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Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

IndoctriNation Rachel Bernstein

    • Religion & Spirituality
    • 4.8, 79 Ratings

Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

    Diagnosing My Own Thoughts w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition

    Diagnosing My Own Thoughts w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition

    Dr. Michelle Haslam is a clinical psychologist who became involved with The New Kadampa Tradition in 2016 while living in the Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre in Northamptonshire, England.

    Michelle experienced spiritual abuse within the group and despite her training as a psychologist, came to believe that she should be destroying her ego, instead of practicing self-care and self-compassion. Now she produces materials that explain the process of indoctrination within Buddhist cultic groups. Michelle has since been a target of harassment via her workplace and character assassination from senior members of the group.

    Stay tuned, Before You Go: Reserving information for those who pay can be like holding someone spiritually hostage. Find out how and why this can be a red flag for a manipulative group setting.

    • 56 min
    Paving the Way Forward w/ Carey and Chris Peck - S5E13pt2

    Paving the Way Forward w/ Carey and Chris Peck - S5E13pt2

    Rachel finishes part two of a conversation with the Peck family. Carey and Chris Peck continue to talk about social justice and intervention, the influence of the media on social issues, and the legacy of their Academy Award-winning forefather Gregory Peck.

    Chris Peck is currently a teacher of youth language arts. He talks about how modern history has been rewritten into an "us" vs. "them" narrative that erases non-white identities. Along with his father Carey Peck, they brainstorm how to foster new perspectives and strengths within communities. "People will always respond to people", says Carey, "and being united in action is critical." He stresses the importance of taking the first step together as a community to organize change.

    The clip at the very end of the show is taken from Gregory Peck's Academy Award acceptance speech for his performance as Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird". Be sure to hear it.

    Stay Tuned, Before You Go: Rachel talks about the similarities of racist systematic supremacy and the self-righteous dogma of a cultic group.

    If you'd like to check out Chris' Podcast, you can find it here
    https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-traveling-teacher-christopher-peck-QEF4TOC26WJ/

    • 56 min
    An Impeccable Legacy w/ Carey Peck and Chris Peck, social justice activists and educators - S5E13pt1

    An Impeccable Legacy w/ Carey Peck and Chris Peck, social justice activists and educators - S5E13pt1

    Two generations of social activists discuss the legacy of Gregory Peck, famously known for many films including his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. His son Carey and grandson Chris take us behind the scenes and talk about what inspired Gregory to take on Harper Lee's pivotal character, as well as powerful and controversial roles in other classic films dealing with antisemitism and also addressing the pain of war.

    Both Carey and Chris discuss their important work, as well. They are passionate about being a resource to disempowered communities and are committed to facilitating ways for people to make changes in their lives.

    Here are some of the great books Chris recommended in today's episode...
    White Fragility: https://g.co/kgs/SfUE5u
    Between the World and Me: https://g.co/kgs/BYVHJx
    How to be an Anti-Racist: https://g.co/kgs/Q3me5j
    The New Jim Crow: https://g.co/kgs/sQ7zHx

    • 59 min
    Rest In Peace, George Floyd - A Few Things We've Seen So Far - S5E12

    Rest In Peace, George Floyd - A Few Things We've Seen So Far - S5E12

    Rachel sits down with her collaborators to talk about each of their experiences with the riots. They are all living in major cities, and Rachel is based in Los Angeles.

    Aryana describes the looting she's seen close to home in New York. Kate compares what she's witnessed in Washington, DC to the views of her midwestern family. Rob shares his experience living in the same neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota where George Floyd was murdered.

    The gospel band at the end of Rob's interview is from the church Worldwide Outreach for Christ, who performed across the street from the Floyd Memorial.

    Before You Go: Opening up the conversation to all points of view because it is important to speak up. How do we make room for other voices, while also using our own?

    • 1 hr 7 min
    A Time To Hear Other Voices

    A Time To Hear Other Voices

    In light of the current unrest and outrage in the U.S. and now around the world in solidarity, and also in an effort to center current conversations around those who have experienced being systematically oppressed, we have decided not to release a regular episode of the IndoctriNation podcast this week.

    On our social media platforms, we have provided a partial list of links for our listeners of podcasts by black creators that our team thought were timely and powerful. It is time for them to tell their stories, whether you agree with them, or not. We value all of our listeners and love that you listen to each episode. This is the 1st time in over 2 years of weekly shows that we are not releasing a new episode. Please consider listening this week to any of the following:

    Pod Save the People - "Keep the Fight" w/ Justine Barron and Amelia McDonell-Perry
    Their most recent episode about George Floyd and protests.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/keep-fight-justine-barron-amelia-mcdonell-parry/id1230148653?i=1000476508997

    Broken Record - "The Limits of Power"
    Class power and the history of policing discussed by Malcolm Gladwell
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/broken-record-presents-the-limits-of-power/id1311004083?i=1000476519212

    The Breakdown with Shaun King Ep. 249 - From Tulsa to Minneapolis - Why History Repeats Itself
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/1YfbXgmWYxq8VWhJAP2sSu?si=EVjqCjZsS22n1ypX5OWwZA

    Reaganomics Podcast - "It's Okay to Not Be Okay"
    Latest episode on COVID pandemic, quarantine, racism, and a run-in with police.
    https://soundcloud.com/reaganomicspodcast/its-okay-to-not-be-okay

    NPR's Code Switch - "A Decade of Watching Black People Die"
    A review of the BLM movement up from Eric Garner and Freddie Gray, up to today.
    https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/a-decade-of-watching-black-people-die/id1112190608?i=1000476242095

    Jemele Hill is Unbothered Ep. 95 "John Legend - Polite Raunch"
    Jemele and John talk about accountability in the scope of recent events.
    https://open.spotify.com/episode/36Ien4vFnpu2jQqyQSL9Sj?si=nCaf3q0LR2yt7aZ9B6P5EQ#_=_

    We will be back next week. It is without question a time of important watershed moments as the floodgates have opened. Hopefully soon, with work and change, we will move towards a time of greater understanding, responsiveness, and healing. Stay safe.

    • 3 min
    A Passion for Saving People w/ Lucas Catton, ex-President of Narconon - S5E11pt2

    A Passion for Saving People w/ Lucas Catton, ex-President of Narconon - S5E11pt2

    Scientology famously takes its members' best talents and passions and tries to make the most of them. For Lucas Catton, that came in the form of his recruitment as a program manager-- and his presidency of Scientology's front group rehabilitation facility.

    Narconon, located at the old Chilocco reservation in Oklahoma, is not just an isolated facility. The program is promoted in schools across the country as a teen rehabilitation program. Many were unaware that several of Narconon's credentials were fabricated, including Lucas. He tells us what led him to devote himself to this program, and walks us through his transformative experience.

    Lucas's latest passion project is the development of the Opioid Independence Program through Advanced Recovery Resources: http://advancedrecoveryresources.com/opioid-independence/
    and his second book, "Reconnection", is available now:
    https://www.amazon.com/Reconnection-memoir-Lucas-Catton/dp/0578633108

    Before You Go: Rachel explains the power of showing others that you value them. Empowerment can also be used to trick people into sabotaging themselves.

    • 58 min

Customer Reviews

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79 Ratings

79 Ratings

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Love it

Informative and kind. Happy this show keeps going. I enjoy listening to former members and professionals share their stories. Hope this podcast keeps going for years to come.

Sarabeth K. ,

A place of education and understanding...

I'm a survivor of a lot of the issues discussed in this podcast. Rachel is compassionate and intelligent and does an amazing job giving vocabulary to and explanation for these systems of control. This podcast has been a part of my healing and I look forward to listening each week. I particularly have enjoyed the end segments where she speaks so directly and compassionately to people coming out of these environments about how to treat themselves. We are often abusive to ourselves and these segments remind me that inner critic inside is not valid. Subscribe and be informed and empowered!!!

Lillian WC ,

Informative

Very informative...thank you, Rachel, and thanks to your guests!

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