On Belief: A Podcast About Cults

On Belief is about why none of us are immune from coercive thought reform

About the show

We all would like to think that we're immune to being persuaded, but were that true, advertising wouldn't work, the best candidates would always get elected, and our personal relationships would always be equitable.

On Belief examines why, with so much information available to us to dissuade us from joining harmful groups. I ask people who have had first hand experience with harmful groups and sects how they were seduced, how they were tricked, and how they got out.

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Episodes

  • Episode 303: Zendik Farm

    June 9th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  16 mins 49 secs

    Helen Zuman, author of Mating in Captivity (https://helenzuman.com/books/mating-in-captivity-a-memoir/) joins me to discuss her time in the Zendik Farm Intentional Community

  • Episode 302: The Inner Matrix

    June 3rd, 2020  |  Season 3  |  17 mins 44 secs

    There are millions of self help books out there, but what happens when a self help book causes you to give up your life and go work for its author?

  • Episode 301: 60s Political Cults

    May 26th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  19 mins 22 secs

    Guest Tobi Olowe of the Impressions of America Podcast (https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/impressionsofamerica/id1367243636) joins me to discuss political cults of the 1960s and the long shadow they have cast.

  • Episode 228: Conversion Therapy

    April 15th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 55 secs

    Matt Ashcroft joins me to discuss his experience with Conversion Therapy and why he became an activist to speak out against it.

  • Episode 227: The Troubled Teen Industry

    April 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  17 mins 9 secs

    Meredith Yanuzzi and Miranda Sullivan from Troubled Podcast join me to discuss why sending your children to "Boot Camp" or "Reform School" is a terrible idea.

  • Episode 226: Robert Kelly

    March 24th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 48 secs

    Author Jim DeRogatis ( Soulless: The Case Against R. Kelly ISBN 1419740075 ) Twitter: @JimDeRogatis joins me to discuss the cult like mind control that R Kelly perpetrated on countless girls according to the Surviving R Kelly Docuseries

  • Episode 225: Acts 29: Part 2

    March 17th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  18 mins 33 secs

    Dana joins me to discuss more about her time in Acts 29, getting out, and beyond

  • Episode 224: Acts 29: Part 1

    March 10th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  17 mins 15 secs

    My guest Dana joins me to discuss her time in Neo-Calvinist group Acts 29. Part one of two.

  • Episode 223: Toxic Workplaces

    February 26th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 49 secs

    In this episode Jordan Uhl joins me to discuss how working at a popular non profit was a high demand situation with coercion, emotional manipulation and sometimes abusive situations.

  • Episode 222: ISKCON (Hare Krishnas) Part 2

    February 19th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  18 mins 58 secs

    Thanks for your patience!

    This week, Eric joins me to discuss what made him leave ISKCON

  • Episode 221: ISKCON (Hare Krishnas)

    February 11th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 7 secs

    An ex-ISKCON member joins me to discuss his childhood with a parent who was involved in an LGAT and his adult involvement in ISKCON- International Society of Krishna Consciousness

  • Episode 220: The LDS Church Part 2

    February 4th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 58 secs

    Marie* continues her story about life in the LDS Church, and beyond

  • Episode 219: The LDS Church

    January 28th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 17 secs

    Marie* joins me for part one of a two part episode on her experiences inside the Church of Latter Day Saints (Mormons) which she describes as a high demand group that limited her choices in life.

  • Episode 218: Narcissists with W. Keith Campbell

    January 21st, 2020  |  Season 2  |  16 mins 53 secs

    W. Keith Campbell literally wrote the book (several, actually) on narcissists. He joins me to discuss Narcissism to better understand what's going on in the mind of cult leaders, and how they're able to charm people into surrendering everything.

  • Episode 217: Glynn Washington on Heaven's Gate

    January 14th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  14 mins 54 secs

    Glynn Washington, host of Snap Judgement and producer/host of the Heaven's Gate podcast joins me to discuss why he decided to revisit Heaven's Gate and his own story of growing up in a cult.

  • Episode 216: XXXXXXX

    January 7th, 2020  |  Season 2  |  15 mins 28 secs

    Last season, we explored LGATs. This season, my guest Kate* joins me to go behind the curtain of the original LGAT and tells us about a frightening experience she had
    *not her real name