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In her new book, Inside Scientology: The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion, Janet Reitman offers the first full journalistic history of the Church of Scientology. She traces Scientology’s development from the birth of Dianetics to today, following its metamorphosis from a pseudoscientific self-help group to a worldwide spiritual corporation with profound control over its followers and even ex-followers.
Based on five years of research, unprecedented access to Church officials, confidential documents, and extensive interviews with current and former Scientologists, Reitman exposes a little-known world.
Scientology was created in 1954 by a prolific sci-fi writer named L. Ron Hubbard. It claims to be the world’s fastest growing religion, with millions of members around the world and huge financial holdings. Its celebrity believers keep its profile high, and its teams of “volunteer ministers” offer aid at disaster sites such as Haiti and the World Trade Center.
But Scientology is also a notably closed faith, harassing journalists and others through litigation and intimidation, even infiltrating the highest levels of the government to further its goals. Its attacks on psychiatry and its requirement that believers pay as much as tens and even hundreds of thousands of dollars for salvation have drawn scrutiny and skepticism. Ex-members use the Internet to share stories of harassment and abuse.
Janet Reitman is a contributing editor at Rolling Stone and her article, Inside Scientology, published in March 2006 was a National Magazine Award-nominee. Reitman also covered the war in Iraq for Rolling Stone and has reported on a wide range of other topics.
Janet will be available for one hour. After her interview, callers are welcome to share their insights and experiences about Scientology.
The Critical Hit Anomalists
A casual talk show about movies, video games, and anything else we feel like talking about. Blurring the line between "nerd" & "geek" since 2012! Cynical critics and critical cynics welcome.
Dak and Justin try to do a halloween themed show. John is on an Adventure in ohio and Sooley is off finding financial freedom. Topics:
Tales from the Crypt The Extreme Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters 3 and Ivan Reitman's Evolution Captain America 2: The Winter Soldier Trailer Thor 2 CW's Arrow Agent's of Shield Hosts:
Dak Justin Additional Credits:
Logo designs by Matt Sooley Produced by Justin Villarreal Show intro by Justin Villarreal Show outro by N8
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Now that we've had some time to gather ourselves from the exhaustion brought on by Comic-Con, it's back to business for Episode 9 of Wrath of The Kidd on the This Is Infamous Radio Network... and it's a good thing that there's plenty of STAR WARS talk to get into.
First up, we'll talk the rumors of Zac Efron and Ryan Gosling being brought in for meetings to discuss potential involvement in the future of the STAR WARS Saga, as originally reported by Latino Review. Is such recognizable casting a good idea for EPISODEs VII, VIII and IX?
Also, John Williams has been announced to return to the Galaxy far, far away to score at least the next film. We knew that was coming, so who else is excited about some consistency?
Plus we'll talk the ROCKY spin-off CREED, in addition to Ivan Reitman giving some honest answers on where GHOSTBUSTERS 3 is, Sacha Baron Cohen leaving the Freddie Mercury biopic behind, Kevin Smith not talking retirement anymore,
Chapter 1: Supreme Court Rejects Suit Against Corporation for Human Rights Abuses Abroad
This week, the U.S. Supreme Court determined that activists could not sue Shell Oil in domestic courts for human rights abuses that occurred abroad. We talk to Carey D’Avino, a Partner at Eaton & Van Winkle LLP, who represented the plaintiffs.
Chapter 2: Mark Sanford and the South Carolina Congress Race
Mark Sanford is not having a good week. First his wife accused him of trespassing. Then – and presumably as a result – the national party pulled support for his Congressional candidacy. We talk to Corey Hutchins, Reporter at the Columbia Free Times in Columbia, S.C.
Chapter 3: Senate Passes CISPA, Opponents Cite Privacy Issues
The U.S. Senate passed the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act, designed to allow the federal government to obtain Internet traffic information from We talk to Rainey Reitman, Activism Director at the Electronic Frontier Foundation Activism Director.
Chapter 4: Obama Loses Major Legacy Goal in Gun Bill Defeat
The president lost a signature piece of legislation when the U.S. Senate killed an expansion of background checks yesterday, perhaps even a significant piece of his second-term legacy. The White House, however, seems galvanized to move forward with controversial immigration reform. We talk to Jennifer Epstein, White House Reporter for POLITICO.
ERIC STEELBERG (Director of Photography) most recently photographed the Best Picture nominee "Up In The Air" with George Cloony directed by Jason Reitman. Eric is lighting his 10th film for Jason Reitman, a relationship that began on the short feature “Operation” and has continued through the award-winning and critically acclaimed “Juno,” for which Reitman received an Academy Award® nomination. The film was also nominated for four Independent Spirit Awards
Wednesday January 13 @ 9pm EST Really Reel Reviews gets into the mood of Oscar season by revieiwng one of 2009's most critically acclaimed films, Up in the Air. Is George Clooney's latest all that it's cracked up to be, or is it another disaster that gets hailed as brilliance? If you like the feel of smoke on your backside then go read the Times. If you want the truth, then you've come to the right place because "ooohh baby weeeee - weee got what you neeed!" Please feel free to email or call in
Danny Glicker was nominated for an academy award for his painstakingly accurate wardrobe on "Milk" a film directed by Gus Van Sant. He has been a sought after costume designer for the past decade. You can see his work in the upcoming Jason Reitman picture "Up In The Air" starring George Clooney. Danny has also designed costumes for the HBO series "True Blood" the hugely successful series which was created by the award- winning writer Alan ball. His work can also b
Greg Reitman – recently named as one of the “Top Ten Moviemakers Making a Difference” by Moviemaker magazine - has focused his work in the socially conscious documentary genre. Fuel is a fantastic, award-winning documentary film about reliance on foreign oil and exploration of new energy solutions. His new film, Roots of Peace, focuses on the possibility of peace. We are here today to celebrate this individual’s objective to use film as a vehicle for positive change. Find Greg at: www.bluewaterc
Wed. 6 pm Greg Reitman, Sundance Wining Producer of "Field of Fuel". Venessa Thompson Fast rising R&B Star. Pluse many more to come
CAMP CAMP: WHERE FANTASY ISLAND MEETS LORD OF THE FLIES is the follow-up to DISCO BAR MITZVAH DISCO, picking up where that book left off, to tell the cultural and social history of a generation who came of age in the 1980s and early 90s via summer camp photographs submitted from across the country from the one place on earth where Native American terminology and libido-soaked nights lived in wholesome harmony. CampCampBook.com