182 episodes

A podcast about cults, extreme belief, and manipulation – from two hosts who’ve actually lived it. Hosted by Lola Blanc and Meagan Elizabeth.

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Trust Me: Cults, Extreme Belief, and Manipulation PodcastOne

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.4 • 1.7K Ratings

A podcast about cults, extreme belief, and manipulation – from two hosts who’ve actually lived it. Hosted by Lola Blanc and Meagan Elizabeth.

Got your own story about cults, extreme belief, or manipulation? Leave a voicemail or text us at 347-86-TRUST (347-868-7878) OR shoot us an email at Trust Me Pod @gmail.com

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@TrustMePodcast
@oohlalola
@meaganelizabeth11

TWITTER:
@TrustMeCultPod
@ohlalola
@baberahamhicks

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    Wesley Boyd - The Dangers of Physician Health Programs

    Wesley Boyd - The Dangers of Physician Health Programs

    Today our guest is J. Wesley Boyd, psychiatrist, professor, and the director of education at the Harvard Medical School Center for Bioethics. He joins us to talk about Physician Health Programs, (or PHPs) which are under-the-radar programs that most states have. They're supposed to be a place where doctors who are struggling with substance abuse or mental illness can go to recover. But Wes shares how a shocking number of doctors who do *not* have a substance use disorder are coerced into for-profit inpatient treatment that rips them away from their lives and costs them tens of thousands of dollars of their own money. And if they don’t comply with every demand, they’ll very likely lose their medical licenses. We’ll talk about the benevolent origin of PHPs, the profit motives that corrupted so many them over time, examples of folks who experienced this coercion at the expense of their mental health and career, and how no one believes people who were victims of them - which is why it’s important for people like Wes, who worked for one as a psychiatrist, to speak out. And as always, we will discuss the exceptions, because of course there are people who have been helped by them too.

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    • 1 hr 15 min
    R. Derek Black, Part 2 - How a White Supremacist Changed Their Mind

    R. Derek Black, Part 2 - How a White Supremacist Changed Their Mind

    Today is part two with R. Derek Black, former white supremacist turned anti-racism advocate, and author of The Klansman's Son: My Journey from White Nationalism to Antiracism. Today we discuss how and when Derek’s identity became exposed to their friend group, including drastically different reactions from fellow students, how they were invited to Shabbat dinner by some Jewish friends, and how over time the cognitive dissonance of believing in ideology that was dangerous to people they care about began to wear on them, eventually leading them to denounce white nationalism.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    R. Derek Black, Part 1 - Former White Nationalist, Growing Up in the KKK, and Cognitive Dissonance

    R. Derek Black, Part 1 - Former White Nationalist, Growing Up in the KKK, and Cognitive Dissonance

    Today our guest is R. Derek Black, former poster child for white supremacy (now turned antiracist advocate) and author of the new memoir The Klansman’s Son. Derek, who came out as trans in this book, walks us through the white supremacist movement, where it stands now, what it was like growing up in a white nationalist family, being close to prominent neo-Nazi David Duke, how they were taught that the whole world misunderstood their "scientifically correct" ideology, and speaking to the press and becoming a public-facing figure of racism as a child. They’ll tell us about hosting a white nationalist radio show, going off to college, and how they began hanging out with a Jewish girl there who had no idea about this double life they’d been leading.

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    • 57 min
    Ian Rafalko, Part 2 - Son of a YouTube Scientologist Health Guru

    Ian Rafalko, Part 2 - Son of a YouTube Scientologist Health Guru

    In part two with Ian Rafalko, we go deeper into how he left Scientology, what that meant for his family life, and how his dad's lucrative online presence and supplement company tows the line of multi-level marketing. Ian will talk about the viral TikTok video he posted in which he said he was going to end his own life, why he decided not to, how his family reacted, and the paranoia he felt after going public.

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    • 1 hr 31 min
    Ian Rafalko, Part 1 - Former Scientology Auditor

    Ian Rafalko, Part 1 - Former Scientology Auditor

    Today is part one Ian Rafalko, a former scientologist from a prominent scientologist family AND son of a prominent YouTube health guru. We explore how his family joined Scientology, what it was like growing up in a group where children are treated as adult spirits in small bodies, whether Scientology creates little sociopaths, and some of the more detailed ins and outs of the system and beliefs. We’ll also talk about Ian’s experience as an auditor, how his rebellious nature started getting him in trouble, the ubiquitous culture of snitching, and how he started to deconstruct his upbringing.

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    • 1 hr 1 min
    Aliia Roza - Former Russian Secret Agent and Sex Spy

    Aliia Roza - Former Russian Secret Agent and Sex Spy

    Subject of the new Neil Strauss podcast "To Die For", Aliia Roza shares about her childhood in Russia, her father who worked for the government, the training school and how she was coerced into joining a secret program for sex operations, the seduction and manipulation techniques she learned, how she was sexually abused in school, how she used those skills to survive, what her first missions were like... and of course... whether she ever killed anyone. Plus, how she wants to use her knowledge now to help women who are struggling to find love.

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    • 1 hr 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
1.7K Ratings

1.7K Ratings

PLF123 ,

Episodes with Derek.

Fantastic. Glad you shared their story.

not my birthday ,

Love the pod

Show is insightful & funny. Questions are always poignant and they show the utmost respect to all guest & backgrounds. It’s taught me a lot. Appreciate your hard work & tackling necessary, uncomfortable conversations. 👏🏽💙

MrTimmy1969 ,

It’s Alright

Like these pods. Someone called Lola a narcissist. Found that fascinating. Because if she is a narcissist she’ll believe it’s your fault. If it’s not true, it’s just a hurtful word. The show itself is really good. It does feel a little patronizing at times, but I just ignore that stuff. The information is still good. Also, these pods are beginning to define cult a little too vaguely. We should define a cult differently from HCGs, etc. anyway, 5 stars because it’s good… well it’s alright.

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