Explained (2018– )
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How do cults lure people in and exert control? Learn a cult's telltale signs, and how loneliness and life online makes indoctrination easier than ever.




Episode credited cast:
LaKeith Stanfield ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Catherine Oxenberg ... Herself - Mother of NXIVM Cult Member
Laura Johnston Kohl ... Herself - Member, Peoples Temple
Janja Lalich ... Herself - Professor of Sociology
Samie Brosseau ... Herself - Member, The Twelve Tribes
Amy Bril ... Herself - Member, Children of God
Teddy Hose ... Himself - Former Member, Korean Unification Church (The Moonies)
Reza Aslan ... Himself - Author, Zealot: The Life & Times of Jesus of Nazareth
Mitch Horowitz ... Himself - Author, Occult America
Daniel Shaw ... Himself - Former Member, Siddha Yoga
Tara Isabella Burton ... Herself - Author, Strange Rites: New Religions for a Godless World
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Marshall Applewhite ... Himself - Leader, Heaven's Gate (archive footage)
Shoko Asahara ... Himself - Leader, Aum Shinrikyo (archive footage)
David Berg ... Himself - Leader, Children of God (archive footage)
Erin Burnett ... Herself (archive footage)


Explained takes an in-depth look at cults and how they lure people in and exert control. It first looks at the People's Temple at how its leader Jim Jones was using mind control to lead his followers to mass suicide. It defines cults as being led by a charismatic leader, as using forms of thought control, and as exploited its membership. It also explores the relationship between cults and religion and examines indoctrination techniques. Written by Shatterdaymorn

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26 September 2019 (USA) See more »

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13 October 2019 | by Edvis-1997See all my reviews

Nice story about cults. How they forms, how to avoid and escape from them.

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