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It can poison your soul. Chris and Kayla talk with one of their favorite conspiracy theory/spirituality/cultic studies writer & podcaster - and dive deep into bodily fascism, the yoga community, and what conspiritualists get right. Special thanks to Matthew Remski for his time & (incredibly clarifying) insights for this episode! Twitter: https://tw…
 
“Separate text from context and all that remains is a con.” - Stewart Stafford Kayla takes a break from watching TikToks to give us a bunch of context and info about a pretty weird trend she's noticed on TikTok. --- *Search Categories* New Age; Science/Pseudoscience; Internet culture; Destructive; Alt Medicine/Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* The Gravo…
 
All of this has happened before, and it will all happen again. Chris & Kayla seek an expert to help deliver an update on one of last season's very timely topics. Special thanks to guest Travis View (@travis_view on Twitter) from the QAnonAnonymous podcast for his time and insights for this episode! --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Internet …
 
Small steppes can have Mammoth effects. Chris takes us on a journey to the far reaches of the Earth to find some unintuitive science and some unlikely helpers in the fight to save civilization from our changing climate. Special thanks to guest Caelen from Atlas Pro (https://www.youtube.com/c/AtlasPro1/community) for his time and insights for this e…
 
I don't want to believe. I want to know. -Carl Sagan Kayla sciences even harder on the Self Realization Fellowship: their beliefs, their organizational structures & rules, and the veracity of some of Paramahansa Yogananda's claims (don't hold your breath). --- *Search Categories* New Religious Movement; New Age; Science/Pseudoscience; Alt Medicine/…
 
There are disciples who seek a guru made in their own image. -Paramahansa Yogananda Kayla enlightens Chris about an influential organization, stretching across America, started by a chain of gurus. --- *Search Categories* New Religious Movement; New Age; Science/Pseudoscience; Anthropological; Alt Medicine/Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* Self Realizat…
 
Abusive systems rely on guilt, gaslighting, and isolation. You need not be perfect. You are not crazy. And you aren't alone. Chris & Kayla talk to trauma-informed writer & survivor activist, Molly Maeve Eagan (mollymaeve.com), co-author of true crime memoir "Behind Blue Curtains" (https://www.amazon.com/Behind-Blue-Curtains-Survival-Pursuit-ebook/d…
 
I want to believe... but take this story with a bowl of salt. Chris abducts Kayla's scheduled episode slot to disclose a previously unidentified story... before it's too late. --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Internet culture; Common interest / fandom --- *Topic Spoiler* Throawaylien --- *Further Reading* https://www.reddit.com/r/Throawayli…
 
Good or bad, who's to say? Chris & Kayla walk by an interesting building in LA's Chinatown, which turns into a whole full excuse for Chris to talk about history on the cult show again. --- *Search Categories* Anthropological --- *Topic Spoiler* Hop Sing & other Chinese American Tongs --- *Further Reading* https://stopaapihate.org/ https://www.nbcne…
 
It's a societal thing, not a Zumba thing. Kayla finally reveals the shockingly large full extent of Zumba's power and influence. --- *Search Categories* Business; Common Interest / Fandom; Alt Medicine / Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* Zumba, part 2 --- *Further Reading* https://www.inc.com/magazine/201212/leigh-buchanan/zumba-fitness-company-of-the-y…
 
Ditch the workout. Join the party. Kayla and Chris dance their way into the beginnings of yet another wellness-based movement. --- *Search Categories* Business; Common Interest / Fandom; Alt Medicine / Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* Zumba, part 1 --- *Further Reading* https://www.inc.com/magazine/201212/leigh-buchanan/zumba-fitness-company-of-the-yea…
 
We shape our buildings; thereafter they shape us. Chris takes us on a journey to a land that is simultaneously far away, yet near, ancient, yet brand new. **many thanks to Zach Mortice (www.zachmortice.com) for lending his energy & insights for this episode!** --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Common Interest/Fandom; Conspiracy Theory --- *T…
 
When you tell people they can’t have something it makes them want it more. Kayla takes Chris down the rabbit hole on a topic that's been dubbed "The Supreme Drop for Moms." --- *Search Categories* Business; Internet culture --- *Topic Spoiler* The Nugget couch --- *Further Reading* https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/katienotopoulos/nugget-couch h…
 
Out of an abundance of caution, we are making this podcast. Chris doesn't hesitate to take us on the longest CoJW episode journey yet, into the movement(s) that oppose all that science we set up in the previous episode. --- *Search Categories* Science / Pseudoscience; Anthropological; Destructive; Conspiracy Theory; Alt Medicine / Wellness --- *Top…
 
Our greatest responsibility is to be good ancestors. In the first episode of CoJW's third season, Chris sets up the science and history behind a movement that has been in the global conversation lately. --- *Search Categories* Science / Pseudoscience; Anthropological; Destructive; Conspiracy Theory; Alt Medicine / Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* Vacci…
 
*PLEASE BE ADVISED* THIS IS *NOT* AN EPISODE OF CULT OR JUST WEIRD This is a personal story, told over the medium of a podcast... and OPTIONALLY (we can't stress this enough) to the audience of our podcast. Content warnings below. . . . . . . . . Content warnings for: -health/hospital trauma -pregnancy & infant loss Arthur's wish is that you leave …
 
It is because of hope that we suffer. It is through hope that we change things. In the fifth and final CoJW-does-QAnon episode, Chris and Kayla cover a few things they haven't yet, tie up some loose ends, and (hopefully) plant a small seed of hope. --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Internet culture; Common interest / Fandom; Destructive; Con…
 
People are hurting. In the fourth installment of Cult or Just Weird's QAnon deep dive, we hear from real people whose lives and loved ones have been affected by the grip of the online conspiracy. Content warning for this episode: emotional/interpersonal trauma. Special thanks to reddit community members from QAnon Casualties, and to ex-Q Jitarth Ja…
 
This Is Not A Game. In part three of the five part COJW series on QAnon, Chris takes a hard look at the human psychology behind game mechanics, and what makes QAnon research so engaging. Special thanks to ARG game designer & Zombies Run! creator Adrian Hon (https://twitter.com/adrianhon) for sitting down with Chris this episode and sharing his thou…
 
Are you awake yet? In part two of CoJW's five part series on QAnon, Kayla gets into the nitty gritty mechanics of how it got going and where it's at now. Special thanks to conspiracy researcher Mike Rothschild (https://twitter.com/rothschildmd) for sharing his insights with CoJW this episode! --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Internet cultur…
 
Do you know how long this has been going on? In part one of a five part series, Kayla and Chris tackle a zeitgeisty topic that they've been ruminating on for a while. --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Internet culture; Common interest / Fandom; Destructive; Conspiracy Theory --- *Topic Spoiler* QAnon, pt1: history & context --- *Further Read…
 
Teach the controversy. Chris foolishly dives headfirst into the most controversial debate of the internet age. --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Internet culture --- *Topic Spoiler* The war on how to pronounce GIF --- *Further Reading* https://www.smithsonianmag.com/history/brief-history-gif-early-internet-innovation-ubiquitous-relic-1809635…
 
May we live long and die out. Kayla discovers a group that exists to cease. --- *Search Categories* Anthropological; Common interest / Fandom --- *Topic Spoiler* the Voluntary Human Extinction Movement --- *Further Reading* https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voluntary_Human_Extinction_Movement https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Church_of_Euthanasia https://e…
 
We hit a mother lode of madness. Chris complains to Kayla about some extremely weird ads he's been getting on YouTube lately. --- *Search Categories* New Age; Science / Pseudoscience; Business; Destructive; Conspiracy Theory; Alt Medicine --- *Topic Spoiler* Gaia Streaming Service --- *Further Reading* https://www.reddit.com/r/CommercialsIHate/comm…
 
Science is about questions. Self help is about answers. Kayla and Chris take a bite out of a meaty topic. --- *Search Categories* Science / Pseudoscience; Business; Destructive; Alt Medicine / Wellness --- *Topic Spoiler* The Lion Diet --- *Further Reading* https://shawn-baker.com/about/ https://meatrx.com/ https://www.gofundme.com/f/carnivore-rese…
 
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