7 episodes

The Gateway is a six-part series about Teal Swan, a new brand of spiritual guru, who draws in followers with her hypnotic self-help YouTube videos aimed at people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Some followers move to Teal’s healing center, a spiritual startup where they produce content and manage social media accounts. Teal insists her therapy saves lives, but her critics say Teal’s death-focused dogma is dangerous. Gizmodo reporter Jennings Brown traveled to rural Utah and to the forests of Costa Rica, with extensive access to Teal and her inner circle, to understand Teal's teachings and investigate the deaths of some of her followers.

The Gateway: Teal Swan Gizmodo

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    • 4.7, 671 Ratings

The Gateway is a six-part series about Teal Swan, a new brand of spiritual guru, who draws in followers with her hypnotic self-help YouTube videos aimed at people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Some followers move to Teal’s healing center, a spiritual startup where they produce content and manage social media accounts. Teal insists her therapy saves lives, but her critics say Teal’s death-focused dogma is dangerous. Gizmodo reporter Jennings Brown traveled to rural Utah and to the forests of Costa Rica, with extensive access to Teal and her inner circle, to understand Teal's teachings and investigate the deaths of some of her followers.

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
671 Ratings

671 Ratings

Karen 1959 ,

Holy cult Batman

This podcast was quite scary. I loved it and screamed several times. This woman is delusional and narcissistic as hell. scary that people are blindly following her. Please do not listen to this woman. call the suicide hotline. Great podcast and well done!!

Schwartzkid ,

Jennings has an agenda

Agenda. Agenda. Agenda. No objectivity.

danidont ,

Fascinating

I’ve been on a cult/true crime kick for months now. I’m extremely picky when it comes to voices and context, so I’ve honestly skipped some podcasts that most would enjoy. Regardless if this woman is a cult leader, it’s still amazing to hear these cult like tendencies(just finished heavens gateway podcast) and how these leaders lure people away from their families. One issue though, ep 4 will not play. I’ve tried going to other outlets and still, no luck. Is this episode packed with dirty deets that someone is hiding?! Conspiracies ~

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