American History Hit


America's Psychedelic '60s: Timothy Leary and LSD

Ep. 12

In 1963, a Gilded Age estate in Millbrook, New York, became a venue for academic research into therapeutic uses for LSD, led by psychologist Timothy Leary. Over the next few years evolved into the home of the psychedelic movement of 1960s America. 

Guests were invited to turn on, tune in, drop out. Bemused locals first saw their new neighbours as harmless. But, as Devin Lander tells Don, as their number and notoriety grew, so did a moral panic across America.

Produced and mixed by Benjie Guy. Senior producer: Charlotte Long.

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