Recent Media

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Updated 10/18/2021

Recent Media:

Everyday Cults. Everyday People. Podcast 10/15/2021: BEHAVIOR- Love is Stronger Than Mind Control

Everyday Cults. Everyday People. Podcast 10/09/2021: INFLUENCE – from mild to extreme and everything in between

Narativ Live with Zev Shalev 10/06/2021: Cults, Covid and Mind Control Part 1

Narativ Live with Zev Shalev 10/06/2021: Cults, Covid and Mind Control Part 2

980 CKNW Weekend Mornings 10/03/2021: How anti-vaccine tactics and social media go hand in hand

CNN NewDay TV Appearance 10/02/2021: What cult expert thinks about the anti-vaccine movement

Psychology Today Blog 9/30/2021: Mental Health, Suicidal Feelings, and Authoritarian Cults

CNN Business 9/29/2021: Anti-vaxxers are using the same tactics as cults do to attract followers on social media

Psychology Today Blog 9/20/2021: Shunning: The Trauma of Being Cut Off

Rolling Stone 9/18/2021: Oh My God, We’re In a Cult’: New Docuseries Shows the Dark Side of Clothing Brand LuLaRoe

USGAudio Podcast 9/15/2021: The Followers: Madness of Two

Narativ Live with Zev Shalev 9/12/2021: A Bear in Our House Part 1

Insider 8/31/2021: Cult experts explain why R. Kelly’s accusers would stay in his orbit despite harrowing abuse allegations

WGN Radio 8/29/2021: Cult expert Dr. Steven Hassan talks about the following of R. Kelly 8/17/2021: CULTS ARE GOING VIRTUAL, BUT DEPROGRAMMING NEEDS ONE OLD-SCHOOL TACTIC, SAY EXPERTS

Finding Humanity Podcast 8/11/2021: Episode 7 – Indoctrinated: Helping Cult Members Find a Way Out | Janja Lalich

The Thom Hartmann Program Live 8/09/2021:– Steven Hassan – ‘Good way to die’: An AR-15 worshiping Moonies sect mobilized for Jan. 6 and is recruiting the far right to its apocalyptic vision (starts around the 1:08)

Raw Story 8/03/2021: ‘Good way to die’: An AR-15 worshiping Moonies sect mobilized for Jan. 6 and is recruiting the far right to its apocalyptic vision

Vice TV 7/28/2021: Vice Versa: Crusaders

World Mental Health Coalition 7/17/2021: A Project for National Healing: Authoritarian Cults, Shared Psychosis, and Media Indoctrination

ICSA 2021 Annual Conference 7/14/2021: The Cult of Trump: How to Speak Respectfully & Strategically to Promote Re-Eval + Q&A (Steve Hassan)

The Boston Globe 7/09/2021: RC leader dismisses students’ criticism as ‘attack’

The Jordan Harbinger Show 7/01/2021: 529: Qualms about QAnon Mom and Her Starseed Schtick | Feedback Friday

PolitiFact 6/30/2021: Misinformation and the Jan. 6 insurrection: When ‘patriot warriors’ were fed lies

Psychology Today Blog 6/20/2021: Freedom of Mind for LGBTQ People

Canadian Broadcasting Company (CBC) 6/17/2021: Church fighting pandemic restrictions is cult-like, former worshippers, expert allege

Bialik Breakdown 6/17/2021: Steve Hassan: Spotting a Cult, Hidden Hypnotism & Indoctrination in the Digital Age

The Farm Podcast 6/07/2021: Cults, Mind Control, and the Rod of Iron Ministries w/ Steven Hassan & Recluse

Psychology Today Blog 6/05/2021: Understanding Cults: The Basics

Slate 6/01/2021: The Man Who Wants to Free Trump Supporters From “Mind Control”

The Lincoln Project 6/01/2021: The Cult of Trump

Sojourners June 2021: WHEN CONSPIRACY THEORIES COME TO CHURCH How to deprogram followers of Trumpism and other extremist cults.

ABC Science 5/23/2021: Believers in QAnon and other conspiracy theories reveal how they climbed out of the rabbit hole

Hebrew College 5/20/2021: Cults & Conspiracies: An Introduction for Clergy and Educators with Dr. Steve Hassan

Poynter – Politifact 5/13/2021: Speaking the Truth: Mind control and fact-checking

PolitiFact 5/13/2021: United Facts of America: Christiane Amanpour on truth, objectivity and the assault on democracy

Multilevel Marketing: The Consumer Protection Challenge Hosted by The College of New Jersey School of Business April 30th / May 1st: Watch Videos

Multilevel Marketing Conference 5/01/21: Panel 6 – How do MLMs recruit and retain participants?

Scientology: Fair Game with Leah Remini & Mike Rinder 5/10/2021: Episode 40: Cult Expert Dr. Steven Hassan

Psychology Today Blog 5/08/2021: Protect Children from Harm by Destructive Cults

Psychology Today Blog 4/13/2021: The Definitive Guide to Helping People Trapped in a Cult

Independent 4/02/2021: ‘They mix social media branding with the deep pull of religion’: SoulCycle, OneTaste, and the cult of wellness

Commonwealth Club of California 3/30/2021: Cult-like Behavior in Extreme Trump Followers

Business Insider 3/28/2021: Former Moonies cult members are working with families of QAnon believers to help their loved ones get a grip on reality

The Jordan Harbinger Show 3/26/2021: 487: Connect with Cult Father, or Don’t Even Bother? | Feedback Friday

Salon 3/25/2021: QAnon and the Trump cult: Expert Steven Hassan on whether they can be saved

Psychology Today 3/23/2021: Why Cancel Culture By Anyone Is Harmful and Wrong

LA Times 3/18/2021: QAnon’s ‘collateral damage’: Families struggle to pull loved ones back from the brink

The Guru Magazine 3/17/2021: Family Denies Sedona Guru Kaia Ra’s Bizarre QAnon-like Claims

KGNU ChatChat – Claudia Cragg 3/11/2021: How To De-Cult a #Trumpie Or Your #QAnon Friend

Access Hollywood 3/11/2021: Inside The Minds Of Cult Leaders: Expert Exposes Key Traits The Notorious Figures Share

Nevada Public Radio 3/08/2021: After QAnon, How Do Families Mend Relationships?

88.5 WMNF MidPoint with WMNF News Thursday 3/04/2021: The Cult of Trump

A Little Bit Culty Podcast 3/01/21: Cults 101: Dr. Steven Hassan & The BITE Model

Gizmodo 3/01/2021: QAnon, CultTok, and Leaving It All Behind

Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s (ABC) Background Briefing 2/27/2021: Mount Eliza ashram guru Russell Kruckman accused of sexually abusing multiple women

Majority 54 Podcast 2/25/2021: S3E38 Ted Cruz’s Human Suit

The Daily Beast 2/24/21: Olympian McKayla Maroney Ensnared in Mystery ‘Cult’ the Church of the Master Angels


Politico 2/19/2021: ‘This Crap Means More to Him Than My Life’: When QAnon Invades American Homes

The Jordan Harbinger Show 2/18/2021: QAnon with Steven Hassan & Jordan Harbinger

Newsy 2/18/2021: QAnon ‘ReQovery’ Meets Reality: U.S. Is Far Behind In Deradicalization

ICSVE Panel Discussion 2/11/2021: Understanding Q-Anon

Stand Up! With Pete Dominick 2/10/2021: 283 Former FBI Ali Soufan and Cult Expert Dr Steven Hassan

New England Psychologist 2/09/2021: Adoption of QAnon beliefs similar to cult following

CNN Newsroom Brooke Baldwin 2/08/2021: S2021 E26

CNN Business Perspectives 2/04/2021: I was a member of a cult. Here’s how to bring QAnon believers back to reality

The Lincoln Project (LPTV) 2/02/2021: The Breakdown: Rick Wilson and Tara Setmayer

WNYC The Brian Lehrer Show 2/01/2021: Losing Families to QAnon

Elite Daily 2/01/2021: What Happens To Trumpism After Trump? This Isn’t Over

The Boston Globe 1/29/2021: Q&A: The end of Cult 45? Steven Hassan was in a cult and has studied cults for decades. He says Trump’s most ardent followers need help breaking out of theirs.

NECSI COVID COMMUNITY ACTION SUMMIT 1/28/2021: A Cult Expert’s Advice on Dealing with Anti-Vaxxers and General Vaccine Hesitancy

Dagens Næringsliv Paper 1/28/2021: THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN SUBMACHINE GUN

MPR News with Kerri Miller 1/26/2021: How to help a loved one who is caught in a web of conspiracy theories 

Big Picture Science Podcast 1/25/2021: Skeptic Check: Shared Reality 

TBZ Brookline 1/25/2021: Our Fellow Americans with Dr. Steven Hassan and Rabbi Tiferet Berenbaum 

The Hill 1/24/2021: QAnon enters new period of danger, opportunity

Washington Post 1/22/21: Trump is gone, but Marjorie Taylor Greene is keeping up the cult

CTV News 1/21/21: These Canadians lost their loved ones to Qanon. Is there any hope of getting them back?

Inverse 1/21/21: THE PSYCHOLOGICAL REASON WHY PEOPLE JOINED A UFO CULT. Heaven’s Gate director Clay Tweel talks psychology of cult membership.


CNN Appearance 1-19-2021: Dr. Steven Hassan on The Cult of Trump with Alisyn Camerota 

Raw Story 1/19/2021: Cult expert tells CNN how to deprogram Trump’s most fanatical supporters

Katie Couric Interview 1/12/21: Former Cult Follower Describes How President Trump Has Created a Cult Following.

San Francisco Chronicle 1/17/21: Experts see cult-like behavior in Trump’s most extreme followers. Breaking them free may not be easy Christopher Maag 1/12/21: The ‘Cult of Trump’ can be healed. It will take years of work and empathy, not shouting 

WBZ4 CBS Boston: Author Steven Hassan Discusses His New Book, ‘The Cult Of Trump’ <>

Nevada Public Radio 12/09/2020: Nevada QAnon Followers Spread Online Conspiracy Theories In Real Life

BBC The Orgasm Cult 12/09/2020: 8. Is One Taste a Cult?

Vice News: How to Talk to Your QAnon Family During the Holidays <>

The Boston Globe 12/17/2020: A cult expert’s advice for celebrating with politically divided family over the holidays <>

CNN: Here’s a cheat sheet for Thanksgiving’s inevitable politics talk <>

MSNBC: The ReidOut 11/20/20 E2011021 featuring Steven Hassan, Mary Trump, & Joy Reid <>

Today Extra, Australia TV: 11/08/2020 Interview with Steven Hassan <>

Psychology Today: Authenticity, Compassion and Overcoming Propaganda: Politics and Rhetoric Can Bias Us Against Equality <>

Cosmopolitan: How to Help a Friend Who Believes in QAnon Conspiracy Theories <>

BuzzFeed News: These Teachers Are Struggling To Pull Their Students Out Of A QAnon Rabbit Hole <>


TEDxMidAtlantic: Dismantling QAnon <>

NBCNews: If Trump loses the election, QAnon will also lose support — and eventually disintegrate <>

The GOOP Podcast 10/20/2020: What Makes Us Vulnerable to Mind Control? ?<>

Financial Times: Is QAnon a game gone wrong? | FT Film <>

Mashable: Some people are more likely to believe conspiracy theories. Here’s how to know if you’re one of them. <>

Mashable: The most effective ways to support a loved one who believes in QAnon <>

The Associated Press: Barrett tied to faith group ex-members say subjugates women<>

World News Group: Questions about QAnon: The apocalyptic internet movement QAnon is gaining followers by the thousands, and churches are slow to respond <>

NBCNews: Trump’s QAnon followers are a dangerous cult. How to save someone who’s been brainwashed. <>

American Dignity PAC: Documentary Trailer <>

The Cult of TrumpBook Trailer <>

Forbes 8/26/2020: How To Talk With—And Maybe Help—Someone Who Believes In QAnon And Other Conspiracy Theories <>

Medium, Interview with Sansu the Cat: “Cults,” Moonies, and Trump: Seven Questions for Steve Hassan <>

Oprah Magazine: The Warning Signs of a Dangerous Cult Can Sneak Up on You-An expert explains how to spot the red flags. <>

Interview with Mike Faith: The Cult of Trump – An Interview w/ Steven Hassan About Cults, Deprogramming, and Defining a Cult <>

Psychology Today: Psychiatrist as Fly-On-The-Wall at Trump’s Axios Interview <>

Rutland Herald: On Faith: Trumpism is a cult <>

MIT Technology Review 7/26/2020: It’s too late to stop QAnon with fact checks and account bans <>

Point of Inquiry: Steven Hassan On Breaking Down The Cult Of Trump <>

The Art of Being Dar – with Dar Dixon: The Steven Hassan Experience <>

What to Reid with Joy-Ann Reid: Featured Author – Steven Hassan “The Cult of Trump” <>

Conspirituality Podcast: Episode 6-Grappling with the Cult of Trump (w/Steven Hassan)<> (my part starts at minute 37)

Byline Times: Veneration of Donald Trump Is a ‘Personality Cult’ <>

Stand Up! with Pete Dominick: 127 Steven Hassan, Eric Segall, Michelangelo Signorile <>

Stand Up! with Pete Dominick: 113 SE Cupp and Cult Expert Steven Hassan <>

Today Extra, Australia TV: 6/09/2020 Interview with Steven Hassan <>

Washington Monthly: We Need to Speak Honestly About the GOP’s Evolution Into a Conspiracy Cult<>

TALES from the RABBIT HOLE, Mick West: Episode 44: Steven Hassan – Cults and Conspiracies <>

Mark Vicente: WTF IS ON MY MIND? – EPISODE 1: ABUSING OUR EXISTENTIAL CRISIS <>, Dan Shaw: Top End Girl, The Cult of Trump and more: Happy’s weekend reading <>

Crime Beat on ArtistFirst Radio with Ron Chepesiuk: April 30 – Steven Hassan, author of The Cult of Trump <>

The Intellectualist: Cult Experts Warn That Trumpism Has Become A Death Cult Akin To Jim Jones <>

Business Insider: Trump falsely claimed his ‘authority is total’ as president. An expert on cults says this assertion could be taken right out of the ‘cult leader playbook.’ <>

The Young Turks, The Damage Report 4/16/20: Trump sheeple in Michigan and other states have taken to the streets <> (Footage of Steve Hassan starts at 41:23)

Salon, Raw Story 4/07/20: Cult expert Steven Hassan: Trump’s “mind control cult” now faces an existential crisis <>

Mother Jones 4/04/20: Cult Experts Warn That Trumpism Is Starting to Look Awfully Familiar <>

Huffington Post 2/07/2020: Trump’s Acquittal Shows The GOP Senate Acts Like A Cult <>

CNN, Reliable Sources with Brian Stelter 11/24/19: New book says there is a ‘cult of Trump’ <> and 30-minute audio podcast with Stelter <>

WGBH, Greater Boston TV 11/07/19: Author Steven Hassan On Book ‘The Cult of Trump’ And How It Came To Be <>

Today Extra, Australia TV 10/21/19: Interview with Author Steven Hassan: <>

The Jordan Harbinger Show, 8/13/2019, 237: Steven Hassan | Combating Cult Mind Control Part One
The Jordan Harbinger Show, 8/13/2019, 237: Steven Hassan | Combating Cult Mind Control Part Two

New York Times podcast with Charles Duhigg, 8/06/2018, Change Agent #3, “The Talk”

The Daily Beast, 7/26/2018,  Church Accused of ‘Terror’ Recruits on College Campuses

Human Current Podcast 7/26/2018: Episode 94 A Complex Systems Approach to Countering Mind Control

Gizmodo 6/20/2018: How Internet Spiritual Guru Teal Swan Targets Desperate People Online

Gizmodo, The Gateway Podcast 6/20/2018: Teal Swann: Part 4 “Tribe”

Mormon Stories Podcast, John Dehlin, 6/06/2018, WHAT THE MORMON CHURCH CAN LEARN FROM CULTS TO DO/BE BETTER

VICE, 5/23/2018, A Cult Expert Tells Us Why the NXIVM Story Is Far from Over

The Republic –, 5/09/2018, Cults increasingly gain followers on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube

The Chauncey DeVega Show, 3/06/2018, podcast episode 178

Salon, 3/06/2018, Is Donald Trump a cult leader? Expert says he “fits the stereotypical profile”

CNN, 2/13/2018, Are you susceptible to brainwashing?

Southern Poverty Law Center, 2/09/2018, Anti-LGBT cult leader calls on followers to purchase assault rifles

American Variety Radio, Court Lewis, 01/04/2018,  Direct Link

VICE, 11/23/2017, How a Secret Society That Brands Women Sold Empowerment

CNN/HLN, 11/15/2017, Heaven’s Gate, Episode 5 “The Tape”

WNYT, 10/21/2017, Boston man provides insights into cults

VICE, 8/11/2017, How Cults Use YouTube for Recruitment

Rolling Stone, 7/19/2017, R. Kelly: Was He Really Leading a Cult?

WNPR, The Collin McEnroe Show, 4/11/2017, Secret Governnment Mind Control Experiments (And Other Things Your Tax Dollars Paid For)

7 NEWS WSPA, 2/28/2017, Experts weigh in on Word of Faith Fellowship abuse allegations

A&E, 1/17/2017, Leah Remini: Scientology & the Aftermath, S01 Ep 8

CNN, 9/17/2014, ISIS and Political Cult Phenomenon

FOX25 Boston, 9/05/2014, ISIS Recruitment Techniques

Joe Rogan Experience, 8/7/2015, episode 680

The Boston Globe, 2/4/1997, Steve Hassan’s War on Cults


SiriusXM Radio, Dan Rather’s America 2/11/20: Interview with Steve Hassan on 2/11/2020. Interview archived and available for SiriusXM radio subscribers at (on demand)


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