Interview Episode: A Little Bit Culty with Sarah Edmondson and Anthony 'Nippy' Ames
Special Guests: Sarah Edmondson & Anthony 'Nippy' Ames
Sarah Edmondson is a Canadian actress who has starred in the CBS series Salvation and more than twelve films for the Hallmark Channel and Lifetime. She is also a well-established voice-over artist. Over her twelve years in NXIVM, Sarah went from student to coach and eventually operated her own NXIVM centre in Vancouver. But questions kept coming up, and everything came to a head in 2017.
In 2019 Sarah published Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life, with Kristine Gasbarre. Now with 'A Little Bit Culty', Sarah and her co-host/husband Anthony 'Nippy' Ames are keeping the conversation going by discussing the healing process with the help of experts and fellow survivors.
As an aspiring actor and former college athlete, Nippy was drawn to NXIVM’s goals program. He rose steadily up the ranks over twelve years, and met his now wife Sarah Edmondson there. But when he learned that the company was, in fact, a dangerous cult, he wasted no time in doing exactly what needed to be done: helping burn its carefully constructed public image to the ground.
July 27th, 2022
53 mins 54 secs
ABOUT THIS EPISODE
Sarah Edmondson is an actor, voice over artist and activist who spent 12 years in NXIVM, rising from student to coach to eventually running her own centre in Vancouver, Canada. After becoming involved with its secret society, DOS, she managed to escape and alongside her husband Anthony ‘Nippy’ Ames, became a whistleblower on the cult and worked with the FBI to expose Keith Raniere’s crimes. Today Sarah and Nippy make the fantastic podcast A Little Bit Culty, in which they speak with some incredible guests including other former cult members and experts in cult dynamics.
If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support with or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).
A Little Bit Culty — Sarah and Nippy’s podcast
Uncover: Escaping NXIVM — CBC podcast featuring Sarah Edmondson
The Vow — HBO series featuring Sarah Edmondson
Resources — a collection of useful resources on cults at Sarah Edmondson’s website
Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult That Bound My Life — by Sarah Edmondson with Kristine Gasbarre, Hardie Grant, 2019
Take Back Your Life — by Janja Lalich & Madeleine Tobias, Bay Tree, 2006, audiobook narrated by Sarah Edmondson
Rudolf Steiner: The Racist Who Invented Organic Farming and Waldorf Schools — Behind the Bastards, 24 September 2019
Nippy’s Instagram, Sarah’s Instagram and Twitter, and A Little Bit Culty’s Instagram