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Hosted by Tyler Measom and Liz Iacuzzi, Was I In A Cult? is a documentary-style podcast showcasing individuals who have been in, and most importantly, successfully left a cult. Told first-hand by the experiencer themself, these are raw, riveting and inspirational tales of what it means to be a survivor. Using levity and info-tainment, the show humanizes the cultic experience and may leave some of our listeners asking themselves…“Wait…Was I In A Cult?”

If you or someone you know has been in a cult and want to share your story, contact us at CULTS@iHeartMedia.com. We'd love to hear from you.

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Los Angeles, CA is full of dreamers. After all, dreams are what people move to the City of Lost Angels to chase. But did anyone know that an acting teacher can turn into a cult leader? Is that even possible? Apparently stranger things have happened, because the answer is… Oh hell yes she can. Two former students studying under an acting coach turned self-help cult leader are here to share their harrowing stories of showing up with their dreams in their hands… but unfortunately, giving them over to the wrong “guide”. _ Podsauce ft. Liz Iacuzzi & Tyler Measom Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Some experts come by their expertise by way of education. Some by experience. Others, by both. As is the case with today’s guest. Dr. Janja Lalich joins us to share her experience in a 1970s Marxist Cult, as well as enlighten us with her expertise on the subject.  She’s been there, done that, and has more than lived to talk about it. ______ Janja's Twitter: @Janja_Lalich Her books: https://www.amazon.com/Janja-Lalich/e/B000APU23K%3Fref=dbs_a_mng_rwt_scns_share “Stuff They Don’t Want You To Know” episode:  https://www.iheart.com/podcast/182-stuff-they-dont-want-you-t-26941221/episode/cults-indoctrination-and-escape-88901574/ Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
When you're numbered among the Lord's anointed, you're supposed to feel special, but for Jeremy Tucker, he was just another mindless cog in the machine of the Kingdom of God. It didn't matter though, he would work hard to do his part, until that hard work nearly cost him his life… From guest producer Lindsay Hansen Park.  https://www.yearofpolygamy.com/ https://sunstone.org/sunstone-history-podcast/ https://www.tiktok.com/@lindsayhansenpark?lang=en Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
When you grow up in a cult, life on the outside can be rough. So rough, that one might actually prefer to stay inside the cult. When Guinevere finally experiences life on the outside, she witnesses firsthand that one can physically leave a cult, but mentally, still be in it.  And the moment of true clarity for Guinevere comes at a moment no one sees coming. Especially not herself.  ______ Guinevere’s Instagram: @guinevereturner Twitter: @turnerguinevere Link to Charlie Says: https ://www.netflix.com/title/81023720 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
As an actor and writer, Guinevere Turner understands more than most, that some stories just can’t be contrived. Because sometimes life is far stranger than fiction.  As is the case with Guinevere’s upbringing.  Not your typical getting out story, it would take years for Guinevere to understand that, no, she didn’t grow up on a hippie commune in the 1970s and 80s… she grew up in a cult.  ______ Guinevere’s Instagram: @guinevereturner / Twitter: @turnerguinevere Link to Spotify playlist for this episode:  https://open.spotify.com/playlist/4OqNnobOP5tj3rB1tBytpC?si=dc2760b11c6f4e57 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
This is not your typical cult. But for comedian, Ariel, it was all she knew. Filled with isolation and abuse, it would take her years to break free.  Ariel’s Insta: @Arielsnotamermaid Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
When you’re born into a cult, it’s difficult enough. But when you’re born into a cult with a raging alcoholic pedophile as the leader, it’s a nightmare. Author, Flor Edwards was raised in the Children of God. And praise the lord she got out.  But getting out didn’t come without its own challenges… ____ Link to Flor's autobiography:  https://www.amazon.com/Apocalypse-Child-Flor-Edwards/dp/1683367685 Follow Flor on social media: @floredwardsauthor Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
With rockstar aspirations, Daniel O’Brien wasn’t looking for anything but a good time. But when heartbreak rocked his world, he tripped into something that lifted his spirits and rallied his hopes - the Jehovah’s Witnesses.  Before he knew it, Daniel had traded his guitar for a green Bible and found himself rapidly rising through the ranks of the religion. A wife, and two kids later, he was a fully indoctrinated, high ranking Elder in the church. But when Daniel realizes that he’s part of a life much different than the one he originally signed up for, he knows that he must leave.  The only problem is… he can’t. ___ If you, or anyone you know has ever been in a cult, please email us at CULTS@iheartmedia.com, we’d love to hear from you. Your story could be featured in a future episode… Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
“It’s exclusive,” she was told. A women only secret society.  She was a chosen one, after all.  A badass ninja warrior woman, she was ready to set the world on fire.  Finally surrounded by people that shared her same vision, she would do whatever it takes.  Jessica Joan was ready for anything. Well... almost anything.  __ If you, or anyone you know, has successfully escaped a cult, please reach out to us. We'd love to hear from you and have your story and voice be heard on a future episode: cults@iHEARTmedia.com  __ Jessica Joan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovejessjoan/?hl=en You can purchase Jessica's book here: http://theuntouchablejessicajoan.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
When the LA party scene didn’t fit Jessica’s lifestyle anymore, she replaced martinis and after-hour clubs with green juices and tonic bars. But the reemergence of a childhood trauma forced her to examine her inner self.  One day, a friend told her about a class that could improve her life even more. That class turned out to be part of a larger entity. A self-empowerment company that purported to help you become the master of your own life.  A little group called… NXIVM. Jessica Joan's Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lovejessjoan/?hl=en You can purchase Jessica's book here: http://theuntouchablejessicajoan.com Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Faced with the fear of an impending apocalypse, Joanne and her husband move to a small Utah town to live “Mormonism on steroids”, which means wearing long underwear, communicating with the dead, prophetic visions, odd temple rituals, cookies with Jesus, and the law of celestial marriage (i.e. polygamy). If you or someone you know has been in a cult and want to share your story, contact us at CULTS@iHeartMedia.com. We'd love to hear from you. Link to Joanne's Book, "It's Not About Sex My Ass: Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife": https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-About-Sex-Ex-Polygamist-ebook/dp/B008Q4D6E4 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Faced with the fear of an impending apocalypse, Joanne and her husband move to a small Utah town to live “Mormonism on steroids”, which means wearing long underwear, communicating with the dead, prophetic visions, odd temple rituals, cookies with Jesus, and the law of celestial marriage (i.e. polygamy). If you or someone you know has been in a cult and want to share your story, contact us at CULTS@iHeartMedia.com. We'd love to hear from you. Link to Joanne's Book, "It's Not About Sex My Ass: Confessions of an Ex-Mormon Ex-Polygamist Ex-Wife": https://www.amazon.com/Its-Not-About-Sex-Ex-Polygamist-ebook/dp/B008Q4D6E4 Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Hosted by Tyler Measom and Liz Iacuzzi, Was I In A Cult? is a documentary-style podcast showcasing individuals who have been in, and most importantly, successfully left a cult. Told first-hand by the experiencer themself, these are raw, riveting and inspirational tales of what it means to be a survivor. Using levity and info-tainment, the show humanizes the cultic experience and may leave some of our listeners asking themselves…“Wait…Was I In A Cult?” Learn more about your ad-choices at https://www.iheartpodcastnetwork.com
Comments (25)

Risa Frantz

literally half this episode was ads for the exact same podcast.

Nov 30th
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Dawn Good

I have never left a comment on a podcast & generally feel that if you don't like something just stop listening, but the behavior of these hosts is so abhorrent I can't help myself. The subject matter is interesting but I just can't continue, these hosts are just too annoying. They are far from funny and their immature behavior makes me cringe. These people are sharing their trauma and the hosts make jokes about it. I can't imagine how they feel after listening to their these fools insert their nonsense throughout their story. Why in the hell are they still on the air???

Nov 5th
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Kelcey Rockhold

couldn't make it through one episode, the hosts are super annoying and cut in constantly making weird comments is so distracting and took so much away from the interview, I just gave up and turned it off. I think this comment took longer to write than the amount of time I made it through one episode 🤣

Oct 27th
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hrselver reiter

I keep hoping the hosts will read their comments and turn it down a notch

Oct 14th
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Olga Koleshchuk

Ok, I really tried to enjoy this podcast despite annoying, conceited behavior of the hosts, but today's guest is even more stuck up and conceited than them, I can't sympathize with her story. I'm out.

Oct 13th
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Olga Koleshchuk

Ok, I really tried to enjoy this podcast despite annoying, conceited behavior of the hosts, but today's guest is even more stuck up and conceited than them, I can't sympathize with her story. I'm out.

Oct 13th
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Nina Coonmerg

I din't know if the season is previously recorded. For the time being, I can't listen anymore. These are super interesting topics, but the hosts' attempts of funny and quirky banter make it for a difficult listening. I will catch up if there is a season 2, as many podcasts find their footing in s2.

Oct 6th
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H Mailer

I can't get through this first episode. It's not funny...and I don't want to listen to silly shit - I want to listen about the advertised content.

Oct 4th
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ashley

terrible hosts, terrible chemistry, and liz isn't funny. would've been an interesting episode without them.

Oct 3rd
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Haley Borden

Aw, when he gasped and broke his glass.. Oh my heart

Sep 30th
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Katheryn Rowell

They’re going to feed Jesus ham

Sep 25th
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Laura Fogarty

I see a lot of hate in the comments for the hosts and their comedic interjections, but I personally love this style! I love the hosts' back and forth, they have a natural chemistry and I love what they add to the stories. I think it makes the stories feel more human, like it could happen to any of us. Keep doing what you're doing! Love what I've heard so far.

Sep 24th
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Melanie Marie-Jahnke Manning

Loving this podcast and the little bits of humor throughout. I appreciate some levity in such tough subjects.

Sep 22nd
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Nina Coonmerg

I like the podcast but, please stop it with trying to be funny. It sounds very forced and the hosts are pleasant enough to keep us interested.

Sep 22nd
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dms84

Would rather hear the interview without the "comedic" interjections. The hosts kind of ruin it for me.

Sep 21st
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Jonas Grumbie

excellent subject matter, but the hosts just don't do it for me. I might circle back eventually to see if they change up the format.

Sep 21st
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Agena

I enjoyed this 1st episode very much guys!! You're both very funny and you play off of one another well. and how do you both have like the best radio voices I've ever heard??!

Sep 17th
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Terry Jones

This is horrible. Their show notes talk of "riveting first-hand" starements, but those are constantly interrupted by the hosts who think that the statements need humurous annotations, and then confuse silly and condescending with funny. They are not funny, they are not insightful, and they ruin what might be learned from these former members. Just awful.

Sep 16th
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Mike H

A little too caddy for my tastes but still interesting enough to subscribe. The hosts seem to try to hard to be "funny".

Sep 15th
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