Jan 17, 2023


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A Little Bit Culty

One Billion Years: Mike Rinder on How Scientology Could End

Scientology: You know it, you hate it. To be fair, unless you’re a Scientologist, they hate you too! So it’s all even-stevens. But one person they really hate is Mike Rinder. How could anyone hate someone who’s last name sounds like reindeer, especially just a few weeks after Santa made his international rounds on that reindeer-driven slay? Well, having spent his youth doing things like, for example, swabbing the decks of L. Ron Hubbard’s yacht, Rinder eventually made it into the elite sect of Scientology known as the Sea Organization, eventually becoming Scientology’s International Spokesperson and the head of its Office of Special Affairs. Then, he escaped and became a fearless and outspoken ex-member. If you didn’t listen to the first interview we did with Mike, we’re officially mad at you! But we can forgive and forget—just check it out here.

So why did we have him back on the show? Because he’s so fucking lovely. Also, because he just released his new memoir: A Billion Years: My Escape From a Life in the Highest Ranks of Scientology. It’s a batshit crazy and exclusive, first-hand look into the inner workings of Scientology and the harm this organization does to its brainwashed members. And in today's episode, we specifically get into how Scientology could potentially come to an end (hint: it involves the IRS no longer putting up with the “church’s” bullshit).

So say a little prayer to Xenu and strap on in, cuz this one’s a wild ride!

Episode available since January 16, 2023

Herbal Radio

Interviews on Herbal Radio with Thomas Dick | Featuring Doug Elliott

Today’s episode was recorded in late summer of 2022 at Doug Elliott’s home in Appalachia. You’ll hear a symphony of crickets and other wildlife in the background as Thomas and Doug discuss his childhood, learning folk methods from 'old timers', as well as the path of learning about and connecting with medicinal plants. We hope you enjoy the wonderful and entertaining stories from our dear and magical friend, Doug Elliott.

Introduction song "Dandelion Tips" sung by Doug Elliott.

Doug Elliott is a naturalist, herbalist, storyteller, basket maker, back-country guide, philosopher, and harmonica wizard. For many years made his living as a traveling herbalist, gathering and selling herbs, teas, and remedies.

He has spent a great deal of time with traditional country folk and indigenous people, learning their stories, folklore and traditional ways of relating to the natural world. In recent years he has performed and presented programs at festivals, museums, botanical gardens, nature centers and schools from Canada to the Caribbean. He has been a featured storyteller at the National Storytelling Festival. He has lectured and performed at the American Museum of Natural History in New York, the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto and conducted workshops for the Smithsonian Institution. He has led ranger training sessions for the National Park Service and guided people on wilderness experiences from down-east Maine to the Florida Everglades. He was named harmonica champion at Fiddler’s Grove Festival in Union Grove, N.C. He is the author of five books, many articles in regional and national magazines, has recorded a number of award winning albums of stories and songs, and is occasionally seen on PBS-TV, and the History and National Geographic Channels.

In recent years he has received a variety of honors. The National Storytelling Network (the largest storytelling membership organization in the world) inducted him into their Circle of Excellence for “exceptional commitment and exemplary contribution to the art of storytelling.” The International Herb Association presented him with the Otto Richter Award honoring his work with herbs and useful wild plants. The National Association for Interpretation (the professional organization of park rangers, naturalists, museum curators, etc.) gave him the Master Front Line Interpreter Award for his “mastery of interpretive techniques, program development, and design of creative projects” celebrating the natural world and our human connection to nature.

Elliott’s passion for the natural world developed in early childhood roaming the woods and waters around his home. His dad used to say, “That boy knows what’s under every rock between here and town.” He still roams the woods today. He has traveled from the Canadian North to the Central American jungles studying plant and animal life and seeking out the traditional wisdom of people with intimate connections to the natural world. And he still looks under rocks. These days he uncovers more than just a few strange critters; he brings to light the human connection to this vibrant world of which we are a part.

Episode available since January 13, 2023

Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

NXIVM Whistleblower w/ Sarah Edmondson Part 2

In Part 2 Sarah Edmondson's story, we see how the truth slowly starts to unfold. Sarah realizes that Keith Raniere, Nancy Salzman, and NXIVM were abusing many of its female members. For the first time, Sarah sees the horrible truth about the organization, and how Keith was actually sexually abusing women behind closed doors. When Sarah was tricked into joining DOS, more insidious events unfold all around NXIVM, which lead to Sarah taking action to protect herself and the women around her. Listen to how Sarah's whistleblowing finally started the beginning of the end of NXIVM.

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Guest Bio:

Sarah is a working actor and artist. She is known for her role in NXIVM; which initially intrigued her with its promise to provide the tools and insight she needed to reach her potential. It all came into focus when she accepted an invitation to join DOS, a “secret sisterhood” within NXIVM. It was a decision that resulted in a front page bombshell in the New York Times featuring her story as a woman on a mission to shut NXIVM down.

Sarah published Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life. Sarah’s journey as a whistleblower has also been featured in “The Vow”, the critically acclaimed HBO documentary series.

Episode available since January 12, 2023

Circle Sanctuary Network Podcasts

Circle Talk - Lisa McSherry

Join us on Circle Talk as we talk to Lisa McSherry about her new book, “A Witch’s Guide to Crafting Your Practice “. We will be chatting with Lisa about her self-paced guide to the fundamentals of witchcraft which includes topics like creating an altar and developing psychic abilities.

Tue, January 17, 2023 08:00 pm [Eastern]


Desperate House Witches

Kelden - All Them Witches

Come, sit by the fire and gather in close for a story or two.

Within the pages of this book, you will discover a sundry of spooky folktales and rhymes. From the story of a haunted Witch to the poetic musing of a murderous nightshade plant, All Them Witches features both re-imagined and original works by author Kelden. Infused with folkloric nuance and taking inspiration from modern Traditional Witchcraft practice, this collection will leave you with a chill down your spine, a fire in your heart, and magic at your fingertips.

Kelden has been practicing Traditional Witchcraft for more than a decade. He is the author of The Crooked Path: An Introduction to Traditional Witchcraft. Additionally, his writing has appeared in The Witch's Altar, The New Aradia: A Witch's Handbook to Magical Resistance, and This Witch magazine. Kelden is also the cocreator of The Traditional Witch's Deck, and he authors a blog on the Patheos Pagan channel called By Athame and Stang. In his free time, Kelden enjoys reading, hiking, growing poisonous plants, and playing ukulele.

Fri, January 20, 2023 05:00 pm [Eastern]


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