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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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  • 23.02.2021
    6 MB
    06:44
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    Wondery Presents: Against The Odds

    In July 2018, 12 youth soccer players and their coach found themselves trapped 6 miles deep in a cave with no food or water and depleting oxygen. The rock formed maze became almost completely submerged as the water rose to levels nearly impossible for survival. There was no light and no way to communicate with the outside world. The first season of Wondery’s new original series Against the Odds takes you into the incredible events of when an adventurous group of teens found themselves fighting to save their lives, and the brave heroes that gave them their only chance at survival. With step by step recounts, experience for yourself what it was like to be in their shoes, and how they survived against the odds. Listen to Against the Odds at wondery.fm/ATO .

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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.

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  • 04.12.2020
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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. 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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    The Business of Redemption

    Ginny gets an unwelcome interruption before Thanksgiving. And a fan of James Ray’s faces a stark choice. 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. 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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    “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? 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. Wondery+ - Listen on Ad-Free https://wondery.app.link/56CveNM9V7

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  • 04.12.2020
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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. 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. Wondery+ - Listen on Ad-Free https://wondery.app.link/56CveNM9V7

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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”? 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. Wondery+ - Listen on Ad-Free https://wondery.app.link/56CveNM9V7

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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. 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. Wondery+ - Listen on Ad-Free https://wondery.app.link/56CveNM9V7

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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.

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