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Introducing The Gateway

Introducing The Gateway

2018-05-2103:127

Follow Gizmodo reporter Jennings Brown as he investigates an internet spiritual guru, named Teal Swan, and the deaths of some of her followers. The Gateway premieres on May 30th. Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Part 1: Catalyst

Part 1: Catalyst

2018-05-3039:2922

In April 2017 YouTube recommended reporter Jennings Brown watch a self-help video from Teal Swan, a spiritual guru with a global online following. He’d spend the next year trying to understand whether or not she’s dangerous.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Part 2: Origins

Part 2: Origins

2018-06-0636:1111

Jennings travels to Utah, where Teal grew up and began her spiritual career. He learns more about the upbringing that shaped her teachings on suicide, and he meets the people who were closest to a Teal follower who took her own life.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Part 3: Philia

Part 3: Philia

2018-06-1340:137

Jennings meets Teal at her retreat center in Costa Rica. He spends a week there, observing her therapy methods and getting to know some of the people who leave their lives behind to live with Teal and run her spiritual startup. It all starts with a death meditation, and it only gets stranger from there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Part 4: Tribe

Part 4: Tribe

2018-06-2048:119

In this exploration of Teal’s online empire, we’ll meet some of the people whose lives have changed because of her teachings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Part 5: Memories

Part 5: Memories

2018-06-2741:588

A look back at a strange chapter of American history known as the Satanic Panic—and how it connects to Teal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Part 6: Shadows

Part 6: Shadows

2018-07-0435:0611

After months of reporting, Jennings goes to Utah for one final interview with Teal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Comments (14)

Danny Madison

the "universal consciousness" bit from just before 23 minutes mark is the most narcissistic nonsense I've ever heard. she's so full of crap... utterly delusional

Apr 9th
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Ted Arbury

listening to Teal makes me think of Ron L Hubbard, the founder of Scientology. He eventually started believing in what he was selling also.

Dec 19th
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Carls Berg

I'm kind of liking her...

Oct 18th
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Dan Metevier

To quote Jennings Brown, "It's easier than ever to distort narratives, to create revisionist histories, and twist our understanding of current events.” After listening to this podcast, I'm convinced that he is right. He has done a magnificent job of doing just that. For me, that's the major takeaway. Thank you, Jennings! 😊

Jan 18th
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Sarah Richardson

my girlfriend was on paxil, getting off of it was absolutely the worst. She couldn't get out of bed for a week.

Dec 18th
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jersey2777

"you can think of me as a mini universe "..this woman is incredibly narcissistic..blinded by her own light, a dangerous characteristic in a "healer"

Aug 11th
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David Dempsey

Really very good podcast

Jul 30th
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Ron Bialkowski

Excellent podcast. It goes at this issue from multiple angles

Jun 25th
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Joe Wheeler

Is the host a bot?

Jun 14th
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Kain Kenny

she's kind of right about suicide. I've suffered with depression and other mental illness since age 11. I find comfort knowing I always have a way out and I get strength each day I get through. Excellent podcast

Jun 6th
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Andrew Purvis

very entertaining,

Jun 2nd
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