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Welcome to episode 01: The Hostage Negotiator. It was our great pleasure to welcome retired Chief, FBI Crisis Negotiation Unit, Gary Noesner.

Noesner worked for the FBI for more than 30 years as an investigator and instructor. As a hostage negotiator, he defused prison riots, government standoffs with right-wing militias, overseas kidnappings, and terrorist embassy takeovers. His career trajectory coincided with many significant events in the evolution of hostage negotiation at the FBI.

In 2010, Noesner released Stalling for Time: My Life as an FBI Hostage Negotiator, detailing his time working at the bureau. In the memoir, he wrote about the various standoffs he has been involved in, including Waco – his involvement as a negotiator in this crisis would change the FBI forever.

Below is the written transcript of our conversation - you may listen to the full audio of this episode wherever you get your podcasts.

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