Episode Eighty-One: Project MKUltra, Plus Fun Drug Stories

After World War II, the CIA became intensely interested in finding out whether individuals could be mind controlled or forced into confessions using means such as drugs, hypnosis, sensory deprivation, and other techniques. From 1953 to 1973, Project MKUltra, as well as several other related programs, engaged in many illegal activities, including dosing unknowing subjects with LSD, erasing the memories of psychiatric patients under the auspices of “treatment,” generally trying to alter the mental states of individuals who oftentimes had no idea what was being done to them, and being responsible for at least one death, if not many more. Follow Tom and Jenny down the rabbit hole of these creepy CIA mind control experiments, plus enjoy a few amusing drug-related stories in our current events segment. Hang onto your brains and listen in to the soothing, hypnotic tones of episode 81. YOU WILL LOVE 13 O’CLOCK. YOU WILL LOVE 13 O’CLOCK. YOU WILL LOVE 13 O’CLOCK.

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Clip at the beginning taken from the trailer of the Netflix miniseries Wormwood.

Song at the end: “MK Ultra” by Muse.

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Episode Twenty-Six: Goin’ Underground – Strange Subterranean Discoveries

As we merrily traipse down the sunlit city streets of our mundane daily existences, most of us remain blissfully unaware that an entirely different world might lie just beneath our feet. On this episode of 13 O’Clock, Tom and Jenny don their mining helmets, jump in their subterrene, and tunnel deep into the earth to uncover a few of the strange, forgotten wonders that lurk below the surface, including vast underground cities and mysterious tunnel networks, creepy abandoned military bunkers, a priceless lost library possibly hidden beneath a famous landmark, and even a shadowy secret society that gets up to all sorts of delightfully clandestine activities beneath the avenues of one of the world’s great metropolises.

Episode Five: Eerie Espionage – Numbers Stations, Somerton Man, Isdal Woman

Everybody loves suave superspy James Bond, but sometimes international espionage can be a hell of a lot less glamorous, and even downright disturbing. On this spooky spy-themed episode, Tom and Jenny discuss the creepy weirdness of numbers stations, plus the intensely fucked-up and mysterious unsolved murders of probable secret agents The Somerton Man (aka the Tamam Shud case) and The Isdal Woman.
To listen to lots more unsettling examples of numbers stations, visit The Conet Project, and if you’re interested in recent attempts to crack the Tamam Shud code, check out this Reddit thread.