Sounds Like A Cult

Amanda Montell & Isa Medina

A podcast about the modern-day “cults” we all follow. Each episode asks the culty questions we’re all wondering… Do you think SoulCycle is a cult? What about Elon Musk stans? Or the Royal Family? What about spiritual influencers? Is Instagram itself a cult? Sounds Like A Cult, hosted by Amanda Montell, author of Cultish: The Language of Fanaticism, analyzes a different zeitgeisty group every week to try and answer the big question: This group sounds like a cult, but is it really? And if so, how bad is it?  Follow Us: Podcast Instagram - @soundslikeacultpod  Host Amanda Montell - @amanda_montell (Preorder her new book!)

  • 59 minutes 34 seconds
    The Cult of The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders

    Catch Sounds Like A Cult host Amanda on tour this weekend in Chicago & Minneapolis!!!

    July 13: Minneapolis, MN — The Big Magical Cult Show at Cedar Cultural Center (buy tickets here!)

    July 14: Chicago, IL — The Big Magical Cult Show at the DEN (buy tickets here!) *DATE & VENUE CHANGE*

    You culties preyed and preyed for us to analyze the cult of the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, and at long last, host Amanda Montell and coordinator Reese Oliver are blessing you with one of our favorite episodes in a very long time 🥲 To the undiscerning eye, Netflix’s new “America’s Sweethearts” series may look like an innocent little feature on the NFL’s most treasured cheerleading squad… but to us, this was a true crime documentary about a profoundly conformist, exploitative, isolating, hyper-patriarchal, physically perilous, but also inspirational and glamorous CULT. The question is not if the Dallas Cowboys cheerleading team is culty—I mean, hello, duh—the question is how bad is it??? Tighten your Kelli knots and spritz another coat of hairspray, because we are not holding back this week 📣 

    Follow us on IG @soundslikeacultpod @amanda_montell

    To order Amanda's new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, click here. To subscribe to Amanda's new Magical Overthinkers podcast and/or watch full episodes on YouTube, click here :)

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    9 July 2024, 9:00 am
  • 51 minutes 54 seconds
    The Cult of Monogamy

    Catch Sounds Like A Cult host Amanda Montell, Theydy Bedbug, Rara Darling, and other special guests on tour in Chicago & Minneapolis!!!

    July 13: Minneapolis, MN — The Big Magical Cult Show at Cedar Cultural Center (buy tickets here!)

    July 14: Chicago, IL — The Big Magical Cult Show at the DEN (buy tickets here!) DATE & VENUE CHANGE

    July 29: Seattle, WA — The Age of Magical Overthinking book event at Elliott Bay Book Company (free!)

    To subscribe to Amanda's new Magical Overthinkers podcast and listen to (or watch!) the rest of today's episode on monogamy, click here :)

    If we can love our children and friends separately but equally, why not our romantic partners? Such is one of the many compelling thought exercises in favor of polyamory, a relationship structure that is by no means new, but has experienced an explosive recent surge in popular media—everywhere from New Yorker thinkpieces to Succession plot lines to reality shows like Couple to Throuple. Some questions, though: Is polyamory really more "natural" than monogamy? Why do some people make being "poly" their whole personality? Who even has time for multiple partners? (And is it prude to ask such things???). This week's episode is actually a feed drop from the Magical Overthinkers podcast (because host Amanda is *not* a podcasting monogamist ), featuring the brilliant philosopher and host of the Overthink podcast, Dr. Ellie Anderson. Listen for a sparkling discussion of romance, jealousy, history, and media, and consider subscribing to Magical Overthinkers wherever you get your pods!

    To order Amanda's new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, click here.

    Follow us on IG @soundslikeacultpod @amanda_montell @theydy.bedbug @mxraradarling

    2 July 2024, 8:00 am
  • 1 hour 9 minutes
    The Cult of Teachers

    Catch Amanda on tour with The Big Magical Cult Show in Chicago & Minneapolis this July!

    July 13: Minneapolis, MN — The Big Magical Cult Show at Cedar Cultural Center (buy tickets here!)

    July 14: Chicago, IL — The Big Magical Cult Show at the DEN (buy tickets here!) **DATE & VENUE CHANGE**

    Class is in session and boy oh boy is it perturbing. Teaching is not just a profession, it's a calling to shape young hearts and minds—one that looks all wholesome on the outside, but once you're lured in, actually comes with labor exploitation, emotional manipulation, weird power dynamics created by the tenure system, and other sinister qualities that high-key resemble a cult. The cult of teaching is perhaps our single most passionate and consistent listener request in Sounds Like A Cult history, and to help us bring it to life, we're doing another "Interview A Listener" episode, featuring current New Jersey public school teacher, Charlyn Magat. Today's topic is of course massive and complex, and this conversation is just a small piece of it, informed by Charlyn's individual experience. We'd love to continue exploring the topic further, including potential episodes about the cults of Teach for America, boarding school, etc.!

    Follow us on IG @soundslikeacultpod @amanda_montell

    To order Amanda's new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, click here :) To subscribe to her new Magical Overthinkers podcast click here!

    Thank you to our sponsors, who make this show possible:

    • Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, go to https://www.squarespace.com/CULT to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
    • Get 20% off your first order of Liquid I.V. when you go to LiquidIV.com and use code CULT at checkout
    • Earn points by paying rent right now when you go to joinbilt.com/cult.
    25 June 2024, 8:00 am
  • 58 minutes 27 seconds
    The Cult of Family Vloggers

    Catch Amanda back on tour this summer in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle!!

    July 13: Minneapolis, MN — The Big Magical Cult Show at Cedar Cultural Center (buy tickets here!)

    July 14: Chicago, IL — The Big Magical Cult Show at the DEN (buy tickets here!) **DATE & VENUE CHANGE**

    July 29: The Age of Magical Overthinking book talk at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA (free!)

    Imagine you’re a little kid and your parents are actually your bosses. Now imagine that, as your professional superiors, your parents' job is to engineer and exploit every single precious moment of your childhood for millions of people on the internet to behold, all in exchange for clicks, comments, and ad dollars. Sometimes they prank you, embarrass you, and/or produce a whole ‘nother sibling purely as a career move. Now imagine if your parents manage to figure out at some point that this dynamic is power abusive and manipulative, and they decide to stop sharing your face with the world, scads of strangers who’ve gotten parasocially attached to you since before you were born start flipping the f*** out. Such is the uncanny experience of a kid born into the cult of family vloggers, this week’s culty a$$ subject, featuring journalist Fortesa Latifi, who is currently writing a book about parenthood and content creation. 

    Follow us on IG @soundslikeacultpod @amanda_montell

    To order Amanda's new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, click here :) To subscribe to her new Magical Overthinkers podcast click here!

    Thank you to our sponsors, who make this show possible:

    • Visit BetterHelp.com/CULT today to get 10% off your first month.
    • Dipsea is offering an extended 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/cult
    • Go to the App Store or Google Play store and download the FREE Ibotta app to start earning cash back and use code CULT.
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    18 June 2024, 9:35 am
  • 26 minutes 14 seconds
    Right or Wrong? Nepo Babies (Preview of Isa's New Podcast!)

    Listen to Isa Medina NEW PODCAST – I'm Right You're Wrong on Spotify or Apple Podcasts, or wherever! Isa Medina is the Former Host and Co-Creator of Sounds Like A Cult Podcast. Follow Isa on IG @isaamedinaa for info about her live stand up comedy and her new podcast @ethicalgirlies.

    The episode preview ended at 23 min 40 seconds if you want to start where we left off and finish the episode <3 

    Right or Wrong? Nepo Babies: This week on I'M RIGHT YOU'RE WRONG, your gorgeous hosts, Lydia Keating and Isa Medina, debate nepo babies. Is it ethically right or wrong for nepo babies to have easy access to coveted careers just because their parent(s) work in the industry? Lydia argues that nepo babies are WRONG. Isa argues that they are RIGHT. They discuss the different types of nepo babies out there (it’s not all Hollywood, honey!) and if there is even an ideal way to be one… After they debate the extremes, in classic fashion, they open their dialogue up to a broader and more honest convo. Are THEY nepo babies?? (no, lol but they do get real about their own privileges). Lydia ponders creativity—is it something innate to the fibers of your being? Was Reese Witherspoon’s son born to be a DJ in the West Village? Isa talks about her boy drama and how men should never complain about being tired. Lydia acknowledges her annual spring/summer glow up. Both hosts agree that ebbing and flowing in one’s hotness is wayyyyy better than being consistently hot all year round, which would actually be so boring. And finally, they talk about WHO is to BLAME for nepotism? (and it’s not the nepo babies or their parents! It’s something far more insidious…) Enjoy the episode! Love you so much. 

    18 June 2024, 9:30 am
  • 55 minutes 39 seconds
    The Cult of Jam Bands

    Catch Amanda back on tour this summer in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle!!

    July 13: Minneapolis, MN — The Big Magical Cult Show at Cedar Cultural Center (buy tickets here!)

    July 14: Chicago, IL — The Big Magical Cult Show at the DEN (buy tickets here!) **DATE & VENUE CHANGE**

    July 29: The Age of Magical Overthinking book talk at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA (free!)

    WE TRIED OUR BEST not to get too roasty in this long overdue episode, where host Amanda and her special guest, music journalist and host of the Songs My Ex Ruined podcast Melissa Locker, examine the cult of jam bands from Phish to the Grateful Dead. Where freewheeling guitar solos, acid trips, tape-trading, endless noodling, and oodles of exclusive lingo reign supreme, this world of die-hard fans who dedicate their whole life and personality to following their faves around the country is nothing short of a musical religion. Jam bands are definitely, ahem, a culty vibe to say the least... the real question is how destructive are they?? Tune in to this lol-worthy chat as Amanda and Melissa try and figure that out. 

    Follow us on IG @soundslikeacultpod @amanda_montell

    To order Amanda's new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, click here :) To subscribe to her new Magical Overthinkers podcast click here!

    Thank you to our sponsors, who make this show possible:

    • Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, go to https://www.squarespace.com/CULT to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
    • Go to the App Store or Google Play store and download the FREE Ibotta app to start earning cash back and use code CULT.
    11 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 7 minutes
    The Cult of Glossier

    Catch Amanda back on tour this summer in Chicago, Minneapolis, and Seattle!!

    July 13: Minneapolis, MN — The Big Magical Cult Show at Cedar Cultural Center (buy tickets here!)

    July 14: Chicago, IL — The Big Magical Cult Show at the DEN (buy tickets here!) **DATE & VENUE CHANGE**

    July 29: The Age of Magical Overthinking book talk at Elliott Bay Book Company in Seattle, WA (free!)

    Time to Milky Jelly™ cleanse your souls, culties. If you were alive in 2017, and anywhere near our same millennial pink corner of the internet, then you KNEW what a Glossier girl was. The emblem of relatable-but-aspirational coolness helmed by cult leader… ahem, CEO… Emily Weiss (of The Hills fame) was so much more than a cosmetics line. Glossier was a lifestyle, a uniform, an identity template, a cultural phenomenon, a religion? Come on, those pink bubble wrap pouches??? If you had one, it meant you’d reached a certain kind of ~enlightenment~. Alongside the likes of other rare brands like Starbucks and SoulCycle, Glossier was a ”cult-followed” company through in through… but was something more sinister lurking underneath? Why did the brand take off as astronomically as it did? And what is the status of the “cult” now? At long last, host Amanda is (over)analyzing the spiritual movement that is Glossier with none other than beauty journalist Marisa Meltzer, author of the New York Times bestselling book Glossy: Ambition, Beauty, and the Inside Story of Emily Weiss's Glossier (out now in paperback!).

    Follow us on IG @soundslikeacultpod @amanda_montell

    To order Amanda's new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, click here :) To subscribe to her new Magical Overthinkers podcast click here!

    Thank you to our sponsors, who make this show possible:

    4 June 2024, 9:00 am
  • 1 hour 18 minutes
    The Cult of Tradwives

    Catch Amanda on tour!

    July 13: Minneapolis, MN — The Big Magical Cult Show at Cedar Cultural Center (buy tickets here!)

    July 14: Chicago, IL — The Big Magical Cult Show at the DEN (buy tickets here!) **DATE & VENUE CHANGE**

    First of all, we are downright GIDDY to share two iconic voices on this week’s episode—not only our expert guest, culture reporter (and personal hero of Amanda’s) Anne Helen Petersen, but also Sounds Like A Cult’s very own intern (actually recently promoted to coordinator 😎), Reese Oliver!!! Speaking of new voices, team SLAC has been cooking up additional cult leaders to add to the hosting rotation later this year, and Amanda is v excited not to have to converse all by herself 😂 In all seriousness, everyone at team SLAC has been feeling a lot of gratitude lately, and we want to thank you listeners for sticking around for this wacky roller coaster ride. NOW, onto introducing the “cult” of tradwives. Short for “traditional wife,” this disturbing cultural craze marries idealizations of biblical womanhood with romantic social media aesthetics to create a freaky wave of politically regressive influencers, who’ve rejected feminism in favor of oppression… but make it "cute?" In between churning their own butter and brushing their naturally birthed kids’ hair, tradwives evangelize a host of ideologies so racist and sexist, at first it seems like a bit… and then it’s not. SCARY!!!! Join Reese, Anne, and Amanda down the rabbit hole, as they attempt to puzzle out this confounding modern-day “cult.”

    Follow us on IG @soundslikeacultpod @amanda_montell

    To order Amanda's new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, click here :) To subscribe to her new Magical Overthinkers podcast click here!

    Thank you to our sponsors, who make this show possible:

    • Get 20% off your first order of Liquid I.V. when you go to LiquidIV.com and use code CULT at checkout
    • Go to stopscooping.com/SLAC and enter promocode SLAC to save an EXTRA $50 on any Litter-Robot bundle.  
    • Dipsea is offering an extended 30 day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/cult
    • Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, go to https://www.squarespace.com/CULT to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
    28 May 2024, 10:15 am
  • 6 minutes 9 seconds
    What happened to Isa Medina?

    Hi Culties <3 Isa Medina here, former host and co-creator of Sounds Like A Cult! With a special announcement.... 
    My New Podcast is Coming! I'M RIGHT YOU'RE WRONG hosted by Isa Medina & Lydia Keating. Click to subscribe on Spotify, Apple or wherever you get your pods. If you want to stay up to date with me, my comedy, live shows & my new podcast, follow me on my instagram @isaamedinaa <33  Follow the podcast on IG @ethicalgirlies

    28 May 2024, 10:00 am
  • 1 hour 1 minute
    The Cult of Ballet

    Catch Amanda on tour!

    Lace yourselves up for this haunting and twinkle-toed episode covering one of our most consistently requested topics: Ballet! Despite the tutus and baby pink palette, this ruthlessly competitive industry often seems less like a dainty art form and more like a doggone cult. Think about it: Why do we audience members just blindly accept and support an industry helmed by power abusive men, who have absolutely no problem taking little girls away from their families, working them to the bone, and literally starving them, all in pursuit of so-called greatness? Orrrrrr is that take a bit dramatic? To help us figure it out, podcast producer and former ballerina Erika Lantz, host of THE TURNING, joins the pod for a deep discush of how culty the ballet world is really

    Follow us on IG @soundslikeacultpod @amanda_montell

    To order Amanda's new book, The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality, click here :) To subscribe to her new Magical Overthinkers podcast click here!

    Thank you to our sponsors, who make this show possible:

    • Dipsea is offering an extended 30-day free trial when you go to DipseaStories.com/cult
    • Go to Zocdoc.com/CULT and download the Zocdoc app for FREE.
    • Go to the App Store or Google Play store and download the FREE Ibotta app to start earning cash back and use code CULT.
    • Head to Squarespace.com for a free trial, and when you’re ready to launch, go to https://www.squarespace.com/CULT to save 10% off your first purchase of a website or domain.
    21 May 2024, 9:00 am
  • 59 minutes 45 seconds
    The Cult of Narcissism

    Introducing the Magical Overthinkers podcast, a show for thought spiralers, exploring the subjects we can't stop overthinking about. Host Amanda is elated to share her latest audio project, based on her New York Times-bestselling book The Age of Magical Overthinking: Notes on Modern Irrationality. Magical Overthinkers is out this week on all major podcast platforms (as well as YouTube)! Links below.  

    Here is a look at episode 1, "Overthinking About Narcissism." Episode description below!

    Is it just us, or does American culture have narcissism fever? Between 2004 and 2016, the volume of Google searches for the word “narcissist” grew exponentially. Thanks to factors like the rise of therapyspeak, TikTok mental health diagnoses, and badly behaving reality stars-turned-world leaders, discourse about this buzzy, yet poorly understood phenomenon has exploded. Are we as a society becoming more narcissistic? Or are we now over-using and misusing this term to the point of meaninglessness? Wait, is obsessing about other people's narcissism its own kind of narcissism?? In an effort to soothe these thought spirals, host Amanda (@amanda_montell) settled in for an illuminating chat with her debut guest, psychologist Dr. Ramani Durvasula (@doctorramani), author of the New York Times bestseller "It's Not You" and one of the world's foremost narcissism experts. Tune in for a relatable, brain-tingling, and clarifying discussion about this confounding topic, complete with questions submitted by the "Magical Overthinkers Club" and bits of wisdom to help us overthinkers get out of our own heads. 

    14 May 2024, 9:00 am
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