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Photo by Tim Wang, CC via Flickr, http://bit.ly/2q4xD8L

If you’re a skeptic, you’re going to be outraged by the “scientific projects” conducted by the U.S. government into mind reading and other paranormal phenomena. For more than 40 years the government hired magicians and hypnotists to try to figure out what the enemy was up to. Investigative journalist Annie Jacobsen’s latest book tells the story of this top secret program, and Thursday, she joins us to explain what would make people spend so much time, energy, and money on such strange ideas.

Annie Jacobsen is the author of Area 51 and The Pentagon's Brain, which was a Pulitzer Prize finalist in history. Her new book is called Phenomena: The Secret History of the U.S. Government's Investigation Into Extrasensory Perception and Psychokinesis. [Independent bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

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