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Religious and cult ideologies often use the practice of shunning to silence their critics and to control their members through fear. This podcast sheds light on this practice through real life stories as told by the people that have lived through it. Learn what their lives were like and where they have ended up in life after shunning. Featuring stories from Jehovah's Witnesses, Scientology, Amish, Mennonite, FLDS, the Moonies, and more, you will learn about the real lives of former members that have been shunned.


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Sitting at a meeting of Jehovah’s Witnesses, during the circuit overseer’s visit, a young Dylan was facing a crisis of disconnection. As he realized that he did not belong there once again, and as he felt this darkness in the Kingdom Hall, Dylan woul... more

12 days ago

Coming from a cult that actively discouraged even basic education at times, it can be daunting to even contemplate trying to pursue higher education. What is it like to be a non-traditional student? How can I afford to go? Are there ways to pursue th... more

a month ago

Being raised in the cult of Jehovah’s Witnesses involves being taught to chase love. If a person can only be good enough, one day their god will love them. But being taught this can lead to people going back to things that treat them poorly, whether ... more

a month ago


4.8 out of 5 stars from 420 ratings
  • Heartfelt & Intimate Story

    Mike tells his story of escape from the Jehovah’s Witness cult with humility and grace. This series of podcasts gives an outsider a true insight into the closed world of, and twisted beliefs held by JWs. For a practicing JW, Mike’s personal story and un-controversial retelling of his escape, will provide a good foundation for reevaluation of the society and its mendacious history.

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    United States19 days ago
  • Cult Girls gives you 5 stars baby!

    Excellent content! I’m the author of the new release graphic novel CULT GIRLS (on Amazon & Barnes) by Natalie Grand. It’s a light hearted comedy, based on a true story of 4 women born, raised in the Jehovah’s Witness cult. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Great personal stories

    Wonderful podcast! more

    Apple Podcasts
    United States2 months ago
  • Validating

    As an ex JW, the stories on Shunned are so relatable, validating abs therapeutic to listen to. It has helped me to better articulate my own upbringing to others, including my husband. I’m so grateful I found this podcast!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States3 months ago
  • Fascinating and insightful

    Thank you for this podcast. It has been invaluable in helping in me understand what my sister and family believe and how they are manipulate by this cult. My niece has been shunned by my sister and her family and hearing the stories of other helps me support her as she navigates in the real world. Shunning is a cruel practice which I have challenge with my family and any witness I now meet. People just don’t know what goes on inside this damaging cult. Thank you all for sharing your stories so ... more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom6 months ago

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