7 episodes

Brainwashed investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. It’s the story of how a renowned psychiatrist used his unwitting patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital, and the ripple effects on survivors, their families, and thousands of other people around the world. It also examines the cultural impact — how the CIA brought LSD to America and inadvertently created counterculture influencers such as author Ken Kesey and poet Allen Ginsberg. It’s an exploration of what happens in times of fear, when the military and medicine collide. And what happens when the survivors fight back.

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    • 4.2 • 218 Ratings

Brainwashed investigates the CIA’s covert mind control experiments – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. It’s the story of how a renowned psychiatrist used his unwitting patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital, and the ripple effects on survivors, their families, and thousands of other people around the world. It also examines the cultural impact — how the CIA brought LSD to America and inadvertently created counterculture influencers such as author Ken Kesey and poet Allen Ginsberg. It’s an exploration of what happens in times of fear, when the military and medicine collide. And what happens when the survivors fight back.

    Episode 6: NEVER TOO LATE TO SAY SORRY

    Episode 6: NEVER TOO LATE TO SAY SORRY

    MKULTRA has entered popular culture, becoming the butt of jokes, television plot points, and the darling of internet conspiracy theorists. At the very least, the secrecy that still surrounds MKULTRA, or the CIA’s post-9/11 programs, sows distrust of governments, and medical professionals. At worst, it gives credence to online conspiracies, like Pizzagate, that end up having real world consequences. Meanwhile, the families of the victims continue to suffer. And continue to fight for justice and recognition.

    • 34 min
    Episode 5: WE TORTURED SOME FOLKS

    Episode 5: WE TORTURED SOME FOLKS

    MKULTRA was supposed to have ended in the 1960s. The torturous experiments didn’t work. So why did these techniques evolve and continue to be used by American trainers throughout Latin America, and then get revived once again in the era that followed the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks? The CIA’s Black Sites and a courtroom inside the Guantanamo Bay Naval Base may hold some of the answers.

    • 39 min
    Episode 4: SUING THE CIA

    Episode 4: SUING THE CIA

    After discovering that they were the unwitting victims of human experiments, nine of Dr. Cameron’s victims band together to take on a Herculean task – to make the CIA pay. How do you sue one of the most powerful intelligence agencies in the world?

    • 30 min
    Episode 3: EXPOSING MKULTRA

    Episode 3: EXPOSING MKULTRA

    Communist brainwashing, mind control experiments, a government cover up... MKULTRA sounds like the stuff of conspiracy theories or science fiction. But it was real. John Marks, author of The Search for the Manchurian Candidate, and Stephen Kinzer, author of Poisoner in Chief, reveal the shocking details of the bizarre and expansive secret CIA project.

    • 29 min
    Episode 2: PSYCHIC DRIVING

    Episode 2: PSYCHIC DRIVING

    Dr. Ewen Cameron, an internally renowned psychiatrist, was once the director of the World, American and Canadian Psychiatric Associations. So how did he come to develop his controversial treatments? And what was the real purpose behind his experiments?

    • 33 min
    Episode 1: RAVENSCRAG

    Episode 1: RAVENSCRAG

    The Allan Memorial Institute in Montreal was an innovative new hospital where patients sought cutting-edge psychiatric care. But instead of being helped, many were subjected to shockingly brutal experiments: massive doses of LSD or other drugs, electroshocks, and sensory deprivation. How — and why — could this be allowed to happen?

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5
218 Ratings

218 Ratings

Nutherun ,

A shadowy part of Canadian history overshadowed by broader implications.

Not sure what on earth other comments downgrading this podcast are about, suggesting it’s not a Canadian story, they obviously didn’t listen. I heard about sleep rooms back in the 80s, and was always stunned more information wasn’t available on these horrific experiments. Montreal has quite the history of unethical scientific and medical practices. However, I’m disappointed at how quickly they wrapped up the coverage of the McGill practices and the sleep rooms and moved on to later implications. While I certainly appreciate their importance, it really makes the Montreal experiments feel like a footnote rather than a story in and of itself. The victims of the Allan Memorial and exactly what happened there deserved much more attention than they ultimately received in this podcast.

Rebal70 ,

CBC

CBC podcasts are top notch well done

Moncef Abbad ,

Finally

American are being brain washed since years ago. Phrase and quick image, Phrase and quick image.. and the trick is done. CIA hearts Americans.

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