18 episodes

Erin Martin was born in a cult. Now she’s obsessed with learning about cults from the people who know them best: Survivors. Cult Talk takes you inside ex-cult members’ stories one group at a time, one survivor at a time. Cult Talk: a conversation, not an investigation. 

Cult Talk with Erin Marti‪n‬ Erin Martin

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.9 • 305 Ratings

Erin Martin was born in a cult. Now she’s obsessed with learning about cults from the people who know them best: Survivors. Cult Talk takes you inside ex-cult members’ stories one group at a time, one survivor at a time. Cult Talk: a conversation, not an investigation. 

    17 - Cult Expert, Ex-Moonie & Author, Diane Benscoter (Part 2)

    17 - Cult Expert, Ex-Moonie & Author, Diane Benscoter (Part 2)

    To wrap up season one of Cult Talk, cult expert and author Diane Benscoter joins us to share her story of joining the Moonies, how brainwashing works, and why coercive control is so damaging to and powerful over those in its grip. (Part 2 of 2)


    Segments:
    - A Rape of the Soul
    - You Own Prison Guard
    - Helping At-Risk People


    Find Diane's memoir, Shoes Of A Servant on Amazon, or anywhere you buy books.
    Follow Diane on Twitter.
    Watch Diane's "Own Your Brain" video series on YouTube.


    Cult Talk Social Media links - Twitter @CultTalk / Instagram @culttalk / Facebook Group: Cult Talk with Erin Martin
     
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    • 28 min
    16 - Cult Expert, Ex-Moonie & Author, Diane Benscoter (Part 1)

    16 - Cult Expert, Ex-Moonie & Author, Diane Benscoter (Part 1)

    To wrap up season one of Cult Talk, cult expert and author Diane Benscoter joins us to share her story of joining the Moonies, how brainwashing works, and why coercive control is so damaging to and powerful over those in its grip. (Part 1 of 2)


    Segments:
    - Joining the Moonies
    - Psychological Chains 
    - Assaulted


    Find Diane's memoir, Shoes Of A Servant on Amazon, or anywhere you buy books.
    Follow Diane on Twitter.
    Watch Diane's "Own Your Brain" video series on YouTube.


    Cult Talk Social Media links - Twitter @CultTalk / Instagram @culttalk / Facebook Group: Cult Talk with Erin Martin
     
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    • 24 min
    15 - Ex-COBU Member, Darlene Griffith (Part 2)

    15 - Ex-COBU Member, Darlene Griffith (Part 2)

    Darlene Griffith joined COBU when it was in its infancy and known by its original name, The Forever Family. It's there that she met her husband, slowly realized Stewart's false teachings, and ultimately, found her way out of the group. (Part 2 of 2)
    - I Was My Own Counselor
    - The Paradox
    - Why Are They So Special? 


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    • 23 min
    14 - Ex-COBU Member, Darlene Griffith (Part 1)

    14 - Ex-COBU Member, Darlene Griffith (Part 1)

    Darlene Griffith joined COBU when it was in its infancy and known by its original name, The Forever Family. It's there that she met her husband, slowly realized Stewart's false teachings, and ultimately, found her way out of the group. (Part 1 of 2)
    - A Spiritual Longing
    - Transitioning From God to Stewart
    - A House of Cards


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    • 22 min
    13 - Graphic Novel Author of "The Cult" & Ex-COBU Member, David Patteson (Part 2)

    13 - Graphic Novel Author of "The Cult" & Ex-COBU Member, David Patteson (Part 2)

    David Patteson joins Erin to discuss his memories of COBU and what led him to create a new graphic novel about his time among Stewart Trail's "sheep." (Part two of two)


    Segments:
    - Becoming A Ghost
    - Leaving COBU and Finding The Middle Ground
    - Writing The Book


    Find David's graphic novel "The Cult" on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Cult-True-Story-David-Patteson/dp/0999725467
     
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    • 26 min
    12 - Graphic Novel Author of "The Cult" & Ex-COBU member, David Patteson (Part 1)

    12 - Graphic Novel Author of "The Cult" & Ex-COBU member, David Patteson (Part 1)

    David Patteson joins Erin to discuss his memories of COBU and what led him to create a new graphic novel about his time among Stewart Trail's "sheep." (Part one of two)


    Segments:
    - Is This Guy In A Cult?
    - A Hole That Needs To Be Filled


    Find David's graphic novel "The Cult" on Amazon https://www.amazon.com/Cult-True-Story-David-Patteson/dp/0999725467
     
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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
305 Ratings

305 Ratings

crazypretty ,

As an ex-cult kid, this is such a great series!

Thank you Erin for such an empowered series! Your voice is fantastic to listen to. I appreciate the work you’ve put into creating a beautiful and informative space!

feprincess ,

House meetings

I lived in a cult for seven years although I didn’t call it that st the time. I could very much relate to your description of meetings. You said you just tried to stay off the radar and hope someone got picked for utter humiliation. It’s strangely comforting to hear that someone else had this experience. You both are a treat to listen too. I can tell you are close by your ability to laugh at it now. Thank you both for making your story available.

MacRizz ,

So relatable

I love listening to Erin and Mary Payne.

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