How to Identify a Cult, With Rick Alan Ross
In this episode we discussed cults: how they operate, how you identify one, what it's like to be in one, and how to get out. To that end, we spoke with author Rebecca Stott, whose book
In the Days of Rain: A Father, a Daughter, a Cult
details her childhood in the Exclusive Brethren, a cult that believed the world is ruled by Satan. We also talked to Rick Alan Ross, the founder and Executive Director of
The Cult Education Institute
. And we talked with Elizabeth Yuko, a bioethicist and journalist who's written extensively about
Discussed in This Episode
The Kristy McNichol/Jimmy McNichol vehicle
Blinded by The Light
- The Exclusive Brethren
- Why Rebecca Stott's family left the Exclusive Brethren-the "Aberdeen Incident "
Rick Alan Ross's
Cult Education Institute
- Robert J. Lifton's Thought Reform and the Psychology of Totalism
- Elizabeth Yuko's Rolling Stone article, "Cult or Commune? How Utopian Communities Turn Dangerous
- The documentary Holy Hell
We reached out to any organizations mentioned by Rick Ross if he either referred to them as a cult or described having received complaints about them. We received responses from two organizations. Jehovah's Witnesses declined to comment directly, but sent us these links: Are Jehovah's Witnesses a Cult? Are Jehovah's Witnesses an American Sect ?
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