On June 3, UCP launches its new audio platform with an all-new, compelling true crime podcast that will take a deep dive into the search for a missing teen and uncover the dark and twisted business of tough-love programs for “troubled teens” — and the programs' ties to one of America's most dangerous cults.
Hosted by journalist Josh Bloch (“Uncover: Escaping NXIVM” podcast), “The Lost Kids” begins with the story of missing teen Daniel Yuen, whose behavioral problems led his parents to seek out psychiatrists, then enroll him in a CEDU school, according to ABC News. That therapeutic boarding school and behavior modification program in the San Bernardino Mountains of southern California was the last place Yuen, who vanished in 2004 when he was 16, was seen.
But what begins as an investigation into one missing teen soon expands into an expose of the profitable “troubled teen” industry, which received a considerable boost from endorsements by politicians and features on daytime talk shows.
“We start looking into this program, and one of the first remarkable things we discover is that hundreds of kids have run away from this place,” Bloch told Oxygen.com. “As we peel back the layers, we discover that the form of therapy they're running there is very aggressive.”
Listen to the podcast trailer here:
All six episodes of “The Lost Kids” will be available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and wherever you listen to your favorite podcasts starting June 3. Follow @UCP on Twitter for updates.
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