Let's Talk About Sects: a podcast about cults

14 EpisodesProduced by Sarah Steel

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.

14 Episodes | 2017 - 2018

Let's Talk About Sects Trailer

September 16th, 2017

2:15

Let's Talk About Sects is a new Australian podcast about cults around the world. We cover a different sect each episode, launching on Wednesday 20th …

Outreach International – Part 2

November 21st, 2018

1:22:00

Laura left Outreach International when she was 32 years old, having been born into the sect in the late 1970s. Hear her story as she relates the …

Outreach International – Part 1

November 14th, 2018

1:05:09

In May 2017, a sect that started in Melbourne, Australia, 50 years ago, and has been highly secretive over the last few decades, decided to change …

The Workers’ Institute of Marxism-Leninism-Mao Tsetung Thought

October 17th, 2018

56:28

In October of 2013, the British organisation Freedom Charity received a call on their hotline. The woman on the other end said that her housemate had been held captive in South London for 30 years.

At the time of this …

Synanon

September 19th, 2018

1:02:29

Synanon began as an addiction support group that gathered in a grimy Californian flat in the late 1950s. It would grow to become a well-funded …

Branch Davidians

April 18th, 2018

1:26:44

2018 marks the 25-year anniversary of a 51-day siege that ended in tragedy, following a shootout between the U.S. government and members of a sect …

Bonus Episode: Aum Shinrikyo Update

March 22nd, 2018

46:39

Over recent days, several of the 13 incarcerated Aum Shinrikyo members sentenced to death have been moved to new facilities, prompting speculation …

The Order of St Charbel

March 14th, 2018

1:33:01

William Kamm has a 10pm curfew, and is not allowed to spend time with girls under the age of 17. He is prevented from entering the Shoalhaven district of New South Wales, and his movements and communications are …

Koreshanity

February 14th, 2018

42:08

The Koreshans believed that the earth was hollow, and that humans lived on the concave inside surface of it. They theorised that the moon and stars, …

Universal Knowledge

January 17th, 2018

57:34

Carli McConkey was a 21-year-old university graduate when she decided to attend the Mind Body Spirit Festival in Sydney, and came across the stand …

Kenja Communication

December 13th, 2017

1:16:27

Ken Dyers passed away 10 years ago this year, but the organisation that he spearheaded with his partner Jan Hamilton lives on. In spite of a few parallels, this Australian organisation, called Kenja, has been listed as …

Aum Shinrikyo

November 15th, 2017

58:32

Twenty years ago this year, Japan was to become a nuclear wasteland, according to the leader of a sect who claimed that the only survivors would be …

The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God

October 18th, 2017

40:05

Ugandan cult The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God was one of the deadliest in world history, with the number of people who …

The Family

September 20th, 2017

47:56

There is a 95-year-old woman in a Melbourne nursing home who dotes on a plastic baby doll. You wouldn’t guess it to look at her, but this is a woman …

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