Podcast Spotlight | Cults

I had originally planned to do another SKINFOOD product review, but I had just written one last week, and I recently got into this new podcast that I wanted to share with you guys. My interest in podcasts comes and goes. I really got into listening to them on my daily work commute and whenever I was driving, but then the interest died again after a few months. A recent conversation with coworkers about audio books once again sparked my interest, so I went on the Podcasts app and downloaded a bunch of different ones that I thought I would like. I decided to start with Cults, hosted by Greg Polcyn & Vanessa Richardson.

Before I continue, I would say you shouldn't watch this if you get triggered by descriptions of violence or abuse, as the cults that this podcast covers usually have committed violence or abuse of some kind to its own members or other victims.


I started off this podcast on episode 3, which is the first of two episodes that cover the "Heaven's Gate" cult. It's really easy to listen to this podcast because while it's very informative, the hosts also manage to deliver the information in an engaging way, and the podcast includes various audio clips, from cult members to news clips to even the cult leaders. The first episode focused more on the cult leaders and the early stages of the cult, while the second expanded its focus to cult members throughout the years, as well as what eventually lead to its members' mass suicide. I thought this was a great format, because listeners can first get an idea of the cult leaders' backgrounds and what shaped their later ideologies, which is a good foundation for whatever else the podcast will cover about the cult.

There are only 5 episodes out now, and I'm already on my way to catching up. The first two episodes cover Charles Manson and the Manson Family, and I'm already almost done with part one of that. I am trying really hard to pace myself so I won't run out of episodes to listen to, but it's an uphill battle...

If you like learning about cults or true crime, I'd definitely recommend that you give this one a go. The hosts also have another podcast, Serial Killers, which I also want to check out.

Do any of you listen to podcasts? What are your favorites?

lifestyle, books/mediaCathy Liu