Brainwashed

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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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Episode 6: NEVER TOO LATE TO SAY SORRY
00:34:09
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.
Oct 20, 2020
Episode 5: WE TORTURED SOME FOLKS
00:39:40
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.
Oct 13, 2020
Episode 4: SUING THE CIA
00:30:50
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?
Oct 06, 2020
Episode 3: EXPOSING MKULTRA
00:29:43
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.
Sep 30, 2020
Episode 2: PSYCHIC DRIVING
00:33:32
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?
Sep 23, 2020
Episode 1: RAVENSCRAG
00:23:06
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?
Sep 23, 2020
Trailer: Brainwashed
00:03:05
Brainwashed is a multi-part investigation into the CIA’s experiments in mind control – from the Cold War and MKULTRA to the so-called War on Terror. We learn about a psychiatrist who used his patients as human guinea pigs at a Montreal hospital and what happens in times of fear when the military and medicine collide. We discover the ripple effect that the devastating experiments have had — on the survivors, their families, and on thousands of other people around the world. And how they are fighting back.
Sep 02, 2020