Richard Syrett welcomes a Hollywood film producer and author who reveals how he and his co-author got tangled up in secret CIA-operated, hypnosis, and hallucinogenic drug experiments at Princeton University in the late 1960s. In the 1950s, the CIA had a macabre fascination with hypnosis and psychedelic drugs, and they unleashed programs to make use of them for military purposes. They lavished funds on a highly-classified mind-control project (which they named MK-ULTRA) with the intent of bending minds of enemies, foreign and domestic, and of erasing memories of secrets known to their own retired agents. As MK-ULTRA grew into the 1960s, their list of targets expanded to include college students – especially anti-Vietnam-War activists.
GUEST: PAUL JEFFREY DAVIDS along with John Selby is the co‐author of Blowing America’s Mind; A True Story of Princeton, CIA Mind-Control, LSD and Zen. He is also the author of six “Star Wars” books for Lucasfilm. He was production coordinator and a writer of the original animated “Transformers” TV series; executive producer of Showtime’s “Roswell: The UFO Cover‐up,” starring Kyle MacLachlan and Martin Sheen, and he has produced and directed ten feature films, including “The Sci‐Fi Boys” and “The Life After Death Project,” both of which aired on SyFy, and “Jesus in India” and the bio‐pic, “Timothy Leary’s Dead.” As an undergraduate at Princeton, he won three top writing awards, then studied under full scholarship at the American Film Institute Center for Advanced Film Studies in Los Angeles. Davids is also the bestselling co‐author of An Atheist in Heaven: the Ultimate Evidence for Life After Death? (2016) as well as being an accomplished artist.