11 episodes

In the early 1960s, a doctor at a mental ward sheds his ethical restraints in an effort to pioneer a new form of "mental cleansing" at the behest of a private research group. The Control Group is a chilling, 10-part historical fiction for mature audiences. Listener discretion is advised due to realistic depictions of violence and graphic sexuality. Binge the entire season now with headphones for a fully immersive experience.

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    • Drama
    • 4.6 • 980 Ratings

In the early 1960s, a doctor at a mental ward sheds his ethical restraints in an effort to pioneer a new form of "mental cleansing" at the behest of a private research group. The Control Group is a chilling, 10-part historical fiction for mature audiences. Listener discretion is advised due to realistic depictions of violence and graphic sexuality. Binge the entire season now with headphones for a fully immersive experience.

    Terminal Studies

    Terminal Studies

    Somerhill (Daniel May) convenes a meeting at the Founder’s Mansion, a crumbling remnant of Central State Hospital’s more glorious age. There, Dr. Hayes (John Schmedes) is challenged to demonstrate the effectiveness of his radical treatments… by performing a type of experiment that, under ordinary circumstances, is forbidden in scientific research.
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    • 30 min
    Midnight Climax

    Midnight Climax

    Now that Dr. Hayes (John Schmedes) has penetrated the Dixie Hotel’s chamber of secrets, Somerhill (Daniel May) and Dr. Gottfried (Keith Brooks) reveal the hidden workings of the plot in which Karen (Hannah Fierman) has been entangled. The abusive Grath (Joe Sykes) finds Karen in the hospital basement, and a bitter grudge is settled.
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    • 35 min
    Cages

    Cages

    Following the incident at the Dixie Hotel, Dr. Hayes (John Schmedes) returns to Central State Hospital just as its orderly operation is interrupted. In defiance of Dr. Hayes, Verdrey (Lisa Paulsen) attempts to hide Karen (Hannah Fierman) where the hospital’s darkest secrets are kept.
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    • 26 min
    Charlotte

    Charlotte

    Housebound and suffering from mental collapse, Charlotte (Jennifer Bates) receives an encouraging message from an unlikely herald (Mary Kraft). Dr. Hayes (John Schmedes) requests Charlotte’s special assistance in a personal investigation into the circumstances of Karen’s crime.
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    • 37 min
    SIHE

    SIHE

    Somerhill (Daniel May) receives word of Hayes’s (John Schmedes) revelation from both the proud doctor and a rogue agent (Andrew Benator), who is furious at having been exposed. Unsatisfied with Hayes’s explanation, Verdrey (Lisa Paulsen) begins to investigate the identity and purpose of the Society for the Investigation of Human Ecology.
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    • 32 min
    Sodium Amytal

    Sodium Amytal

    Intent on exposing Karen’s (Hannah Fierman) secrets, Dr. Hayes (John Schmedes) subjects her to chemical hypnosis and coerces her to reenact the ill-fated events that occurred in room 512 of the Dixie Hotel. His unhealthy obsession with Karen reaches new depths, but his unorthodox form of role-playing leads to an unexpected breakthrough. 
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    • 27 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
980 Ratings

980 Ratings

Wootsy1 ,

Immensely Tragic...

This was a very disturbing podcast.
As horrendous as these patients were treated, this is an ultra-sanitized depiction of the mismanagement, experimentation, barbaric and inhumane treatment that was going on in those hospitals in the early to mid 20th century. Very sad. Thankfully the standard of care is much better now.

On a technical note, this podcast was extremely well done. The voice actors are top notch and really sold their parts. There’s masterful use of sound design and background music that is so vital to the story telling in building suspense and supporting the actors, it should be listed as part of the acting cast.

Overall, a nice piece of work.

Ahdawnis ,

Excellent pod!

Loved it and I hope they make more.

KEN_JR? ,

Favorite new radio drama.

Scary & sexy

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