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Stephen Kinzer: Mind Control and the CIA

Stephen Kinzer is the author of nine books, including: The True FlagThe BrothersOverthrow and All the Shah’s Men. He is also an award-winning foreign correspondent and writes a world affairs column for The Boston Globe. His new book tells the astonishing story of the man who oversaw the CIA’s secret medical experiments of the 1950s and ’60s. Drawing on original interviews, survivors’ testimonies and documentary research, Kinzer brings to light this massive hunt for the secret of mind control that spanned several countries, including the work of Nazi scientists, and lead to experimentation on government employees (willing and unwilling), foreign politicians, children, prisoners, sex workers and anyone else the poisoner in chief deemed threatening or expendable. Come hear a startling tale of the most powerful unknown Americans of the 20th century and of government lies and deception.


This program is part of our Good Lit series, underwritten by the Bernard Osher Foundation.

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Stephen Kinzer
Senior Fellow, Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University; Former New York Times Bureau Chief for Nicaragua, Germany and Turkey; Author, Poisoner In Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control
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Robert Rosenthal
Board Member and Executive Producer, The Center for Investigative Reporting—Moderator