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Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud. New episodes will come out weekly.

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  • 08.06.2021
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    08:53
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    Introducing: The Devil Within

    It’s a case that has haunted Jefferson Township, New Jersey, for more than 30 years. On a snowy January night, 14-year-old Tommy Sullivan did the unthinkable: he murdered his mother in cold blood, set fire to their house, and then took his own life. Out of the flames of this horrible tragedy, investigations revealed that Tommy was, himself, a part of a Satanic Cult, sparking a nationwide hysteria now known as the “Satanic Panic” This monumental moment in American culture led to communities nationwide enforcing draconian measures to protect their children from what they perceived to be the devil’s influence. Even the Catholic church was convinced this was a case of demonic possession. On the new podcast, The Devil Within, the truth of the grisly murder is finally revealed. Did Tommy act alone? Did he really commit suicide? Is his cult still in power? The Devil Within finally sheds light on questions left unanswered for decades... Listen Here: wondery.fm/TheDevilWithin

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  • 18.05.2021
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    Wondery Presents: The Vaping Fix

    Two young Silicon Valley entrepreneurs set out to rid the world of smoking with an incredible new product. The device stands to disrupt the tobacco industry and make them rich, until it falls into the wrong hands and lives are ruined. From classrooms to hospitals, boardrooms to the Oval Office, what can be done to protect teenagers and is it too late? From Laura Beil, the reporter behind Dr Death and Bad Batch, comes The Vaping Fix, the inside story of the rise of Juul and the making of a crisis. Listen to the Vaping Fix: wondery.fm/VF_Guru

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Cult Buster

    Matt Stroud speaks with cult expert Rick Ross about his controversial “cult busting” career and how it led to his involvement in the James Arthur Ray case. Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru

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  • 04.12.2020
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    40:51
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    Seeking Safe Self-Help

    Matt Stroud, Ginny Brown and Laura Tucker sit down with Laura Beil, host of Dr. Death and Bad Batch, for a live Q&A at the GURU virtual listening premiere. Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru Support the show by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. ShipStation - Use offer code GURU at ShipStation.com for a FREE 60 day trial!

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  • 04.12.2020
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    37:16
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    The Business of Redemption

    Ginny gets an unwelcome interruption before Thanksgiving. And a fan of James Ray’s faces a stark choice. Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru Support the show by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. ShipStation - Use offer code GURU at ShipStation.com for a FREE 60 day trial!

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  • 04.12.2020
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    40:30
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    Play Full On

    The trial may be over, but Ginny’s family are not finished with James. And when another incident from James’ past comes to light, they get another chance to confront him. Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru Support the show by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play. ShipStation - Use offer code GURU at ShipStation.com for a FREE 60 day trial!

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  • 04.12.2020
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    36:58
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    “Remember, You Must Die”

    Ginny flies to Arizona seeking justice. But will a jury decide what happened in Angel Valley was an accident or a crime? Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru Support the show by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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  • 04.12.2020
    37 MB
    39:10
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    James’ Good Story

    When Detective Ross Diskin first arrives in Angel Valley in Sedona, he wonders if what he’s seeing is the result of a mass suicide . Now, his search for answers will take him from Angel Valley into James’ history. And it will lead him back to one particularly famous talk show host. Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru Support the show by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    34:49
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    Black Bags

    Eight rounds. Scalding fire rocks. Oppressive heat. What happened to Kirby and the other participants at “Spiritual Warrior”? Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru Support the show by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    37:18
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    Spiritual Warriors

    Ginny and her daughter Kirby attend an event featuring self-help superstar James Arthur Ray. Ginny has some concerns about him, but Kirby is drawn in. She spends her life savings to travel for a week-long event in the desert. But when things turn deadly, Ginny is left to figure out what went wrong. Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru Support the show by supporting our sponsors! Simplisafe - Head to Simplisafe.com/GURU for free shipping and a 60 day money back guarantee. Best Fiends - Download Best Fiends FREE on the Apple App Store or Google Play.

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  • 04.12.2020
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    Introducing: Guru

    A search for spiritual guidance leads a group of strangers to seek help from a self-help guru. He’s part of a growing number of entrepreneurs giving workshops and seminars all over the US in the 2000s. His unorthodox methods and blend of self-improvement philosophies and economic advice have won praise from Oprah and others. His career seems to be taking off, but his ever more extreme methods push his pupils to their limits. What are they seeking? What does he offer? And what happens when it all goes too far, and people die. Listen on Apple Podcasts starting July 1st. Binge ad free with Wondery+. Join Wondery+ for exclusives, binges, early access, and ad free listening. Available in the Wondery App. https://wondery.app.link/guru

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