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Cult Free Radio #001
Original Air Date: April 30, 2011
Mad Sweeney discusses Steve Hassan’s BITE (Behavior, Information, Thought, Emotion) theory of mind control as it is used by the Watchtower Society on members of the Jehovah’s Witness religion. Also, ten warning signs of dangerous cult leaders.
Cult Free Radio #002
Original Air Date: May 14, 2011
Mad Sweeney outlines the Watchtower’s record of manipulating Jehovah’s Witness views of higher education, then interviews three former Witnesses who have broken free from those mental bonds and now value the free flow of information found in the world’s institutes of higher learning.
Cult Free Radio #003
Original Air Date: May 28, 2011
Mad Sweeney discusses congregational versus hierarchical religions and how the Watchtower has historically ridden the fence between the two, depending on its best interests in whatever current situation it faced. The death of Raymond Franz is announced and some background information about his life and writing. Also a suggestion that listeners consider sending some contributions to Ray’s widow. Also discussed is how the Watchtower corporation manages to get its name on local Kingdom Hall deeds. Then, the editor of www.ex-JW.com comes on the show to discuss a real-life example of the Watchtower flexing its hierarchical muscles in Menlo Park, California.
Running time: 1:27:05
Cult Free Radio #004
Original Air Date: June 11, 2011
Mad Sweeney explains the situation in Menlo Park, California, step by step, based on his perusal of the documents that have been filed in federal court. Then, youtube personality Tim Kilgore talks about creating educational youtube videos to challenge the thinking processes of Jehovah’s Witnesses.
Running time: 1:55:50
Cult Free Radio #005
Original Air Date: June 25, 2011
Mad Sweeney reviews three of the District Convention parts from the “Let Your Kingdom Come!” District Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses that are going on this summer. The highlight is the explanation of the toes of the image from Daniel chapter 2. Then, Jonathan Lavoie, one of the organizers of a District Convention protest in Quebec, Canada that same day, talks with Mad Sweeney about protesting against the Watchtower, and what good it actually does.
Running time: 1:15:58
Cult Free Radio #006
Original Air Date: July 9, 2011
The Independence Day edition of Cult Free Radio. Interviews with four former Jehovah’s Witnesses discussing their freedom from Watchtower indoctrination, experiences from anonymous former Jehovah’s Witnesses read by Mad Sweeney, and Mad Sweeney relates his own story and current viewpoints, as well.
Running time: 2:05:36
Cult Free Radio #007
Original Air Date: September 10, 2011
Mad Sweeney discusses the July 15, 2011 Watchtower study articles and the Watchtower’s six “Do Not Follow” laws contained in them. Then part one of a two-part series discussing how couples can escape a high control organization with their marriage and family intact.
Running time: 1:39:25
Cult Free Radio #008
Original Air Date: September 24, 2011
Leaving the Watchtower With Your Marriage and Family Intact. Mad Sweeney discusses some rules of thumb for saving your family while saving yourself from a cult. Interviews with couples who did exactly that. Part II continues theme begun in show #007.
Running time: 1:39:19
Cult Free Radio #009
Original Air Date: October 15, 2011
Barbara Anderson shares her experiences as a young Jehovah’s Witness, a Bethelite, and a former Jehovah’s Witness. First person insights into what goes on in Brooklyn Bethel. [Part 1]
Download: CFR#009-Part One-10-15-11.mp3
Running time: 1:51:17
Barbara Anderson shares her experiences… [Part 2]
Download: CFR#009-Part Two-10-15-11.mp3
Running time: 1:57:44
Cult Free Radio #010
Original Air Date: October 29, 2011
The Internet and Jehovah’s Witnesses. Mad Sweeney discusses the Watchtower’ response to the advent of the Internet and whether Jehovah’s Witnesses have obeyed. Several ex-Jehovah’s Witness websites, support groups, and discussion forums are reviewed. Then Mad Sweeney interviews Paul Grundy of jwfacts.com.
Running time: 1:47:44
Cult Free Radio #011
Original Air Date: November 19, 2011
Mad Sweeney and guest host Terry discuss Steve Hassan’s BITE model of cult mind control and also Social Categorization theory. Then Mad Sweeney interviews Steve Hassan.
Running time: 2:30:08
Cult Free Radio #012 – “The Holiday Show”
Original Air Date: December 10, 2011
Mad Sweeney and guest host Anondude2 present the “First Annual Cult Free Radio Holiday Show.” Anondude2 (whose work is well represented on YouTube.com) leads off with a common sense and historically accurate discussion of the origins and cultural traditions behind our modern winter holidays. Mad Sweeney finishes the show with his own personal take on the season while treating us all to his own vocal interpretations of classic holiday songs.
Running time: 1:19:47