Language helps us build and maintain social relationships. Cults — however we define them — exploit this function and subvert it for their own ends. Amanda Montell is the author of the new book Cultish, and she joins us for this show.


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Show notes

Covid-19 variants to be given Greek alphabet names to avoid stigma
https://www.theguardian.com/world/2021/jun/01/covid-19-variants-to-be-given-greek-alphabet-names-to-avoid-stigma

Stigma (letter) – Wikipedia
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stigma_(letter)

stigma (n.) | Online Etymology Dictionary
https://www.etymonline.com/word/stigma#etymonline_v_22082

Red-Handed Tamarins Can Mimic Other Species’ Accents | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine
https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/red-handed-tamarins-can-mimic-other-species-accents-180977855/

Monkeys adopt ‘accent’ of other species when in shared territory – study | Animal behaviour | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2021/may/27/monkeys-adopt-accent-of-other-species-when-in-shared-territory-study

[$$] Convergent character displacement in sympatric tamarin calls ( Saguinus spp.) | SpringerLink
https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s00265-021-03028-x

A chimp with a Scottish accent? You cannae be serious, says new study | Animal behaviour | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2015/nov/03/chimpanzee-study-accents-scottish-dutch

Is there any evidence for vocal learning in chimpanzee food calls?
https://www.cell.com/current-biology/fulltext/S0960-9822(15)01089-1

Holt and Rizzuto: QAnon’s hallmark catchphrases evaporating from the mainstream internet
https://medium.com/dfrlab/qanons-hallmark-catchphrases-evaporating-from-the-mainstream-internet-ce90b6dc2c55

QAnon Now as Popular in U.S. as Some Major Religions, Poll Suggests
https://www.nytimes.com/2021/05/27/us/politics/qanon-republicans-trump.html

Cultish :HarperCollins Australia
https://www.harpercollins.com.au/9780062993151/cultish/

Steven Hassan’s BITE Model of Authoritarian Control – Freedom of Mind Resource Center
https://freedomofmind.com/cult-mind-control/bite-model/

Podcast: Sounds Like a Cult
https://www.soundslikeacult.com

Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution | HRW
https://www.hrw.org/report/2021/04/27/threshold-crossed/israeli-authorities-and-crimes-apartheid-and-persecution

NFL pledges to halt ‘race-norming,’ review Black claims
http://apne.ws/hDTRYVl

Rent Free | Know Your Meme
https://knowyourmeme.com/memes/rent-free

“Living In Your Head Rent-Free” Is The Perfect Insult Of Our Times
https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/josephbernstein/living-in-your-head-rent-free-is-the-perfect-insult-of-our

Ann Landers Quote: “Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.”
https://quotefancy.com/quote/766492/Ann-Landers-Hanging-onto-resentment-is-letting-someone-you-despise-live-rent-free-in-your

That Rent Free Girl On TikTok Is Now Living Rent-Free In My Mind
https://www.buzzfeed.com/andriamoore/rent-free-tiktoks


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