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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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Episodes

The Infected Blood Scandal: Reflections of an Ex Jehovah's Witness

Stephen reflects upon the infected blood scandal affecting thousands of people and how it relates to his own former religious... more

13 Jun 2024 · 44 minutes
Cults, addiction, politics, religion, intrigue and big worms: Dune

This special episode is about the Frank Herbert story, Dune, including the recent film adaptation. This story covers many of... more

17 May 2024 · 42 minutes
The Importance of Having a Voice and Podcast News

After 267 episodes we've decided that's the end of season 1. In the final episode of the season Celine and... more

10 Feb 2024 · 46 minutes
Order, obedience, compliance and silence: Kendra Petty's story.

Our guest today is Kendra Petty, author of the memoir "I Can't Believe I'm Not Dead". Coercively controlled by her... more

03 Feb 2024 · 57 minutes
Is Religion Good For You?

Celine raises the question whether there is a link between religious belief and long life. Following the Netflix series Live... more

27 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 6 minutes
Filmmaker Carmel Mikol talks Apostate, her Short Documentary Film

This week Celine and Stephen's guest is Carmel Mikol, a filmmaker, musician, artist and former Jehovah's Witness. Carmel talks about... more

20 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 5 minutes
Behaving Badly for the Org.

A high profile case of people behaving appallingly on behalf of an organisation is big news in the UK, known... more

13 Jan 2024 · 58 minutes
Interview With Apostate Barbie

Celine and Stephen are joined by Micki, AKA Apostate Barbie, from Instagram and Tic Tok. Micki tells us about her... more

06 Jan 2024 · 1 hour, 1 minute
Bonus Crossover: Magical Thinking Part 2

A follow-up to the conversation Stephen had with Spencer Watson from the Truth Unrestricted Podcast about magical thinking. This time... more

03 Jan 2024 · 53 minutes
Legal Fights: Jehovah’s Witnesses Vs Norway, with Jan Frode Nilsen

Jan Frode Nilsen has a long-form interview with Stephen about his work exposing the damaging shunning policies of Jehovah's Witnesses,... more

30 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 8 minutes
Finding Friends After Leaving a Cult; Patron Takeover

Losing friends, making new ones, reuniting with old ones, all at the same time as finding yourself. Friendships can be... more

23 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 7 minutes
Bonus Audio Blog: Am I Awake Yet?

This short bonus episode is the audio version of a blog Stephen recently published on Medium. Many leavers of high... more

19 Dec 2023 · 15 minutes
Living in Keith Green’s Cult Commune; Last Days Ministries

In the late 70s Sharon and Tracey were attracted to "The Jesus People" and joined the Last Days Ministries, living... more

16 Dec 2023 · 1 hour,
The Cultic Bug In The System

For this week's podcast Celine and Stephen discuss the "software bug" inherent in human beings that makes us vulnerable to... more

09 Dec 2023 · 58 minutes
Understanding Magical Thinking with Spencer Watson

This week Stephen talks to Spencer Watson from the Truth Unrestricted Podcast about the question of 'Magical Thinking'. What is... more

02 Dec 2023 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
Deconstructing the Certainty of Fundamentalism with Olivia Jackson

When you're a member of a fundamentalist religious group, you find comfort in the certain knowledge that you have "The... more

25 Nov 2023 · 58 minutes
Cult Hackers Birthday Party

Join the party to listen to some of our nearly 100 hundred different guests over the last three years. We... more

18 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 10 minutes
Discovering who you are after the cult, with Rachel Bernstein

Celine and Stephen speak to cult expert, therapist and podcaster, Rachel Bernstein about her introduction into the topic, her work... more

11 Nov 2023 · 57 minutes
White Christian Nationalism and Conspiracy Theories

Today we're joined by Cynane, a former member of a fundamentalist Christian group. Cynane is writing a book about the... more

04 Nov 2023 · 1 hour, 23 minutes
What The Stanford Prison Experiment Tells Us About Cults

It's perhaps the most famous psychological study ever but what does it really tell us? And what might it tell... more

27 Oct 2023 · 56 minutes
”Feeling like a misfit”: Creative Struggles and Triumphs with Witness Underground

Stephen speaks to Scott Homan, Ryan Sutter, Anthony Mathenia, Denise Wise and Micah Allen Losch from the Witness Underground team.... more

24 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 43 minutes
Taking on Gloriavale with Human Rights Lawyer, Stephen Patterson

Human rights lawyer, Stephen Patterson joins us today to talk about his work representing ex-members of the New Zealand based... more

20 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 2 minutes
Sci-fi saviours with cult kids, Riley and Stephen

In this bonus episode Riley joins Stephen to go deep into the philosophy and meaning behind childhood TV and film... more

17 Oct 2023 · 1 hour, 4 minutes
”What gets measured gets done!”, Jehovah’s Witnesses stop counting time - Reaction

A major driver of the culture within Jehovah's Witnesses has been the requirement to count and record time spent on... more

13 Oct 2023 · 46 minutes
Dennis Tourish on The Dark Side of Charismatic Leaders

Our guest today is Dennis Tourish, Professor of Leadership and Organization Studies at The University of Sussex. He's an academic... more

06 Oct 2023 · 51 minutes
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
Update

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