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A podcast about cults, extreme belief, and abuse of power – from two hosts who’ve actually lived it. Hosted by Lola Blanc and Meagan Elizabeth. If you have your own story about cults, high control groups, manipulation, or abuse of power - leave us a voicemail at 513.900.2955 OR shoot us an email at TrustMePod@gmail.com. FOLLOW US ON INSTAGRAM: @trustmepod @oohlalola @vibehigherbitch OR TWITTER: @trustmecultpod @ohlaloka
 
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.
 
DARK SISTERS is a new American opera, with music by Nico Muhly and libretto by Stephen Karam. Co-commissioned and Co-produced by Gotham Chamber Opera, Music-Theatre Group and Opera Company of Philadelphia. DARK SISTERS is a suspenseful, emotional, and lyrical depiction of one woman's struggle with life and faith and the universal dilemma of whether to stay or leave.The opera opens a window into the lives of Eliza and her sister wives, members of the Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints ...
 
Investigative journalist Elizabeth Vargas teams up with former members of controversial organizations to tell the stories of believers and leaders of cults in CULTS AND EXTREME BELIEFS PODCAST. In our after show, we’re teaming up to explain the unbelievable stories revealed from those who’ve seen the other side of cult life. Tune in here for reviews, recaps and in-depth discussions of the latest episodes, as well as the insider scoop from cast and crew members on the show.
 
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This episode is all about the Fundamentalist church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day saints, or FLDS for short. We discuss why it broke away from regular LDS (spoilers: it’s polygamy), its history, and of course its human garbage of a prophet Warren Jeffs. As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doe…
 
Abby* discusses leaving Mormonism on 10/24. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital info, Michael at https://c…
 
In part two of their discussion with author of The First 50, Natascia Mallin, Lola and Meagan discuss the trauma bonding that happened within the group, whether or not the program really worked, and the importance of staying anchored to the outside world. If you have your own story about cults, high-control groups, manipulation, or abuse of power, …
 
In this episode, we discuss: The basic beliefs of the Unification Church What it's like for kids What are the rules, and are they different by gender? What is the companion book to the Bible that the Unification Church uses? What are the political beliefs of the church? And more... Support On Belief: A Podcast About Cults…
 
Van* discusses leaving Mormonism on 9/26. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital info, Michael at https://cor…
 
This episode is all about the Toronto Blessing. In 1994 at a church by the airport in Toronto revival… arrived. Falling down, rolling around, speaking in tongues, barking like a dog, and turning teeth to gold are some of the strange occurrences that were reported. We talk about the history and how this movement spread. As always we are not experts,…
 
Taylor* discusses leaving the Mormon church because of several problems with it. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting yo…
 
Kay* discusses leaving JW faith on 10/17. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital info, Michael at https://cor…
 
In part one of their chat with author of The First 50: A Saga of Backseats, Bedrooms, Lookout Points, and Dive Bars, Natascia Mallin, Lola and Meagan discuss how Natascia's time working at Cafe Gratitude and the Landmark Forum led her to join a "therapy cult" led by a well-read charismatic guru named Stan. If you have your own story about cults, hi…
 
Dorothy* discusses leaving JW faith on 9/19. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital info, Michael at https://…
 
Don't miss hearing from the panel on my Patreon about Jeffrey R. Holland's remarks at BYU. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help pro…
 
Stephanie* discusses leaving the Mormon church because of several problems with it. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting…
 
Casey* discusses leaving the Southern Baptist church on 10/10. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital info, M…
 
In part two of their interview with Children of God survivor, Christina Babin, Lola and Meagan discuss life in the "reprogramming camps," the difficulty coming forward about these kinds of experiences, and finding love after leaving the group. If you have your own story about cults, high-control groups, manipulation, or abuse of power, leave us a v…
 
Asher* discusses leaving the Mormon church due to being nonbinary. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital inf…
 
Andy* discusses leaving the Mormon church on 10/3. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital info, Michael at ht…
 
Love bombing. Flirty fishing. Moving from country to country. Just a few standard parts of life as a member of David Berg's Children of God. In part one of their conversation with Christina Babin, Lola and Meagan discuss Christina's experience in punishment camps, the separation from her family, and being exploited in a child sex trafficking cult. …
 
Watch for my story in a few weeks--as that will be the only one of all the personal stories to only be on Patreon (but I will have helpful tips from a coach and such on Patreon too). Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy,…
 
Dorothy* discusses leaving Jehovah's Witnesses faith due to disfellowshipping. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your…
 
Lola & Meagan chat with a woman named Kathryn about her experiences as a follower of the charismatic social media guru Teal Swan... who is often accused of being a cult leader. They discuss Teal's online presence and appeal, how she conducts her workshops, controversies of plagiarism, and a concerning story of what happened to one member. If you ha…
 
Sarah* discusses leaving the Mormon church on 10/2. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital info, Michael at h…
 
In this episode we discuss the stranger stories in the bible, we talk prophets getting bears to kill kids, Jesus getting angry at a tree, God Trying to kill Moses, straight up human sacrifice, and more. As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping Support us on patreon: https://www.patreon.co…
 
Elder Apostate* discusses leaving the Mormon church due to their lack of empathy. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting y…
 
Executive producer of Netflix's How To Become a Tyrant (and friend of the show!) Jonas Bell Pasht joins Lola & Meagan to talk about the behaviors of infamous dictators like Hitler, Stalin, Idi Amin, and Saddam Hussein, the parallels between tyrants and cult leaders, and how dictators prey upon societies' wants and needs. If you have your own story …
 
Nick* discusses leaving the Mormon church due to being LGBTQ+. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital info, M…
 
In part two of their conversation with activist / Amish Girl in Manhattan author TORAH BONTRAGER, Lola & Meagan discuss the abuse Torah suffered in her family, escaping the community, graduating from Columbia University, and Torah's involvement with the fight against the Supreme Court case, Wisconsin v Yoder. If you have your own story about cults,…
 
This one is all about Saint Teresa of Calcutta herself. We talk about her early years, her decision to become a missionary, and why she was a terrible person. As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping Support us on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beliefitornot For more info and our refere…
 
Megan* discusses leaving the Mormon church due to child sexual abuse. Please consider donating to our GoFundMe: https://gofund.me/129cbede so we can become a non-profit, to help those looking to leave a high-demand religion with therapy, medical, legal, and such. If you are contemplating leaving, or have left, and need help protecting your digital …
 
No cars, electricity, or indoor bathrooms - think you could do it? Activist / Amish Girl in Manhattan author TORAH BONTRAGER shares about her upbringing in an Amish community in Wisconsin, speaking the Amish language, the real meaning of Rumspringa, her tumultuous family relationships, the use of corporal punishment in Amish culture, and some of th…
 
This episode is all about Steven Furtick and his cult of personality. We talk about the early days of Elevation Church in his living room to it becoming a big ol’ megachurch. We discuss his preaching style, the “spontaneous baptisms,” his views on money and not disclosing his income, and of course the infamous colouring book. As always we are not e…
 
End time prophecies? Memorizing the bible? Required church vacations your family can't afford? Snap Judgment host and creator Glynn Washington shares his experiences growing up in the apocalyptic religion the Worldwide Church of God. He tells the girls about believing the end of the world was imminent, the white supremacist roots of the group and h…
 
What do you model your life after? For producer, actor, and former supermodel Hoyt Richards, it was the teachings of a charming man from Nantucket who spoke about the impending apocalypse and a distant star named Arcturus. Hoyt shares how he was indoctrinated into the Eternal Values cult as his modeling career was taking off, what he describes as "…
 
Happy 4th of July! This one is all about evangelical america’s obsession with guns. As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelman and Damien Doepping Support us on patreon: https://www.patreon.com/beliefitornot For more info and our references check out https://beliefitornot.wordpress.com/ Also follow us on twitt…
 
In part two of Trust Me's first interview with a former Scientologist, April Snow shares her thoughts on how the church treats drug and alcohol addiction, the fallout from her appearance on Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath, and the division it caused within her family. If you have your own story about cults, high-control groups, manipulat…
 
This one is sure to stimulate your thetans. Trust Me's first former Scientologist guest, April Snow, talks about growing up in the church, living in the LA Celebrity Centre as a child, and joining the infamous Sea Organization at age 15—and what it was like when her loved ones disconnected from her. If you have your own story about cults, high-cont…
 
This episode is all about Christianity’s stunning track record when it comes to be bigotted toward the LGBTQIA community. We talk early christianity, WW2, Anita Bryant, Jerry Falwell, Reagan’s terrible response to the AIDS epidemic, so much more shameful garbage. As always we are not experts, we just google this stuff. Hosted by Trevor Poelman and …
 
Can delusional beliefs be passed on to others? Forensic psychiatrist Brian Holoyda discusses the science of shared psychotic disorders (also known as folie à deux), how cult beliefs can mimic this phenomenon, and why Qanon doesn't necessarily count as a delusion. If you have your own story about cults, high-control groups, manipulation, or abuse of…
 
From the Burmese mafia to Nigeria's Black Axe, journalists and hosts of The Underworld Podcast Danny Gold and Sean Williams compare the world's mafias, cults, and organized crime groups. They discuss their most harrowing reporting experiences, what groups they've been the most fascinated by, and the parallels between mafias and cults. If you have y…
 
Teen Mania looked like any other evangelical ministry aimed at saving teens for the lord by putting on youth conferences and organizing missions trips. However what was really going on was far more sinister and far more dangerous. We talk about Acquire the Fire, Extreme Camps, Global Expeditions, and the infamous Honor Academy. It’s all about emoti…
 
The long-awaited episode! Meagan and producer / funny gal Liz Maupin talk about their shared cult upbringing as a part of the elusive proselytizing "Two by Twos" cult - how it led to Liz getting iodine poisoning - and whether the group fits under the definition of "cult." If you have your own story about cults, high-control groups, manipulation, or…
 
Charisma. Grand Ideas. Unchecked narcissism. What's stopping the world's tech CEOs from becoming our new 21st century cult leaders? Former corporate executive Taylor Brown joins Lola & Meagan to discuss all things WeWork, Elon Musk, Donald Trump, group retreats - and the psychology of corporate culture. If you have your own story about cults, high-…
 
This episode is all about Billy Graham and his family. We talk about the life of Billy and the influence he had. We talk about the early days and marriage of Billy and Ruth. We discuss the family life in the Graham household, and how each of the kids and some of the grandkids turned out. We’re talking drugs, booze, infidelity, and lots of preaching…
 
Lola and Meagan dive deeper with Dianne Lake, aka “Snake,” the youngest member of the Manson family, and her co-author Deborah Herman. They discuss the LSD-fueled lifestyle on Spahn Ranch, Charles Manson's connection to the Beach Boys, his obsession with an impending race war, and how Dianne learned about the Tate-LaBianca murders--and the legal an…
 
You’re a teenage girl in the late 60s, bouncing between communes, when a charismatic man and his group of young women welcome you with open arms. You were looking for a family, and now you’ve found one. In part one of an incredible interview, Dianne Lake, aka “Snake,” and her co-author Deborah Herman discuss growing up in 1960s counter-culture, the…
 
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