Cult Research and Information Center (opens in new window)
Promoting a deeper, more accurate understanding of cults with the intent to avoid their manipulation, exploitation and abuse.
Freedom of Mind Resource Center (opens in new window)
At the Freedom of Mind Resource Center we believe that everyone deserves the right to build their life free from undue influence.
We support those affected by undue influence by providing coaching and consulting services as well as training and educational resources for individuals, families and professionals. Our team uses the Strategic Interactive Approach (SIA), developed by founder Steven Hassan, an ethical, systems-oriented method to enable loved ones to help an individual regain their freedom of mind. We also provide information to the media to help the public understand undue influence (mind control) in all of its forms including controlling people, cults, beliefs, estrangement, and parental alienation, so that everyone can have the tools and support they need to protect themselves from undue influence.
History.com: Cults (opens in new window)
HISTORY Classroom offers resources for teachers, parents and students including education guides, learning tools, and links to educational content.
International Cultic Studies Association (opens in new window)
International Cultic Studies Association (ICSA), founded in 1979, provides information, education, and help to those adversely affected by or interested in cultic and other high-control groups and relationships. ICSA is unique in how it brings together former group members, families, helping professionals and researchers.
Religion News Service (opens in new window)
Religion News Service (RNS) is an independent, nonprofit and award-winning source of global news on religion, spirituality, culture and ethics, reported by a staff of professional journalists. Founded in 1934, RNS seeks to inform readers with objective reporting and insightful commentary, and is relied upon by secular and faith-based news organizations in a number of countries. RNS is affiliated with the Missouri School of Journalism at the University of Missouri.
Websites (CONSPIRACY THEORIES)
The Conversation (opens in a new window)
The Conversation US arose out of deep-seated concerns for the fading quality of our public discourse – and recognition of the vital role that academic experts can play in the public arena. Independent and not-for-profit, it is part of a global network of newsrooms first launched in Australia in 2011. The Conversation began its US operations in 2014, and now also publishes in Canada, the UK, France, Indonesia, Africa, Spain as well as Australia.
Shadowland: The Atlantic (opens in new window)
The rise of mainstream conspiracism is the result not just of bad information or bad politics or bad thinking, but of systems built to stoke paranoia and to profit from mistrust. This project is an attempt to illuminate the forces that have created this unreality—and chart a course for how we might feel our way out.
Southern Poverty Law Center: Holocaust Denial (opens in new window)
Deniers of the Holocaust, the systematic murder of around 6 million Jews in World War II, either deny that such a genocide took place or minimize its extent. These groups (and individuals) often cloak themselves in the sober language of serious scholarship, call themselves “historical revisionists” instead of deniers, and accuse their critics of trying to squelch open-minded inquiries into historical truth.
Time Magazine Conspiracy Theory Top Ten (opens in new window)
On the 40th anniversary of the moon landing — or was it just a sinister hoax? — TIME looks at 10 of the world's most enduring conspiracy theories.
Cult Podcast (opens in new window)
Join Paige, Armando, and Andrea every Monday to hear all about a new group of fanatics and their insane leaders. These goofy jokes about horrifying subjects are a great way to remember: Don't Drink the Kool-Aid!
Cults (opens in new window)
Mystery. Manipulation. Murder. Cults are associated with all of these. But what really goes on inside a cult? More specifically, what goes on inside the minds of people who join cults and leaders who start them? Every Tuesday, Greg and Vanessa (co-hosts of the podcast Serial Killers) explore the history and psychology behind the most notorious cults. Cults is part of the Parcast Network and is a Cutler Media production.
IndoctriNation Podcast (opens in new window)
Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.
I’m Rachel Bernstein, LMFT. I’ve been working with victims of cults and emotional abusers for 27 years. Given the right set of circumstances, it’s all too easy for anyone to fall prey to sociopaths and manipulators. I wanted to start a show that gives survivors a chance to tell their stories and for experts to teach us what they know. My goal for IndoctriNation is to empower our listeners to protect themselves and those they love from predators, toxic personalities, and destructive organizations.
Podcasts (CONSPIRACY THEORIES)
American Hysteria (opens in new window)
American Hysteria is a podcast exploring the fantastical thinking and irrational fears of Americans through the lens of moral panics, urban legends, and conspiracy theories, how they shape our psychology and culture, and why we end up believing them. Poet-turned-podcaster Chelsey Weber-Smith examines the sometimes hilarious, sometimes horrifying stories of historical and modern American freak-outs, and the real social issues they act to cover up. An in-depth alternative history, the show also analyzes how issues of race, gender, sexuality, and class have informed our beliefs from the Puritans to the present. Chelsey also shares their personal journey from a wild believer to a flexible skeptic.
My Momma Told Me with Langston Kerman (opens in new window)
Comedian Langston Kerman and his guests take a deep dive into the most exciting, groundbreaking and sometimes problematic Black conspiracy theories. They’ll cover silly conspiracies, scary conspiracies and conspiracies they learned from that uncle who used to wear jeans when he went swimming in the public pool.
The Podcaster's Guide to the Conspiracy (opens in new window)
A humorous and informative analysis of conspiracy theories new and old by Josh Addison and Dr. M R. X. Dentith.