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Generation Cult

23 EpisodesProduced by Generation CultWebsite

An interview show about people who grew up in cults and what they had to go through to acclimate to mainstream society.

23 Episodes | 2018 - 2020

Ep. 10: You Don't Have to Tell Them Anything

April 22nd, 2020


On the final episode of Generation Cult, we wrap up Season 2 with a conversation with Meghan, an ex-Jehovah's Witness. She left as a young adult when …

Ep. 9: TM Redux

March 2nd, 2020


Do you remember Gina from Season 1? She discussed growing up in the Transcendental Meditation movement during the height of its guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi's fame. Well, due to some pretty poor sound issues in that last …

Ep. 8: The Cult Pseudo Identity

February 11th, 2020


In this expert episode, we talk to Gillie, a psychotherapist and the director of the UK-based Hope Valley Counselling, which for the past 16 years …

Ep. 7: Devastating Disconnections

January 24th, 2020


When Aaron and his twin brother were 4, their mom joined Scientology. The boys grew up with the organization as a main focus in their lives.

Their …

Ep. 6: The Medium and the Time Machine

December 23rd, 2019


When Katharina was 10 years old, her parents packed up their possessions, moved out and joined "The Family," a New Age cult that started in Germany …

Ep. 5: You Might As Well Be a Therapist!

November 21st, 2019


It's time to bring in an expert! As much as we love hearing personal stories, we'd also like to add commentary about cults and coercive control from …

Ep. 4: Fright-Based Faith

November 1st, 2019


During this week of Halloween, we discuss fear -- fear of punishment, fear of the apocalypse, fear of God. Tammie grew up with these fears in an …

Ep. 3: Moonies (But Don't Call Them Moonies) 2

October 14th, 2019


In Part 2 of our two-part series about The Unification Church (Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity) otherwise known as …

Ep. 2: Moonies (But Don't Call Them Moonies) 1

October 1st, 2019


In Part 1 of our two-part series about The Unification Church (Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity) otherwise known as …

Ep. 1: No Horses in India

September 16th, 2019


*Artwork: oil on canvas by Narangkar Glover Shangri-La Girls School: A Thousand Stairs 2011 (60 x 60 inches)

**This episode contains descriptions of …

Generation Cult Preparing for Season 2!

May 23rd, 2019


Generation Cult is working on a Season 2! Come support the show at StudioToBe in Oakland on Friday, May 31 and enjoy a happy hour plus a Q&A with …

Ep. 9: Sandy Footprints

November 9th, 2018


Wrap things up with us for the season during a chat with Lalita, who was raised in the Science of Identity Foundation. This group, developed in the …

Ep. 8: Escaping Utopia; A Conversation with Janja Lalich

October 26th, 2018


We had a visit from Dr. Janja Lalich, an author and educator who has a new book out about children raised in cults called "Escaping Utopia: Growing …

Ep. 7: The Age of Enlightenment

October 19th, 2018


Welcome back! Now we are talking Transcendental Meditation, focusing on the story of one women who grew up in the TM community during the reign of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. Gina, the focus of this episode, talks about …

Ep. 6: God's Chosen People

September 14th, 2018


On this episode we learn about the harsh rules and restrictions for members --- especially children -- in Eugene Spriggs' The Twelve Tribes, which …

Bonus Ep. 5b: IndoctriNation Interview w/Dhyana Levey

August 30th, 2018


Dhyana Levey, host of Generation Cult, was recently interviewed on another podcast called IndoctriNation. It's hosted by Rachel Bernstein, who was …

Ep. 5: Let's Call An Expert!

August 20th, 2018


Although we love a good personal story, we also love a good expert -- so we're going to call one. For this show we're chatting with family therapist …

Ep. 4: The Perpetual Armageddon

August 3rd, 2018


Why do some people consider being a Jehovah Witness being part of a cult? Our first guest is Kourtney, who grew up a true believer in the religion …

Ep. 3: Thetans Anonymous

July 20th, 2018


Scientology is such a large topic that we need two guests. First up we have someone going by a false name to explain the fall out of leaving the …

Ep. 2: A Recovering Monk

July 5th, 2018


We catch up with Nitai, a student at Columbia University who just recently left his life as a monk with the The International Society for Krishna …

Ep. 1: The Real Guru

June 20th, 2018


Welcome to the first episode! Why am I talking about cults? Find out. Also, we chat with Eva, a Texan who spent part of her upbringing in an Indian …

Promo: Generation Cult launches June 20

May 31st, 2018


New podcast Generation Cult will be available on iTunes, Stitcher and SoundCloud starting June 20! Please give us a listen.

Preview featuring full song The Road (The Chaw)

May 18th, 2018


Samples of quotes from the new podcast Generation Cult featuring song "The Road" by the Chaw (full song)

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