Everybody loves a good cult story, and today's episode takes a look at two both published in New York Magazine along with returning guests Matt Wilstein and Adi Gordan.
First up is "The Stolen Kids of Sarah Lawrence," by Ezra Marcus and James D. Walsh (https://www.thecut.com/2019/04/larry-ray-sarah-lawrence-students.html). It's the story of a group of college students who fall under the increasingly-bizarre influence of one of their fathers, and who end up forming a small cult based around his teachings.
Next up is Kera Bolonik's "The Most Gullible Man in Cambridge," about a college professor who becomes involved in a bizarre love triangle that literally makes him lose his house (https://www.thecut.com/2019/07/bruce-hay-paternity-trap-maria-pia-shuman-mischa-haider.html).
Also discussed: whether anyone could be susceptible to a cult, how powerful is pity PLUS Adi Gordan tells possibly the worst story we've ever heard.
Matt Wilstein's podcast The Last Laugh: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-last-laugh-a-daily-beast-podcast/id1456474041