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

Stigma (letter) – Wikipedia

stigma (n.) | Online Etymology Dictionary

Red-Handed Tamarins Can Mimic Other Species’ Accents | Smart News | Smithsonian Magazine

Monkeys adopt ‘accent’ of other species when in shared territory – study | Animal behaviour | The Guardian

[$$] Convergent character displacement in sympatric tamarin calls ( Saguinus spp.) | SpringerLink

A chimp with a Scottish accent? You cannae be serious, says new study | Animal behaviour | The Guardian

Is there any evidence for vocal learning in chimpanzee food calls?

Holt and Rizzuto: QAnon’s hallmark catchphrases evaporating from the mainstream internet

QAnon Now as Popular in U.S. as Some Major Religions, Poll Suggests

Cultish :HarperCollins Australia

Steven Hassan’s BITE Model of Authoritarian Control – Freedom of Mind Resource Center

Podcast: Sounds Like a Cult

Israeli Authorities and the Crimes of Apartheid and Persecution | HRW

NFL pledges to halt ‘race-norming,’ review Black claims

Rent Free | Know Your Meme

“Living In Your Head Rent-Free” Is The Perfect Insult Of Our Times

Ann Landers Quote: “Hanging onto resentment is letting someone you despise live rent-free in your head.”

That Rent Free Girl On TikTok Is Now Living Rent-Free In My Mind


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