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THE GATEWAY / Teal Swan:
Gizmodo Launches 'The Gateway,' an Investigative Podcast About a Controversial Internet Spiritual Guru
Gizmodo.com
May 30, 2018

Source | Podcast

Allison Mack, a US actress known for the TV show Smallville, has appeared in court on charges of aiding a sex trafficking operation disguised as a mentoring group.

Keith Raniere, the leader of the so-called self-help group, was arrested by the FBI in Mexico in March.
 
 
This podcast ended up going places I couldn't have anticipated.

 

In April 2017, I noticed that Teal Swan's videos kept popping up in my YouTube recommendations bar. The videos took on a wide variety for topics, from internet addiction to nervous breakdowns to cryptocurrency.

When I finally clicked one, I was both transfixed and unsettled. I started looking into the effect she has on her followers, and why she's being accused of promoting suicide and running a cult. I went deep within her online devotee communities and traveled to her retreat center in Costa Rica to try to understand this new spiritual movement taking root on the internet. There, I met many of her dedicated volunteers working for her spiritual startup - basically a digital media company creating more content to spread her teachings.

This podcast ended up going places I couldn't have anticipated. From a decade-old police investigation in Utah to a qigong healing center outside of Beijing, and all the way back to the Satanic Panic of the 1980s.

Today, you can listen to the first episode of The Gateway here.

 

 


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