Sounds Like A Cult

A podcast about the modern-day “cults” we all follow. Hosts Isa Medina and Amanda Montell ask the culty questions we’re all wondering… Do you think SoulCycle is a cult? What about Elon Musk stans? Or the Royal Family? What about spiritual influencers? Is Instagram itself a cult? We’re Sounds Like A Cult, a podcast that analyzes a different zeitgeisty group every week to try and answer the big question: This group sounds like a cult, but is it really? And if so, how bad is it?  Follow Us: Show Instagram - @soundslikeacultpod Isa Medina -  @isaamedinaa Amanda Montell - @amanda_montell Subscribe to our YouTube: Podcast Video

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 46m. Bisher sind 65 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 2 days 2 minutes


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episode 2: The Cult of Apple

The stigma around the green text bubble alone could ruin a man's life. How has Apple's secretiveness, superiority complex, and (admitted) marketing genius put our culture's social dynamics and behaviors in such a chokehold? In this week's much-anticipated 'sode, Amanda and Isa analyze how Apple built not just a multi-trillion-dollar tech business, but a "cult" (allegedly!!!), and spoiler alert: We're all a part of it, whether we like it or not...



episode 1: The Cult of Diet Culture

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Breaking News from Sounds Like A Cult

Breaking news! Sounds Like A Cult has joined the Exactly Right network, home of My Favorite Murder. Every Tuesday, Amanda and Isa will continue to analyze the modern-day "cults" we all follow, to answer the big question: This group sounds like a cult, but is it really? See Privacy Policy at and California Privacy Notice at


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The Cult of Starbucks

Remember the Juniper Latte? Wasn't it just about the strangest thing you ever tasted? Yet, you still came back. Some might say you couldn't help yourself. This week, Amanda and Isa *roast* Starbucks’s “cult following”—the coffee religion with a church on every street corner—from its savvy marketing tactics and insider-y vocabulary to its addictive beverages and behind-the-scenes corporate ~vibes~...


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The Cult of The Supreme Court

A cabal of black-robed elites who preside, unquestioned, over all our rights and freedoms… hmmm… sounds like a dang cult to us! Isa and Amanda are getting *judicial* this week to analyze the “cult” of The Supreme Court with NYU law professor and host of the Strict Scrutiny podcast, Melissa Murray. Just in time for voting season! Check out voting resources below for this year's upcoming midterm elections...


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The Cult of Hell Houses

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episode 37: The Cult of Kitchen Culture

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