Sidney Gottlieb is a name you do not know. If you did, you'd know about decades of CIA projects ruining countless minds with drugs and torture. You'd also know about the CIA's secret San Francisco bordello, collaboration with Axis Powers war criminals, and borderline wacky fixation on turning drugs into brain-controlling weapons. On this week's episode of The Cracked Podcast, Alex Schmidt sits down with scholar, journalist and author Stephen Kinzer, diving into astonishing stories from Stephen's new book Poisoner In Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control. Discover the most important and powerful government agent you've never heard of, and how he pioneered everything from global "black sites" to 1960s counterculture, all with zero oversight and a hell of a lot of LSD.

Footnotes:

Poisoner In Chief: Sidney Gottlieb and the CIA Search for Mind Control by Stephen Kinzer

The CIA Experimented On Animals in the 1960s Too. Just Ask 'Acoustic Kitty' (Smithsonian Magazine)

The 5 Most Ridiculous CIA Plots Fidel Castro Outlived (Cracked)

Wormwood (Netflix)

This Day In History: Feb. 8th, 1949: Cardinal Mindszenty Of Hungary Sentenced (History.com)

The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped America (Smithsonian Magazine)

How One Forgotten War Created Modern America (The Cracked Podcast)

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