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Once called “the miracle on the beach,” Synanon began in the 1960s as an experimental rehab facility in Santa Monica, California with a radical claim: It could cure heroin addiction. Before long, it would make an even bolder claim: It could cure any of your problems. All you had to do was move in. What started in a house on the beach, soon spread to compounds across the country. The man who made the miracle happen, Charles E. Dederich, aka “Chuck,” would be the one to destroy it all, along with the lives of many of his followers and millions of dollars in assets. The Sunshine Place tells the mind-blowing, true-story of Synanon - one of America’s most cutting edge social experiments, turned into one of its most dangerous and violent cults - as it’s never been told before: by the people who lived it. Executive Produced by Robert Downey Jr., Susan Downey, and Emily Barclay Ford for Team Downey and C13Originals, together with Josh McLaughlin for Wink Pictures and written, produced, and directed by Peabody-nominated C13Originals, a Cadence13 Studio. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
E1: The Kidsnatchers

E1: The Kidsnatchers

2022-08-1045:5722

Welcome to Synanon. If you're wondering what Synanon is, then you're asking the same question as Celena and Mike, whose lives change forever the moment they arrive. It's the 1970s, and Synanon is a community, a utopia, a cautionary tale, and a cult. But more than anything else, it's a person, the founder of Synanon, a man named Charles E. Dederich, who most people call, Chuck.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chuck Dederich hits rock bottom as an alcoholic in the beachside slums of Los Angeles. It's 1958, and he's got nothing but an idea, but it's one that would save countless lives. He calls it Synanon. Others call it the Miracle on the Beach. Through sheer force of will, Chuck's idea becomes national news, and Synanon becomes a household word.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
E3: The Trip

E3: The Trip

2022-08-1747:2012

Legend, ritual, religion, LSD. Chuck experiments with all of it on his followers in Synanon. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
E4: The Punk Squad

E4: The Punk Squad

2022-08-2446:5411

Chuck breaks one of his two rules for Synanon, no violence, beginning with his youngest followers. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
E5: The Breeders

E5: The Breeders

2022-08-3148:105

Chuck declares that there will be no more children born in Synanon, and he goes to great lengths to make sure of it. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
E6: Changing Partners

E6: Changing Partners

2022-09-0756:049

After Chuck's wife Betty passes away, he quickly finds a new partner, and he instructs his followers to find new ones too, whether they want to or not.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
E7: The Holy War

E7: The Holy War

2022-09-1452:268

Chuck is consumed by paranoia and Synanon erupts in violence. To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Chuck Dederich's story reaches its conclusion. Whether or not Synanon does is up for debate.  To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policy Learn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices
Comments (7)

Rebecca Butcher

Wow, beautiful and tragic at the same time. Wonderfully well done.

Sep 22nd
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Nzitouo Gaetan

it's actually cool but short though. story not complete we'll hope the next episode is better

Sep 5th
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Noofook Nazarak

what about Giant insects

Sep 5th
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Noofook Nazarak

pls replace your house

Sep 5th
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Reagan Reynolds

this is one of the most boring podcast hosts ive ever listened to

Aug 22nd
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$@$

🙌🏼💯👍🏻👌🏻🙉🙈🙊

Aug 17th
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