7 episodes

Hosted by journalist Josh Bloch (“Uncover: Escaping NXIVM”), THE LOST KIDS dives deep into the search for a missing teen, uncovering the dark and twisted business of tough-love programs for “troubled teens” and their ties to one of America's most dangerous cults.

Credits:
Jessica Grimshaw- For USG Audio
Jennifer Sears- For USG Audio
Josh Bloch- Executive Producer, Host, Producer
Kathleen Goldhar- Executive Producer, Producer
Amanda McPhillips- Executive Producer
Stuart Coxe- Executive Producer
Nathan Ament- Executive Producer
David McDougall- Producer
Medium Anonymous- Producer
Todd Nilssen- Producer
Max Miller- Associate Producer
Mitchell Stuart- Editor
Beth Karas- Researcher
Arik Martin- Transcriber

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    • 4.8 • 586 Ratings

Hosted by journalist Josh Bloch (“Uncover: Escaping NXIVM”), THE LOST KIDS dives deep into the search for a missing teen, uncovering the dark and twisted business of tough-love programs for “troubled teens” and their ties to one of America's most dangerous cults.

Credits:
Jessica Grimshaw- For USG Audio
Jennifer Sears- For USG Audio
Josh Bloch- Executive Producer, Host, Producer
Kathleen Goldhar- Executive Producer, Producer
Amanda McPhillips- Executive Producer
Stuart Coxe- Executive Producer
Nathan Ament- Executive Producer
David McDougall- Producer
Medium Anonymous- Producer
Todd Nilssen- Producer
Max Miller- Associate Producer
Mitchell Stuart- Editor
Beth Karas- Researcher
Arik Martin- Transcriber

    Searching for Daniel

    Searching for Daniel

    A private investigator says he has credible evidence that Daniel Yuen is still alive 15 years after he ran away from CEDU Running Springs.

    • 39 min
    Lots of Tough and Almost No Love

    Lots of Tough and Almost No Love

    Investigative journalist Maia Szalavitz explains how tough love programs for teens grew into a billion dollar industry despite thousands of allegations of abuse and neglect

    • 32 min
    The Game

    The Game

    We investigate the links between CEDU and what some experts call America’s most dangerous cult

    • 41 min
    Tell It All

    Tell It All

    Former staff and residents of CEDU Running Springs take us inside the strange form of therapy practiced at CEDU based on peer pressure, verbal attack, and marathon transformational workshops.

    • 36 min
    Pulling a Daniel

    Pulling a Daniel

    A former resident of CEDU Runnings Springs returns to the old campus to explain how she ran away from CEDU eight times and almost died on the mountainside.

    • 36 min
    Daniel

    Daniel

    Daniel Yuen, a 16 year old boy from New Jersey, is sent across the country to a program for “troubled teens” in the California mountains and days later disappears.

    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
586 Ratings

586 Ratings

Madiiigee ,

Disturbing story told by fantastic journalist

The content of this story is both interesting and disturbing but Josh does a wonderful job of being empathetic yet objective while interviewing the victims and laying out the information he has.

Pepper529 ,

Awesome

Josh Bloch is a really talented journalist and story teller. I will be awaiting his next report. Thank you for providing a compassionate and thoughtful response to really tough topics.

AnonymousReviewNickname ,

Thanks

My parents sent me to one of these programs around the time that Daniel disappeared and I have spent years grappling with it. Many kids ran from the institution that I attended, especially during the propheets (called workshops where I was a resident, but identical to what is described by CEDU survivors, and also run by a former CEDU higher-up). Two have never been found. The institution shutdown after former residents actively disseminated information about the school’s practices online and informed parents stopped sending their kids there. I greatly benefitted from listening to this series. Thank you for shinning a little more sunlight on an industry that has thrived in darkness and on misinformation.

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