The Sunshine Place

By Audacy Studios | Team Downey

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Subscribers: 579
Reviews: 5
Episodes: 10

 Jan 22, 2024
Absolutely fascinating podcast! I'd never heard of Synanon before and it's interesting to hear first hand experiences from people who lived in that cult. I recommend it!

 Dec 26, 2023
Very interesting to hear from the perspective of the people living it.

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Once called “the miracle on the beach,” Synanon began in the 1960s as an experimental rehab facility in Santa Monica, California with a radical claim: It could cure heroin addiction. Before long it would make an even bolder claim - it could cure any of your problems, all you had to do was move in. What started in a house on the beach soon spread to compounds across the country. The man who made the miracle happen, Charles E. Dederich, aka “Chuck,” would be the one to destroy it all, along with the lives of many of his followers and millions of dollars in assets. The Sunshine Place tells the mind-blowing, true story of Synanon - one of America’s most cutting edge social experiments turned into one of its most dangerous and violent cults as it’s never been told before: by the people who lived it. Executive Produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Emily Barclay Ford for Team Downey, together with Josh McLaughlin for Wink Pictures.  The Sunshine Place is an Audacy original.

Episode Date
Presenting Gone South Season 3: The Sign Cutter
Oct 26, 2023
E8: The First Day of the Rest of Your Life
Sep 21, 2022
E7: The Holy War
Sep 14, 2022
E6: Changing Partners
Sep 07, 2022
E5: The Breeders
Aug 31, 2022
E4: The Punk Squad
Aug 24, 2022
E3: The Trip
Aug 17, 2022
E2: The Miracle on the Beach
Aug 10, 2022
E1: The Kidsnatchers
Aug 10, 2022
Welcome to The Sunshine Place
Jul 26, 2022