60 episodes

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
    • 4.8 • 1.6K 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.

    Big Phoenix Energy: Actor, Activist & Badass Evan Rachel Wood (Part 1)

    Big Phoenix Energy: Actor, Activist & Badass Evan Rachel Wood (Part 1)

    We’re kicking off Season 5 with none other than actor, activist, and epic badass Evan Rachel Wood whose impressive AF resume also includes: “Most likely to be hideously trolled by the Marilyn Manson stans of the world.” If you’ve seen the HBO Max mini-series Phoenix Rising which chronicles her fight to break away from the rocker formerly known as Brian Warner, you’ve already seen the culty wafting off that dude like a bad cologne. We caught up with Evan to talk about her journey to hell and back, how she’s doing now, and why she won’t ever stop blowing the whistle on complete f*****y.
    As a note to our listeners, and our lawyers, Mr. Manson has repeatedly denied the multiple sexual assault allegations from multiple women and is currently suing Evan for defamation over the accusations, claiming it’s all part of an elaborate organized attack. Please note that conversations like the one you’re about to hear can be traumatizing for abuse survivors. Listen to this episode with caution, and if you or anyone you know needs support, see our site for free resources. Also please note that we love Evan Rachel Wood and believe her without reservation. Sorry, not f*****g sorry Manson Stans.  ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    CREDITS: 
    Executive Producers: Sarah Edmondson & Anthony Ames
    Production Partner: Citizens of Sound
    Producer: Will Retherford
    Senior Producer: Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin

    • 50 min
    Season 5 Trailer: A Little Bit Culty

    Season 5 Trailer: A Little Bit Culty

    Oh hai. No biggie but…we are COMING BACK, baby.
    New episodes, new word salads, and other new-fangled podcasting treats are coming your way on Monday. Actually who are we kidding… it’s a biggie.

    Support the ALBC Pod:
    We’ve made a link where you can support A Little Bit Culty with a one-time, weekly, or monthly contribution. Your support will be repaid in cosmic love and light. To make a contribution, smash this link. Check out our Linktree to sign up for our mailing list. We’ve got some fun things coming your way soon. It rhymes with “t-shirts.” Okay, it’s t-shirts.

    Producers: Will Retherford & Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin

    • 1 min
    Summer Bonus: Sarah and Nippy answer your emails and make some big moves

    Summer Bonus: Sarah and Nippy answer your emails and make some big moves

    If you’re in the mood for a breezy little summer check-in with Sarah and Nippy, you have arrived at the right episode. They answer some recent audience questions about NXIVM, and do some critical podcast housekeeping. Plus, they chat about the highs and lows of leaving Vancouver for Atlanta.

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye: 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. 

    Support the ALBC Pod:
    We’ve made a link where you can support A Little Bit Culty with a one-time, weekly, or monthly contribution. Your support will be repaid in cosmic love and light. To make a contribution, smash this link.
    Check out our Linktree to sign up for our mailing list. We’ve got some fun things coming your way soon. It rhymes with “t-shirts.” Okay, it’s t-shirts.

    Producers: Will Retherford & Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin

    • 31 min
    Summer Bonus: Sarah and Nippy Chat with the IndoctriNation Podcast

    Summer Bonus: Sarah and Nippy Chat with the IndoctriNation Podcast

    It’s another summer bonus episode, and you’re all invited to put this in your ears and enjoy it from your favorite pool floatie. This time, we’re chatting with the righteous Rachel Bernstein, LMFT, on her Indoctrination Podcast about our trip in and out of that thing we did for a while that turned out to be a notorious cult. Just some light summer listening about sex cults, trauma, and coming back from hell. Pairs well with watermelon frosé.

    About Rachel: She’s an OG cult awareness and recovery podcast host, and a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist from Los Angeles, California who has specialized in cult intervention and re-acclimation for over 30 years. She serves on the advisory board of the International Cultic Studies Association and has worked with the Department of Justice providing therapy to cult victims who testify against their perpetrators. She's also made many media appearances over the years as a cult expert on CNN, MSNBC, BBC, NPR, Bloomberg, and many other news outlets. Ms. Bernstein is also the host of IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control where she has interviewed hundreds of cult survivors, journalists, and experts. Her book, "Kids Talking to Kids about Divorce" is available now on Amazon.


    Website: https://rachelbernsteintherapy.com

    Book: https://www.amazon.com/Now-I-Know-Rachel-Bernstein/dp/1620867893

    Podcast: https://linktr.ee/indoctrination

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye: 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. 

    Support the ALBC Pod:
    We’ve made a link where you can support A Little Bit Culty with a one-time, weekly, or monthly contribution. Your support will be repaid in cosmic love and light. To make a contribution, smash this link.
    Check out our Linktree to sign up for our mailing list. We’ve got some fun things coming your way soon. It rhymes with “t-shirts.” Okay, it’s t-shirts.

    Producers: Will Retherford & Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Summer Bonus: Sarah and Nippy Chat With The ‘Sickboy’ Podcast Fellas

    Summer Bonus: Sarah and Nippy Chat With The ‘Sickboy’ Podcast Fellas

    We loved chatting with our friends Jeremie, Taylor, and Brian over at the Sickboy podcast, and these three literal princes among men were nice enough to let us borrow the episode for your summer listening pleasure. They’re a trio of Halifax-based best friends, and they started the podcast after recognizing that when faced with difficult situations, illnesses and diseases, people tighten up, they get awkward, and they simply don't know what to say. Taking the lead from Jeremie’s life-long battle with Cystic Fibrosis, the boys help people understand that sometimes the best way to deal with the darkest stuff in life is simply to laugh. You can listen to new episodes every Monday over on iTunes, Spotify. Soundcloud, Google Play or wherever you get your podcast fixins. Or go find all their links, socials, and such at their very happenin’ linktree

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye: 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. 

    Support the ALBC Pod:
    We’ve made a link where you can support A Little Bit Culty with a one-time, weekly, or monthly contribution. Your support will be repaid in cosmic love and light. To make a contribution, smash this link.
    Check out our Linktree to sign up for our mailing list. We’ve got some fun things coming your way soon. It rhymes with “t-shirts.” Okay, it’s t-shirts.

    Producers: Will Retherford & Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin

    • 1 hr 18 min
    Rude Awakening: Sarah Landry On Nithyananda & Other Nightmares (Part 2)

    Rude Awakening: Sarah Landry On Nithyananda & Other Nightmares (Part 2)

    Content Warning: Discussions of child abuse and sexual assault. Listener discretion advised.

    Here’s the second part of our conversation with Sarah Landry who shares what it’s like to face down the very online army she helped create for the so-called guru Nithyananda after going wide with explosive accusations of rape, child abuse, and a whole sordid cornucopia of culty shit.

    Show notes:
    Sarah Landry on YouTube, Instagram & Twitter
    Nithyananda - Wiki 
    My Daughter Joined a Cult: 3-part VICE Doc Trailer (Discovery+, Amazon Prime)
    Republic World Article by Pooja Prasanna: “Former Nithyananda Aide Narrates Horrifying Brutality Against Children”
    Gizmodo Article by Jed Oelbaum: “She Built a Shady Guru’s YouTube Army. Now She’s His Fiercest Critic—But Who Will Believe Her?”

    Hear Ye, Hear Ye:
    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.

    Support the ALBC Pod:
    We’ve made a link where you can support A Little Bit Culty with a one-time, weekly, or monthly contribution. Your support will be repaid in cosmic love and light. To make a contribution, smash this link.
    Check out our Linktree to sign up for our mailing list. We’ve got some fun things coming your way soon. It rhymes with “t-shirts.” Okay, it’s t-shirts.

    Producers: Will Retherford & Jess Tardy
    Theme Song: “Cultivated” by Jon Bryant co-written with Nygel Asselin

    • 59 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
1.6K Ratings

1.6K Ratings

Vegan_Train ,

Important podcast

This podcast has been so helpful for me as someone who has relatives in cult-adjacent groups. Highly recommended to anyone who has a loved one in a cult, or anyone who has left or is thinking of leaving their group.

Taylor.65 ,

Great listen!

Love this podcast…keep it up!

no nick name 2 ,

Come ON!!

Sarah and Nippy, I can’t wait….SO looking forward to your return!!

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