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 314: Janja Lalich

    April 12th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  14 mins 13 secs

    Janja Lalich, Cult Researcher and frequent Cult Expert for Documentaries joins me to discuss her career and what we really know about how Cults work.

  • Episode 313: Bikram Yoga

    March 3rd, 2021  |  Season 3  |  14 mins 44 secs

    My guest joins me to discuss her time at a 2 month intensive yoga training and what she witnessed there.

  • Episode 312: The Salvation Army

    February 17th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  16 mins 31 secs

    My guest joins me to share her experience growing up in the ubiquitous yet mysterious organization.

  • Episode 311: Growing up LDS

    January 28th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  18 mins 49 secs

    In this episode my guest describes what it's like to grow up Mormon when you're different

  • Episode 310: Jehovahs Witnesses and Growing Up

    January 6th, 2021  |  Season 3  |  17 mins 47 secs

    What happens when you're born into a high control group that targeted your mom when she was pregnant with you? My guest discusses growing up Jehovah's Witness this week in a supersized episode

  • Episode 309: Church of Christ

    November 25th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  17 mins 17 secs

    My guest joins me to discuss how going to a school affiliated with the Church of Christ changed her in ways that still affect her today.

  • Episode 308: Conspiracy Theories

    October 14th, 2020  |  Season 3  |  17 mins 36 secs

    Will Sommer (Right Richter & The Daily Beast) joins me to discuss the similarities between cult belief and belief in major conspiracy theories like Pizzagate and QAnon

  • 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.