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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

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    • 4.7 • 2.5K 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.

    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
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    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
    A Cult Within a Cult: Charlotte Medlock on Guru Jagat

    A Cult Within a Cult: Charlotte Medlock on Guru Jagat

    This episode is sponsored by Better Help.
    TikTok-famous Charlotte Medlock was once swept up in the world of the late Guru Jagat, aka Katie Griggs, the Rama Institute and Kundalini. Charlotte wants you to know that this particular Russian nesting doll of Yoga, new-age West Coast-style spirituality, and female empowerment vibes wasn’t all love and light. And we want you to know it all sounds more than A Little Bit Culty. We’re chatting with her about what she thought she was getting into when she first collided with Guru Jagat; when it all started to go off the rails; and how she’s turning the page after a chapter marked by an epically Bad Boss and a cult within a cult. 
     
    Shownotes:

    The late Guru Jagat, born Katie Griggs, was a prominent figure in the world of Kundalini Yoga. At the height of her fame she was reportedly a personal guru to Hollywood stars like Kate Hudson and Alicia Keys. She was also a magnet for controversy, and a staunch defender of none other than Yogi Bhajan. In case you don’t know who that is, he is credited with bringing Kundalini to the west, and was later accused of rape, sexual misconduct, and financial wrongdoing. 
     
    About Charlotte Medlock:
     
    Charlotte Medlock is a marketing specialist based in Los Angeles. In her work she focuses on the wellness and meditation space, and has helped apps surpass 100k downloads, launched online courses with revenue of over 300k a month, and created viral memes on Instagram. In addition to her work experience, Charlotte has garnered a following on TikTok, where she shares stories and advice based on her cult experience and recovery. She’s currently writing a memoir about her time in the cult. Follow her at:
    https://www.tiktok.com/@charlotte.medlock
    https://www.instagram.com/charlottemedlockk
    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
    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 6 min
    The Fund: Rob Copeland on Ray Dalio

    The Fund: Rob Copeland on Ray Dalio

    This episode is sponsored by Better Help.
    Is the famed hedge fund Bridgewater Associates operating a cult in plain sight? Or is it just a little bit culty? Journalist and author Rob Copeland joins us for a deep dive into Wall Street’s seedy underbelly, and the troubling story of Bridgewater’s founder—the pseudo philosopher-king Ray Dalio. You’ll want to read Rob’s NYT bestseller ‘The Fund’  this summer, if you haven’t already, and then you can decide whether or not you agree with us that Ray Dalio is radiating serious Keith Raniere vibes. Rob joins us to chat about Dalio’s strange world and the uncanny parallels between the planet’s largest hedge fund and NXIVM.

    About Rob Copeland: 
    Rob Copeland is a finance reporter for the New York Times. He was previously the longtime hedge-fund beat reporter at the Wall Street Journal, and has also covered Silicon Valley and the hidden worlds of the wealthy and powerful. His front-page investigations into Bridgewater Associates won a New York Press Club award; he was also awarded an honorable mention twice by the Society of American Business Writers (SABEW) and was named a News Media Alliance "Rising Star" (formerly Top 30 Under 30). He has appeared on ABC’s "Good Morning America," NPR and other major news networks. His NYT Bestseller The Fund was published in late 2023, and we get why it topped the charts: We think it is a freakin’ page turner!


    Show Notes:
    Assorted articles about The Fund, and Ray Dalio. (Sorry, but we don’t control paywalls.)

    NY Post article 
     
    Business Insider article 
     
    Vanity Fair article 
     
    NY Mag article with book excerpt 
     
    Airmail article
     
    NY Times feature (2017)
     
    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
    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 10 min
    Securely Speaking: Attachment Nerd Eli Harwood (Part 2)

    Securely Speaking: Attachment Nerd Eli Harwood (Part 2)

    This episode is sponsored by Better Help.
    Eli Harwood we can’t quite quit you just yet, but we feel very secure about it. The ever-quotable and mega-helpful licensed therapist, author, and educator is back again for another episode, and breaking down what attachment patterns can mean for cult survivors and seekers, parents and children, lovers and fighters, Mars and Venus.  By our calculations that means EVERYBODY should listen to this. But dear hearts, kindly back up if you haven’t listened to Part 1 yet! She’s the bee’s knees, and part 1 dropped last week. Also two-parters work best when you listen in order, but you do you. No judgies. 
     
    Show Notes:
    Eli Harwood is a licensed therapist and educator with more than two decades of experience helping people process relational traumas and develop secure attachment relationships in an accessible way. She wrote the guidebook Securely Attached: Transform Your Attachment Patterns Into Loving, Lasting Romantic Relationships to help folks cultivate lasting, loving relationships. Her latest title, Raising Securely Attached Kids: Using Connection-Focused Parenting To Create Confidence, Empathy, And Resilience is available for pre-order now. Eli has three children, one husband, one cat, and an extraordinary number of plants. Under the social media moniker of Attachment Nerd, and with hundreds of thousands of followers, Eli shares her light-hearted, sensible insights on the intersections of attachment style, relationship, parenting, and more. 
     
    Check out @attachmentnerd on Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, Threads, and YouTube. 

    Become a member of the Nerd Herd

    Check out her online courses, upcoming books, and in person workshops at www.attachmentnerd.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 f*****d.
     
    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 3 min
    Securely Speaking: Attachment Nerd Eli Harwood (Part 1)

    Securely Speaking: Attachment Nerd Eli Harwood (Part 1)

    This episode is sponsored by BetterHelp.
    Are cult leaders born or made? Did we get sucked into NXIVM because of our attachment styles? Was Vanguard always just wookin’ pa nub in all the wrong places? In this episode of A Little Bit Culty, licensed therapist and social media sweetheart Eli Harwood joins us for a chat about the way that attachment patterns impact our vulnerability to culty situations and vice-versa. It can be a real intricate venn diagram, ya know? (Or maybe it’s a line graph, or a Gantt chart. We don’t know. We’re not chart people.) But however you map it, this stuff is always way better when you navigate it with a pro. The brilliant Ms. Harwood explains the brainy stuff of attachment theory along with D-I-Y tricks for better relationships, and helps us process our stuff in a way that made us laugh, cry, and also cry-laugh. We loved it so much, we rolled it right into a two-part episode. Here’s part one, ALBC listeners! 
     
    Show Notes:
    Eli Harwood is a licensed therapist and educator with more than two decades of experience helping people process relational traumas and develop secure attachment relationships in an accessible way. She wrote the guidebook Securely Attached: Transform Your Attachment Patterns Into Loving, Lasting Romantic Relationships to help folks cultivate lasting, loving relationships. Her latest title, Raising Securely Attached Kids: Using Connection-Focused Parenting To Create Confidence, Empathy, And Resilience is available for pre-order now. Eli has three children, one husband, one cat, and an extraordinary number of plants. Under the social media moniker of Attachment Nerd, and with hundreds of thousands of followers, Eli shares her light-hearted, sensible insights on the intersections of attachment style, relationship, parenting, and more. 
     
    Check out @attachmentnerd on Instagram, Facebook, Tiktok, Threads, and YouTube. 

    Become a member of the Nerd Herd

    Check out her online courses, upcoming books, and in person workshops at www.attachmentnerd.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
     

    • 52 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

zazen420 ,

Good podcast I’m hooked

Love you both great job on the podcast .

kfigluc ,

The grotto ep 1

Lawsey that dude the artist is gonna make me fall straight to sleep. Sooo boring. He should read stories on true crime for better sleep lol. For real this is a yawner.

Женя Жданова ,

Great podcast

Sarah and Nippy are wonderful hosts. They are always well prepared for the interview, very respectful to guests, and they are fun. Good sense of humor, the is so much needed to digest these gruesome stories.

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