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Uncover is an investigative series from CBC Podcasts. Season 9: Evil By Design. Season 8: Brainwashed. Season 7: Dead Wrong. Season 6: Satanic Panic. Season 5: Sharmini. Season 4: The Cat Lady Case. Season 3: The Village. Season 2: Bomb on Board. Season 1: Escaping NXIVM.
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Jennifer Kobelt - Sarah Edmondson's former assistant in NXIVM - tells her story of joining NXIVM at a moment of crisis in her life and being involved in the group's so-called "fright study."
Rebecca Lavoie, host of Crime Writers On..., speaks with four distinguished podcasters who work with true crime: Justin Ling, host of Uncover: The Village, Connie Walker, host of Missing & Murdered, Natalie Jablonski, producer on In The Dark, and Amber Hunt, host of Accused. They break down the ethics behind true crime podcasts, what good podcasts should work to achieve, and what to take into consideration when dealing with stories that affect real lives. This bonus episode was recorded in front of a live audience at Podcast Movement.
Join Ian Hanomansing and the hosts of Uncover, Missing and Murdered and Hunting Warhead as they share never-before-told stories from their podcasts in front of a live audience at the Hot Docs Podcast Festival. Josh Bloch asks if he was duped by his friend and subject of Uncover: Escaping NXIVM, Sarah Edmondson. Connie Walker reveals why she became a journalist and her hidden motivation behind her true crime podcast Missing and Murdered. Justin Ling, host of Uncover: The Village dives deep into Hollywood's connection to so-called "homosexual murders." Uncover: Sharmini host Michelle Shephard shares her approach for getting subjects to talk, and Daemon Fairless, host of Hunting Warhead questions if we should show sympathy to pedophiles.
For decades, Bill Cosby brought warmth and laughter across the country, cementing his image as “America’s Dad.” But behind that disguise was the real Bill Cosby – the monster who preyed on women by promising them mentorship, only to then drug and violate them. Hosted by Nicki Egan, the lead investigative journalist on this case, the series features jurors, lawyers, and over a dozen survivors telling their story together for the first time. “Chasing Cosby” is the definitive take on the rise and fall of America’s Dad. All six episodes out NOW: https://link.chtbl.com/r2L0Fdhf.
From the '60s to the '90s, parents worried messages hidden in rock albums would make their children do drugs and worship the devil. The truth could only be revealed if these records were played backwards. Twenty Thousand Hertz — a podcast about the world’s most recognizable and interesting sounds — unveils the history behind the backmasking panic and why our brains hear hidden messages. Subscribe to the podcast at 20k.org
More than 80 women from around the world have accused the fast-fashion mogul Peter Nygard of rape, sexual assault, and human trafficking in incidents across four decades and at least four countries. He denies it all, and claims his accusers are lying as part of a vast conspiracy. Nygard had built a sprawling international retail empire over the past 50 years — but now, his professional achievements are being overshadowed by a sinister personal life, earning him the moniker, ‘Canada’s Jeffrey Epstein’. Evil by Design is a new podcast that asks the key questions: Who are the women and men who have stepped forward? Which systems failed them? And how did Nygard get away with it for so long? More episodes are available at: smarturl.it/evilbydesign
Introducing: Spy Affair

Introducing: Spy Affair

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A charismatic Russian woman arrives in the US on a mission to improve relations between the two countries, and she soon makes some powerful friends. But who is Maria Butina? And who is she working for? As Maria gets closer to the rich and connected she also attracts the attention of the FBI. In the politically charged world of US-Russia relations, everyone has secrets and almost nothing is what it seems. From Wondery, the makers of The Shrink Next Door and Dr. Death comes Spy Affair a story about deception, appearances and betrayal. Hosted by Celia Aniskovich. Listen today at a wondery.fm/SAUncover
Introducing: Life Jolt

Introducing: Life Jolt

2021-04-2737:463

Life Jolt - prison slang for a life sentence - examines the lives of women navigating Canada’s correctional system. The team gained unprecedented access to the Grand Valley Institution prison, the federal pen for women in Ontario, for a full year. They followed women going into prison for the first time, spoke with lifers who have been there for years, and parolees as they left. Hosted by Rosemary Green, a former inmate herself, Life Jolt focuses on individual women’s stories and the realities of prison life, and explores a wide range of issues including parenting behind bars, segregation, the over-representation of Indigenous women, addiction, trauma and the many obstacles of reintegration. More episodes are available at: smarturl.it/lifejolt
Over the past few months, CBC documentarian Josh Bloch has been investigating NXIVM, a self-help group led by Keith Raniere. In this season of Uncover, we take you into NXIVM, and reveal how Raniere won the endorsement of actors, politicians and even a visit from the Dalai Lama.
S1 E1: The Branding

S1 E1: The Branding

2018-09-0436:23145

Uncover: Escaping NXIVM - Episode 1. Sarah Edmondson is a high-level member of a self-help group called NXIVM, but an invitation to join a secret women's group called DOS leads her to do something she later regrets.
S1 E2: The Epiphany

S1 E2: The Epiphany

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Sarah takes us inside her journey with NXIVM, from signing up for a personal growth workshop to becoming a star recruiter for the group she now calls a cult.
S1 E3: Sex, Money and Nazis

S1 E3: Sex, Money and Nazis

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Those who knew Keith Raniere intimately reveal his early life, how he started NXIVM and ended up being accused by the FBI of running a criminal enterprise.
S1 E4: The Suppressives

S1 E4: The Suppressives

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What happens when you leave NXIVM? Those who have left or spoken out reveal the price they paid.
S1 E5: Blow It Up

S1 E5: Blow It Up

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Sarah and her husband try to escape NXIVM and take it down while warning others who are still inside.
S1 E6: The Defence

S1 E6: The Defence

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Josh speaks to one of Keith Raniere's lawyers, Marc Agnifilo, and hears a different point of view on NXIVM and DOS.
S1 E7: The Reckoning

S1 E7: The Reckoning

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Sarah faces criticism about her role in NXIVM and tries to come to terms with the 12 years she spent as a high-level member of the group.
Season 1 Handover

Season 1 Handover

2018-11-0111:3518

Uncover hosts Josh Bloch and Ian Hanomansing discuss the making of Season 1 and reveal what's in store for Season 2.
In this update to season one, Josh Bloch sits down with Jayme Poisson, host of CBC's daily news podcast Front Burner, to unpack a number of significant developments in the case against NXIVM members. The full season of Escaping NXIVM is available in the Uncover podcast feed.
The team behind season one of Uncover: Escaping NXIVM takes us inside the trial of NXIVM co-founder Keith Raniere and speaks with former member of the group Sarah Edmondson about her thoughts on the trial.
In a U.S. federal courtroom Tuesday, Keith Raniere was sentenced to 120 years—having been convicted of a slew of crimes related to his alleged sex cult NXIVM. During the trial and sentencing, victims told of how the self-professed empowerment "vanguard" had turned some of his followers into sex slaves and branded them with his initials. Front Burner's Jayme Poisson discusses with Uncover: NXIVM host Josh Bloch.
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Amanda Espinoza

"It's kind of a cool story- when people tell their stories of something cool happening, I'm like 'check this out'" .. the fact she made up a story that in turn convicted an innocent man and had him put in prison for 20+ years, that's not a "cool story" anyone should nonchalantly be talking about.

Apr 7th
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alli lent

this lawyer stuff is bullshit. how is he supposed to get a fair trial when he has no idea when he's allowed to give the evidence of his innocence?? that judge should be so ashamed of herself.

Mar 11th
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Chris Rosetti

now also I've read, watched & listened to alot of things about cults and one of the main things I've noticed is that the people who end up in cults seem to be the people who are seekers, as they've been called, people who aren't satisfied with the answer to why are we here and they feel like they are on this planet and living there lives for a higher purpose and they want to make the world a better place. they are very intelligent, sincere people, who obviously wouldn't have joined if they were shown the truth when they first signed up. they tend to see things happen that they may not agree with or doesn't seem right but because they are seeking and they want so badly to do good and make a dif in the world they can get past those, seemingly, small things and don't see the truth until they put all those small things together, but those small things only happen every once in a while so it takes along time to add up and then to put it together. But I am truly fascinated by intelligent people who end up in these situations, not in a negative way by any means, so before u look down on anyone for ending up in that situation and u think it could never happen to you, u really need to put yourself in there shoes, really walk a mile before you judge because honestly if all the people who found themselves involved in cults got together they could really change the world, it's just sad there are people who would take advantage of people like that.

Feb 25th
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Chris Rosetti

so first let me say after hearing Sara edmondson description of what she went thru during the branding and I'm sure there were atleast some of the other woman feeling the same way, it makes me hope that someone from a prison gang called the Aryan brotherhood, who ironically enough are sometimes called "THE BRAND" has snuggled up next to Keith Raniere and makes him listen to Sara emotions while he just abuses Keith in the same way Keith abused the woman in his cult. sorry I know that's not polite or PC but after hearing that, he'd deserve every ounce, every second of his pain.

Feb 25th
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Chesca

it's interesting, throughout the whole series Sarah has been removing herself from blame. Whether done intentionally or not, you can't get over or change something until you accept it. she should surely feel guilt for bringing those girls into this, knowing what they were to go through.

Feb 12th
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Miss Anne Thrope

I agree that cops discriminate, target and mistreat marginalized groups in terrible ways but freedom to have sex in a park is not a human right that we should be focusing on.

Jan 27th
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Lin

What a joke! "Our internal review finds that no one intentionally did anything wrong. Oops... turns out an over zealous person 'accidentally' over stepped and deleted hundreds and hundreds of files from a secure police database. Silly silly us! Oh and if any other files or documents did actually get destroyed/deleted/shredded it was a complete accident. No cover up to see here." Gotta love an unbiased internal review!!

Jan 26th
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Lin

What the hell? The guy goes on holiday and then *poof* all his hard work just disappears?!? How can the RCMP/ Halifax police get away with this crap? It's frightening how many of these people (law enforcement!!) were more interested in covering their own arses than getting an innocent man released from prison. Scary!

Jan 26th
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alli lent

"you're just a scaredy cat" seriously?? you're fucking bullying him into lying!? ugh so angering.

Jan 19th
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alli lent

the "You're Wrong About" podcast does an awesome deep dive into Michelle Remembers.. high recommend if you're interested in learning more about that crazy book and how it came to be

Jan 19th
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Suzanne L

I can NOT stomach that ridiculous music. The only podcast that irratated me within the first five minutes.

Jan 10th
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Matthew Stevens

My god, the police were not just incompetent, they acted actively maliciously. And it's no wonder why we're growing more disillusioned with law enforement; they've been dropping people in the middle of nowhere to freeze to death.

Dec 27th
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Diana Hunt

Love to you, writers, researchers, producers. Tears from me to you and all. endless. thankyou.

Dec 27th
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Matthew Stevens

I'm in South Africa and apparently we also had a massive satanic panic here during the apartheid era. This is all so crazy to think about, my parents would have been teens at the time.

Dec 26th
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Nancy Doughty

in the second to last episode a few books were mentioned and another podcast was recommended. does anyone remember?

Dec 9th
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A Gannon

Satanists invading the town sounds so much like the buses of antifas.

Dec 9th
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A Gannon

Family, friends, coworkers...useless. The only people, EVER, who truly know their doctors as doctors are the patients. I have experienced this myself, being told what a lovely person someone is, but these people know them as a colleague, and being under their care in clinical practice is much different. They are uncaring, or incompetent, or actively cruel. Psychiatry doesn't have a dark past. It has a dark present. I say this as someone who owes their life to mental health professionals and is a huge advocate for meds and therapy, but the business, especially for the patients who are poor, queer, or of color, is broken, and abuse of even the privileged in inpatient facilities is ubiquitous today. I have had many good providers. I have had just as many awful ones. The profession as a whole needs to acknowledge how rife with cruelty and oppression it is.

Dec 8th
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Nancy Doughty

Hi Justin! Amazing podcast! I might have a story for you! are you game to hear me out?

Nov 20th
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Mike H

I just cannot understand how women can fall for this type of stuff. I also don't understand how a male (can't call him a man) could prey on them like this. I hope they all find healing and that others learn from this.

Nov 11th
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ID10339531

I wonder if Sarah has tried to reach out to Leah Remini. Imagine she could relate somewhat. I also somewhat relate. I swear my ex who was a narcissist, could of totally created a cult. Everything Sarah described about him, his words, how empowering he made her feel, the wisdom. Tapping in to the lost parts of ourselves. Helping us build ourselves up to be a better person.... it’s so powerful. They have so much influence over you. It’s hard for anyone to understand what lengths you go to, to keep what you think is so good, something you need, is hard to explain to people who have never been manipulated on such a deep level. I wish her well in her future. Be kind to yourself. You did the best you could with the information you had at the time. You are a victim. You’ve tried to make a mends since finding out. Stop worrying what people think of you. You will never see these people. If they are positive, don’t let them in your orbit. Hugs

Nov 3rd
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