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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 CULTS@iHeartMedia.com. We'd love to hear from you.

Was I In A Cult‪?‬ iHeartRadio

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.1 • 637 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 CULTS@iHeartMedia.com. We'd love to hear from you.

    Atypicult: “Mental Parental”

    Atypicult: “Mental Parental”

    This is not your typical cult. But for comedian, Ariel, it was all she knew. Filled with isolation and abuse, it would take her years to break free. 

    Ariel’s Insta: @Arielsnotamermaid
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    • 47 min
    Children of God: “Pray for Death”

    Children of God: “Pray for Death”

    When you’re born into a cult, it’s difficult enough. But when you’re born into a cult with a raging alcoholic pedophile as the leader, it’s a nightmare.

    Author, Flor Edwards was raised in the Children of God. And praise the lord she got out. 

    But getting out didn’t come without its own challenges…

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    Link to Flor's autobiography: 
    https://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Child-Flor-Edwards/dp/1683367685

    Follow Flor on social media: @floredwardsauthor
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    • 51 min
    Jehovah’s Witnesses: “Shut Up and Be Blessed“

    Jehovah’s Witnesses: “Shut Up and Be Blessed“

    With rockstar aspirations, Daniel O’Brien wasn’t looking for anything but a good time. But when heartbreak rocked his world, he tripped into something that lifted his spirits and rallied his hopes - the Jehovah’s Witnesses. 

    Before he knew it, Daniel had traded his guitar for a green Bible and found himself rapidly rising through the ranks of the religion. A wife, and two kids later, he was a fully indoctrinated, high ranking Elder in the church.

    But when Daniel realizes that he’s part of a life much different than the one he originally signed up for, he knows that he must leave. 

    The only problem is… he can’t.

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    If you, or anyone you know has ever been in a cult, please email us at CULTS@iheartmedia.com, we’d love to hear from you. Your story could be featured in a future episode…
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    • 53 min
    WOMEN ONLY SECRET SOCIETY (NXIVM) PT 2: "Collateral Damaged"

    WOMEN ONLY SECRET SOCIETY (NXIVM) PT 2: "Collateral Damaged"

    “It’s exclusive,” she was told. A women only secret society. 
    She was a chosen one, after all. 
    A badass ninja warrior woman, she was ready to set the world on fire. 
    Finally surrounded by people that shared her same vision, she would do whatever it takes. 
    Jessica Joan was ready for anything.
    Well... almost anything. 

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    If you, or anyone you know, has successfully escaped a cult, please reach out to us. We'd love to hear from you and have your story and voice be heard on a future episode: cults@iHEARTmedia.com 

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    Jessica Joan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovejessjoan/?hl=en

    You can purchase Jessica's book here:
    http://theuntouchablejessicajoan.com
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    • 1 hr 5 min
    WOMEN ONLY SECRET SOCIETY (NXIVM) PT 1: "The Magic Sauce"

    WOMEN ONLY SECRET SOCIETY (NXIVM) PT 1: "The Magic Sauce"

    When the LA party scene didn’t fit Jessica’s lifestyle anymore, she replaced martinis and after-hour clubs with green juices and tonic bars. But the reemergence of a childhood trauma forced her to examine her inner self. 
    One day, a friend told her about a class that could improve her life even more. That class turned out to be part of a larger entity.
    A self-empowerment company that purported to help you become the master of your own life. 
    A little group called… NXIVM.
    Jessica Joan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovejessjoan/?hl=en
    You can purchase Jessica's book here:
    http://theuntouchablejessicajoan.com
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    • 56 min
    Mormon…More Women PT 2: "I do… I do… I don’t."

    Mormon…More Women PT 2: "I do… I do… I don’t."

    Faced with the fear of an impending apocalypse, Joanne and her husband move to a small Utah town to live “Mormonism on steroids”, which means wearing long underwear, communicating with the dead, prophetic visions, odd temple rituals, cookies with Jesus, and the law of celestial marriage (i.e. polygamy).
    If you or someone you know has been in a cult and want to share your story, contact us at CULTS@iHeartMedia.com. We'd love to hear from you.
    Link to Joanne's Book, "It's Not About Sex My Ass: Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife": https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-About-Sex-Ex-Polygamist-ebook/dp/B008Q4D6E4
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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.1 out of 5
637 Ratings

637 Ratings

BillyRamsdell ,

Crazy Good

The hosts, the topics, the coverage, music and laughs, it’s all good!!

Omilynn6 ,

Good stories, distracting comments

The story lines are great! I like listening to what the person went through it gives insight on something I know nothing about, but the comments of the hosts are super annoying, and distract me from the story. It makes me forget what’s going on, it’s like they are adding in extra commercials with all the off topic talking.

RadioPotato.com ,

I’m a cult follower if this podcast!

So funny. So engaging. So fascinating! So well done! I even listen to the end credits because I don’t want each episode to end. Can’t wait for the next one. Well done!!!

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