Escaping NXIVM Cults, Investigative

Hosted By: Josh Bloch
Produced By: CBC Podcasts and CBC News

Escaping NXIVM is an investigative podcast series hosted by Josh Bloch, a CBC investigative reporter. The podcast tells the story of NXIVM, a self-help organization that was later exposed as a cult, and the people who were caught in its web.

The podcast follows the journey of Sarah Edmondson, a former NXIVM member who left the group and became a whistleblower. Edmondson shares her story of how she was recruited into NXIVM, the abuse she suffered while in the group, and her eventual escape.

In addition to Edmondson’s story, the podcast also features interviews with other former NXIVM members, experts on cults, and law enforcement officials. The podcast provides a comprehensive and unflinching look at NXIVM, its charismatic leader Keith Raniere, and the devastating impact the group had on its members.

Escaping NXIVM Podcast Host:

Josh Bloch is an investigative reporter with CBC News. He has won numerous awards for his work, including the Canadian Journalism Foundation’s Tom Hanson Award for Investigative Reporting. Bloch is known for his in-depth and meticulous reporting, as well as his ability to build trust with his sources.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • High Production Value: The podcast is well-written and well-edited, and it features a variety of voices, including former NXIVM members, experts on cults, and law enforcement officials.
  • Engaging: The podcast tells the story of a dangerous cult that preyed on vulnerable people. It’s a story that needs to be told, and the podcast does it in a way that is both informative and engaging.
  • Inspirational: The podcast shows that it is possible to escape from a cult and rebuild your life. Sarah Edmondson’s story is an inspiration to anyone who has been affected by a cult.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Length: The podcast is over 10 hours long, and some listeners have found it to be too long and drawn-out.
  • Bias: It’s too focused on Sarah Edmondson. Edmondson’s story is important, but some listeners have felt that the podcast focuses too much on her and not enough on other former NXIVM members or the group’s inner workings.
  • Sensationalism: Some listeners have felt that the podcast sensationalizes the story of NXIVM and doesn’t provide enough factual information.

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