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NPR turns to Ben Zeller for cult insight

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September 02, 2021
Linda Blaser

Associate Professor of Religion Ben Zeller was interviewed by National Public Radio about the characteristics of cults and cult leaders and their utopian impulses to make a better world.

Award-winning Southern California host Jonathan Bastian spoke with Zeller, author of Heaven's Gate: America's UFO Religion, for his insight on “How ’60s and ’70s America gave rise to cult leaders.” The KCRW interview aired on August 21, 2021.

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