IndoctriNation Cults

Hosted By: Rachel Bernstein

IndoctriNation is a podcast that explores the ways in which we are indoctrinated into different beliefs and ideologies, both consciously and unconsciously. Host Rachel Bernstein interviews guests from a variety of fields, including neuroscience, psychology, history, and politics, to discuss topics such as propaganda, brainwashing, and cult psychology.

IndoctriNation Podcast Host:

Rachel Bernstein has been working with former cult members and their families for nearly 30 years. She works with people all over the world and meets with clients in her office in Los Angeles. She also runs a weekly former cult member support group. Rachel is on the Advisory Board of the International Cultic Studies Association, and has spoken at many of their conferences. She co-led the 8-week “Building Bridges” online course with Patrick Ryan and Joseph Kelly. Along with being a member of the Advisory Board for the Open Minds Foundation, and its flagship program, EduCARE, she is host of the weekly “IndoctriNation Podcast” and makes educational YouTube videos.

Praise from Listeners*:

  • Eye-Opening: IndoctriNation provides listeners with a unique perspective on the ways in which we are indoctrinated into different beliefs and ideologies along with information that can help people to better understand themselves and the world around them.
  • Thought-Provoking: IndoctriNation doesn’t shy away from difficult topics. The podcast challenges listeners to think critically about the information they are exposed to and to question their own beliefs.
  • Wide Range of Guests: The podcast features a wide range of guests, from experts in their fields to people who have had personal experiences with indoctrination.

Criticisms from Listeners*:

  • Repetitive: Some listeners have complained that the podcast often covers the same topics, and that it can be difficult to learn new things from it.
  • Biased: Some listeners have accused the podcast of being biased against certain groups or ideologies.

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