Let's Talk About Sects
By Sarah Steel
Let's Talk About Sects is an award-winning monthly podcast focusing on a different cult each episode. Sarah takes a storytelling, deep dive approach, looking at the history of a sect's leaders, the recruitment of members, their experiences, psychological aspects, and notable incidents during its existence.
“A fascinating and well-researched look into cults and the charismatic leaders behind them.” Peter Wells, The Sydney Morning Herald
“A fantastic examination of sects, cults, and religion… a fact-based program that’ll hook you in and keep you coming back for more.” Zach Johnston, Uproxx
“Cleverly named, meticulously researched.” Elena Nicolaou, Refinery29
“The best podcast of its kind – I can’t wait for another episode!” Apple Podcasts review from a US listener
“I study cults and sects and for this reason listen to many podcasts on these subjects. This one is by far the best.” Apple Podcasts review from a US listener
“Best podcast about cults I’ve found.” Apple Podcasts review from an Australian listener
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Bonus Episode: A Little Bit CultyAn interview with Sarah Edmondson & Anthony 'Nippy' Ames
Bonus Episode: Do As I Say, Chapter OneA sneak preview of Sarah's upcoming book
Bonus Episode: Counter Cult CoalitionAn interview with Lisa Kendall
Bonus Episode: KwaSizabantuAn interview with Erika Bornman and Daniel Schricker
Bonus Episode: David Freeman – former child member of The FamilyDavid Freeman was handed over to Anne Hamilton Byrne at the age of two, and he lived with the other children at The Family’s Lake Eildon property for the next 12 years. After he was rescued, he didn't talk about his childhood for 25 years.
Gloriavale – Part 2Gloriavale Christian Community is recognised around New Zealand for the distinctive dress of its members, especially the women, who wear headscarves to denote submission to men, and a neck-to-ankle garment designed by the group’s Australian founder, …
Gloriavale – Part 1Gloriavale Christian Community has found itself in the New Zealand media headlines on multiple occasions. Founder Neville Cooper was jailed for sexual abuse, but community members were convinced that it he was jailed for preaching the gospel.
Zion Full Salvation MinistryViolet Pryor told her followers that she was God. They gave up their money and possessions to keep her in comfort. David Ayliffe became one of her key Pillars, a right-hand man. After her death, he became the leader of the cult she had created.
Master's CommissionAt 17, Remy Attig was keen to get away from his parents’ fracturing marriage, and ready for something to give his life purpose. The Master’s Commission program seemed like just the thing to set him up for a life of travel and spreading the word of Go…
Exclusive Brethren – Part 2Lindy Jacomb was born into the Exclusive Brethren in Auckland, New Zealand, and was told there was no longer a place for her there in 2008. She was forced to start a new life at the age of 20, without any of the people she knew and loved.