A podcast about cults.
A podcast about cults.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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!
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.
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?!
Hard of Hearing & Easily Influenced