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I'm Rachel Bernstein, LMFT. I've been working with victims of cults and emotional abusers for 27 years. Given the right set of circumstances, it's all too easy for anyone to fall prey to sociopaths and manipulators. I wanted to start a show that gives survivors a chance to tell their stories and for experts to teach us what they know. My goal for IndoctriNation is to empower our listeners to protect themselves and those they love from predators, toxic personalities, and destructive organizations.

I'm Rachel Bernstein, LMFT. I've been working with victims of cults and emotional abusers for 27 years. Given the right set of circumstances, it's all too easy for anyone to fall prey to sociopaths and manipulators. I wanted to start a show that gives survivors a chance to tell their stories and for experts to teach us what they know. My goal for IndoctriNation is to empower our listeners to protect themselves and those they love from predators, toxic personalities, and destructive organizations.
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I'm Rachel Bernstein, LMFT. I've been working with victims of cults and emotional abusers for 27 years. Given the right set of circumstances, it's all too easy for anyone to fall prey to sociopaths and manipulators. I wanted to start a show that gives survivors a chance to tell their stories and for experts to teach us what they know. My goal for IndoctriNation is to empower our listeners to protect themselves and those they love from predators, toxic personalities, and destructive organizations.

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818-324-2800


Episodes

Episode 17 - Falling In Love w/ Dr. Yuval Laor (Part 1)

8/15/2018
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Subscribe on Patreon today at patreon.com/indoctrination. Your word of mouth keeps the show going! In today's episode of IndoctriNation, Rachel takes you back into the classroom with Dr. Yuval Laor, an Israeli-American behavioral and cultural scientist with the Open Minds Foundation. Rachel and Yuval discuss Yuval's studies of fervor and awe, the psychological phenomenon of indoctrination used by cults like the Church of Scientology to manipulate their followers' evolutionary blind spots...

Duration:00:48:35

Episode 16 - Home Invasion

8/8/2018
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Indoctrination isn't always institutional. Manipulation, gaslighting and brainwashing can manifest on a personal level. n today's episode of IndoctriNation, Rachel tells the story of "Alan", whose life and struggling marriage to his wife "Dee" was invaded by "Randy", a charismatic drifter who manipulated her into inviting him to live in their home off the promises of spiritual guidance and rescuing their marriage. It only gets crazier from there. Find out how this brave couple took their...

Duration:00:32:46

Episode 15 - Scientology's Belly Of The Beast w/ Tony Ortega

8/1/2018
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Just in time for the latest Mission Impossible! In today's episode of IndoctriNation, Rachel catches up with award winning independent investigative journalist Tony Ortega, who has been writing about Scientology since 1995. An important contributor to the famous expose Going Clear, he's worked with Jon Atack, Paulette Cooper, and many more to expose the dark underbelly of Los Angeles' most insidious cult. His new book "Battlefield Scientology" launches next month and his website, "The...

Duration:01:00:01

Episode 14 - The Ripple Effect w/ Hoyt Richards

7/25/2018
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​In this week's podcast, Hoyt invites us behind the scenes to experience some private moments between himself and his family as they welcomed him back while he was still very traumatized and bewildered from having been in the cult, Eternal Values. Hoyt is the 4th of 6 kids. His father is going strong at age 88. Hoyt's mother passed away from ovarian cancer in 2003 and Hoyt shares some of the powerful conversations they had as she was dying. He is so grateful to have been out of the cult by...

Duration:01:00:04

Episode 13b: The Preventative Approach w/ Jon Atack

7/18/2018
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Part 2 of our interview with Jon Atack, one of the founders of the Open Minds Foundation. In today's episode, Rachel and Jon dive into the human need for connection and the importance of protecting adolescents from radicalization and recruitment into cults, terror groups, gangs, and nefarious causes. Plus: A discussion on therapy through maturation and effective non-confrontational deprogramming tactics used in helping Scientologists and other cult members get out.

Duration:00:42:01

Episode 13a: Hovering Over The Room w/ Jon Atack (Part 1)

7/11/2018
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In Part One of a Two-Part episode of IndoctriNation, Rachel speaks with Jon Atack about his years in Scientology, how he discovered L. Ron Hubbard was a fraud, and how Jon has dedicated his life to protecting people from dangerous situations. Jon has spoken to audiences all over the world, has written books, and has now helped to create the Open Minds Foundation. Join Rachel as she takes us through the beginning of Jon's journey while diving into what it is that makes us all susceptible to...

Duration:00:45:01

Episode 12 - Families w/ Adrian Reveles

7/4/2018
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Adrian Reveles was born and raised in an abusive and neglectful household within a gang-riddled part of L.A. He got recruited into street gangs, was in prison multiple times and got into the Sureño prison gang there. Amazingly, he turned his life around and graduated with honors from Cal State LA in the Social Work Program and now studies psychology at USC. He has a wonderful relationship with a woman who was his first girlfriend at age 12 and they have a newborn son. Adrian works with...

Duration:01:04:17

Episode 11 - An "Inherently Flawed, Bad Woman"? w/ Rebecca Leon

6/27/2018
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In today's episode, Rachel sits down with Rebecca Leon to discuss growing up in the Jehovah's Witnesses. Rebecca reveals how the spiritual terror, the public shaming and the misogyny turn young girls into subservient women whose purpose is to serve the group's patriarchs. Rebecca talks about the day she left, what drove her back in, and then how she left again for good. Then learn about Dr. Robert Cialdini and the Techniques of Influence.

Duration:00:58:48

Episode 10 - God's Bride w/ Rachel Neverdal

6/20/2018
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Rachel Neverdal was born into the cult called The Tony Alamo Christian Ministries. Rachel lived in Tony's home just before becoming a child bride to a fellow member, and she was raised with Amy and Pebbles whose stories were recently featured in People Magazine. Tony Alamo died in 2017 while in prison. Listen in as Rachel describes how her parents got indoctrinated into the cult, what life was like there, how she escaped, started anew and is raising her young daughter now on her own terms.

Duration:01:00:14

Episode 9a - I Met My Cult Leader At the Beach w/ Hoyt Richards (Part 1)

6/13/2018
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Rachel speaks with scholar, filmmaker, athlete, and former model Hoyt Richards on how, as a teenager, he met a man named Freddy who manipulated him into joining the Eternal Values religious cult and how his life began to spiral out of control. For Part 2 of the interview, where Hoyt describes the cult's descent into apocalyptic paranoia, the hours of abuse and public shaming that followers started suffering almost daily, and how he finally escaped and got his life back, please subscribe at...

Duration:00:43:06

Episode 8 - The Scientology Truman Show w/ Tory "Magoo" Christman

6/6/2018
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Tory "Magoo" Christman wasn't just an ordinary member of the Church of Scientology, she was a senior-ranking employee of the secretive and notorious Office of Special Affairs with decades of service under her belt. The OSA, informally known as the CIA of Scientology, is responsible for some of the dirtiest tricks in the cult's history. After attacking dissidents of the church for years, she met a group of online activists who changed her life forever. But finding the courage to leave...

Duration:01:00:48

Episode 7 - The Hidden World of Jehovah's Witnesses w/ Tony DuShane

5/30/2018
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Rachel speaks with Tony DuShane about growing up in the Jehovah's Witnesses, leaving the group, being disconnected from his family, and rediscovering his life, from dating and sex to finding a new creative purpose. Check out his film "Confessions of a Teenage Jesus Jerk" on Amazon and Google Play!

Duration:01:14:32

Episode 6- Narcissistic Seduction and Manipulation w/ Donna Andersen & Sophie

5/23/2018
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This week's episode is all about how manipulators and abusers seduce and charm: First, Sophie, a filmmaker, writer, and mom, who as a teenager was seduced into a sexual and highly manipulative relationship with her High School teacher who began to control every single facet of her life, even continuing to do so after she graduated. Then Rachel speaks with Donna Andersen of Love Fraud about her marriage to an abusive narcissist and how she took that experience and used it to help others...

Duration:01:09:48

Episode 5b - For the Love Of Maharishi: Trapped in Nirvana w/ Pat Ryan

5/17/2018
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Rachel and Pat Ryan talk about his indoctrination into the Transcendental Meditation movement, spending 23 hours a day with his eyes closed. Walking through walls and mind reading are just the tip of the iceberg in this continuation of our extra-long deep dive into the dark side of TM.

Duration:00:49:53

Episode 5 - For the Love Of Maharishi: Learning to Fly w/ Joe Kelly

5/17/2018
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Rachel sits down for two interviews on Transcendental Meditation that take us back to the 70s. First up, Joe Kelly discusses his recruitment into the Maharishi’s transcendental meditation and his time attempting to levitate with Swami G.

Duration:00:53:55

Episode 4 - Prisoner of the Mind w/Chris Shelton

5/9/2018
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On today's episode of IndoctriNation, Rachel speaks with Chris Shelton. Born into the Church of Scientology, Chris was forced to disconnect from his loved ones in order to free himself and forge a new path. He is one of the stars of A&E's Docuseries "Scientology: The Aftermath" with Leah Remini. You can check Chris' videos out at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCF326xyA0QHI7Z5xAwKQDJg

Duration:00:52:22

Episode 3 - The Euphoria of Belief w/ James Underdown

5/2/2018
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Rachel sits with James Underdown, executive director of the Center of Inquiry LA, to talk skepticism, how people fall into dogmatic thinking, how he discovered atheism, and much more!

Duration:00:46:49

Episode 2 - The Secret Family History of L. Ron Hubbard w/Jamie DeWolf

4/25/2018
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In today's episode, Rachel chats candidly with filmmaker, performance artist, and activist Jamie DeWolf about the dark legacy of his great grandfather, Church of Scientology founder L. Ron Hubbard. Patreon subscribers receive an additional segment with Jamie about L. Ron Hubbard's son, L Ron Jr. More Scientology episodes coming soon with ex-Scientologist Tory Christman, Jon Atack of the Open Minds Foundation, and Chris Shelton from Leah Remini: The Aftermath.

Duration:01:02:19

Episode 1 - Life After Jonestown w/Patricia Ryan

4/18/2018
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in Episode 1 of IndoctriNation, Rachel speaks with Patricia Ryan, the former head of the Cult Awareness Network, on her life's work and the legacy of her father, Congressman Leo J. Ryan, who was murdered on a rescue mission in Jonestown.

Duration:00:52:52