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Apple TV+ reveals trailer for new Apple Original podcast “Operation: Tradebom,” debuting January 9

Hosted by Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning producer, director and screenwriter Marc Smerling, the series tracks the investigation into the 1993 bombing of the World Trade Center and how this first attempt to bring down the towers changed our world forever
Press Release January 4, 2023
Apple TV+ revealed the trailer for “Operation: Tradebom” hosted by Emmy Award-winning producer, director and screenwriter Marc Smerling releasing Monday, January 9, 2023.

Apple TV+ today announces the new Apple Original podcast “Operation: Tradebom,” with the first two episodes of the new nine-part series releasing on Monday, January 9. Hosted by Academy Award nominee and Emmy Award-winning producer, director and screenwriter Marc Smerling (“The Jinx,” “Capturing the Friedmans,” and podcasts “Crimetown,” “Crooked City”), “Operation: Tradebom” tracks the arrival of terrorism to American shores, through the voices of those who watched it happen firsthand — from Cairo in 1981 to downtown New York City on 9/11.

Eight years before 9/11, investigators in New York’s Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), a ragtag team of FBI paper pushers and NYPD detectives, found themselves conducting a new type of international investigation, which they called Operation Tradebom. A group of men set off a bomb in the garage beneath the World Trade Center intending the North tower to fall into the South tower. At the time, it was the largest improvised explosive device ever detonated on American soil, leaving behind a 100-foot crater five stories deep. The explosion killed six people and injured thousands. But the story has been overshadowed by what came next: 9/11, two Gulf Wars and an endless war in Afghanistan. “Operation: Tradebom” tracks the hunt for the mastermind behind the bombing as members of the JTTF come to a frightening realization: what they were dealing with was much larger than anyone understood, born from long-standing tensions over the U.S. exodus from Afghanistan and Israel’s treatment of Palestinians in the Middle East. “Operation: Tradebom" reveals larger players at work and global tensions which stymied attempts to prevent future disaster.

New podcast episodes will debut weekly, beginning Monday, January 9 with the first two episodes, on Apple Podcasts and via RSS at

“Operation: Tradebom” is an Apple Original podcast produced by Truth Media in partnership with Brillstein Entertainment Partners. Executive producers are Marc Smerling and Jon Liebman.

“Operation: Tradebom” joins a growing offering of Apple TV+ Apple Original podcasts now streaming on Apple Podcasts, including the duPont Award-winning “The Line,” the Webby Award-winning “Hooked,” “Run, Bambi, Run,” “Wild Things: Siegfried & Roy,” “The Problem With Jon Stewart,” “Missed Fortune,” “Little America: The Official Podcast,” as well as official companion podcasts for Apple TV+ series “Foundation,” “For All Mankind” and the docuseries “The Big Conn.”

Apple TV+ offers premium, compelling drama and comedy series, feature films, groundbreaking documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, and is available to watch across all your favorite screens. After its launch on November 1, 2019, Apple TV+ became the first all-original streaming service to launch around the world, and has premiered more original hits and received more award recognitions faster than any other streaming service in its debut. To date, Apple Original films, documentaries and series have been honored with over 300 awards and more than 1305 nominations, including the multi-Emmy Award-winning comedy “Ted Lasso” and 2022 Oscar Best Picture winner “CODA.”

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