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Rachel Bernstein

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IndoctriNation

IndoctriNation

Rachel Bernstein

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Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

Latest Episodes

Denying my Dissociation w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt2

Dr. Michelle Haslam offers her personal experience with a self-described 'modern Buddhist' group called The New Kadampa Tradition. She has produced lots of educational materials that explain the process of indoctrination within Buddhist cultic groups. She defines 'dissociation' and explains it within the context of her time at Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre in Northamptonshire, England. Dr. Haslam tells us about some of the new rituals and traditions developed by the group in order for it to operate. Stay tuned, Before You Go: The internal struggle of speaking up when a loved one is in a cultic group- with the risk of driving them away, or putting yourself at risk. Rachel reminds people who may be trying to help someone in an abusive situation that the person may be pushing you away to protect themselves.

49 MIN3 d ago
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Denying my Dissociation w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt2

Diagnosing My Own Thoughts w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt1

Dr. Michelle Haslam is a clinical psychologist who became involved with The New Kadampa Tradition in 2016 while living in the Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre in Northamptonshire, England. Michelle experienced spiritual abuse within the group and despite her training as a psychologist, came to believe that she should be destroying her ego, instead of practicing self-care and self-compassion. Now she produces materials that explain the process of indoctrination within Buddhist cultic groups. Michelle has since been a target of harassment via her workplace and character assassination from senior members of the group. Stay tuned, Before You Go: Reserving information for those who pay can be like holding someone spiritually hostage. Find out how and why this can be a red flag for a manipulative group setting.

56 MIN1 w ago
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Diagnosing My Own Thoughts w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt1

Paving the Way Forward w/ Carey and Chris Peck - S5E13pt2

Rachel finishes part two of a conversation with the Peck family. Carey and Chris Peck continue to talk about social justice and intervention, the influence of the media on social issues, and the legacy of their Academy Award-winning forefather Gregory Peck. Chris Peck is currently a teacher of youth language arts. He talks about how modern history has been rewritten into an "us" vs. "them" narrative that erases non-white identities. Along with his father Carey Peck, they brainstorm how to foster new perspectives and strengths within communities. "People will always respond to people", says Carey, "and being united in action is critical." He stresses the importance of taking the first step together as a community to organize change. The clip at the very end of the show is taken from Gregory Peck's Academy Award acceptance speech for his performance as Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird". Be sure to hear it. Stay Tuned, Before You Go: Rachel talks about the similarities of racist systematic supremacy and the self-righteous dogma of a cultic group. If you'd like to check out Chris' Podcast, you can find it here https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-traveling-teacher-christopher-peck-QEF4TOC26WJ/

56 MIN2 w ago
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Paving the Way Forward w/ Carey and Chris Peck - S5E13pt2

An Impeccable Legacy w/ Carey Peck and Chris Peck, social justice activists and educators - S5E13pt1

Two generations of social activists discuss the legacy of Gregory Peck, famously known for many films including his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. His son Carey and grandson Chris take us behind the scenes and talk about what inspired Gregory to take on Harper Lee's pivotal character, as well as powerful and controversial roles in other classic films dealing with antisemitism and also addressing the pain of war. Both Carey and Chris discuss their important work, as well. They are passionate about being a resource to disempowered communities and are committed to facilitating ways for people to make changes in their lives. Here are some of the great books Chris recommended in today's episode... White Fragility: https://g.co/kgs/SfUE5u Between the World and Me: https://g.co/kgs/BYVHJx How to be an Anti-Racist: https://g.co/kgs/Q3me5j The New Jim Crow: https://g.co/kgs/sQ7zHx

59 MIN3 w ago
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An Impeccable Legacy w/ Carey Peck and Chris Peck, social justice activists and educators - S5E13pt1

Rest In Peace, George Floyd - A Few Things We've Seen So Far - S5E12

Rachel sits down with her collaborators to talk about each of their experiences with the riots. They are all living in major cities, and Rachel is based in Los Angeles. Aryana describes the looting she's seen close to home in New York. Kate compares what she's witnessed in Washington, DC to the views of her midwestern family. Rob shares his experience living in the same neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota where George Floyd was murdered. The gospel band at the end of Rob's interview is from the church Worldwide Outreach for Christ, who performed across the street from the Floyd Memorial. Before You Go: Opening up the conversation to all points of view because it is important to speak up. How do we make room for other voices, while also using our own?

67 MINJUN 10
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Rest In Peace, George Floyd - A Few Things We've Seen So Far - S5E12

A Time To Hear Other Voices

In light of the current unrest and outrage in the U.S. and now around the world in solidarity, and also in an effort to center current conversations around those who have experienced being systematically oppressed, we have decided not to release a regular episode of the IndoctriNation podcast this week. On our social media platforms, we have provided a partial list of links for our listeners of podcasts by black creators that our team thought were timely and powerful. It is time for them to tell their stories, whether you agree with them, or not. We value all of our listeners and love that you listen to each episode. This is the 1st time in over 2 years of weekly shows that we are not releasing a new episode. Please consider listening this week to any of the following: Pod Save the People - "Keep the Fight" w/ Justine Barron and Amelia McDonell-Perry Their most recent episode about George Floyd and protests. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/keep-fight-justine-barron-amelia-mcdo...

3 MINJUN 3
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A Time To Hear Other Voices

A Passion for Saving People w/ Lucas Catton, ex-President of Narconon - S5E11pt2

Scientology famously takes its members' best talents and passions and tries to make the most of them. For Lucas Catton, that came in the form of his recruitment as a program manager-- and his presidency of Scientology's front group rehabilitation facility. Narconon, located at the old Chilocco reservation in Oklahoma, is not just an isolated facility. The program is promoted in schools across the country as a teen rehabilitation program. Many were unaware that several of Narconon's credentials were fabricated, including Lucas. He tells us what led him to devote himself to this program, and walks us through his transformative experience. Lucas's latest passion project is the development of the Opioid Independence Program through Advanced Recovery Resources: http://advancedrecoveryresources.com/opioid-independence/ and his second book, "Reconnection", is available now: https://www.amazon.com/Reconnection-memoir-Lucas-Catton/dp/0578633108 Before You Go: Rachel explains the power of sho...

58 MINMAY 27
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A Passion for Saving People w/ Lucas Catton, ex-President of Narconon - S5E11pt2

The 'Gateway Group' w/ Lucas Catton ex-Narconon President - S5E11pt1

Lucas Catton is a former Scientologist who got recruited through their Narconon Rehabilitation Program at a place formerly known as Chilocco in Oklahoma. Lucas was appointed President of that Narconon program, through which he met some of Scientology's heavy hitters including the leader David Miscavige. He had no connections to Scientology before he was sent to their facility which incorporated Scientology philosophy as the basis of their drug treatment techniques. Check out his book, Reconnection, about rebuilding his life after disconnecting Scientology: amazon.com/Reconnection-memoir-Lucas-Catton-ebook/dp/B083N76KR5 Stay tuned, Before You Go: The story of a girl who was mistakenly treated for learning disabilities and a lesson in diagnosing an issue before fully understanding the symptoms. Rachel also addresses some of the feedback she received from last week's episode on conspiracy theories.

56 MINMAY 20
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The 'Gateway Group' w/ Lucas Catton ex-Narconon President - S5E11pt1

Down the Rabbit Hole: Conspiracy Theories w/ Kelly Weill, Daily Beast reporter - S5E10

Kelly Weill is a reporter at The Daily Beast where she covers disinformation, the far right, and internet culture. She is currently at work on a book about the Flat Earth movement, forthcoming from Algonquin Books. Conspiratorial health movements and Coronavirus misinformation can contain seemingly sound arguments, because they ground themselves in real experiences. Conspiracy theories use sexism and social status to monger fear into hateful internet mobs-- as seen with QAnon and Gamergate which Kelly has covered. She reports that most conspiracy pages have lured many into an extreme belief through more moderate subjects. Some flat-earthers have been referencing anti-semitic materials or scapegoating people of color without factual correlation. Check out Kelly's article about Flat Earth: https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-flat-earth-conference-where-the-worlds-oldest-conspiracy-theory-is-hot-again Stay tuned, Before You Go: Rachel defines 'conspiracy theories' and how they rel...

52 MINMAY 13
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Down the Rabbit Hole: Conspiracy Theories w/ Kelly Weill, Daily Beast reporter - S5E10

It's A Trap! w/ Roisin Kearney, Director of "Run" - S5E9pt2

In part 2 of our interview with Irish filmmaker Roisin Kearney, we cover a lot of ground and she also talks about how shocked she was to discover such high levels of both women AND men experiencing domestic violence in the US - 1 in 7 men, and 1 in 4 women. Watch the trailer for "Run" here: https://documentfilms.com/our-work/run Its next screening will be at The Flying Broom International Film Festival [flyingbroom.org] in association with @DublinFeministFilmFestival online between May 7-14. It is nearly impossible to determine the amount of psychological damage this causes to both men and women. Roisin truly hopes that her film "Run" evokes an awakening for those who can then recognize mental manipulation within their own families and communities. The protagonist is a well-educated woman whose information was micromanaged by her controlling partner, whom she trusted. It can happen to anyone. Roisin also shows that if you want to intervene or offer support, it's best for the convers...

68 MINMAY 6
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It's A Trap! w/ Roisin Kearney, Director of "Run" - S5E9pt2

Latest Episodes

Denying my Dissociation w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt2

Dr. Michelle Haslam offers her personal experience with a self-described 'modern Buddhist' group called The New Kadampa Tradition. She has produced lots of educational materials that explain the process of indoctrination within Buddhist cultic groups. She defines 'dissociation' and explains it within the context of her time at Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre in Northamptonshire, England. Dr. Haslam tells us about some of the new rituals and traditions developed by the group in order for it to operate. Stay tuned, Before You Go: The internal struggle of speaking up when a loved one is in a cultic group- with the risk of driving them away, or putting yourself at risk. Rachel reminds people who may be trying to help someone in an abusive situation that the person may be pushing you away to protect themselves.

49 MIN3 d ago
Comments
Denying my Dissociation w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt2

Diagnosing My Own Thoughts w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt1

Dr. Michelle Haslam is a clinical psychologist who became involved with The New Kadampa Tradition in 2016 while living in the Nagarjuna Kadampa Meditation Centre in Northamptonshire, England. Michelle experienced spiritual abuse within the group and despite her training as a psychologist, came to believe that she should be destroying her ego, instead of practicing self-care and self-compassion. Now she produces materials that explain the process of indoctrination within Buddhist cultic groups. Michelle has since been a target of harassment via her workplace and character assassination from senior members of the group. Stay tuned, Before You Go: Reserving information for those who pay can be like holding someone spiritually hostage. Find out how and why this can be a red flag for a manipulative group setting.

56 MIN1 w ago
Comments
Diagnosing My Own Thoughts w/ Dr. Michelle Haslam, ex-New Kadampa Tradition - S5E14pt1

Paving the Way Forward w/ Carey and Chris Peck - S5E13pt2

Rachel finishes part two of a conversation with the Peck family. Carey and Chris Peck continue to talk about social justice and intervention, the influence of the media on social issues, and the legacy of their Academy Award-winning forefather Gregory Peck. Chris Peck is currently a teacher of youth language arts. He talks about how modern history has been rewritten into an "us" vs. "them" narrative that erases non-white identities. Along with his father Carey Peck, they brainstorm how to foster new perspectives and strengths within communities. "People will always respond to people", says Carey, "and being united in action is critical." He stresses the importance of taking the first step together as a community to organize change. The clip at the very end of the show is taken from Gregory Peck's Academy Award acceptance speech for his performance as Atticus Finch in "To Kill A Mockingbird". Be sure to hear it. Stay Tuned, Before You Go: Rachel talks about the similarities of racist systematic supremacy and the self-righteous dogma of a cultic group. If you'd like to check out Chris' Podcast, you can find it here https://www.listennotes.com/podcasts/the-traveling-teacher-christopher-peck-QEF4TOC26WJ/

56 MIN2 w ago
Comments
Paving the Way Forward w/ Carey and Chris Peck - S5E13pt2

An Impeccable Legacy w/ Carey Peck and Chris Peck, social justice activists and educators - S5E13pt1

Two generations of social activists discuss the legacy of Gregory Peck, famously known for many films including his role as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. His son Carey and grandson Chris take us behind the scenes and talk about what inspired Gregory to take on Harper Lee's pivotal character, as well as powerful and controversial roles in other classic films dealing with antisemitism and also addressing the pain of war. Both Carey and Chris discuss their important work, as well. They are passionate about being a resource to disempowered communities and are committed to facilitating ways for people to make changes in their lives. Here are some of the great books Chris recommended in today's episode... White Fragility: https://g.co/kgs/SfUE5u Between the World and Me: https://g.co/kgs/BYVHJx How to be an Anti-Racist: https://g.co/kgs/Q3me5j The New Jim Crow: https://g.co/kgs/sQ7zHx

59 MIN3 w ago
Comments
An Impeccable Legacy w/ Carey Peck and Chris Peck, social justice activists and educators - S5E13pt1

Rest In Peace, George Floyd - A Few Things We've Seen So Far - S5E12

Rachel sits down with her collaborators to talk about each of their experiences with the riots. They are all living in major cities, and Rachel is based in Los Angeles. Aryana describes the looting she's seen close to home in New York. Kate compares what she's witnessed in Washington, DC to the views of her midwestern family. Rob shares his experience living in the same neighborhood of Minneapolis, Minnesota where George Floyd was murdered. The gospel band at the end of Rob's interview is from the church Worldwide Outreach for Christ, who performed across the street from the Floyd Memorial. Before You Go: Opening up the conversation to all points of view because it is important to speak up. How do we make room for other voices, while also using our own?

67 MINJUN 10
Comments
Rest In Peace, George Floyd - A Few Things We've Seen So Far - S5E12

A Time To Hear Other Voices

In light of the current unrest and outrage in the U.S. and now around the world in solidarity, and also in an effort to center current conversations around those who have experienced being systematically oppressed, we have decided not to release a regular episode of the IndoctriNation podcast this week. On our social media platforms, we have provided a partial list of links for our listeners of podcasts by black creators that our team thought were timely and powerful. It is time for them to tell their stories, whether you agree with them, or not. We value all of our listeners and love that you listen to each episode. This is the 1st time in over 2 years of weekly shows that we are not releasing a new episode. Please consider listening this week to any of the following: Pod Save the People - "Keep the Fight" w/ Justine Barron and Amelia McDonell-Perry Their most recent episode about George Floyd and protests. https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/keep-fight-justine-barron-amelia-mcdo...

3 MINJUN 3
Comments
A Time To Hear Other Voices

A Passion for Saving People w/ Lucas Catton, ex-President of Narconon - S5E11pt2

Scientology famously takes its members' best talents and passions and tries to make the most of them. For Lucas Catton, that came in the form of his recruitment as a program manager-- and his presidency of Scientology's front group rehabilitation facility. Narconon, located at the old Chilocco reservation in Oklahoma, is not just an isolated facility. The program is promoted in schools across the country as a teen rehabilitation program. Many were unaware that several of Narconon's credentials were fabricated, including Lucas. He tells us what led him to devote himself to this program, and walks us through his transformative experience. Lucas's latest passion project is the development of the Opioid Independence Program through Advanced Recovery Resources: http://advancedrecoveryresources.com/opioid-independence/ and his second book, "Reconnection", is available now: https://www.amazon.com/Reconnection-memoir-Lucas-Catton/dp/0578633108 Before You Go: Rachel explains the power of sho...

58 MINMAY 27
Comments
A Passion for Saving People w/ Lucas Catton, ex-President of Narconon - S5E11pt2

The 'Gateway Group' w/ Lucas Catton ex-Narconon President - S5E11pt1

Lucas Catton is a former Scientologist who got recruited through their Narconon Rehabilitation Program at a place formerly known as Chilocco in Oklahoma. Lucas was appointed President of that Narconon program, through which he met some of Scientology's heavy hitters including the leader David Miscavige. He had no connections to Scientology before he was sent to their facility which incorporated Scientology philosophy as the basis of their drug treatment techniques. Check out his book, Reconnection, about rebuilding his life after disconnecting Scientology: amazon.com/Reconnection-memoir-Lucas-Catton-ebook/dp/B083N76KR5 Stay tuned, Before You Go: The story of a girl who was mistakenly treated for learning disabilities and a lesson in diagnosing an issue before fully understanding the symptoms. Rachel also addresses some of the feedback she received from last week's episode on conspiracy theories.

56 MINMAY 20
Comments
The 'Gateway Group' w/ Lucas Catton ex-Narconon President - S5E11pt1

Down the Rabbit Hole: Conspiracy Theories w/ Kelly Weill, Daily Beast reporter - S5E10

Kelly Weill is a reporter at The Daily Beast where she covers disinformation, the far right, and internet culture. She is currently at work on a book about the Flat Earth movement, forthcoming from Algonquin Books. Conspiratorial health movements and Coronavirus misinformation can contain seemingly sound arguments, because they ground themselves in real experiences. Conspiracy theories use sexism and social status to monger fear into hateful internet mobs-- as seen with QAnon and Gamergate which Kelly has covered. She reports that most conspiracy pages have lured many into an extreme belief through more moderate subjects. Some flat-earthers have been referencing anti-semitic materials or scapegoating people of color without factual correlation. Check out Kelly's article about Flat Earth: https://www.thedailybeast.com/inside-the-flat-earth-conference-where-the-worlds-oldest-conspiracy-theory-is-hot-again Stay tuned, Before You Go: Rachel defines 'conspiracy theories' and how they rel...

52 MINMAY 13
Comments
Down the Rabbit Hole: Conspiracy Theories w/ Kelly Weill, Daily Beast reporter - S5E10

It's A Trap! w/ Roisin Kearney, Director of "Run" - S5E9pt2

In part 2 of our interview with Irish filmmaker Roisin Kearney, we cover a lot of ground and she also talks about how shocked she was to discover such high levels of both women AND men experiencing domestic violence in the US - 1 in 7 men, and 1 in 4 women. Watch the trailer for "Run" here: https://documentfilms.com/our-work/run Its next screening will be at The Flying Broom International Film Festival [flyingbroom.org] in association with @DublinFeministFilmFestival online between May 7-14. It is nearly impossible to determine the amount of psychological damage this causes to both men and women. Roisin truly hopes that her film "Run" evokes an awakening for those who can then recognize mental manipulation within their own families and communities. The protagonist is a well-educated woman whose information was micromanaged by her controlling partner, whom she trusted. It can happen to anyone. Roisin also shows that if you want to intervene or offer support, it's best for the convers...

68 MINMAY 6
Comments
It's A Trap! w/ Roisin Kearney, Director of "Run" - S5E9pt2
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