A podcast about cults, extreme belief, and abuse of power - from two hosts who've actually lived it. Hosted by Lola Blanc and Meagan Elizabeth.
#8: Vikram Gandhi - Being Kumaré, the Fake Guru
Lola and Meagan interview filmmaker Vikram Gandhi about the making of his documentary Kumaré, in which he pretended to be spiritual leader from a fictional village in India--and quickly built a following in Phoenix, Arizona. They discuss how it happened, why he did it, and how his followers reacted when he revealed his true identity.
#7: Noël Wells - Scam Psychic Retreat
The girls interview filmmaker, musician, and actress Noël Wells about her experience going to a weekend retreat with a celebrity psychic - and eventually realizing she'd been scammed. Plus: an update on how Noël confronted the "psychic" after the initial interview.
#6: India Oxenberg - NXIVM
Lola and Meagan interview India Oxenberg, former member of NXIVM and star of Seduced, now on Starz. They discuss EMs, the group's grooming tactics, her feelings on Allison Mack, and what it was like to face Keith Raniere in court.
#5: Steve Hassan - The Moonies, Trump, and QAnon
Lola and Meagan interview cult expert Steve Hassan on his experience joining the Moonies in the 70s, his book The Cult of Trump, what Trump has in common with cult leaders, how modern cult indoctrination happens online, and what to do if someone in your life has fallen victim to QAnon.
#4: Esther and Lori - Current FLDS Members
The girls interview Esther and Lori, two current members of the FLDS - aka Fundamentalist Mormons - who grew up in Short Creek, the polygamist community. They discuss how the community has changed since their prophet went to prison, and why families in the community are getting evicted from their homes. They also talk about what it's like to grow up with two mothers, raise eleven kids, and enter into - and exit out of - an arranged marriage. Plus: Esther's daughter's love for one special pop singer.
#3: Will Allen - Buddhafield
The girls interview Will Allen, director of the documentary Holy Hell, about his time in Buddhafield, the 80s New Age cult. They discuss how he lived with the group's guru for years, putting on performances, receiving the "Knowing," and filming everything--all while dealing with abuse.
Follow Will on Instagram: @will_allen405
Follow Lola on Instagram: @oohlalola
And Meagan: @meagangrainger
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This is great !
I’ve always had an interest in cults and their inner workings, so this fascinates me !
It’s been a long time since I’ve loved a pod cast so so much & I cannot wait for more !
Compelling stories handled in a professional manner! An interesting way to learn what happens inside of these cults by the people on the inside!