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Social Control
Program 327
Original Airdate: 5/30/1974

Subject Keywords
Administration of drugs
Afro-American prisoners
Drugs - Testing
Imprisonment - Psychological aspects

Subject Genre
Public Affairs: Current Events

Personal Names
Chorover, Dr. Stephan L.
Clapp, Richard
Coles, Arnold
Rodman, Rev. Edward

Corporate Names
Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk - Norfolk - Massachusetts

Program Description
Program focuses on the surgical and psychotropic research being proposed (and in some cases, implemented) to curb violent tendencies via the testing of prison inmates. Host Topper Carew speaks with inmates of the Massachusetts Correctional Institution at Norfolk and two groups of professionals in two separate interviews: the first with Rev. Edward Rodman (of the Episcopal Diocese of Boston) and Professor Stephan L. Chorover (of the MIT Psychology Department) to discuss "psychosurgery"; the second with Arnold Coles (Chairman of the National Prisoners Reform Association) and Richard Clapp (formerly with the Prison Health Project) to discuss drug experimentation. Discussion topics included reactions to the theory of dysfunction in the brain as a source of violent behavior, whether surgery is necessary to remedy behavior, what the political implications of surgery are, what diseases "pyschosurgery" is justified for, what the ethics of "psychosurgery" are, and how drug companies end up doing much of their experimentation in prisons.

Topper Carew

Associate Producer
Barbara Barrow

Conrad White

Dighton Spooner

Topper Carew

Dr. Stephan L. Chorover
Richard Clapp
Arnold Coles
Rev. Edward Rodman

Henry Johnson (filmmaker)
Huntley Nicholas, Jr. (film sound)
Dighton Spooner (researcher)

Master (WGBH program) 2" videotape A2-00828
Original footage 1/2" reel-to-reel videotape 2945-60 / 3311
Preservation master digital beta cassette AP-01566A
Preservation master beta SP cassette AP-01566
Viewing copy 3/4" cassette (item number not yet assigned)
Viewing copy VHS cassette (item number not yet assigned)

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