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Let's Talk About Sects is an award-winning monthly podcast focusing on a different cult each episode. Sarah takes a storytelling, deep dive approach, looking at the history of a sect's leaders, the recruitment of members, their experiences, psychological aspects, and notable incidents during its existence.

You can support us on Patreon, with a one-off donation, and on Pozible.

“A fascinating and well-researched look into cults and the charismatic leaders behind them.”
Peter Wells, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 2019

“A fantastic examination of sects, cults, and religion… a fact-based program that’ll hook you in and keep you coming back for more.”
Zach Johnston, Uproxx, February 2019

“Cleverly named, meticulously researched.”
Elena Nicolaou, Refinery29, December 2018

“The best podcast of its kind – I can’t wait for another episode!”
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“I study cults and sects and for this reason listen to many podcasts on these subjects. This one is by far the best.”
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“Best podcast about cults I’ve found.”
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Let's Talk About Sects Sarah Steel

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Let's Talk About Sects is an award-winning monthly podcast focusing on a different cult each episode. Sarah takes a storytelling, deep dive approach, looking at the history of a sect's leaders, the recruitment of members, their experiences, psychological aspects, and notable incidents during its existence.

You can support us on Patreon, with a one-off donation, and on Pozible.

“A fascinating and well-researched look into cults and the charismatic leaders behind them.”
Peter Wells, The Sydney Morning Herald, May 2019

“A fantastic examination of sects, cults, and religion… a fact-based program that’ll hook you in and keep you coming back for more.”
Zach Johnston, Uproxx, February 2019

“Cleverly named, meticulously researched.”
Elena Nicolaou, Refinery29, December 2018

“The best podcast of its kind – I can’t wait for another episode!”
Apple Podcasts review from a US listener

“I study cults and sects and for this reason listen to many podcasts on these subjects. This one is by far the best.”
Apple Podcasts review from a US listener

“Best podcast about cults I’ve found.”
Apple Podcasts review from an Australian listener

    The Living Word Fellowship

    The Living Word Fellowship

    John Robert Stevens wrote when he was just 14 years old: “My joy must be in doing His will, in being His slave, in the confidence that whatever comes to me, when following Him, is His doing. In a real sense, I make Him responsible for my life.” He was writing about Jesus Christ, but it would turn out in the decades following that he could well have been writing to his future devotees as to how they should feel about himself.
     
    Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.
     
    With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.
     
    If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).
     
    Credits:
    Written, researched and hosted by Sarah Steel
    Music by Joe Gould
     
    Links:
    - I Saw Satan: Breaking away from a Boomer Christian cult — by Andrew Marzoni, The Baffler, No. 44, March 2019
    - Vain Glory — documentary film by Tony Cox, 1986
    - Sacrifice Builds Training Area For Prophets — by Ann Grauvogl, Quad-City Times, 25 February 1979
    - A Brief History of The Living Word Fellowship — internet archive of The Living Word Fellowship’s now defunct website
    - The Life of John Robert Stevens — website about John Robert Stevens by The Living Word, “a California nonprofit corporation”, accessed February 2020
    - Frequently Asked Questions — Shiloh website, accessed February 2020
    - An Open Letter to The Living Word Fellowship Congregation — from Shalom Abrahamson-Caples, 24 October 2018
    - Shalom Abrahamson-Caples’ Facebook post — linking to the open letter, 25 October 2018
    - Comparison of ‘To Be a Christian’ and excerpt from ‘The Call of the Cross’ — comparing John Robert Stevens’ 1933 text and George Herron’s 1892 text
    - How Did Christian Tabernacle of Washington, Iowa Go from Christian Church to Cult? — by Malika Bourne, No Non-cents Nana, 18 January 2020
    - TIME MACHINE: The Walk & Shiloh — by Diane Langton, The Gazette, 17 November 2018
    - Developer presents initial plans for Shiloh property — by James Jennings, The News, 23 January 2020
    - WALK TALK Lexicon — glossary of terms used by The Living Word Fellowship from user kBOY, Cult Education Forum, updated 24 December 2018
    - The Vineyard, the Charismatic Church, and the Cults — an analysis of The Living Word Fellowship by an anonymous former member, September 2002 (updated January 2005)
    - Experiment in End Time Apostasy: The Walk of John Robert Stevens — by Woodrow Nichols, SCP, 1980
    - Three Victims of Childhood Sexual Abuse File Lawsuits Against Living Word Fellowship Church — press release from Zalkin Law Firm, 29 May 2019
    - Golden Threads — by Kelly Daniels, The Sun Magazine, July 2015
    - Re: The Living Word Fellowship, The Walk, John Robert Stevens — Cult Education Institute forums, with 1089 pages on the subject when accessed in February 2020
    - Gary and Marilyn Hargrave BIO — 28 October 2013 archive of the now defunct ‘Gary and Marilyn Hargrave: Maturing God’s Sons’ website
    - Gary Hargrave website — bio archived as at 11 July 2018, compared to current site accessed February 2020
    - Gary Hargrave’s apology letter — 1 November 2019, with Caleb LaPlante’s response For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 1 hr 24 min
    The New Kadampa Tradition

    The New Kadampa Tradition

    In 1996, journalist Madeleine Bunting wrote for The Guardian UK: “Most of the 130,000 Buddhists in this country are in the caring professions, or are academics, or are part of an ex-hippy culture; they are trusting, idealistic and naive. They thought Buddhism was immune to the fanaticism and hypocrisy which riddles all religions. The controversy surrounding the NKT is shattering illusions that Buddhism was the one fail-safe religion.”
     
    Twenty years later, clinical psychologist Dr Michelle Haslam joined the NKT under that very same illusion – one that she now feels obliged to help truly shatter herself.
     
    Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.
     
    With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.
     
    If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).
     
    Credits:
    Written, researched and hosted by Sarah Steel
    Music by Joe Gould
     
    Links:
    - Geshe Kelsang Gyatso — biography by Tenzin Peljor and Carol McQuire, Tibetan Buddhism in the West blog, 2015
    - Interviews in Cambridge, Meeting Children in London — His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama of Tibet, 19 September 2015
    - To the Tibetan Buddhists around the world and fellow Tibetan compatriots
    - within and outside Tibet — undated open letter with 15 Tibetan official signatories
    - Separate document regarding Geshe Kelsang's personal situation — Kelsang Gyatso statement on NKT letterhead, June 2008
    - Recovery from The New Kadampa Tradition – A Resource Centre — website by Dr Michelle Haslam and former NKT members
    - Potential harm to mental and physical health through exposure to The New Kadampa Tradition (NKT-IKBU), Version 4 — by Dr Michelle Haslam, 17 January 2020
    - Dr Michelle Haslam: Plagiarization & Misrepresentation of Research — website attributed to “Dr Robert Harrison”, archived as at 23 January 2020
    - An Unholy Row — BBC documentary, 1998
    - Tibetan Buddhism — BBC profile of the religion, last updated 14 January 2014 at the time of access (January 2020)
    - Understanding the Mind — by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Tharpa Publications, 2002
    - settings
    - Silencing and Oblivion of Psychological Trauma, Its Unconscious Aspects, and Their Impact on the Inflation of Vajrayāna. An Analysis of Cross-Group Dynamics and Recent Developments in Buddhist Groups Based on Qualitative Data — by Anne Iris Miriam Anders, Religions Journal, 10 November 2019
    - Modern Kadampa Buddhism — New Kadampa Tradition official website, accessed January 2020
    - The New Kadampa Tradition and the Continuity of Tibetan Buddhism in Transition — by David N. Kay, Journal of Contemporary Religion, Vol. 12, No. 3, 1997
    - Tibetan Buddhism in the West: Problems of Adoption & Cross-Cultural Confusion — website with various resources collated by Tenzin Pelijor
    - The Monk Who Had No Confidence: ‘Venerable Geshe Kelsang Gyatso Rinpoche’ — by Carol McQuire, New Kadampa Survivors, 31 October 2014
    - It Slowly Dawned On Me That I Had Actually Been Sucked Into A Cult – A New Kadampa Survivor Testimony — by Linda Ciardiello, Medium, 5 December 2017
    - Declaration of Expulsion of Kelsang Gyatso from Sera Je Monastery — statement translated by Sera Je Geshe Gendun Gyatso and David Patt, 23 August 1996
    - Joyful Path of Good Fortune: The Complete Buddhist Path to Enlightenment — by Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, Motilal Banarsidass Publications, 1990
    - Special Report: Shadow boxing on the path to Nirvana — by Madeleine Bunting, The

    • 1 hr 33 min
    The Garden Ashram

    The Garden Ashram

    Hare Krishnas are often seen as joyous, harmless people, dancing their way through the streets, chanting to bells in their colourful robes. But in one particular Australian offshoot, a young woman named Lina told me about her not-so-harmless experiences.
     
    Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.
     
    With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.
     
    If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).


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    Credits:
    Written and Hosted by Sarah Steel
    Researched by Haley Gray and Sarah Steel
    Music by Joe Gould
     
    Links:
    - About ISKCON — background at Krishna.com, accessed November 2019
    - What You Need to Know About Hare Krishnas — by Barbara Bradley Hagerty, NPR, 22 May 2008
    - Wollumbin — Geographical Names Extract, Geographical Names Board, accessed November 2019
    - Wollumbin (Mount Warning) summit track — NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service listing, accessed November 2019
    - Hardly Krishna — by Sushi Das, The Age, 2 June 2003
    - Judge Rejects Charges of ‘Brainwashing’ Against Hare Krishna Aides — by Murray Schumach, The New York Times, 18 March 1977
    - Krishna Expels Leader of Group Under U.S. Probe — UPI, Los Angeles Times, 18 March 1987
    - Krishnas to file for bankruptcy — BBC News 8 February 2002
    - Woman dies at NSW Hare Krishna retreat — AAP, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 February 2006
    - Hare Krishna Movement Details Past Abuse at Its Boarding Schools — by Laurie Goodstein, The New York Times, 9 October 1998
    - ISKCON finds itself in a holy mess after students file $400-million sexual abuse suit — by Arthur J. Pais, India Today, 26 June 2000
    - Interview with Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja — Perth, Australia, 23 December 1998
    - Srila Bhaktivedanta Narayana Gosvami Maharaja — profile on PureBhakti.com, accessed November 2019
    - ISKCON - Lifestyle and Practice — The Heart of Hinduism, accessed November 2019
    - The Hare Krishna Movement: The Postcharismatic Fate of a Religious Transplant — by Edwin Bryant and Maria Ekstrand, Columbia University Press, 2004
    - The Hare Krishna Movement: Forty Years of Chant and Change — by Graham Dwyer and Richard J. Cole, Bloomsbury Academic, 2007
    - Krishna Payouts Begin — by Hector Becerra, Los Angeles Times, 26 June 2005
    - Murder, Sex and Free Food
    - How the Portland Sect of Hare Krishna's are Struggling to Overcome a Very Shady Past — by Frank Bures, Portland Mercury, 21 June 2001
    - Dark side of Krishna: Looming class-action suit alleges physical and sexual abuse of kids — by Jean Sonmor, Toronto Sun, 4 July 1999
    - Living with Krishna — by Marcela Rojas, Los Angeles Times, 23 March 2001
    - To Hare Krishna and back — by Elizabeth Stieber, Northeast Times (Pennsylvania), December 2004
    - Pure Bhakti Yoga Society — Bhakti Yoga meeting invitation, Murwillumbah, accessed December 2019
    - The Truth About Srila B.V.Narayan Maharaja Parts I-IV — by Madan Mohan Dasa, response to the GBC Position Paper Concerning Srila Narayana Maharaja, accessed December 2019
    - Bhaktisiddhanta Sarasvati Thaku

    • 52 min
    Ideal Human Environment

    Ideal Human Environment

    WANTED: families to volunteer to live for six months in the Australian outback “to advance the frontiers of social science.” Be part of a cutting edge research project to test the ideal human environment.
     
    In a country known for a population that loves to travel, the write-ups appealed to plenty of adventurous spirits. Little did they know the reality of what they would be getting themselves into.
     
    Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.
     
    With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.
     
    If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).
     
    Credits:
    Written, Researched and Hosted by Sarah Steel
    Music by Joe Gould
     
    Sources:
    - A snake in the grass — by Andrew Burrell, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 24 August 2019
    - The Utopia Project — by Andrew Burrell, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 8 August 2015
    - Cult friction — by Frank Robson, Good Weekend, 6 November 1999
    - Cult leader James 'Taipan' Salerno jailed for repeated sexual abuse of teenage girl — by Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 29 July 2019
    - Leader of Adelaide Cult the ‘Ideal Human Environment’ Has Been Jailed for Sexual Abuse — by Gavin Butler, VICE, 30 July 2019
    - Salute to Adelaide Hills cult leader inspired by Gladiator movie, court told — by Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 19 October 2018
    - This Aussie Cult Boss Was Allegedly Inspired by Russell Crowe in Gladiator — by Gavin Butler, VICE, 19 October 2018
    - 'I felt like a piece of meat': Victim of cult leader James Salerno tells court of continued trauma — by Candice Prosser, ABC News, 8 July 2019
    - Adelaide Hills cult members had to call their leader 'Taipan', court details reveal — by Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 19 June 2018
    - Adelaide Hills cult leader James Salerno found guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse — by Claire Campbell & Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 24 May 2019
    - Old Downer mansion goes for $4m — by Russell Emmerson, The Adelaide Advertiser, 24 January 2008
    - Achieving harmony — by Marlborough Express, 17 January 2015
    - Study and Prevention of Psychological Diseases Foundation v Commissioner of Taxation [2015] FCA 1117 — judgement of Justice J Greenwood, Federal Court of Australia, 21 October 2015
    - Ideal Human Environment Foundation Incorporated — Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission Charity Register entry
    - Salerno Pastoral Company at home on the range — by Matt Brann, ABC News, 22 July 2012
    - SA cult leader jailed for abusing teen girl — by Tim Dornin, AAP, 9 News, 29 July 2019
    - 'Happiness' guru arrested on child-sex allegations — by Andrew Burrell, The Australian, 25 November 2015
    - Inbox / Letters to the Editor — includes letter by Robert D. Moore, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 7 September 2019
    - Inside the Cult of Taipan — by Mitch Mott, The Adelaide Advertiser, 3 August 2019
    - Human nature sullies the perfect society — by Martin Daly, The Sunday Age, 3 October 1999
    - Nationals unable to make a finding in Barnaby Joyce sexual harassment case launched by Catherine Marriott — by Louise Yaxley, ABC News, 7 September 2018
    - For Emma Salerno her family is her business — by Ann Wason Moore, The Gold Coast Bulletin, 23 March 2019
    - Inside James Salerno's cult and its quest to create the 'ideal human environment' — by Claire Campbell, Rebecca Opie & Daniel Keane, 1 August 2019
    - Kimberley cult leader James Gino Salerno sexually abused young follower — by John Flint & Sean Fews

    • 47 min
    The Move

    The Move

    Followers of The Move rejected mainstream society and headed into the wilderness in the 1970s, building isolated communities that were to set them up for the coming Apocalypse. Many ex-members would later tell stories of physical hardship, beatings, and worse, experienced in these communities. Move leader Sam Fife told devotees that should he ever die, they could consider it proof that he was a false prophet.

    Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.


    With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.

    If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).

    Credits:
    Written, Researched and Hosted by Sarah Steel
    Music by Joe Gould

    Links:
    - Swindled by Faith: A Time For Reconciliation — by Richard A Kiers, Tellwell Talent, 2019
    - Practices of Cults Receiving New Scrutiny — The New York Times, 21 January 1979
    - From Survivor to Thriver — by Angela “Vennie” Kocsis, ICSA Today, Vol. 5, No. 3, 2014
    - Cult Child — by Vennie Kocsis, Amazon, 2014
    - Vennie Kocsis’ website — includes various collected materials about The Move
    - Brother Sam Prepares His Flock For The ‘End Days’ — by Adon Taft, Charleston Daily, 10 April 1975
    - God’s School of Divine Government — by Sam Fife, 1974
    - Awaiting apocalypse in the Peace River Valley — by Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, 27 October 2016
    - Peace River commune awaits imminent apocalypse: Christian community of 250 shuns TV and requires year-long courtship void of physical contact — by Douglas Todd, Vancouver Sun, 22 September 2003
    - Divine Order Teaching #22: Divine Order for Raising Children — by Sam Fife, 1970
    - Jane Miller exorcism recording
    - Open Letter to the Ministry of the Move — by Julie Leland Biggerstaff, Ross W. Bracewell, Michael Martella & Greg Sitteg
    - The Move Terminology — Vennie Kocsis
    - Buddy Cobb — video taken by his granddaughter Ang Cobb, 2 April 2017
    - Vince Vaughn's stepfather liable in goat blood drug case, jury finds — by Kim Janssen, Chicago Tribune, 2 May 2016
    - 15 years for man who defrauded execs — by Jonathan Horn, The San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 September 2013
    - Christian cult leader worked Tampa “BLACK ICE” Operation — by Daniel Hopsicker, 6 March 2014
    - Tampa ‘Black Ice” drug operation tied to organized crime — by Daniel Hopsicker, 1 April 2014
    - Doctor pays for helping friend — by John Tedesco, My San Antonio, 25 August 2012
    - People Magazine Investigates: Cults — Investigation Discovery, 2 July 2019
    - My Story — by Glori Williams, 29 March 2014
    - One Survivor Among Many — video by ex-member Suzanne McConnell, 21 January 2014
    - IMA (the Move) Religious Cult Disguised as Christian Church – Hub page by ex-member Jacqueline Jarvis, updated 15 July 2018
    - No Place Like Home: My life in an all american religious cult – ex-member Lisa Kendall’s website
    - Part I – How a Religious Cult Ruined My Life – blog post by ex-member by Lisa Kendall, 20 January 2018
    - Man Recounts Desperation to Leave Cult as Young Boy: 'The Only Escape Was ... to Choose Hell' – by Jeff Truesdell, People, 1 July 2019
    - Survivor of Religious Cult Known as The Move: 'I Was Fighting Against Becoming One of Them' – by Jeff Truesdell, People, 28 June 2019 For information regarding your data privacy, visit acast.com/privacy

    • 56 min
    Universal Medicine

    Universal Medicine

    Australian esoteric healing organisation Universal Medicine teaches that entities known as The Four Lords of Form rule over 9-foot-tall spirits that are all around us, and that most people have lived at least 2,300 lives before.

    Former student Matt Sutherland told Sunday Night journalist Matt Doran that he would describe Universal Medicine’s founder Serge Benhayon as “a human wrecking ball.”

    CORRECTION: The 'groping' allegations were found to be conveyed by the publication but the court did not find that Esther Rockett had proven them true. Defences of honest opinion and qualified privilege were upheld for these allegations.

    Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.

    With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.

    If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).

    Credits:
    Written, Researched and Hosted by Sarah Steel
    Music by Joe Gould

    Links:
    - The Cult: International investigation into Serge Benhayon and Universal Medicine — by Matt Doran, Sunday Night, Channel 7, 17 February 2019
    - Australian cult leader Serge Benhayon targeted in international investigation — by Matt Doran, Sunday Night, Channel 7, 15 May 2019
    - The Da Vinci Mode — by David Leser, Good Weekend, 25 August 2012
    - Universal Medicine follower's daughter releases private emails between mother and 'cult' leader — by Josh Robertson, ABC News, 10 November 2017
    - Universal Medicine cult founder exposed as ‘charlatan’ — by Rhian Deutrom, news.com.au, 18 February 2019
    - Universal Medicine 'cult' received hundreds of thousands in charity donations from prominent donors — by Josh Robertson, ABC News, 14 September 2019
    - Universal Medicine Facebook page — accessed September 2019
    - Universal Medicine website — accessed September 2019
    - Serge Benhayon’s website — accessed September 2019
    - Unimed Living website — accessed September 2019
    - The Truth about Universal Medicine — blog by students of Universal Medicine, accessed September 2019
    - Universal Medicine Exposed — website by students of Universal Medicine, accessed September 2019
    - The College of Universal Medicine — website accessed September 2019
    - Esoteric Breast Massage website — archived in March 2012 by the Wayback Machine
    - Self-styled healer Serge Benhayon leads 'socially harmful cult': jury — by Michaela Whitbourn, The Sydney Morning Herald, 15 October 2018
    - Esther Rockett’s blog — accessed September 2019
    - Benhayon v Rockett (No 8) [2019] NSWSC 169 — Supreme Court of NSW final determination, 6 December 2018
    - Benhayon v Rockett (No 9) [2019] NSWSC 172 — Supreme Court of NSW costs determination, 28 February 2019
    - Parliament of NSW Legislative Assembly Hansard — 21 August 2019
    - How one hippie town became the anti-vaxxer capital of Australia — by Tim Elliott, The Sydney Morning Herald, 8 June 2019
    - Australian Charity Register listing for College of Universal Medicine — accessed on 27 September 2019
    - 'Cult' cures on Medicare — by Heath Aston, The Sydney Morning Herald, 22 July 2012
    - Controversial health provider under investigation — by Samantha Turnbull and Bruce MacKenzie, ABC North Coast NSW 23 July 2012
    - Rick Ross Cult Education Institute Forum — thread started by Herbert Kane, 15 January 2012
    - Jane Hansen: How Universal Medicine bullied me — by Jane Hansen, The Sunday Telegraph, 15 March 2015
    - Lance Martin’s blog — accessed September 2019
    - Doctor rebuked

    • 1 hr 17 min

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Combines extensive research with personal experience

I was recommended this podcast recently and after 2 episodes I subscribed and started listening from the beginning! I find the subject of cults to be very interested but the big ones have all been told many times. I appreciate the angle the host tales of focusing on smaller, less known, cult specific to Australia.
She provides a lot of information and clearly does extensive research on each topic to provide the full scope of the cult from beginning to ultimate fall out (unless it’s still ongoing where she offers updates to the story). But what puts this over the top for me is she balances out the research with a personal element or connection either by guest interview with a format member or quotes from contact she’s had with former members.
Can’t say enough good things and will recommend to many more!

OMGILTS ,

Informative and interesting

This podcast is well researched, well written, and Sarah shows a deep concern for the victims affected by the groups she discusses. She details the histories of these groups and their leaders without being sensational or exaggerating anything to generate drama. The sound quality is great and the podcast is easy on the ears, even when the subject matter is not easy to listen to. I would highly recommend this podcast to anyone looking to learn more about a wide variety of cults!

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I listen to this podcast because I want research into cults, not because I want to hear the host pontificate about how the tolerant should have the right to suppress those they deem intolerant. If I wanted an essay on that, I’d browse the Political tag on Tumblr. (You’ll note I do not do this, because I do not hate myself.)

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