The Control Group
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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 from HowStuffWorks. Listen with headphones for an immersive experience — binge the entire season now!
||Explicit10. Terminal Studies||Somerhill convenes a meeting at the abandoned Founder's Mansion. Dr. Hayes is challenged to demonstrate the effectiveness of his radical treatments by performing a type of experiment that, under ordinary circumstances, is forbidden in scientific researc||8/8/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit09. Midnight Climax||Now that Dr. Hayes has penetrated the Dixie Hotel’s chamber of secrets, Somerhill and Dr. Gottfried reveal the hidden workings of the plot in which Karen has been entangled. Grath finds Karen in the hospital basement, and a bitter grudge is settled.||8/1/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit08. Cages||Following the incident at the Dixie Hotel, Dr. Hayes returns to Central State Hospital just as its orderly operation is interrupted. In defiance of Dr. Hayes, Verdrey attempts to hide Karen where the hospital’s darkest secrets are kept.||7/25/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit07. Charlotte||Housebound and suffering from mental collapse, Charlotte receives an encouraging message from an unlikely herald. Dr. Hayes requests Charlotte’s special assistance in a personal investigation into the circumstances of Karen’s crime.||7/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit06. SIHE||Somerhill receives word of Hayes’s revelation from both the proud doctor and a rogue agent, who is furious at having been exposed. Unsatisfied with Hayes’s explanation, Verdrey begins to investigate the identity and purpose of the S.I.H.E.||7/11/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit05. Sodium Amytal||Intent on exposing Karen's secrets, Dr. Hayes subjects her to chemical hypnosis and coerces her to reenact the events at the hotel. His unhealthy obsession with her reaches new depths, but his unorthodox role-playing leads to an unexpected breakthrough.||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit04. Phenobarbital||Karen spends days confined to a "sleep room." Somerhill encourages Dr. Hayes to become more aggressive in his therapies, just as Verdrey begins to question Hayes's methods. Charlotte is released.||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit03. Psychic Driving||Dr. Hayes conscripts Karen to tape record a message of cooperation and compliance, to be used in future therapies. When Karen attempts to escape, attendant Grath, who is prone to bullying and abuse, volunteers to find her ... and succeeds.||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit02. Sleep Therapy||Dr. Hayes realizes he must cultivate more ambitious therapies if he expects to win the fiscal support of a large research group. Long term patient Charlotte grows jealous of the doctor’s obvious fascination with the new patient, Karen.||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Explicit01. ECT||After being apprehended fleeing the scene of a crime, an outspoken woman is placed in the Central State Hospital for examination and evaluation. After a terse interview with Dr. Hayes, she is quickly acquainted with the harsh realities of life in B Ward||6/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Control Group: Trailer||Encouraged by a private research group, a doctor at a mental ward sheds his ethical restraints in an effort to pioneer a new form of mental cleansing.||6/20/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
Creepy as F***
Not a huge pcast listener myself but, interested in the subject matter, I binged 1-5 on release day. Mostly I sat there & nodded my head, feeling like they did a better-than-competent job of recreating life in a 1960s mental ward and occasionally making the skin crawl. But by the time we got to episodes 4 and 5, my jaw started to drop. Let's just say they went somewhere, um... unexpected. They can't possibly deliver the goods in the remaining episodes but I know one thing, I'll be tuning in to find out.
This podcast grabbed me right from the start. It begins with a mystery, and has a creepy tension that grows by the episode. I’m already about to run out of shows. Don’t leave me hanging!