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.
October 8th, 2019 | Season 1 | 15 mins 30 secs
OneTaste started with a simple but powerful mission: to teach women to receive pleasure without any hang ups or need to reciprocate. What ended up happening to many who joined the organization has left them wondering if their consent was ever fully given.
October 1st, 2019 | Season 1 | 14 mins 57 secs
Coercive thought control doesn't just happen in cults or cult-like groups. In cases like Munchausen By Proxy, it's complete, abusive control by a mother over her children.
September 24th, 2019 | Season 2 | 15 mins 13 secs
Most people think De-Programming is the only method to work with ex-cult members, but Rachel Bernstein, a licensed family therapist, specializes in therapy for family members and survivors of cults.
September 19th, 2019 | Season 0 | 51 mins 32 secs
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To understand death, we have to ask people who have been there what it's like. I asked Dr. Eben Alexander, a Neurosurgeon and Near Death Experiencer to tell me what happened to him.
I also induce a Near Death Experience with the help of a substance called 5-MeO DMT.
September 17th, 2019 | Season 2 | 56 mins 47 secs
david neiwert, hate groups, militias, patriots, white supremacy
SEASON 2 PREMIERE
Season 2 of On Belief will look at other ways that control and coercive thought reform are deployed.
This week, David Neiwert, Author of Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump (ISBN 1786634236) Joins me to discuss White Supremacist Hate Groups and their similarities to cults
September 17th, 2019 | 1 min
Launching this week: On Grief: A Podcast about Death
Find out more about my next project
September 3rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 15 mins 46 secs
allison mack, belief, catherine oxenberg, coercion, cults, karen geier, keith raniere, nancy saltzman, nxivm, religions, rick alan ross, sects, yoga
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Catherine Oxenberg, author of Captive: A Mother's Crusade to Save Her Daughter from a Terrifying Cult joins me to discuss her ordeal extracting her daughter India from NXIVM and her experiences helping bring Keith Raniere to justice.
August 27th, 2019 | Season 1 | 16 mins 22 secs
brainwashing, cults, deprogramming, mia donovan, ted patrick
Director of Deprogrammed, Mia Donovan, joins me to talk about the Godfather of De-programming, Ted Patrick, who 'De-programmed' her step-brother when he was 14 years old.
August 20th, 2019 | Season 1 | 16 mins 1 sec
apostate, ex-jw, jehovah, jehovah's witnesses
Jerry Minor (SNL, Mr. Show, Arrested Development) joins me today to discuss his time in the witnesses and the rather unusual way he got out.
August 13th, 2019 | Season 1 | 15 mins 28 secs
apostate, ex-jw, jehovah, jehovah's witnesses
If your only exposure to the Jehovah's Witnesses has been at your door when they've been recruiting, you might not know about the rather extreme belief system Witnesses are forced to adhere to under threat of Disfellowshipment. My guest today describes her live inside and out of the Witnesses.
August 6th, 2019 | Season 1 | 15 mins 46 secs
bible, biblical patriarchy, christians, evangelicals, fundamentalism, fundies, heather doney, quiverfull
Heather Doney was raised in the Quiverfull belief system while living in New Orleans and peeking out her backyard at the sights of Mardi Gras.
July 30th, 2019 | Season 1 | 15 mins 36 secs
bible, biblical patriarchy, christians, evangelicals, fundamentalism, fundies, kathryn joyce, quiverfull
Quiverfull is more than just 'the fundies next door with a lot of kids.' The world view, based heavily on Biblical Patriarchy, is a high demand lifestyle for women and girls, and that sometimes has dire consequences.
July 23rd, 2019 | Season 1 | 15 mins 45 secs
amway, katie young, lularoe, mlm, mlmfail, multi level marketing, quixtar, sasha zazzi
"Hey Hun, are you interested in a business opportunity?"
If you've ever had a random message from an old friend on Facebook, this episode is for you.
July 16th, 2019 | Season 1 | 49 mins 31 secs
allison mack, belief, coercion, cults, ej dickson, karen geier, keith raniere, nancy salzman, nxivm, religions, rick alan ross, sects, yoga
EJ Dickson covered the NXIVM trial for Rolling Stone and discovered a phenomenon among those who leave cults: some of them move to other cults.
July 9th, 2019 | Season 1 | 17 mins 20 secs
china, chinese government, falun dafa, falun gong, li honghzhi, organ harvesting, qiqong, self immolation, tai chi, terrorism
Ben Hurley was once a devout Falun Gong practitioner who worked for the sect's media arm The Epoch Times. Find out what drew him in and why he ultimately left.
July 2nd, 2019 | Season 1 | 17 mins 11 secs
exmormon, flds, latter day saints, lds, lyle jeffs, mormons, rulon jeffs, short creek, utah, warren jeffs
Leona Bateman and Briell Decker Blanchart discuss what life is like for them out of the FLDS and how they've dedicated their lives to making the exit easier for others.