cults

entertainment

A Deep Dive into the Absolutely Ridiculous World of Roku Channels

Cults, dogs, foot fetishists – there's a channel for everyone on Roku.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
9.13.18
cults

I Followed the NXIVM 'Sex Cult' Diet for a Week

Then a nutritionist told me what it was doing to my brain.
Sarah Berman
8.17.18
cults

Why It Took Me Five Years to Realise I Was in a Cult

A cult survivor outlines the anatomy of an indoctrination.
Renee Linnell
8.10.18
cults

Yes, There Are Women-Led Cults

Meet Teal Swan, a YouTuber who proves selling salvation to desperate people is an equal opportunity racket.
Sarah Berman
8.2.18
cults

Courts Are Rarely Kind to 'Brainwashed' Victims

Months ahead of the NXIVM sex trafficking trial, we take a look at how juries react to cults.
Sarah Berman
7.10.18
Religion

The Beach Party for Former Religious Fundamentalists

Former Scientologists, Mormons and Hassidic Jews attend this biannual meet-up in Southern California.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
6.29.18
bdsm

A BDSM Educator Tells Us Why NXIVM Sex Cult Allegations Aren’t Consensual Kink

Based on what we know from court docs and former members, Keith Raniere’s women “slaves” probably weren’t in a position to give full consent.
Sarah Berman
6.1.18
cults

A Cult Expert Tells Us Why the NXIVM Story Is Far From Over

Federal charges against leader Keith Raniere and ‘Smallville’ actress Allison Mack won’t change the minds of some die-hard followers.
Sarah Berman
5.24.18
FOOD

The Idyllic Restaurant Chain Owned by a Homophobic, Racist, Child-Beating Cult

They don't exactly advertise their beliefs on the menus.
Jamie Lee Curtis Taete
5.1.18
documentaries

I Was in the ‘Wild Wild Country’ Cult and I Loved It

Today, Raymond van Mil is a nightlife photographer in Amsterdam. But back in the 90s he was swami Antar Sangit and lived in Osho’s ashram in India.
Ewout Lowie
4.30.18
News

Accused Sex Trafficker Allison Mack Is Being Released on $5 Million Bail

The ‘Smallville’ actress will stay under house arrest at her parents’ home in California.
Sarah Berman
4.25.18
News

Meet the Heiresses Who Funded an Alleged Cult’s Legal Battles

Clare and Sara Bronfman, heirs to the Seagram’s fortune, bankrolled “silencing” lawsuits against Nxivm adversaries, ex-members say.
Sarah Berman
4.18.18