Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

CATEGORY: Society & Culture
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.
  1. January 19, 2021
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    Wondery Presents: The Apology Line
    If you could call a number and say you’re sorry, and no one would know…what would you apologize for? For fifteen years, you could call a number in Manhattan and do just that. This is the story of the line, and…
  2. December 21, 2020
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    Keith Morrison reads Dr. Seuss’ “How The Grinch Stol…
    Want more from holiday cheer from Keith Morrison? Subscribe to the Dateline NBC podcast and listen to full Dateline episodes anytime you want. Subscribe here: https://link.chtbl.com/dateline_grinchEvery year Ra…
  3. December 09, 2020
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    Wondery presents Catfish: The Podcast
    From MTV and Wondery, “Catfish: The Podcast” brings you the most shocking episodes of the hit series, adapted for your ears for the very first time. Hosted by Nev Schulman.You finally find the person of your dr…
  4. November 24, 2020
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    Wondery presents Jacked: Rise of the New Jack Sound
    Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Jacked_WonderyHosted by Golden Globe winner Taraji P. Henson. Have you ever had a dream? Something you wanted so bad you just couldn’t let it go? For a group of kids in Harlem…
  5. November 10, 2020
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    Wondery presents Do No Harm
    Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/Do_No_HarmFrom Wondery, the makers of Dr. Death and Dirty John, and NBC News, the team behind Dateline and The Thing About Pam - Do No Harm. Melissa Bright thinks she's living…
  6. October 27, 2020
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    Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2
    If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, y…
  7. October 05, 2020
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    Wondery presents Kamala: Next In Line
    Subscribe today: http://wondery.fm/KamalaNextInLineIf she wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history. Harris wou…
  8. September 21, 2020
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    Introducing Unfinished: Short Creek
    A divided community in the desert. A prophet with total power. A battle over family, home, and the limits of religious freedom. Unfinished: Short Creek, is the latest investigative true crime podcast from Witne…
  9. September 08, 2020
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    Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga
    Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s w…
  10. August 18, 2020
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    Wondery Presents: Billionaire Boys Club
    In 1980s Los Angeles, a group of prep school boys got together to make investments together, get rich quick, and live large. But headed by a handsome and charismatic leader named Joe Hunt, the members of the se…
  11. August 05, 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.
  12. July 29, 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!Simplis…
  13. July 22, 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…
  14. July 15, 2020
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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 spons…
  15. July 08, 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 f…
  16. July 03, 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’ histo…
  17. July 01, 2020
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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…
  18. July 01, 2020
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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…
  19. June 16, 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 unor…

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