Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.
Let's Talk About Sects
WANTED: families to volunteer to live for six months in the Australian outback “to advance the frontiers of social science.” Be part of a cutting edge research project to test the ideal human environment.
In a country known for a population that loves to travel, the write-ups appealed to plenty of adventurous spirits. Little did they know the reality of what they would be getting themselves into.
Full research sources listed on each episode page at www.ltaspod.com. You can support the creation of this independent podcast at www.patreon.com/ltaspod.
With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.
If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via www.cifs.org.au), and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via www.icsahome.com).
Written, Researched and Hosted by Sarah Steel
Music by Joe Gould
- A snake in the grass — by Andrew Burrell, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 24 August 2019
- The Utopia Project — by Andrew Burrell, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 8 August 2015
- Cult friction — by Frank Robson, Good Weekend, 6 November 1999
- Cult leader James 'Taipan' Salerno jailed for repeated sexual abuse of teenage girl — by Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 29 July 2019
- Leader of Adelaide Cult the ‘Ideal Human Environment’ Has Been Jailed for Sexual Abuse — by Gavin Butler, VICE, 30 July 2019
- Salute to Adelaide Hills cult leader inspired by Gladiator movie, court told — by Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 19 October 2018
- This Aussie Cult Boss Was Allegedly Inspired by Russell Crowe in Gladiator — by Gavin Butler, VICE, 19 October 2018
- 'I felt like a piece of meat': Victim of cult leader James Salerno tells court of continued trauma — by Candice Prosser, ABC News, 8 July 2019
- Adelaide Hills cult members had to call their leader 'Taipan', court details reveal — by Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 19 June 2018
- Adelaide Hills cult leader James Salerno found guilty of unlawful sexual intercourse — by Claire Campbell & Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 24 May 2019
- Old Downer mansion goes for $4m — by Russell Emmerson, The Adelaide Advertiser, 24 January 2008
- Achieving harmony — by Marlborough Express, 17 January 2015
- Study and Prevention of Psychological Diseases Foundation v Commissioner of Taxation  FCA 1117 — judgement of Justice J Greenwood, Federal Court of Australia, 21 October 2015
- Ideal Human Environment Foundation Incorporated — Australian Charities & Not-for-Profits Commission Charity Register entry
- Salerno Pastoral Company at home on the range — by Matt Brann, ABC News, 22 July 2012
- SA cult leader jailed for abusing teen girl — by Tim Dornin, AAP, 9 News, 29 July 2019
- 'Happiness' guru arrested on child-sex allegations — by Andrew Burrell, The Australian, 25 November 2015
- Inbox / Letters to the Editor — includes letter by Robert D. Moore, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 7 September 2019
- Inside the Cult of Taipan — by Mitch Mott, The Adelaide Advertiser, 3 August 2019
- Human nature sullies the perfect society — by Martin Daly, The Sunday Age, 3 October 1999
- Nationals unable to make a finding in Barnaby Joyce sexual harassment case launched by Catherine Marriott — by Louise Yaxley, ABC News, 7 September 2018
- For Emma Salerno her family is her business — by Ann Wason Moore, The Gold Coast Bulletin, 23 March 2019
- Inside James Salerno's cult and its quest to create the 'ideal human environment' — by Claire Campbell, Rebecca Opie & Daniel Keane, 1 August 2019
- Kimberley cult leader James Gino Salerno sexually abused young follower — by John Flint & Sean Fewster, The West Australian, 26 May 2019
- Tycoon beats evil in desert utopia — by David Reardon, The Sydney Morning Herald, 21 Septembe...