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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  • Episode 307: The Human Potential Movement

    September 15th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  17 mins 42 secs

    Guest Tobi Olowe joins me again to discuss the primordial soup of most cults we know today: The Human Potential Movement.

  • Episode 306: Gender Critical Movement

    August 26th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  15 mins 13 secs

    My guest joins me to describe how dealing with their own gender journey led them into the world of the Gender Critical movement online

  • Episode 305: Men's Rights Activists

    August 4th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  16 mins 50 secs

    My guest joins me to discuss his time in Men's Rights Activism, and how the love of a TV show is what started them down the rabbit hole.

  • Episode 304: Independent Fundamental Baptists

    July 21st, 2020  |  Season 3  |  17 mins 5 secs

    My guest Tony joins me to discuss the troubling details of being born into an Evangelical Christian tradition

  • 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