Radio & Podcasts

Operation Ice Pick

In the 1950s officials in West Virginia gave Dr. Walter Freeman free rein of the state’s asylums as part of a mass-scale lobotomy experiment dubbed Operation Ice Pick. Claire Prentice investigates why and looks at the controversial career of America’s most prolific lobotomist, who boasted that lobotomy was “easier than curing a toothache” and whose patients included President John F. Kennedy’s sister, Rose Kennedy.

 

Life Under Glass

Claire Prentice tells the true story of Dr. Martin Couney, “the incubator doctor,” who saved thousands of babies in his sideshow exhibit at Coney Island, NY. She tracks down some of the premature babies, now in their 70s, 80s and 90s, who owe their lives to the doctor who put them on show at the amusement park.