43 episodes

A podcast about cults.

Zealot Jo Thornely

    • Comedy
    • 4.3, 1.3K Ratings

A podcast about cults.

    Zealot 43: The Buddhafield with Marieke Hardy

    Zealot 43: The Buddhafield with Marieke Hardy

    Jo Thornely talks to Marieke Hardy about a cult led by a man skilled in the arts of manipulation, push-ups, and Speedo-wearing: The Buddhafield.

    • 57 min
    Zealot 42: Camp David with Cal Wilson

    Zealot 42: Camp David with Cal Wilson

    Jo Thornely talks to Cal Wilson about a Kiwi cult that she visited as a child, remembering the headscarves and gardening, but not the huge cache of weapons: Camp David.

    • 53 min
    Zealot 41: Taipan & the Ideal Human Environment with Courtney Fry

    Zealot 41: Taipan & the Ideal Human Environment with Courtney Fry

    Jo Thornely talks to Courtney Fry about a rugged Aussie cult leader who likes perfect nectarines and being called Taipan: James Salerno and the Ideal Human Environment.

    • 51 min
    Zealot 40: Gwen Shamblin with Yvie Jones

    Zealot 40: Gwen Shamblin with Yvie Jones

    Jo Thornely talks to Yvie Jones about a big-haired lady who’ll tell you Jesus wants you to be skinny and fat people go to hell: Gwen Shamblin.

    • 1 hr 6 min
    Zealot 39: The Manson Family with Lauren Bonner

    Zealot 39: The Manson Family with Lauren Bonner

    Jo Thornely talks to Lauren Bonner about a guy who took a short break from being a prison inmate to develop his skills as a songwriter and cult leader: Charles Manson.

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Zealot 38: Jared Leto with Rose Callaghan

    Zealot 38: Jared Leto with Rose Callaghan

    Jo Thornely talks to Rose Callaghan about an actor whose most convincing roles are as a rock star and a cult leader: Jared Leto.

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
1.3K Ratings

1.3K Ratings

Sparklepants ✨✨✨ ,

HILARIOUS (and informative)!

I absolutely LOVE this podcast. Jo’s rapport with guests is so enjoyable to listen to - I smile and chuckle my way through the episodes while learning about all of the odd things my fellow humans have been up to. It’s a good variety of well-known and under the radar groups. Added bonus for American listeners: delightful Australian accents! Also, great (fictitious) merch!

Sometimes there are gaps between episodes (it’s once a month-ish, except when it’s not) but it is always a happy surprise to see this show pop up in my feed. Thanks for the laughs, Jo!

Spady83 ,

Best introductory songs

Fun and well researched about cults with a silly vibe. I truly wish I could join in on the cheese plate. I find myself humming the songs all the time and just genuinely enjoy my time with Jo and her guests.

LaurGarv ,

Long time listener...

...first time reviewer. Jo, I love this podcast with all of my heart, but please, for the love of God, make these recordings louder! SPEAK INTO THE HORN, JO! How will I know if I’m being lured into the next new cult all the young cool hot people are joining if I don’t know what to look for?!

Signed,

Hard of Hearing & Easily Influenced

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