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A podcast about cults, extreme belief, and manipulation – from two hosts who’ve actually lived it. Hosted by Lola Blanc and Meagan Elizabeth. Got your own story about cults, extreme belief, or manipulation? Leave a voicemail or text us at 347-86-TRUST (347-868-7878) OR shoot us an email at Trust Me Pod @gmail.com INSTAGRAM: @TrustMePodcast @oohlalola @meaganelizabeth11 TWITTER: @TrustMeCultPod @ohlalola @baberahamhicks TIKTOK: @TrustMeCultPodcast
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Stories of claiming independence after leaving high-control groups. Hi! I’m Shelise Ann Sola— former devout Mormon. On C2C, my husband Jonathan and I dive deep into the nuance of culty organizations. From Extreme Christian Fundamentalism, FLDS Polygamy, Amish, Mennonite, Mormonism, Scientology, Ultra Orthodox, and Jehovah's Witnesses, to cults featured in popular docu-series, we interview cult experts, survivors, advocates, therapists, way-showers, authors, and more, to uncover how they find ...
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Religious and cult ideologies often use the practice of shunning to silence their critics and to control their members through fear. This podcast sheds light on shunning through real life stories as told by the people that have lived through it. Learn what their lives were like and where they have ended up in life after being shunned. Featuring stories from Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Amish, Mennonite, FLDS, the Moonies, and more, you will learn about the real lives of former members t ...
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Growing Up In Polygamy

Growing Up In Polygamy

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Sam sharing what it was like growing up in the polygamous FLDS group, his experiences leaving the group when he was 18 and his journey to where he is now. His wife Melissa is his co-host, asking the questions that everyone from the outside is thinking. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/growingupinpolygamy/support
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Platinum Ranch is in the middle of the outskirts, where the periphery is the polaris. It's a meeting place for storytellers, for meandering conversation about what’s learned and unlearned along our travails. So-called regular people with way-out wisdom. Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.
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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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Dark Sisters Opera

Dark Sisters Opera

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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 ...
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From Crime to Crime

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A true crime podcast hosted by two best friends that discuss cases they follow. The topics they discuss include John and Jane Does, missing persons, murder, abductions and everything in between .
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The Last Resort Podcast

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The Last Resort Podcast is a podcast where three twenty-somethings discuss cults, conspiracies, mysteries, and do a whole lot of shooting the shit. We hope you find us when you’ve reached your last resort.
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Join us as we laugh through our fears and talk about topics we get paranoid for caring about. We cover everything from true crime to natural disasters, phobias to parasites, and everything in between. New episodes Mondays. Support this podcast: https://podcasters.spotify.com/pod/show/ynp/support
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It's time to Get Real with Robin! Join veteran broadcaster Robin Cotè and her Co-Hosts known as "THE COLLECTIVE" as they delve into subject matters that most are afraid to talk about but need to hear. Get ready to Get Real! *WARNING* - Please be advised - Some of these shows may have triggering effects or may be of a very sensitive nature.
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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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Join us for an eye-opening interview with Amy Draper, the 13th wife of FLDS prophet Warren Jeffs, as she bravely shares her personal story. In this exclusive conversation, Amy recounts her experience becoming Jeffs' wife at the age of 16, providing a rare glimpse into the life within the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints.Di…
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Andrew Ream - Part 1. He was raised as a polygamist in the FLDS religion in Colorado City and left the culture on his Mom’s birthday, December 10th, 2010, at the age of 21. He left his entire world and belongings behind. He has lived a roller coaster of a life. His story is gripping. His parents have not been in his life since the day he left. He m…
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Send us a Text Message. Is it possible to be a family man, church leader, scout leader, and horrifying criminal? Is it possible to be born evil? Join Dave and Greg as they discuss the psychology and crimes of serial killer Dennis Rader, also known as BTK. Support the Show. Follow The Unconventional Therapist’s Guide to Nothing on social media: Inst…
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**Content Warning: DV, rape, SA** Tia Levings discusses her dark reality in Christian fundamentalism, with evangelical patriarchy and religious trauma. Having appeared in the Amazon docu-series, Shiny Happy People, and written a harrowing memoir, A Well-Trained Wife she reveals how she had to save herself and her family and details the ways that ex…
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In this eye-opening interview, we delve into the life of Amy, a courageous woman who grew up in the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (FLDS). She shares her personal story of a childhood shaped by the doctrines of the FLDS community and the journey that led to her marriage to the notorious leader, Warren Jeffs, at the tende…
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Daniella grew up in the Children of God and Mike in Scientology. Together they discuss ways that the military, of which they were both in for many years, is cultic and their differing perspectives. Click here to watch on YouTube Find Mike! YouTube: @mikebrown101 Mike’s Interview: “How Scientology Almost Killed His Elderly Mother” Find Daniella! IG:…
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Whether it is aligning people against you, telling you that you can’t trust people on the outside, or trying to convince you that you’re crazy, a person that is gaslighting you can wreak havoc on your relationships. When that person isn’t just one person but an entire cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses and it is everyone that you know, you don’t stand a c…
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In this episode, we explore the dramatic developments of "Sister Wives" Season 17 with Sam and Melissa! Sam, who was raised in the FLDS church, and his wife Melissa, offer their unique insights and reactions to the monumental shift in the Brown family dynamics. With Kody Brown's wives leaving him and the end of his polygamous lifestyle, Sam and Mel…
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Cait West was completely under her father’s rule down to all her decisions. She was told he would even make the biggest decision of her life for her— who she was going to marry. She was gr**med to be a submissive wife under the patriarchy movement and stay-at-home daughters movement. Her homeschooling was completely unregulated and not much attenti…
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Today we chat with Jessica Kahn, former member of a group we're calling "The Narrow Road." She'll tell us about being born into this isolated fundamentalist Christian sect that was originally formed as an addiction treatment program, the leader's connection to the founders of AA, how every part of life was strictly controlled, how they believed tha…
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Send us a Text Message. Nietzsche said “if you crush a cockroach you’re a hero, but if you crush a beautiful butterfly you are a villain.” It’s interesting how we view beauty and ugliness as having an objective morality. Join Dave and Greg as they discuss the psychology of ugliness through the fascinating story of Joseph Merrick…Aka “The Elephant M…
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Join Sam and Melissa as they dive deep into the gripping Netflix documentary, "Sins of Our Mother," which explores the shocking case of Lori Vallow and Chad Daybell. In this video, we react to the documentary's most intense moments, dissect the complex religious beliefs that influenced Vallow and Daybell, and offer our insights into the chilling ev…
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Isolated in a cult within a cult within a cult, Ashley was completely sheltered from the outside world. From infancy she was labeled as unruly and even demon-possessed. Determined to break her as a toddler, then later brag about it, her pastor grandfather took it too far. She would be forced into submission and gr**med to be a “stay-at-home daughte…
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Scientology doesn’t believe in the young. They teach that they are trillion year old beings in small bodies. Therefore, they are not treated developmentally correct. Neglected, exploited for work and severely mistreated, they suffer the most in this organization. Serge Del Mar tells his story of growing up in Scientology and his advocacy work to ma…
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In this video, journey with Sam and Melissa as they offer their unique perspective on the latest season of Sister Wives. Sam, once a member of the FLDS polygamous group, and Melissa, who comes from a strict religious upbringing, share their candid reactions to the intricate dynamics portrayed on the show. Join them as they delve into the complexiti…
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In this episode we meet Kyle and Kari, a brave couple that has been a support (along with others) to their community of religious disaffiliates as they have been awakened to the realities of their group in shocking ways. What group are we talking about? Meet the Two By Twos, at times referred to as “the no name church”, a group that doesn’t necessa…
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Today our guest is Madi Stroud. She was featured on the HBO docu series Love Has Won, and is late cult leader Amy Carlson’s daughter - the one whose mummified body was found wrapped in Christmas lights in Colorado. Madi shares what she remembers of her mom as a kid, how it felt after Amy suddenly left Madi and her brothers when she was only 7, and …
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At age six, Katherine Spallino is separated from her parents and sent to train for her future in the Church of Scientology’s clergy—the Sea Organization. She rarely sees her parents and never goes to a normal school. Later, Katherine is sent to live at a secluded ranch with other young prospective Sea Org members, called cadets, where she studies S…
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Send us a Text Message. Listener recommendation: Join Dave and Greg as they discuss therapy, what it is, what it isn’t, and their thoughts on how to get the most out of it. Support the Show. Follow The Unconventional Therapist’s Guide to Nothing on social media: Instagram: @unconventionaltherapistsguidetonothing Twitter: @UTGN_Podcast Intro and Out…
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Raised by Scientology and forced into the Sea Org and labor intensive youth camps, Mike Brown didn’t have a choice but to be indoctrinated and used by the organization. After he managed to escape, leaving behind his mother and wife, years later he learned of the extreme elder ab*se that was happening. Determined to save his mother who was quickly b…
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The troubled teen industry has been in the limelight lately for its more than questionable tactics to “reform” kids. Add in a heavy dose of religious extremism and you have the sometimes fatal Independent Fundamental Baptist all-girl’s school Ashley attended. The most common sentence was 1 year of brutal manual labor, peer-inflicted punishments and…
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In this captivating video, join Sam and Melissa as they delve into the intriguing world of the Exclusive Brethren through a thought-provoking docuseries. Watch their genuine reactions, insights, and emotions unfold as they explore the beliefs, practices, and controversies surrounding this secretive religious group. Gain a fresh perspective as Sam a…
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Disguised as a wholesome Christian school for troubled youth, was a house of horrors for those unlucky enough to be placed there. Diabolical and dangerous punishm*nts, intense physical labor left these girls scarred in more ways than one. The documentary “Let Us Prey”, finally started to expose the secrets behind the walls of the school and within …
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Gaslighting isn’t just a one time event, it is a pattern expressed over time, and Jehovah’s Witnesses use it with regularity in the cult. Love bombing, brainwashing, projecting what they’re doing onto others, hypocrisy, etc. are all a part of the experience. This is the fifth in a series where I’ll break down the ways that the cult of Jehovah’s Wit…
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Join Sam and Melissa on their journey as they navigate the complexities of polygamy and religious backgrounds while reacting to Season 15 of "Sister Wives." Coming from diverse religious upbringings, their perspectives offer unique insights into the dynamics portrayed in the show. From personal experiences to cultural observations, follow along as …
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Dr. Inna Kanevsky, psychologist, professor, and debunker of pseudoscience psychology TikToks, discusses the misinformation videos that got her started on the path of debunking, why mental health labels can be helpful but can also lead us to incorrectly self-diagnose and take on labels that do not belong to us, and why it’s a problem when we make a …
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Jenn Drummond, a petite young lady with a huge drive and a world record holder of the 7 second highest summits! She elevates others to master their own summit in life. She is a single Mom of 7 and was in a terrible car accident in 2018 that left her bewildered and confused. Police and paramedics couldn’t imagine how she survived, but she did. That’…
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Send us a Text Message. As Mother’s Day approaches we thought it would be fitting to pay homage to all the women doing the incredible work of raising children. Join Dave and Greg as they discuss Mom Guilt, and Depleted Mother Syndrome, what it is, and what you can do about it. Support the Show. Follow The Unconventional Therapist’s Guide to Nothing…
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Join Sam and Melissa as they dive into the controversial world of polygamy and religious extremism in their reaction to the docuseries "Doomsday Prophet." Sam, coming from a polygamist background, and Melissa, from a deeply religious upbringing, offer unique perspectives on the inner workings of Warren Jeffs and the FLDS community. Together, they u…
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Catherine wasn’t born into the cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses. There was a lot of abuse and bullying that went on in her home, both parental and from her siblings. Her family was lacking love, and one day she thought that she found it when she met a young man. That young man ended up bringing her to Jehovah’s Witnesses, and she took to what she though…
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In this exciting video, we offer our unique perspective and reactions to Sister Wives. Delve into the inner workings of polygamous relationships as we share insightful commentary, candid thoughts, and personal experiences while watching the compelling drama unfold. Gain a deeper understanding of the complexities and challenges faced by those in plu…
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Today is part two with Warren Kohl, former member and religious leader within the 2x2s (Meagan's secretive childhood group that technically has no name). Today we'll hear how Warren left behind his dreams of medical school to become a "worker" (a minister who stays in people's homes). He'll talk about the pressure to speak with some kind of authori…
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Send us a Text Message. “Catcher in the Rye” is considered one of the most important novels ever written, it’s also consistently on lists of banned books, and has been found on the person of multiple murders, and stalkers. Join Dave and Greg as they discuss this controversial American Classic. Support the Show. Follow The Unconventional Therapist’s…
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Join us as Warren Jeffs' son shares an unprecedented glimpse into life at YFZ Ranch, shedding light on the realities of being raised by the infamous polygamous prophet. In this exclusive interview, discover the untold stories, challenges, and insights from someone who lived through it all. Prepare to be captivated by this firsthand account of a wor…
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Lying is integral to gaslighting, pushing the false realities that create confusion and lead to controlling behaviors. “The Truth”, as Jehovah’s Witnesses refer to their religious cult, is full of lies. The organization conveniently bends truth to create narratives to support and excuse their own behavior. The constant pressure to conform creates s…
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Join our NEW Patreon HERE: https://patreon.com/growingupinpolygamyJoin Sam and Melissa as they share their unique perspectives on "Sister Wives" Season 13! With Sam's background in a polygamous family and Melissa's upbringing in the LDS Church, their reactions offer insightful commentary on the show's portrayal of plural marriage and its impact on …
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Today's guest is Warren kohl, a fifth generation member and former “worker” (or minister) in the 2x2’s, the group that Meagan grew up in. Warren shares how devout he was to the group at a very young age, having your entire life controlled, and how utter heartbreak in high school led him to celibacy and a deeper commitment to the group. Trust Me is …
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Shawn Feurer survived complete rock bottom in 2014 to currently consulting others on how to be successful. He lost everything, got divorced and had to live in a friends basement just to get by. We talked about his brother that is homeless and oddly enough Shawn was notified that his brother had passed away a few hours after our podcast recording. S…
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Send us a Text Message. Autism spectrum disorder is a developmental diagnosis that impacts how a person perceives and socializes with others. This can cause issues for an individuals interpersonal skills, and socialization. The disorder also includes a wide range of symptoms lending use to the term “spectrum”. Join Dave and Greg as they share their…
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Ladies and gentlemen, and whoever else is listening. Welcome back again to the show. This may be one of the most intriguing episodes in the last 5 years. Several months ago I interviewed author Charlene Paul, Episode 159, who wrote a book called Devotion Deliverance Deception, Keep Sweet - Pray and Obey, Isaac's Story about a young mans' life journ…
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Join our NEW Patreon HERE: https://patreon.com/growingupinpolygamyJoin Sam, a former member of a polygamist family, and his wife Melissa as they dive into the drama and dynamics of 'Sister Wives' Season 12! From their unique perspective, they offer insightful reactions, personal reflections, and candid discussions on the realities depicted in the h…
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Waking up to the realities of life in the cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses is hard enough to do even in the best of circumstances. But what if you were an active JW, and what if you were fighting another active JW for custody of your child? And what if, in doing so, your eyes were opened to the reality of everything that you were involved in through the…
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Psychologist, trauma bond expert, and author of Run Like Hell: A Therapist's Guide to Recognizing, Escaping, and Healing from Trauma Bonds, Nadine Macaluso share about her relationship with ex-husband Jordan Belfort (aka The Wolf of Wall Street) and how it led her to become a therapist with a focus on trauma bonds. They also discuss "mind mapping",…
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