Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

By Wondery

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Jonathan
 Jul 15, 2020
Some great content and great production but.... More adds then content and embarrassingly biased reporting makes this not worth the time

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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.

New episodes will come out weekly.


Episode Date
Wondery Presents: Dr. Death Season 2
00:04:16

If someone you love is diagnosed with cancer you want them to get the best treatment from the best doctors. In 2013, patients in Michigan thought Farid Fata was that doctor. Between his prestigious education, years of experience and pleasant bedside manner, Fata was everything you could want in a doctor. But he was not who he appeared to be. From Wondery, this is the story of hundreds of patients in Michigan, a doctor, and a poisonous secret.

Laura Beil, returns with a second season of the award-winning series “Dr Death.”

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Oct 27, 2020
Wondery presents Kamala: Next In Line
00:06:11

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If she wins in November, Kamala Harris would become Vice President after one of the most consequential and tumultuous elections in American history. Harris would be the most significant player to help Joe Biden manage a country in crisis. So who is she?

Kamala: Next in Line goes inside the cross-cultural journey that led Harris from her humble roots to become the first African-American woman to represent California in the Senate and now the first African-American woman to be the Vice Presidential nominee for a major party. Hosted by MSNBC’s Joy Reid, the show features exclusive interviews with those who know her best, painting a picture of a woman who has fought her way to the top at every turn. From Oakland to Howard University, California to Washington DC, experience her story as it has never been told before. This is an intimate and immersive dive into who Kamala is, what her critics say about her, and how she arrived at this moment. 

Oct 05, 2020
Introducing Unfinished: Short Creek
00:13:29

A divided community in the desert. A prophet with total power. A battle over family, home, and the limits of religious freedom. Unfinished: Short Creek, is the latest investigative true crime podcast from Witness Docs, and Critical Frequency. Visit shortcreekpod.com to learn more. 

Sep 21, 2020
Wondery Presents: Bunga Bunga
00:06:22

Silvio Berlusconi was a charismatic multi-millionaire real-estate mogul who upended the Italian political order and hypnotized an entire nation. He was the longest-serving prime minister of one of the world’s wealthiest countries, until he was brought down by three powerful women - and two words: “Bunga Bunga.” From Wondery, the makers of Dirty John and The Shrink Next Door, and hosted by comedian Whitney Cummings, “Bunga Bunga” is an eight part series on the incredible true story of the rise and fall of Silvio Berlusconi, told with Whitney’s signature wit and style.

Listen to Podcast: wondery.fm/Guru_BB

Sep 08, 2020
Wondery Presents: Billionaire Boys Club
00:05:31

In 1980s Los Angeles, a group of prep school boys got together to make investments together, get rich quick, and live large. But headed by a handsome and charismatic leader named Joe Hunt, the members of the self-proclaimed “Billionaire Boys Club” get sucked deeper into twisted schemes of kidnapping, torture, and revenge. The boys must stick together, or risk prison - or worse. From the makers of The Wonderland Murders, Young Charlie, and The Dating Game Killer, this six-part series is co-hosted by Tracy Pattin and Emmy-nominated actor Timothy Olyphant.

Link to Podcast: wondery.fm/guru_BBC

Aug 18, 2020
Cult Buster
00:35:14

Matt Stroud speaks with cult expert Rick Ross about his controversial “cult busting” career and how it led to his involvement in the James Arthur Ray case.

Aug 05, 2020
Seeking Safe Self-Help
00:40:51

Matt Stroud, Ginny Brown and Laura Tucker sit down with Laura Beil, host of Dr. Death and Bad Batch, for a live Q&A at the GURU virtual listening premiere.


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Jul 29, 2020
The Business of Redemption
00:37:16

Ginny gets an unwelcome interruption before Thanksgiving. And a fan of James Ray’s faces a stark choice.


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Jul 22, 2020
Play Full On
00:40:30

The trial may be over, but Ginny’s family are not finished with James. And when another incident from James’ past comes to light, they get another chance to confront him.


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Jul 15, 2020
“Remember, You Must Die”
00:36:58

Ginny flies to Arizona seeking justice. But will a jury decide what happened in Angel Valley was an accident or a crime?


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Jul 08, 2020
James’ Good Story
00:39:10

When Detective Ross Diskin first arrives in Angel Valley in Sedona, he wonders if what he’s seeing is the result of a mass suicide . Now, his search for answers will take him from Angel Valley into James’ history. And it will lead him back to one particularly famous talk show host.


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Jul 03, 2020
Black Bags
00:34:49

Eight rounds. Scolding fire rocks. Oppressive heat. What happened to Kirby and the other participants at “Spiritual Warrior”?


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Jul 01, 2020
Spiritual Warriors
00:37:18

Ginny and her daughter Kirby attend an event featuring self-help superstar James Arthur Ray. Ginny has some concerns about him, but Kirby is drawn in. She spends her life savings to travel for a week-long event in the desert. But when things turn deadly, Ginny is left to figure out what went wrong.


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Jul 01, 2020
Introducing: Guru
00:02:35

A search for spiritual guidance leads a group of strangers to seek help from a self-help guru. He’s part of a growing number of entrepreneurs giving workshops and seminars all over the US in the 2000s. His unorthodox methods and blend of self-improvement philosophies and economic advice have won praise from Oprah and others. His career seems to be taking off, but his ever more extreme methods push his pupils to their limits. What are they seeking? What does he offer? And what happens when it all goes too far, and people die. Binge all six episodes ad-free June 22nd on Wondery+ OR wherever you're listening now on July 1st.

Jun 16, 2020