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Emma Lehman

Gooned is a deep dive into an industry with blood on its hands. The Troubled Teen Industry (TTI) is a network of profit-incentivized... more

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12: The Big Question

Episode 12: The Big QuestionIf not the Troubled Teen Industry, then what else? Where can families, caregivers, schools, the justice... more

14 Feb 2024 · 34 minutes
11: Lipstick on a Pig

Episode 11: Lipstick on a PigIt all started with Paris Hilton: since 2020, legislation passed to regulate and oversee the... more

07 Feb 2024 · 32 minutes
10: Afterwards

Episode 10: AfterwardsMany survivors can remember their very first day out – often, it’s their 18th birthday, a much-anticipated day when,... more

31 Jan 2024 · 33 minutes
9: Pray the Gay Away

Episode 9: Pray the Gay Away Conversion therapy has been disavowed by nearly every major medical organization in the United... more

24 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
8: The System Gone Mad

Episode 8: The System Gone Mad Parents aren’t the only ones who can send kids away. Learn about the government’s role... more

17 Jan 2024 · 34 minutes

Episode 7: NATSAP Emma goes undercover at a conference for members of NATSAP, the preeminent trade organization for troubled teen industry... more

10 Jan 2024 · 36 minutes
6: Money Talks

Episode 6: Money Talks The TTI is a multi-billion-dollar industry whose funding is nearly untraceable by design. Tracking where this money... more

03 Jan 2024 · 31 minutes
5: Straight, Inc.

Episode 5: Straight, Inc. Straight, Incorporated was one of the earliest troubled teen industry programs to take hold in the United... more

27 Dec 2023 · 35 minutes
4: Drinking the Kool-Aid

Episode 4: Drinking the Kool-Aid So, what’s the pitch? Despite growing public scrutiny towards the troubled teen industry, tens of thousands... more

20 Dec 2023 · 29 minutes
3: Level Zero

Episode 3: Level Zero Troubled Teen Industry programs use a system of points and levels that award or revoke basic needs... more

13 Dec 2023 · 32 minutes
12: The Big Question