The Control Group
About the Podcast
In the early 1960s, a doctor at a mental ward sheds his ethical restraints in an effort to pioneer a new form of "mental cleansing" at the behest of a private research group. The Control Group is a chilling, 10-part historical fiction from HowStuffWorks.
About the Host
Bret Wood is an Atlanta-based filmmaker whose work explores the secrets and the horrors that lie beneath society’s well-ordered exterior. His feature films include the vampire mystery The Unwanted (2014), Psychopathia Sexualis (2006) and the documentary Hell’s Highway: The True Story of Highway Safety Films (2003), which Filmmaker Magazine called “a Lynchian view of the nightmarish underbelly of middle America.” He has recently completed his fifth feature, a revenge thriller entitled Those Who Deserve to Die. Wood produces digital restorations of classic films for Kino Lorber, Inc. and has written numerous books and essays that illuminate some of the lesser-known corners of film history. The Control Group is a production of HowStuffWorks and is performed by various voice-over talents, including John Schmedes (Dr. Hayes), Hannah Fierman (Karen), Lisa Paulsen (Verdrey), Jennifer Bates (Charlotte), and Daniel May (Somerhill), and also features Andrew Benator, Keith Brooks, Rachel Frawley, Shelby Hofer, Mary Kraft, Kelly O’Neal, Joe Sykes, and Troy Willis.