"Shows where a single host reads from a script can sometimes feel stiff, but Sarah Steel delivers each potted history with warmth and humanity, letting the facts speak for themselves rather than falling prey to overdramatizing... in each case, Steel makes a point of focusing as much on the psychology of the victims as on its leader, gently unpacking the factors that can make people susceptible to the cult’s machinations."
Emma Dibdin, The New York Times
"Each episode of the monthly podcast will leave you feeling well informed on the cult, secret society, or religious offshoot of her choosing. Steel's spare production and soothing voice doesn't exactly make it the worst podcast to fall asleep to, either."
Samantha Vincenty, O – The Oprah Magazine
"A global podcast sensation."
Jacinta Parsons, ABC Radio Melbourne
One of "The 25 Most Gripping True Crime Podcasts of 2021 (So Far)"
Seren Morris, Newsweek
"Let's Talks Abut Sects dives into cults from around the world, including a bunch of Australian cases you've probably never heard of. The host Sarah Steel also writes and produces every episode from her bedroom, which is an incredible feat in itself.
"What I really love is how carefully Steel treats the subject matter, victims and listeners. The show is incredibly mindful when it comes to being balanced, as well as including trigger warnings regarding sensitive issues."
Tegan Jones, Gizmodo
"Steel's podcast has gone on to become a worldwide hit, frequently topping podcast charts and 'must listen' lists. Her meticulously researched program features interviews with survivors and experts, all with an empathetic tone."
Peter Wells, The Age
"Let’s Talk About Sects is a fantastic examination of sects, cults, and religion... This is a fact-based program that’ll hook you in and keep you coming back for more. Steel has the ability to parse why people start cults, why people then join, and how this keeps happening again and again by simply and thoroughly telling the stories of the cults you’ve heard of and a lot you may have never heard of."
Zach Johnston, Uproxx
"Each episode of this cleverly named, meticulously researched podcast looks at a different religious extremist sect, from the Branch Davidians to Koreshan Unity. Host Sarah Steel also provides her bibliography for each hour-long episode, providing a rabbit hole for further research."
Elena Nicolaou, Refinery29
"I had to pause it a few times just to catch my breath."
Jordan Heil, The Bello Collective