I’m Michelle Shephard, host of the CBC podcast Brainwashed. I’ve been digging into the CIA’s covert mind-control experiments known as MK-ULTRA and tracking how they led to modern-day torture techniques. Ask me anything!
Since 9/11, I’ve been covering issues of national security (for 20 years at the Toronto Star, and now as an independent journalist and filmmaker.) That work has taken me around the world digging into the U.S. war on terror — including places like Yemen, Somalia and behind the wire at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, more than two dozen times. I’ve also covered intelligence agencies, most especially the CIA and CSIS.
I started Brainwashed about a year ago, and I have to say, I’m pretty embarrassed I didn’t know the full history of MK-ULTRA, especially the Canadian connection. I also didn’t know so much of what I covered after 9/11 — such as the CIA’s interrogation methods — could be traced back to the Cold War. Here I was going all over the world and there was so much history to discover right in Montreal, like a five-hour drive from where I’m based in Toronto.
More on Brainwashed: https://www.cbc.ca/listen/cbc-podcasts/440-brainwashed