Sep 12, 2023


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A Little Bit Culty

The NXIVM Extravaganza | Ft. Mark Vicente, India Oxenberg, Susan Done, and Karen Unterreiner

Well hello there, A Little Bit Culty listener. How’d your summer go? What’s the haps? This is actually our out of office greeting talking to you, because we’re away from the studio right now investigating some kickass episodes for our new season. But we didn’t want to leave you hanging…so we went through the archives to make you a veritable Dairy Queen Blizzard of culty goodness from some of our fan favorites. We’ll be back soon with all new episodes, but until then you can also find us each week on Patreon where we’re serving up fresh episodes and content on the regular. So today’s episode is…well…in our wheelhouse. If you’re a listener of this particular show, you’re already familiar with NXIVM – but on today’s episode we are taking a closer look at the cult featured in the HBO series, The Vow, starring yours truly. (Whose got four thumbs and once helped bring NXIVM down? THESE GUYS). Joining us are 4 people who understand the inner workings of NXIVM better than almost anyone else.

First up is Mark Vicente. He’s The Vow’s Stone cold silver fox, a film-maker turned whistleblower, and an internationally renowned sweetheart. He’s the guy who originally recruited me, and the guy who raised hell to help bring it all down. Also, he’s the lucky husband of the one and only Bonnie Piesse, aka, Bonfire.

Next is India Oxenberg, who went through hell and back in NXIVM’s darkest chapter: DOS. From forced starvation, and sleep deprivation, to multiple forms of mental and sexual abuse, to a devastating years-long separation from her family. God damn we’re glad she got out and that she’s THRIVING now. .

Ater India, we’ve got Susan Dones….The one-woman wrecking crew who served as her own legal representation in a series of court battles after she left the organization. Susan was way ahead of the curve on calling bullshit Keith Raniere and his flying monkeys. She also paid dearly for it.

And finally, is Karen Unterreiner, who at only 18-years-old, became romantically intertwined with Keith Raniere. Over the next 40 years, she’d go on to become a top level NXIVM trainer, a key figure of the Executive Success Programs’ leadership committee, and an overseer of administration (bookkeeping) and IT. Which is all to say: There is much tea to spill. So much tea. So if you’re sick of hearing us talk about NXIVM, you better turn around now. You’ve been warned. Everybody else? Let’s rock.

Episode available since September 11, 2023

Navigating Narcissism with Dr. Ramani

Abandoned by a Narcissistic Father with Dr. Lily Dunn

Brilliant author Dr. Lily Dunn was just six years old when her father abandoned her family to join the Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh cult featured in Netflix’s Wild, Wild Country. In this powerful episode, Lily reveals how her father’s narcissistic behavior deeply impacted her life.

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Guest Bio:

Dr Lily Dunn is an author, mentor and academic. Her debut nonfiction, Sins of My Father: A Daughter, A Cult, A Wild Unravelling, a memoir about the legacy of her father’s addictions (W&N) was The Guardian Best Nonfiction Book, 2022. You can find her personal essays in Granta, Hinterland, MIR Online, The Real Story and Litro, and she is a regular writer for Aeon. She is co-editor of A Wild and Precious Life (Unbound, 2021). She teaches creative writing at Bath Spa University and co-runs London Lit Lab, and has a doctorate in creative writing, specializing in the therapeutic power of memoir.

Episode available since September 7, 2023

Voices of the Sacred Feminine

Waking Up and Exiting the Matrix with Dawn DelVecchio

Dawn DelVecchia, founder of the Return of the Priestess speaker series, the Return of the Priestess private community and the lineage bearer of the MotherSpirit Spiestess line has served as Priestess for more than 37 years with a deep background in Goddess lore, ceremony, spiritual counsel, channeling, tarot and soul astrology. We'll talk today about where humanity finds itself, and the conscious or unconscious choices we might make as the world changes underfoot. Will we choose the red pill or the blue pill? Will we be ready to take a leap of faith or will we be left behind or force "the powers that be" to push us forward? Dawn will define "the matrix" and explain the greater context of why now is the "wake-up and exit" call and what "exiting the matric" might look like.

Wed, September 13, 2023 02:00 pm [Eastern]

Desperate House Witches

Inspiring Creativity Through Magick with Astrea Taylor

Astrea Taylor visits to discuss her latest book- Inspiring Creativity Through Magick:

Art is inherently magickal, and you, as an artist, are also a magician who can ritualize your creative endeavors to make them stronger than ever. Astrea Taylor offers an impressive collection of spells, rituals, deities, and lore that will help you bring to life the story, painting, sculpture, or music you've been dreaming about.

This book is designed to guide you through the entire creative process. You'll draw inspiration from spirits and the four elements to complete your rough draft, and then use the principles of alchemy to refine your piece. Astrea also shares deep insights on releasing your art into the world, resting between projects, and persevering through hard times. From handling criticism to awakening the guiding spirit of art, this book shares numerous exercises and activities to get your creativity flowing and keep it going.

Includes a foreword by Michael Herkes, author of The Glam Witch

Find Astrea Taylor at

Thu, September 14, 2023 04:00 pm [Eastern]

Michael Herkes - Glamcraft!*

The Glam Witch, Michael Herkes is back to discuss his book. Glamcraft!

Michael Herkes makes magic across the windy city of Chicago as a genderqueer author, astrologer, intuitive stylist, tarot reader, and glamour witch. After practicing privately for two decades, Michael stepped out of the broom closet and into the role of teacher—dedicating their energy to uplifting and mentoring others on using witchcraft for self-empowerment. Since then, they have authored seven books, written a variety of digital content, and presented workshops across the United States as a speaker on the art of witchcraft and glamour. Through this, they have made a name for themself as “The Glam Witch”, known for their bubbly personality and eccentric flair for caftans, kimonos, the color pink…and powerful transformative magic. Focusing primarily on glamour magic, Michael’s practice centers around magical aesthetics and adornment, using fashion and makeup to cultivate inner and outer makeovers—inspiring others to tap into their personal power and creativity to manifest positive change in their own lives and the world around them.

Please visit his website -

Fri, September 15, 2023 04:30 pm [Eastern]

Circle Sanctuary Network Podcasts

PDM~Harwe Tuileva~Diversidad funcional e intelectual y paganismo en antigüedad

Paganos del mundo con Harwe Tuileva desde España nos comparte temas de interés como mitología, magia, devoción e historia.

Diversidad funcional e intelectual, y paganismo en la antigüedad. Aún hoy en día, es muy diferente cómo se puede aproximar una familia musulmana a la llegada de un hijo con diversidad funcional o intelectual, a cómo se puede aproximar una familia cristiana a un acontecimiento similar. ¿Qué ocurría en las culturas paganas antiguas? ¿Era verdad que las personas con necesidades especiales eran descartadas o, por el contrario, eran tratadas de manera deferente? ¿Qué factores socioculturales podrían influir en las diferentes maneras de tratar la misma situación?

Sat, September 16, 2023 07:00 pm [Eastern]

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