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Hosted by Tyler Measom and Liz Iacuzzi, Was I In A Cult? is a documentary-style podcast showcasing individuals who have been in, and most importantly, successfully left a cult. Told first-hand by the experiencer themself, these are raw, riveting and inspirational tales of what it means to be a survivor. Using levity and info-tainment, the show humanizes the cultic experience and may leave some of our listeners asking themselves…“Wait…Was I In A Cult?” If you or someone you know has been in a cult and want to share your story, contact us at info@wasiinacult.com. We'd love to hear from you.

Was I In A Cult‪?‬ PodcastOne

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 2.5K Ratings

Hosted by Tyler Measom and Liz Iacuzzi, Was I In A Cult? is a documentary-style podcast showcasing individuals who have been in, and most importantly, successfully left a cult. Told first-hand by the experiencer themself, these are raw, riveting and inspirational tales of what it means to be a survivor. Using levity and info-tainment, the show humanizes the cultic experience and may leave some of our listeners asking themselves…“Wait…Was I In A Cult?” If you or someone you know has been in a cult and want to share your story, contact us at info@wasiinacult.com. We'd love to hear from you.

    Sufism - Part 1: “Forced at 15”

    Sufism - Part 1: “Forced at 15”

    Sara Tasneem's journey began in Boulder, Colorado, where she was born into the Islamic faith. However, at the age of five, her parents divorced, causing her faith to split as well. Her mother distanced herself from the religion, while her father delved deeper, immersing himself in a Sufi group that would soon dominate Sara's existence.

    Then, at the age of 15, Sara's life took an unexpected turn when her father brought her to a conference led by the group's sheikh in Los Angeles, California. Little did she anticipate that this seemingly ordinary weekend would change the trajectory of her life in ways beyond imagination.

    Find Sara: https://tasneemsfadvocacy.home.blog/
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    Support Us: https://www.patreon.com/wasiinacult
    Have a story to share on our show? Email us: info@wasiinacult.com

    This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/INACULT and get on your way to being your best self.

    • 52 min
    Multi-Level Manipulator (MLM): “Hey, Hun! Hey, Girl! Hey, sis!”

    Multi-Level Manipulator (MLM): “Hey, Hun! Hey, Girl! Hey, sis!”

    Emily Lynn Paulson was a busy, ass-kicking mom to five children when she realized something was missing. Wanting to find a way to enter the workforce again, she met up with an old friend one night who introduced her to some products. Products her friend was selling. Products that Emily could sell too. She could work her own hours, be her own boss, and still spend all the time with her kids. It sounded perfect. And it was.

    Until… well, it wasn’t.
    --
    Emily’s book, “Hey, Hun: Sales, Sisterhood, Supremacy, and the Other Lies Behind Multilevel Marketing” was a book of the year pick by NPR for 2023.



    LINKS
    Find Emily: Instagram @emilylynnpaulson
    Founder of @sobermomsquad
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    Support Us: https://www.patreon.com/wasiinacult
    Have a story to share on our show? Email us: info@wasiinacult.com

    • 52 min
    Deer Tribe — PART 2: “This is Not Sexual Healing."

    Deer Tribe — PART 2: “This is Not Sexual Healing."

    Now fully committed, Kit works her way through the Deer Tribe Medicine Society and Quodoushka programs, each level more intense than the last. After moving to Phoenix due to pressure from the group, she begins to really question whether or not this is providing the healing she set out to recieve. And then, when quarantine strikes, a woman joins the group that may just save her life.  

    LINKS
    Deer Tribe: dtmms.org/
    Amara Charles: www.amaracharles.com/
    Quodoushka: www.quodoushka.org/
    Ruda Center (aka the Ashram): rudracenter.org

    Follow us: Instagram: @wasiinacult
    Support Us: https://www.patreon.com/wasiinacult
    Have a story to share on our show? Email us: info@wasiinacult.com

    Theme Song: www.maurastreppa.com
    Instagram/TikTok: @maurastreppamusic
    Spotify/Apple/Amazon Music/wherever you get your music: Maura Streppa

    This episode is brought to you by BetterHelp. Give online therapy a try at betterhelp.com/INACULT and get on your way to being your best self.

    • 53 min
    Deer Tribe — PART 1: “This Is Sexual Healing?"

    Deer Tribe — PART 1: “This Is Sexual Healing?"

    While attending college in Texas, a friend suggested that Kit attend a sweat lodge. Innocently, she did. Little did she know this sweat lodge was part of a bigger community known as ‘The Ashram'. Soon she was recruited into more than just the sweat and before she knew it, she was in the inner circle.

    Eventually, she would discover that this ashram was part of an even larger organization: The Deer Tribe Medicine Society. And one day she was recruited into a program that promised to heal her sexual trauma.

    We’ll let you be the judge of how well that promise was fulfilled…  

    LINKS
    Deer Tribe: dtmms.org/
    Amara Charles: www.amaracharles.com/
    Quodoushka: www.quodoushka.org/
    Ruda Center (aka the Ashram): rudracenter.org

    Follow us: Instagram: @wasiinacult
    Support Us: https://www.patreon.com/wasiinacult
    Have a story to share on our show? Email us: info@wasiinacult.com

    • 1 hr
    Children of God: “You’re Enough As You Are” (UPDATE)

    Children of God: “You’re Enough As You Are” (UPDATE)

    **NOTE: This episode originally ran in 2021**
    **NEW EPS DROP NEXT WEEK MONDAY FEB 5th**

    Welcome to the worst cult ever (in our humble opinions). This is a story of incredible resilience, bravery, and inspiration. Being born into a cult always comes with its challenges, but learning how to have an original thought in your mid-20s is a rare struggle that most people are fortunate enough to never have to face. This is just one of many obstacles Angel had to overcome as she ventured out of the cult and into the world. But when you've spent over 20 years of your life in a cult and it's all you know, the real world isn't always as sparkly as you hoped.
    Find Angel: www.theprocessbyangel.com
    Insta: @whatisangeldoing
    Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/MrAngeladesantis
    Follow us: Insta @wasiinacult
    Email us with your story: info@wasiinacult.com
    Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/wasiinacult

    • 44 min
    Thou Shan’t Be Named: “Non-Church Church” (UPDATE)

    Thou Shan’t Be Named: “Non-Church Church” (UPDATE)

    *NOTE: This episode originally ran in 2022*

    TITLE: Thou Shan't Be Named: "Non-Church Church" Non-Denominational Christianity. Sounds innocent enough, and for many non-denominational churches, it is. But for others, the non-affiliation creates a dangerous pathway to a choose your own adventure "religion." For Shannon Payton, it was an adventure all right, but not one she necessarily would've chosen...if, of course, given the choice. Shannon has lived more of her life inside the cult than out, but this social media comedian is just starting to scratch the surface of having her voice heard. A voice, of course, that wasn't allowed to be heard for most of her life. And trust us, it's a voice worth hearing. Shannon now has her own podcast called: The Shanny Pants Show podcast. Check it out!

    Find Shannon: www.shannypantsshow.com
    Follow Shannon: Insta/ TikTok @therealshannypants
    Follow us: Insta @wasiinacult
    Email us: info@wasiinacult.com
    Support us on Patreon: patreon.com/wasiinacult

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

tardigrade42 ,

Wish the hosts would stop trying to be funny

Trying is the important word here, because they are not funny. At all. The stories of the cults are amazing and I love the show for that. The music is perfect, the guest are awesome. However, the hosts try to interject humor in very inappropriate places, and they sound like they are reading off of a script they have never read before. When they are talking about cults, they are very insightful. I just imagine their guests listening to their own stories on this podcast and cringing at what these hosts are doing to try to pull the focus back to themselves and away from the story. It’s not about you.

TwoBlueHearts ,

Humor and healing.

So glad to have my favorite “cult leaders” back!

Azzy7719 ,

Over the poop stories

Love the show and humorous commentary; however, I’m over the poop stories.

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