October 17th, 2018 | Season 2 | 56 mins 28 secs
cults, left-wing, political, sects
In October of 2013, Freedom Charity received a call on their hotline. The woman on the other end said that her housemate had been held captive for 30 years. She and her comrades believed that an invisible machine would incinerate them if they tried to escape the man they called ‘Comrade Bala’ – who was the covert leader of the world, and, in fact, God himself.
September 19th, 2018 | Season 2 | 1 hr 2 mins
california, cults, rehab, sects
Synanon began as an addict 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. Its leader Charles Dederich is often credited with coining the phrase “Today is the first day of the rest of your life.”
April 18th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 26 mins
branch davidians, cult, david koresh, sect, vernon howell, waco massacre
This year marks the 25th anniversary of a shoot-out and subsequent siege at Mount Carmel in Texas. The events of a quarter century ago ended in a tragedy later to become known as the Waco Massacre.
March 22nd, 2018 | Season 1 | 46 mins 39 secs
aleph, aum shinrikyo, aumers, cult, hikari no wa, sarin, sect, shoko asahara
Let's Talk About Sects speaks with Sarah Skibtower, a researcher who has invested the last 16 years of her life into understanding all she can about Aum Shinrikyo. Includes a correction from episode 3 of this podcast.
March 14th, 2018 | Season 1 | 1 hr 33 mins
catholic, claire ashman, cult, marian workers of atonement, order of st charbel, sect, william costellia, william kamm
William Kamm's sect, The Order of St Charbel, is rooted in Catholicism and based in the Nowra area of NSW. Kamm is best known for receiving messages from the Virgin Mary on the 13th of every month, and for his Royal House of David – which consisted of 84 "mystic wives" who would take the world forward with him after the coming Apocalypse.
February 14th, 2018 | Season 1 | 42 mins 8 secs
cult, cyrus teed, hollow earth, koreshan unity, koreshans, sect
Cyrus Teed theorised that the Earth is hollow, and we all live on the inside surface of it. He formed a utopian communist community in Estero, Florida, and he and his followers were known as the Koreshan Unity.
January 17th, 2018 | Season 1 | 57 mins 34 secs
carli mcconkey, cult, cults, sect, sects, universal knowledge
Universal Knowledge, previously known as Life Integration Programmes, offered courses that promised to help people realise their full potential. Carli McConkey says she lost 13 years of her life to the organisation, and last year published a book about her experiences called 'The Cult Effect'.
December 13th, 2017 | Season 1 | 1 hr 16 mins
australian, cult, cults, jan hamilton, ken dyers, kenja, sect, sects
Kenja is an Australian group whose name comes from its two founders – Ken and Jan. The organisation utilises a technique called 'Energy Conversion Mediation' that they say helps people with their "attached spirits". Sound familiar?
November 15th, 2017 | Season 1 | 58 mins 32 secs
aum shinrikyo, cult, cults, japanese cult, new religious movements, sarin gas, sect, sects, shoko asahara, true crime
Aum Shinrikyo, under the leadership of Shoko Asahara, committed shocking acts against the Japanese public when members released sarin gas into the Tokyo Metro at rush hour in March 1995. With tens of thousands of members, including scientists with the capability to manufacture multiple deadly chemicals, this was one of the most dangerous cults that has ever existed.
October 18th, 2017 | Season 1 | 40 mins 5 secs
cult, cults, kataribabo, kibweteere, kibwetere, kunungu, massacre, mwerinde, sect, sects, the movement for the restoration of the ten commandments of god, the ten commandments, uganda
The Movement for the Restoration of the Ten Commandments of God was a sect that looked to go back to the basics of the Bible. And while the cult asked its followers to adhere strictly to the Ten Commandments, its leadership would go on to spectacularly break the fifth commandment: Thou Shalt Not Kill.
September 20th, 2017 | Season 1 | 47 mins 56 secs
anne hamilton-byrne, australian, ben shenton, cult, cults, forced adoption, religion, sarah moore, sect, sects, spirituality, the family, yoga
Anne Hamilton-Byrne led the most notorious Australian cult to date, The Family. Full of middle class doctors, lawyers, architects and nurses, she preached a mix of Christianity, Buddhism and spirituality, claiming herself to be the reincarnation of Christ. By the late '60s, she had fixed upon the idea of creating the perfect race of children to take the world forward after her predicted apocalypse.
September 16th, 2017 | Season 1 | 2 mins 15 secs
cults, new religions, new religious movements., sects, the family, the movement for the restoration of the ten commandments of god
A taste of Let's Talk About Sects Season 1, launching on Wednesday 20 September. CW: this podcast covers topics related to cults, including abusive behaviours, references to suicide, and subjects of a disturbing nature.