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In this episode we discussed cults: How they operate, how you identify one, what it's like to be in one, and how to get out. To that end, we spoke with author Rebecca Stott, whose book In the Days of Rain: A Father, a Daughter, a Cult details her childhood in the Exclusive Brethren, a cult that believed the world is ruled by Satan. We also talked to Rick Alan Ross, the founder and Executive Director of The Cult Education Institute. And we talked with Elizabeth Yuko, a bioethicist and journalist who's written extensively about cults.

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From an outsider's perspective, what is a cult and what isn't a cult can seem obvious. Not a cult: Your new book group. Cult: That group your second cousin joined where all the women are renamed Meadow and are betrothed to Jeremy, their unshowered leader. Simple!