Let's Talk About Sects
By Sarah Steel
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Let's Talk About Sects is a monthly podcast focusing on a different cult each episode. Sarah takes a storytelling, deep dive approach, looking at the history of a sect's leaders, the recruitment of members, their experiences, psychological aspects, and notable incidents during its existence.
||CleanOrder of the Solar Temple||The Order of the Solar Temple shares the history pages with Jonestown, the Branch Davidians and Heaven’s Gate. And in spite of the striking ideological differences between them, there were some similarities across all of these groups that ended in suc||12 3 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Seaside Sect||In spite of the fairly sensational nature of Alistah Laishkochav's lifestyle and crimes, his name is not well-known in Australia, and his polygamous cult gained the most media attention when a recent contestant on The Bachelor was outed by the press for||12 2 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJoy Kuo & Iphigenie Amoutzias' Story||Joy Kuo and her husband moved to Sydney from Taiwan in 2000, and in 2012 Joy attended the Mind, Body, Spirit Festival. There she came across a group that she would dedicate the next five years of her life to. Iphigenie Amoutzias had moved to New Zealand||15 1 2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanGrace J. Adams and Poia Alpha, Former Branch Davidians||Grace Adams and Poia Alpha are two sisters from New Zealand who joined the Branch Davidians along with their younger sister Rebecca. Poia left the sect in early 1990, and Grace in late 1991. Rebecca remained with the group at the compound in Waco, Texas||18 12 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOutreach International – Part 2||A religious sect that started 50 years ago in Melbourne, Australia, has been highly secretive over the last few decades. The only way to find out about it was by talking to ex-members, who were brave enough to speak out for the first time about their ex||20 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitOutreach International – Part 1||A religious sect that started 50 years ago in Melbourne, Australia, has been highly secretive over the last few decades. The only way to find out about it was by talking to ex-members, who were brave enough to speak out for the first time about their ex||13 11 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought||In October of 2013, Freedom Charity received a call on their hotline. The woman on the other end said that her housemate had been held captive for 30 years. She and her comrades believed that an invisible machine would incinerate them if they tried to e||16 10 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSynanon||Synanon began as an addict support group that gathered in a grimy Californian flat in the late 1950s. It would grow to become a well-funded utopian society throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s, before declaring itself a religion in 1974. Its lead||18 9 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBranch Davidians||This year marks the 25th anniversary of a shoot-out and subsequent siege at Mount Carmel in Texas. The events of a quarter century ago ended in a tragedy later to become known as the Waco Massacre.||17 4 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBonus Episode: Aum Shinrikyo Update||Let's Talk About Sects speaks with Sarah Skibtower, a researcher who has invested the last 16 years of her life into understanding all she can about Aum Shinrikyo. Includes a correction from episode 3 of this podcast.||21 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitThe Order of St Charbel||William Kamm's sect, The Order of St Charbel, is rooted in Catholicism and based in the Nowra area of NSW. Kamm is best known for receiving messages from the Virgin Mary on the 13th of every month, and for his Royal House of David – which consisted of||13 3 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKoreshanity||Cyrus Teed theorised that the Earth is hollow, and we all live on the inside surface of it. He formed a utopian communist community in Estero, Florida, and he and his followers were known as the Koreshan Unity.||13 2 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||ExplicitUniversal Knowledge||Universal Knowledge, previously known as Life Integration Programmes, offered courses that promised to help people realise their full potential. Carli McConkey says she lost 13 years of her life to the organisation, and last year published a book about||16 1 2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKenja Communication||Kenja is an Australian group whose name comes from its two founders – Ken and Jan. The organisation utilises a technique called 'Energy Conversion Mediation' that they say helps people with their "attached spirits". Sound familiar?||12 12 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanAum Shinrikyo||Aum Shinrikyo, under the leadership of Shoko Asahara, committed shocking acts against the Japanese public when members released sarin gas into the Tokyo Metro at rush hour in March 1995. With tens of thousands of members, including scientists with the c||14 11 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God||The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God was a sect that looked to go back to the basics of the Bible. And while the cult asked its followers to adhere strictly to the Ten Commandments, its leadership would go on to spectacularly||17 10 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Family||Anne Hamilton-Byrne led the most notorious Australian cult to date, The Family. Full of middle class doctors, lawyers, architects and nurses, she preached a mix of Christianity, Buddhism and spirituality, claiming herself to be the reincarnation of Chri||19 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLet's Talk About Sects Trailer||A taste of Let's Talk About Sects Season 1, launching on Wednesday 20 September. CW: this podcast covers topics related to cults, including abusive behaviours, references to suicide, and subjects of a disturbing nature.||16 9 2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Such a great podcast!
A cracker of a podcast! Very informative. Well worth a listen.
Informative & Eye Opening
Scary that these organisations operate under our noses & that they prey on the vulnerable. A great podcast - glad I stumbled across it!