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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.
 
DELIVERANCE, OH— Four unlikely twenty-somethings are thrown headfirst into the hidden underworld of monsters that haunt their rural Ohio town, policed only by an arcane sect of monster-hunters masquerading as a nondenominational youth group. THE UNEXPLORED PLACES is an actual play podcast about exploring weird worlds and making bold choices. We are currently playing Monster of the Week by Michael Sands.
 
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The Order of the Solar Temple was a secret society that would go down sharing the pages of history with Jonestown, the Branch Davidians and Heaven’s Gate. But is it fair to compare the groups? When it comes to incidents of mass violence and cults, perhaps it may be unavoidable. Because whether they ended in mass murder-suicide or a different fo ...…
 
As the newly-assembled group takes a moment to gather their wits, Cassandra looks for a path to take and Cora finds herself in deeper than she expected. Clarence expresses hesitation. Florence tries to keep things under wraps. Faith provides some comfort. Edgar visits an old friend. CONTENT WARNING: body horror mentions twitter: @unexploredcast ...…
 
Cornered in an alleyway and faced with a disturbing surprise, our heroes press on in an attempt to cope with what they've seen. Faith makes a sacrifice. Edgar loses a beloved friend. Florence makes a disturbing discovery. Clarence examines a body. Cora gets carried away. CONTENT WARNINGS: body horror, child death twitter: @unexploredcast cover ...…
 
A New Zealand-born man who moved to Australia in the 1970s and started a sect, telling his eventual 9 wives and 60-plus children that he was Jesus Christ, was put behind bars for 7 years in Victoria in 2000. In spite of the fairly sensational nature of his lifestyle and crimes, his name is not well-known here, and his polygamous group gained th ...…
 
The unfolding mystery begins to pull our heroes together, and a vision of a burning city plagues them each in their own way. Florence asks for Edgar's help. Clarence accompanies Faith on a house call. Cassandra does a reading that takes them by surprise. Cora receives an offer she simply cannot refuse. CONTENT WARNING: supernatural mental manip ...…
 
Old Man Jenkins relays the tale of the Chrysalis to Lance. Over a century ago, Fight-the-good-fight-of-faith Fayerweather hears an equally unsettling tale – one that echoes a strange nightmare he can't explain. Faith gives some guidance. Florence takes a case. Content warnings: supernatural mental manipulation, memory loss. twitter: @unexplored ...…
 
It is the morning after Halloween and all is not well in Deliverance. A contract has been broken, the leader of the Kindred is missing, and every answer comes with even more questions than before. With an increasing number of mysteries surrounding them, our heroes dig deep into the history of the Kindred of the Faith in hopes of finding some wa ...…
 
Joy Kuo and her husband moved to Sydney from Taiwan in 2000, and the couple both began working for the University of Sydney Library the following year. They both studied for and gained their masters degrees, and enjoyed their work. By 2012 they had had a son together, and Joy found herself wanting to help humanity in some greater way. She was l ...…
 
A possessed frat boy, a tense stand-off, and a magnificent self-destruction join alongside childhood trauma and familial disagreement to create... a fairly typical Christmas in Deliverance. Will XMS make back the money they spent on Slavoj Žižek? Will Remedy finally get the respect she deserves from Ashleigh? Will Meredith ever sell a goddamn C ...…
 
Grace J. Adams and Poia Alpha are two sisters from New Zealand, who joined David Koresh’s Branch Davidians in the 1980s along with their other sister, the younger Rebecca. Poia left the sect in early 1990, and Grace in late 1991. Rebecca remained with the group at the compound in Waco, Texas, and perished in the fire of April 1993. Grace and Po ...…
 
It's Christmastime in Deliverance and despite the decorations, the gingerbread lattes, and the gently falling snow, all is not well in this sleepy Ohio town. The Kindred have detected a dangerous presence -- or, dangerous presents -- lurking somewhere inside of the Super Walmart, a presence somehow tied up in the feud between two warring Christ ...…
 
As our heroes return to the mortal realm, uncomfortable truths begin to come to light. Chase checks his messages. Byrdie makes a call. Rowan asks for help. Lance meets an old friend. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/
 
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 experience of being a young woman in a highly patriarchal and controlling organisation, the difficult decision to leave, the trauma of starting her life from scratch, and the joy that she's found in th ...…
 
On the other side of the portal, our heroes grapple with moral dilemmas beyond their understanding, and the time pressure begins to grow dire. Lance has a crisis. Byrdie tries to out-charm a charmer. Chase buys the group time. Rowan rushes to the rescue. Content warnings: supernatural mental manipulation, discussion of uncertain consent. twitte ...…
 
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 its closed-doors policy and go public with a website. Whilst up until now very little has been known about the group except by direct conversations with former believers, its members go to government ...…
 
Having come together and consulted, our heroes have no choice but to confront what lies through the portals. Chase gets choked up. Lance dives in headfirst. Byrdie rushes after. Rowan finds an unwelcome guest. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
Three different discoveries bring our heroes closer to the truth of the disappearance of Mike Burden, and also to the peril that lies beyond. Rowan makes a friend. Lance gets a boost. Byrdie leads the way. Chase has a whale of a time. Content warnings: heavy consumption of alcohol twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme m ...…
 
Searching for information about the last known whereabouts of Mike, our heroes partake in an ancient, sacred ritual: beer pong. Byrdie tries something risky. Chase gets a win. Rowan ignores the signs. Lance rushes off. Content warnings: supernatural mental manipulation, heavy consumption of alcohol twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @c ...…
 
With a new mission in hand, a favor for a friend, our heroes make their way into the scariest place on campus: a frat house. Byrdie asks around. Lance makes a new acquaintance. Rowan runs into some old trouble. Chase gets left behind. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp ...…
 
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 call, Katy Morgan-Davies was 30 years old, and the period of her imprisonment was her entire life. She, and the women she lived ...…
 
At long last, some of our heroes take on the demon Bathym, while others face demons of a more... personal kind. Lance does some searching. Chase rights some wrongs. Rowan experiences a new sensation. Byrdie meets his maker. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
Our heroes reunite on their demon hunt, procuring a little help and meeting some unexpected surprises. Rowan rejoins the fray. Chase calls shotgun. Lance gets possessive. Byrdie gets possessed. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
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 utopian society throughout the late ’60s and early ’70s, before declaring itself a religion in 1974. This organisation would attract Hollywood stars like Leonard Nimoy and Jane Fonda to participate in it ...…
 
While the others head off in pursuit of one demon, Rowan takes Van to work on tracking down another one, and professional duty gets personal. Van causes a distraction. Rowan reaches out. Zeke brings the snacks. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
After news of an unexplainable break in at the First Bank of Deliverance, our heroes set out to track down a loose demon before he can cause any more harm. Chase makes a confession. Lance creates a distraction. Byrdie plays it straight. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandca ...…
 
With a little time to spare, our heroes take on some personal issues and prepare for what is to come. Chase takes an oath. Rowan tries out a different kind of stalking. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/
 
With a little time to spare, our heroes take on some personal issues and prepare for what is to come. Lance takes a midnight drive. Byrdie goes on a road trip of self-discovery. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/
 
Thanks to Rowan's quick thinking, the rest of the team takes their opportunity to capture the Chronophage... and deal with the consequences. Rowan sends a message. Byrdie throws his back into it. Lance answers for a mistake. Chase makes one. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.b ...…
 
As our heroes begin to set their time-sensitive plan into motion, a couple of unfortunate complications occur. Rowan gets a headache. Byrdie has a heart-to-heart. Chase enlists some help. Lance has a run in with the law. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
With time rapidly slipping between their fingers, our heroes rush to put together a plan before their progress is undone once more. Byrdie gets fed up. Rowan takes a shortcut. Chase interrupts something. Lance has a vision. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
Caught in a loop, our heroes try to convince their allies, struggle to make progress, and come face to face with something horrifying. Byrdie breaks it all down. Rowan does some research. Chase has a tiny problem. Lance goes in the hole. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandc ...…
 
Something within the ritual has gone awry, and Lance and Byrdie find themselves at the start of the test once again -- or are our heroes still being tested? Chase gets confused. Rowan plays along. Lance makes a demand. Byrdie makes a discovery. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricon ...…
 
The time has come for our heroes to be tested, and to undergo the initiation rituals of the Kindred of the Faith. Rowan takes credit. Chase prays for the best. Lance shows natural aptitude. Byrdie shows unnatural frustration. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
After a desperate escape, our heroes find that there's more to this mystery than just making it out alive. Byrdie gets stuck. Rowan slips up. Chase gets lit. Lance gets mad. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/
 
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 called the Branch Davidians. The gunfire exchange lasted for well over an hour, killing four U.S. agents and six Branch Davidians, and wounding their leader Vernon Howell, also known as David Koresh. ...…
 
Separated from one another in the depths of the mysterious house, our heroes make a horrifying discovery. Rowan makes to escape. Chase ventures forward. Byrdie saves a life. Lance needs an adult. twitter: @unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
As our heroes begin to get separated by their reckless plunge into the depths of the Old Endicott House, they begin to doubt their own eyes, and their own instincts. Lance runs off. Rowan catches up. Byrdie second guesses himself. Chase trusts his gut. twitter: @UnexploredCast cover art by Chaz: @cicadahymns theme music by Andrew: http://andrew ...…
 
Over recent days, several of the 13 incarcerated Aum Shinrikyo members sentenced to death have been moved to new facilities, prompting speculation that their execution is imminent. In this bonus episode, a follow-up to our third episode about the infamous Japanese sect, Let's Talk About Sects spoke with a woman who has researched the group for ...…
 
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 monitored. These are conditions of his release after serving 9 years in jail for crimes he committed against two teenage girls – yet h ...…
 
Rumors of a disturbance in an abandoned house draw our heroes back together and into the depths of a mystery they aren't fully prepared to handle. Chase makes some calls. Byrdie makes some mistakes. Lance cranks up the music. Rowan runs after them all. twitter: http://twitter.com/unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: http://cheyennecardell.com/ the ...…
 
With time to breathe and time to think, our heroes adjust to the things they've learned and the the things they've done. Lance makes hot chocolate. Chase makes amends. twitter: http://twitter.com/unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: http://cheyennecardell.com/ theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
With time to breathe and time to think, our heroes adjust to the things they've learned and the the things they've done. Rowan does some research. Byrdie has a tough conversation. twitter: http://twitter.com/unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: http://cheyennecardell.com/ theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcamp.com/…
 
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, and indeed the rest of the universe, was contained within. On the outside? A void. When they formed the utopian community in Estero, Florida that they called the Koreshan Unity Settlement, a common ...…
 
As their mystery hurtles towards a close, our heroes learn a thing or two about making assumptions, and a thing or two about fighting monsters. Rowan holds down the fort. Byrdie makes a promise. Lance defends a friend. Chase fulfills a prophecy. twitter: http://twitter.com/unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: http://cheyennecardell.com/ theme musi ...…
 
At long last, our heroes bring the fight to the monster... just as the monster bring the fight straight to them. Lance rushes into danger. Rowan heals some wounds. Chase gets his hands dirty. Byrdie calls on an old friend. twitter: http://twitter.com/unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: http://cheyennecardell.com/ theme music by Andrew: http://and ...…
 
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 for Life Integration Programmes. The course they offered sounded like exactly what she needed to get her life on track and realise her potential. Little did she know that this encounter was the start ...…
 
Secrets are finally revealing themselves to our unwilling heroes, but at what cost? Some truths, after all, are harder to stomach than others. Byrdie has a revelation. Chase does some research. Lance faces his fears. Rowan makes demands. twitter: http://twitter.com/unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: http://cheyennecardell.com/ theme music by And ...…
 
In the aftermath of their first monstrous run-in, our heroes scramble to recover and make sense of the situation, but there's no time for rest with a monster on the loose. Rowan meets the parents. Lance makes a reluctant agreement. Chase does some magic. Byrdie discovers himself. twitter: http://twitter.com/unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: htt ...…
 
Face to face and hand to hand with a monster and a mystery, our heroes struggle to keep the situation in check. Lance snoops around; Rowan kicks some ass; Chase grits his teeth; Byrdie holds his breath. twitter: http://twitter.com/unexploredcast cover art by Chaz: http://cheyennecardell.com/ theme music by Andrew: http://andrewperricone.bandcam ...…
 
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 a suppressive group by the Church of Scientology. Jan claims that Kenja has faced decades of persecution by those who want to b ...…
 
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