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Brainwashing: From the Korean War to cults to today

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The term “brainwashing” has been used throughout history by scientists, politicians, and journalists, as well as in movies and literature.

This hour: a look at the history and science of brainwashing.


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Colin McEnroe, Jonathan McNicol, Cat Pastor, and Dylan Reyes contributed to this show, which originally aired April 20, 2022.

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Lily is the senior producer for The Colin McEnroe Show. She first worked at Connecticut Public as an intern in 2014. She has previously worked for WBUR, KUNC and as a producer for the New England News Collaborative's weekly show Next. Lily can be reached at ltyson@ctpublic.org.
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