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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, 662 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
662 Ratings

662 Ratings

InsertSydneyPun ,

Fascinating

Great journalism that tries to grapple with this influential person. If you’re into podcast journalism, this is the show for you.

mercuryglass ,

she doesn’t fit your model of a guru, so you call her a cult leader

Instead of listening to this disappointing podcast, which teases some kind of sensational exposition that never happens, go on Youtube and watch a few Teal Swan videos. Everything she stands for is in those videos. She doesn’t ask you to send money, disown your family or go live with her to get value out of her teaching—- unlike actual “cults”. If you don’t like her vids, all you’ve lost is 15 minutes.

I think many people’s real problem with her, even if they don’t admit it, is they don’t think a standard 30something white American woman who happens to be beautiful, self-assured and wear pretty dresses can have something deep, intelligent and meaningful to offer the world. I’d rather hear a podcast about what women are expected to look like or to do or to sacrifice in order to be taken seriously in our culture.

Immma stay woke ,

Excellent look inside complete insanity

Teal Swan should be ashamed of the narcissism she flaunts as wisdom. The world could use less of Teal. Great podcast.

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