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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....
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Ratings & Reviews
3.7 stars from 8,316 ratings
Eye opening and Educative
Absolutely absorbing, eye opening, educative and captivating. Investigative journalism at its best and was able to relate to other life situations - like these new charismatic churches - amongst others.
Wamaringo via Apple Podcasts · Kenya · 04/26/21
I found this interesting and insightful at the same time. Most shocking what you can get away with if you create a strong following and make it on Oprah‘s couch. At times, if felt a bit too sensationalist for me.
iTomCGN via Apple Podcasts · Germany · 04/22/21
Good and bad
The stories are amazing. Interesting and they keep your attention. BUT oh those ads! I realize the podcast has to be paid for, but I urge people to sit by your devices so you can fast forward through the many ads of varying length.
Sturdywoman via Apple Podcasts · Canada · 03/20/21
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