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 102: NXIVM With Guest Brock Wilbur

    May 14th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  1 hr 3 secs
    allison mack, belief, coercion, cults, karen geier, keith raniere, nancy salzman, nxivm, religions, rick alan ross, sects, yoga


    Content Warning: Episode contains frank discussion of sexual and other forms of abuse.

    Brock Wilbur joins me to discuss when he was inadvertently recruited by a division of NXIVM and how that lead him to investigate the cult.

    Little did he know what he would encounter.

    Brock discusses his unique insights into the trial of Keith Raniere.

  • Episode 101: What IS a Cult? An Interview with Rick Alan Ross of the Cult Education Institute

    April 19th, 2019  |  Season 1  |  12 mins 49 secs
    belief, coercion, cults, deprogramming, karen geier, moonies, nxivm, religions, rick alan ross, scientology, sects, yoga

    In the first episode, Rick Alan Ross explains what cults are, how leaders entice and ensnare folks, what the profile is of a person who is susceptible to cults, and how friends and family can help those affected by harmful groups.