies, Spies, and a Conspiracy to Protect Predators,” recounting investigations and interviews he conducted surrounding allegations of sexual misconduct against media figures including Harvey Weinstein and Matt Lauer.
Episode 1 of the podcast features Igor Ostrovskiy, a private investigator hired by the company Black Cube to spy on Farrow. Black Cube, Farrow would eventually learn, was a Tel Aviv-based agency working on behalf of Harvey Weinstein.
Farrow kicks off his podcast by sitting down with Ostrovskiy to talk about how the PI came to be in a position where he would come to work with Farrow – instead of spying on him – as he was originally hired to do. After screening a call from a strange number, Farrow received a text.
“It said, ‘I’m trying to reach you directly and privately. It’s regarding a fry pan that’s scratch-resistant. Sometimes I cook, and the black coating scares me,’” Farrow recounted. “I knew exactly what it meant,” he said.
Farrow, as it turns out, had found an advertisement for a frying pan coincidentally marketed as Black Cube. He posted the photo on Instagram with the caption, “Scratch resistant. May use false identities and shell companies to extract information.”
“Whoever was messaging me, they seemed to know something about Black Cube, the intelligence firm, not the frying pan,” Farrow recalled. After making Farrow jump through hoops to ensure they weren’t being followed, Ostrovskiy eventually made his identity known.
So why did Ostrovskiy decide to leave behind his work of following Farrow and instead join him? “It’s okay to do stupid things, to have fun, but if it gets to the point where it could hurt someone besides you, and permanently, it becomes an issue,” Ostrovskiy said.
Ostrovskiy, despite his controversial involvement at the beginning of the investigation, has come to be proud of the part he ended up playing. “He says he’s glad to have come forward, to have a part in defending something he believes in, to stand up to the increasingly elaborate machine that ensnares journalists around the world,” Farrow said.
For more from Farrow, listen to “The Catch and Kill Podcast With Ronan Farrow” on the RADIO.COM app.