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Think you might be in a cult? Want to know the signs? Join Sarah Edmondson and Anthony “Nippy” Ames to talk about things that are..a little bit culty. Or in their case: a whole bunch of culty. As whistleblowers documented in the critically-acclaimed HBO series “The Vow,” Sarah and Nippy have a lot to say about their experience, and burning questions to ask people with similar stories. They’re here to help people understand, heal from, and avoid abusive situations one little red flag at a time. Listen in as they share their stories, have frank and unscripted conversations with other survivors and cult experts, and do a deep dive on how devotion can turn to dysfunction.

A Little Bit Culty Sarah Edmondson & Anthony “Nippy” Ames

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.6 • 438 Ratings

Think you might be in a cult? Want to know the signs? Join Sarah Edmondson and Anthony “Nippy” Ames to talk about things that are..a little bit culty. Or in their case: a whole bunch of culty. As whistleblowers documented in the critically-acclaimed HBO series “The Vow,” Sarah and Nippy have a lot to say about their experience, and burning questions to ask people with similar stories. They’re here to help people understand, heal from, and avoid abusive situations one little red flag at a time. Listen in as they share their stories, have frank and unscripted conversations with other survivors and cult experts, and do a deep dive on how devotion can turn to dysfunction.

    From Hell to Stanford: Cameron Black on Thriving After Abuse

    From Hell to Stanford: Cameron Black on Thriving After Abuse

    This episode is sponsored by Better Help!
    Here’s our conversation with Cameron Black, a 20-something Stanford University student who has overcome some very culty, very harrowing challenges. He chats with us about his healing process and the hard work of finding himself again after the abuse he experienced in a commune, a hellish Jesuit school experience, and  several wilderness programs for troubled teens. How he got from there to Stanford is nothing short of a miracle. Be sure to check out his TedX talk for even more context. Also please take note: Cameron survived childhood abuse of every kind both inside and outside the cult(s) that he grew up in, from parents as well as the people who were supposed to help him heal. Content Warning: This episode delves into those topics, although Cameron has tried to keep some of those details vague out of sensitivity to other victims. Be sure to listen with care. 
     
    Also… let it be known that:


    The views and opinions expressed on A Little Bit Culty do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the podcast. Any content provided by our guests, bloggers, sponsors or authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, group, club, organization, business individual, anyone or anything. Nobody’s mad at you, just don’t be a culty f*****d.
     
    Check out our lovely sponsors
    Join ‘A Little Bit Culty’ on Patreon
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    Watch Sarah’s TEDTalk
     
    CREDITS: 
    Executive Producers: Sarah Edmondson & Anthony Ames
    Production Partner: Citizens of Sound
    Producer: Will Retherford
    Writer & Co-Creator: Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin
     

    • 53 min
    TwinRay: ‘We Are the Resurrection’

    TwinRay: ‘We Are the Resurrection’

    This episode is sponsored by Better Help.
    On this week’s show, we’ll talk to Demetria. She was immersed in TwinRay — an Oregon-based shop and health center that organizes “mass global meditations for peace.” But our guest says there’s way more going on here than peaceful reflection. She talks about how TwinRay’s leaders exploit people for cash and dose event attendees with psychedelic substances — among other forms of profiteering and manipulation — at a gold-covered Ashland mansion. We sat down with her to find out everything there is to know about TwinRay’s mysterious leaders.

    Demetria — also known as Sarai — writes about the parallels between money and emotions through her experience as a certified public accountant and a wage investigator for the federal government. She is in the midst of a 16 year deep exploration into alternative healing and spirituality that includes her intense recovery from spiritual abuse and childhood trauma. She writes at https://demetriam.substack.com/
    Also…let it be known that:


    The views and opinions expressed on A Little Bit Culty do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the podcast. Any content provided by our guests, bloggers, sponsors or authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, group, club, organization, business individual, anyone or anything. Nobody’s mad at you, just don’t be a culty fuckwad.
     
    Check out our lovely sponsors
    Join ‘A Little Bit Culty’ on Patreon
    Get poppin’ fresh ALBC Swag
    Support the pod and smash this link
    Cult awareness and recovery resources
    Watch Sarah’s TEDTalk
     
    CREDITS: 
    Executive Producers: Sarah Edmondson & Anthony Ames
    Production Partner: Citizens of Sound
    Producer: Will Retherford
    Writer: Matt Stroud

    Co-Creator: Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin

    • 51 min
    The Polygamist’s Daughters: Anna & Celia LeBaron on Escape and Redemption

    The Polygamist’s Daughters: Anna & Celia LeBaron on Escape and Redemption

    This episode is sponsored by Better Help.
     
    Anna Lebaron is one of more than fifty children born to infamous polygamist cult leader Ervil LeBaron, aka “Mormon Manson.” So you can probably imagine that her upbringing was both extraordinary and devastating: As she recounts in her excellent book, The Polygamist’s Daughter, she lost multiple family members at the hands of other family members, including those she lost in the infamous “4 o’clock murders” — a bit of blood atonement that led to four people being killed. Those murders are depicted in the 2024 Hulu documentary “Daughters of the Cult.” 
     
    This week, we hear from Anna and her sister, Celia, about their stories — and their capacity to believe in rehabilitation and redemption. You might think that Anna would hold a lot of resentment against her father. (We sure would!) But that’s not the case. Anna and Celia speak candidly about their father — and compassionately of their siblings who committed murders at their father’s bidding.
     
    Learn more and buy Anna’s book at: https://annalebaron.com/
     
    Also… let it be known that:


    The views and opinions expressed on A Little Bit Culty do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the podcast. Any content provided by our guests, bloggers, sponsors or authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, group, club, organization, business individual, anyone or anything. Nobody’s mad at you, just don’t be a culty fuckwad.
     
    Check out our lovely sponsors
    Join ‘A Little Bit Culty’ on Patreon
    Get poppin’ fresh ALBC Swag
    Support the pod and smash this link
    Cult awareness and recovery resources
    Watch Sarah’s TEDTalk
     
    CREDITS: 
    Executive Producers: Sarah Edmondson & Anthony Ames
    Production Partner: Citizens of Sound
    Producer: Will Retherford
    Writer & Co-Creator: Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin
     

    • 1 hr 8 min
    The Grotto: Crypto, NFTs, & An Online Hellscape (Part 3)

    The Grotto: Crypto, NFTs, & An Online Hellscape (Part 3)

    This is episode is sponsored by Better Help.
    This week: The final installment of our talk with four people lured into The Grotto — a mostly online hub for digital art that turned into a kind of Ponzi cult with plenty of love bombing and possible fraud. Our guests — anonymous, but going by Charm, Kateryna, Shayna, and Fomo — say it all begins with Jaime Dubuar Dean, aka “@thr33som3s,” who is a supposed former professional baseball player-turned digital artist who used Discord to coerce people to invest in his NFTs. With each dollar spent on his art, he promised that his followers could get closer to him. Our guests will say that Dean used coercion, financial manipulation, and empty promises to draw them in. And then he took his power too far. 
     
    Our artists are mostly anonymous, but you can find Kateryna — and her incredible art — here and here.
     
    Also…let it be known that:


    The views and opinions expressed on A Little Bit Culty do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the podcast. Any content provided by our guests, bloggers, sponsors or authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, group, club, organization, business individual, anyone or anything. Nobody’s mad at you, just don’t be a culty fuckwad.
     
    Check out our lovely sponsors
    Join ‘A Little Bit Culty’ on Patreon
    Get poppin’ fresh ALBC Swag
    Support the pod and smash this link
    Cult awareness and recovery resources
    Watch Sarah’s TEDTalk
     
    CREDITS: 
    Executive Producers: Sarah Edmondson & Anthony Ames
    Production Partner: Citizens of Sound
    Producer: Will Retherford
    Writer & Co-Creator: Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin
     

    • 1 hr 9 min
    The Grotto: Crypto, NFTs, & An Online Hellscape (Part 2)

    The Grotto: Crypto, NFTs, & An Online Hellscape (Part 2)

    This is episode is sponsored by Better Help.
    On this week’s show, the second installment of our wide-ranging, in-depth, and ultimately hopeful talk with four people lured into The Grotto — a mostly online hub for digital art that turned into a kind of Ponzi cult with plenty of love bombing and possible fraud. Our guests — anonymous, but going by Charm, Kateryna, Shayna, and Fomo — say it all begins with Jaime Dubuar Dean, aka “@thr33som3s,” who is a supposed former professional baseball player-turned digital artist who used Discord to coerce people to invest in his NFTs. With each dollar spent on his art, he promised that his followers could get closer to him. Our guests will say that Dean used coercion, financial manipulation, and empty promises to draw them in. And then he took his power too far. 
     
    Our artists are mostly anonymous, but you can find Kateryna — and her incredible art — here and here.
     
    Also…let it be known that:


    The views and opinions expressed on A Little Bit Culty do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the podcast. Any content provided by our guests, bloggers, sponsors or authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, group, club, organization, business individual, anyone or anything. Nobody’s mad at you, just don’t be a culty fuckwad.
     
    Check out our lovely sponsors
    Join ‘A Little Bit Culty’ on Patreon
    Get poppin’ fresh ALBC Swag
    Support the pod and smash this link
    Cult awareness and recovery resources
    Watch Sarah’s TEDTalk
     
    CREDITS: 
    Executive Producers: Sarah Edmondson & Anthony Ames
    Production Partner: Citizens of Sound
    Producer: Will Retherford
    Writer & Co-Creator: Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin
     

    • 42 min
    The Grotto: Crypto, NFTs & An Online Hellscape (Part 1)

    The Grotto: Crypto, NFTs & An Online Hellscape (Part 1)

    This episode is sponsored by Better Help.
    On this week’s show, we’ll talk to four people lured into The Grotto — a mostly online hub for digital art that turned into a kind of Ponzi cult with plenty of love bombing and possible fraud. Our guests — anonymous, but going by Charm, Kateryna, Shayna, and Fomo — say it all begins with Jaime Dubuar Dean, aka “@thr33som3s,” who is a supposed former professional baseball player-turned digital artist who used Discord to coerce people to invest in his NFTs. With each dollar spent on his art, he promised that his followers could get closer to him. Our guests will say that Dean used coercion, financial manipulation, and empty promises to draw them in. And then he took his power too far. 
     
    Our artists are mostly anonymous, but you can find Kateryna — and her incredible art — here and here.
     
    Also…let it be known that:


    The views and opinions expressed on A Little Bit Culty do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the podcast. Any content provided by our guests, bloggers, sponsors or authors are of their opinion and are not intended to malign any religion, group, club, organization, business individual, anyone or anything. Nobody’s mad at you, just don’t be a culty fuckwad.
     
    Check out our lovely sponsors
    Join ‘A Little Bit Culty’ on Patreon
    Get poppin’ fresh ALBC Swag
    Support the pod and smash this link
    Cult awareness and recovery resources
    Watch Sarah’s TEDTalk
     
    CREDITS: 
    Executive Producers: Sarah Edmondson & Anthony Ames
    Production Partner: Citizens of Sound
    Producer: Will Retherford
    Writer & Co-Creator: Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
438 Ratings

438 Ratings

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Editing needs improvement

The podcast is interesting, however the editing needs significant improvement. I’ve listened to at least two episodes where they repeat the same line multiple times and at least one where the ad is playing over the guest that is speaking.

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