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Cult Hackers
Cult Hackers
Cult Hackers

A podcast about cult hacking! Cracking the cult code to understand what they are, how they work, how people leave and how... more

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Exposing cultic abuse with Dr Alexandra Stein

A big welcome back to Dr Alexandra Stein onto the podcast, updating us on her work exposing cults and educating... more

29 Sep 2023 · 59 minutes
The psychological ABC of Conspiracism and Cults

Celine and Stephen explore how overarching conspiracy theories and cults highjack fundamental psychological needs to make them attractive. Are we... more

22 Sep 2023 · 55 minutes
Purity Culture And the Damage it Does, with Kendra Bryan

Celine and Stephen are joined today by Kendra Bryan who was raised in a fundamentalist Christian group. Kendra describes her... more

15 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Cultic Motivation

Today Celine and Stephen explore the various theories related to how organizations motivate people and how they can be applied... more

08 Sep 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Bonus LEJOG update: Failing Publicly?

Stephen is back home after his attempt at the Land's End to John O'Groats cycle. He talks about his ride... more

08 Sep 2023 · 23 minutes
Cult hopping with Sue Winter

Our guest today Sue Winter describes herself as a cult hopper and analyses her experiences of coercive control in the... more

01 Sep 2023 · 56 minutes
Anti-cult activism: Hate, disgruntlement or something else?

Why do people do activism, write books or make podcasts after they've left a  cultic group? Is it down to... more

25 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 26 minutes
“Silenced in Eden” with Jo Lloyd Johnson

Jo Lloyd Johnson is an artist and author who escaped a charismatic, fundamentalist Christian cultic group. She has written about... more

18 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Learning About Cults With Kacey from The Cult Vault

This week our guest is Kacey from the Cult Vault, one of the leading podcasts about cults. Kacey talks about... more

11 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
The Psychology of Cults Miniseries Part 7: Finding Identity After Leaving a Cult

In this special, last of the current season of miniseries episodes about the psychology of cults, we are releasing the... more

08 Aug 2023 · 42 minutes
Is there a UFO cult inside the Pentagon?

Today Stephen and Celine look at the news about claims of UFOs and UAP at the Congressional Hearing on July... more

04 Aug 2023 · 1 hour, 25 minutes
The Psychology of Cults Miniseries Part 6: Managing a Cult

In our ongoing miniseries into the psychology of cults Stephen explores how cults manage their activity, including the similarities and... more

01 Aug 2023 · 19 minutes
Inside The Mind of a Teenage Fundamentalist

Today we welcome back Brian and Troy from the 'I was a teenage fundamentalist' podcast. What are the thinking processes... more

28 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 16 minutes
The Psychology of Cults Miniseries Part 5: Organizational Change

Today on the psychology of cults miniseries, Stephen uses the tools of Organizational Psychology to explain how organizations respond to... more

25 Jul 2023 · 16 minutes
Cults on Film: The Truman Show

In this episode Celine and Stephen do a cult reading of the classic movie The Truman Show, directed by Peter... more

21 Jul 2023 · 59 minutes
The Psychology of Cults Miniseries Part 4: Cult Leadership

On our continuing miniseries on the psychology of cults, this week Stephen explores how cult leaders often employ charismatic tactics... more

18 Jul 2023 · 15 minutes
Recovering from a Traumatic Narcissistic Cultic Relationship with Dan Shaw

Daniel Shaw, former member of a yoga cultic group, is a professional psychotherapist and author, who has researched extensively traumatic... more

14 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
The Psychology of Cults Miniseries Part 3: Why People Join and Why they Stay

In this week's bonus episode in the mini-series The Psychology of Cults, Stephen uses social psychological to explore the attraction... more

11 Jul 2023 · 12 minutes
The Descent of Man

Leaving a high control group is difficult for everyone. Men and women have specific challenges, and today Celine and Stephen... more

07 Jul 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
The Psychology of Cults Miniseries Part 2: The Problem With Shunning

In this bonus mini-series, Stephen talks about the psychology of cults. Today's episode is about the practice of shunning, its... more

04 Jul 2023 · 32 minutes
The Troubled Teen Industry: Behavior Modification

Abby was a 15 year old girl suffering from anxiety when she was taken against her will to a lockdown... more

30 Jun 2023 · 1 hour,
The Psychology of Cults Miniseries Part 1: How Cults Motivate

In this bonus mini-series, Stephen talks about the psychology of cults. Today's episode is about how cults motivate members to... more

28 Jun 2023 · 13 minutes
Bike and Psych

Today's special episode focuses on Stephen's endurance challenge as he trains for the Land's End to John o' Groats 970... more

23 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
Taking on NXIVM with Susan Dones

Susan Dones took on NXIVM before most of us had even heard about the cultic self-help group. Against the warning... more

16 Jun 2023 · 1 hour,
The Five Stages of Grief - But Mostly Anger

Today's 'topic episode' is about grief, and Celine and Stephen explore the famous Kübler-Ross stages of grief and how they... more

09 Jun 2023 · 58 minutes
”In the New System, will we have stories?”: Ex JW Writer, Rebecca Woodward

Rebecca Woodward is a writer, published in the New York Times, Huffpost and Electric Literature. She was raised as a... more

02 Jun 2023 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
Leaving Conspiracism with Brent Lee: Taking Ownership and The Social Cost

Brent Lee, former conspiracist joins the podcast today to talk about his wild journey since we last spoke in January... more

26 May 2023 · 56 minutes
The Cult Algorithm, AI and QAnon

This week Celine interrogates Stephen on his claim that it's only a matter of time before we see our first... more

19 May 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Bonus: The Family Survival Trust Special Event

On today's bonus episode Joy Cranham, from the Family Survival Trust, speaks to Stephen about a special event they are... more

18 May 2023 · 43 minutes
Going on a Cult Trip with Anke Richter

Stephen talks to Anke Richter, an international journalist and author of Cult Trip, a book about her investigations into a... more

12 May 2023 · 1 hour, 13 minutes
Is The Royal Family a Cult?

Prince Harry suggested that the Royal family might be a death cult in his book Spare. Today on Coronation Day,... more

05 May 2023 · 54 minutes
An Anarchist Studies With Jehovah’s Witnesses: Discussion with Hayward Gatch

This bonus episode is a conversation Stephen had with anarchist Hayward Gatch about his experience studying with Jehovah's Witnesses. They... more

03 May 2023 · 56 minutes
Part 2 Interview with Daniel Allen Cox

Part 2 of our discussion with ex-Jehovah's Witness, author Daniel Allen Cox talking about his upcoming memoirs, I Felt the End... more

29 Apr 2023 · 44 minutes
Daniel Allen Cox, author of ”I Felt The End Before It Came”

Part 1 of a two part interview with Canadian writer Daniel Allen Cox, former Jehovah's Witness and author of a... more

28 Apr 2023 · 46 minutes
Child Marriage and Modern Day Slavery: Tamara’s Story

Tamara MC, PhD tells her story of living in a Sufi cult from the age of 5 years old. Tamara... more

21 Apr 2023 · 51 minutes
Life Coaching in the light of Lighthouse

In the light of the BBC documentary and podcast "A Very British Cult", exposing the practices of the life coaching... more

14 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
”Accountability is not persecution” Rachael Reign on the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God

The Universal Church of the Kingdom of God (UCKG) is described as the largest worldwide megachurch. Rachael Reign was recruited... more

07 Apr 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
Complexity bias and cults

Do cults exploit our desire for simple answers? Do they mire us in complexity to keep us in? Or do... more

31 Mar 2023 · 56 minutes
Falling in and out of love with a Sufi Group: Todd Brown

Todd Brown talks about his moving and emotional story of his 23 years in a small Sufi group, his suppression... more

25 Mar 2023 · 1 hour, 19 minutes
”Do your own research”: Authority Part 2, Who to Believe.

Who gets to call themselves an expert? In a world where anyone can be a film producer, documentary maker or... more

18 Mar 2023 · 52 minutes

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10 Mar 2023 · 1 minute
Healing From Cults Through Art and Music: Scott Homan

We welcome back filmmaker Scott Homan and former Jehovah's Witness to update us on his amazing film Witness Underground, as... more

04 Mar 2023 · 57 minutes
”Sticking it to The Man”: Authority, Reactance and Cults

Why do we rebel against authority? When is it a good thing? When is it maybe not so good? How... more

25 Feb 2023 · 54 minutes
”Fine just as I am”: Interview with 2 Girls 1 Cult

Guests today are Narissa and Lara from the 2 Girls 1 Cult podcast. Sisters and former Jehovah's Witnesses they talk... more

18 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Escaping Morningland Church with Frankie Tease

Frankie Tease was a member of Morningland Monastery at Long Beach California group from the age of 8 through to... more

11 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Identity and our three selves after leaving a cult

Celine and Stephen explore the question of identity and how cults attempt to control the individual, social and group self.... more

04 Feb 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Bonus: Science what is it good for? And Fusion News!

Belonging to a fundamentalist religious cult often means having a complicated relationship with science and scientific discoveries. After leaving, the... more

01 Feb 2023 · 59 minutes
Recovering From Jehovah’s Witnesses: Mental Health Counsellor Claire Alison Hams

Claire Alison Hams was raised as a Jehovah's Witness and was a full time pioneer. She is now a mental... more

28 Jan 2023 · 45 minutes
Cracking Cults Collaboration - Meet The Podcasters!

Today Stephen and Celine are joined by Elgen Strait ex Moonie - Falling Out Podcast, Frankie Tease ex Morningland Church... more

21 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 12 minutes
Bonus Cults on Film: The Master

Today's episode explores the 2012 classic The Master, written and directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, starring Joaquin Phoenix, Philip Seymour... more

19 Jan 2023 · 46 minutes
From the Children of God to the Army: Uncultured with Daniella Mestyanek Young

In her memoir, 'Uncultured' Daniella Mestyanek Young tells her story of being raised in the Children of God, her escape... more

14 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Children of the Cult: Joy Cranham from The Family Survival Trust

Today's guest is Joy Cranham from the Family Survival Trust, a charity that specialises in helping victims of cults and... more

07 Jan 2023 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Bonus: Cults On Film, The Invisible Man

The Invisible Man - it's not about invisibility! Coercive control is a signature tactic of cults and a sign of toxic... more

04 Jan 2023 · 40 minutes
Cult Hacker Review of 2022

The final Cult Hackers podcast for the year with Celine and Stephen as they review their favourite episodes, talk about... more

31 Dec 2022 · 47 minutes
Bonus: The Jedi Cult and the Radicalisation of the Skywalkers

In this bonus episode from the Cults on Film series, Stephen explores cult tactics employed by the Jedi and the... more

28 Dec 2022 · 28 minutes
Christmas: It’s complicated

For cult leavers raised in groups like Jehovah's Witnesses who don't celebrate Christmas, the holidays can create mixed feelings. Celine... more

24 Dec 2022 · 55 minutes
The God Virus and Recovering From Religion with Darrel Ray

Dr Darrel Ray is a well known author, psychologist and speaker about the difficulties of making sense of the world... more

17 Dec 2022 · 53 minutes
Bonus: Cults on Film - Apostasy

Today's bonus episode is an analysis of the 2017 movie Apostasy written and directed by former Jehovah's Witness, Daniel Kokotajlo... more

14 Dec 2022 · 25 minutes
Justified Ancients of Mu Mu and the KLF with Jexit’s Riley

This week’s episode is a special one and welcomes guest Riley from the Jexit channel. It explores the spectacular story... more

10 Dec 2022 · 36 minutes
Special Mini Series Part 4: Cults at Work, Meaning and Purpose

In this final episode of our mini-series Stephen is joined by Jane Stewart and and James Carrier from The World... more

07 Dec 2022 · 55 minutes
Graphic Novel, Cult Girls Author Natalie Grand

Raised as a 4th generation Jehovah's Witness Natalie Grand wanted to educate the world about life for a woman growing... more

03 Dec 2022 · 51 minutes
Special Mini Series Part 3: Cults at Work.The Importance of Having a Voice

In this week's special collaboration with The World of Work Project we explore the importance of being able to speak... more

30 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 9 minutes
The End of the World - Armageddon Obsessed

Celine and Stephen explore the ever-present belief that the end is nigh, starting with Stephen's former group Jehovah's Witnesses, including... more

26 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Special Mini Series: Cults at Work Part 2, Leadership

Part 2 of our special collaboration with the World of Work Project's Jane Stewart and James Carrier. This week we... more

23 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 14 minutes
Cult Survivor, Activist and Podcaster, Andrew Pledger - Part 2

In part 2, Andrew continues his discussion with Celine and Stephen. Andrew Pledger is a podcaster, activist, writer and life... more

20 Nov 2022 · 52 minutes
Cult Survivor, Activist and Podcaster Andrew Pledger - Part 1

Andrew Pledger is a podcaster, activist, writer and life coach who left a fundamentalist Christian cult. He raises awareness about... more

19 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 27 minutes
Special Mini Series With The WOW Project: Cults at Work Part 1

This is a special collaboration between Cult Hackers and The World of Work Project, exploring cultic practices in the workplace.... more

16 Nov 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
The Cornetto Trilogy

To lift the mood this week Stephen and Celine review three of their favourite comedy movies, all with tangentially cult... more

12 Nov 2022 · 53 minutes
Trauma Recovery Coach Jolyn Armstrong

Jolyn Armstrong is a certified trauma recovery coach and has an interesting personal perspective, having gone through the experience of... more

05 Nov 2022 · 57 minutes
A Diabolical Week and Demons On Repeat

Today Stephen briefly considers a week of hell, and then Cult Hackers revisits an episode from the archives exploring the... more

28 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 28 minutes
“Jonestown in slow motion”. Leaving Christian Science with Hilary Alexander

Today Celine and Stephen explore a group they've not talked about before, Christian Science. Hilary Alexander was raised as a... more

21 Oct 2022 · 58 minutes
Bonus Episode: Separating the Quantum Science From the Woo

After leaving a cult or fundamentalist group with an all-encompassing belief system, it’s great fun to explore science and philosophy... more

18 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
The Abuse of Power in Cults

In this week's episode we explore how cults use power to ensure the obedience of their followers, drawing from French... more

14 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Bonus Episode: Cults on Film, The Borg

Assimilation, group identity and leaving is hard. In this bonus episode taken from our short series, Cults on Film, Stephen... more

13 Oct 2022 · 15 minutes
Jennifer French: Reconnecting With Family After Leaving a Mystical Cult

Jennifer French is a mental health counselor and podcaster. She was a member of a Christian Mystical Cult and as... more

07 Oct 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Cults and the promise of happiness

Celine and Stephen explore how cults use the promise of happiness to attract people and keep them on the hook.... more

30 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 35 minutes
Special Episode: Recovering from a Damaging Religious Group with Sherrie D’Souza

Sherrie D'Souza is the International Development Director and board member of 'Recovering From Religion' an organization that specialises in helping... more

27 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 15 minutes
Nicola Ranson: Life, love and leaving the Rajneeshpuram

Welcome to the first official episode of Cult Hackers (formerly 'What should I think about..?') For our first show we... more

23 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Spirituality, Mysticism and Consciousness With Andrew Jasko

In the last ever episode of 'What Should I Think About...?' (soon to become Cult Hackers), Andrew Jasko, M.Div. joins... more

17 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
Work Life Balance in a Cult

Did Jesus have a work-life balance problem? What are the 'work' commitments for members of cults? As a former Jehovah's... more

10 Sep 2022 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
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Welcome to the first official episode of Cult Hackers (formerly 'What should I think about..?') For our first show we have a... more