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George White ran the CIA brothel. He watched from a hidden room while men were dosed with LSD — and he convinced himself the fate of the nation depended on it.

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    • 4.9 • 8 Ratings

George White ran the CIA brothel. He watched from a hidden room while men were dosed with LSD — and he convinced himself the fate of the nation depended on it.

    Tripping

    Tripping

    As the walls closed in on Operation Midnight Climax, George White took lessons he’d learned from a world-class magician to explore the last uncharted frontier of the psychonaut — the general public. It’s how White would make San Francisco’s sanity disappear.
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    • 38 min
    A Waste of Sin

    A Waste of Sin

    After Frank Olson’s death in New York, George White had to move his whole operation to San Francisco. And the CIA added a twist: while they’d been occupied with using LSD as a mind-control drug, now they wanted him to weaponize sex.
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    • 37 min
    The Window

    The Window

    For 70 years, people have debated what happened to Frank Olson at the Hotel Statler. Did the CIA’s grand experiment with LSD lead to the sanctioned execution of a government employee? For George White, Frank Olson’s death would change everything.
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    • 44 min
    Smoking Out Castro

    Smoking Out Castro

    Today we wanted to share a bonus mini-episode. Here’s how George White’s LSD adventures tied in with the CIA’s increasingly bizarre attempts to assassinate Fidel Castro. We’ll be back with a new installment next Wednesday.
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    • 12 min
    Uncharted Waters

    Uncharted Waters

    As the CIA’s LSD experiments went increasingly rogue, an aspiring actress realized what George White had done to her. But unlike others who’d complained, she reported White by name to the New York Police Department.
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    • 41 min
    The Pad

    The Pad

    To immerse himself in his CIA role, George White needed a new identity. In Greenwich Village, he set up a safehouse and became Morgan Hall, a struggling artist. But it wasn’t long before the wrong kind of people started showing up at his door — including the FBI
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    • 39 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

DeXtrovert ,

Superb

I am interested in anything related to MK Ultra and this series does not disappoint.

There are TV series that had millions pumped into the making of them on services such as Netflix that do not tell a story as cohesive, detailed, informed and gripping as this series.

Well worth a listen!

fran_corchamps ,

Quality

This is great and does a really good job of diving deeper into the story. I knew a fair amount about it already and if you do too, don’t let that put you off because it’s a level up from reading about it and has great detail.

I’m also a big fan of Noel’s voice and he’s great narrating this. The story is well written and manages to keep moving forward whilst filling in some blanks at the right time instead of falling into the trap of overloading an entire biography at once and then rushing through the narrative. And the sound design is glorious! Would buy as an album haha.

The one thing I would say is that a few of the audio clip dramatisations are a little over hammed, but that’s meant to be constructive. So it’s a 5/5 on that scale, but maybe 99/100 to take that into account haha. Great podcast!

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