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Actor Tom Cruise is the new public face of the Church of Scientology.

The church is based on the teachings of its founder L. Ron Hubbard, who is author of “Dianetics” – the cornerstone of the religion.

Members say Scientology has changed their lives. Yet some critics have called Scientology a “global racket.”

Hear about the teachings and reach of the Church of Scientology.

Guests:

James Verini, reporter at the online magazine Salon.com and author of the first in a four-part series called the Summer of Scientology.

Susan Setta, professor of philosophy and religion at Northeastern University

Stephen Kent, professor of sociology at the University of Alberta in Canada. He has written extensively on the Church of Scientology and testified against the church in court cases.

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  • paul butler

    If I was a conspiracy theorist…  We never get to hear the expert make his final point.  Instead the middle segment is replayed.  What’s up?

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1320887009 Charli Henley

      Yeah… Might be a good idea to remove it from the prominent “Producer Picks” till that is fixed. (Please please please fix it.)

  • Sean W

    Please fix the link.  I would like to hear the end…

  • Jay Cary

    Please fix the tape of the show. You have repeated one of the segments two times instead of having the entire Scientology show.  This is supposed to be a Producers Pick, but it is not complete.  Listen and yuo will see that it repeats itself!

    • Me1herndon

      Very disappointing to not hear the whole show and it starts repeating at a very interesting pt .James Verini is trying to make.

  • Emitr

    The repeat starts at about 33 minutes in.  I was a Christian for forty years; why would I exchange talking snakes and rising dead people for even crazier myths?  The tithe was bad enough to stroke someone’s ego; how gullible would I have to be to fork over even more for a bunch of worse nonsense?  Tom Cruise understands the history of psychotherapy, does he?  Maybe someday he’ll get wise to his own delusions.  I’m glad to live in America, where I can finally get real and leave all the hocus pocus to the more “enlightened.”

  • skeptik55

    Add my comment to the ones about the show repeating. A very interesting point was interrupted for a break and when it came back, it began repeating- yes, about 33 minutes in.

  • Chris

    I did enjoy this! Up until… you know…

  • Sean W

    Its fixed!

  • Guest

    WE use to discuss this same thing when talking about the Mormons and now it’s shifted to Scientology.

    Both are the same, they are CULTS, regardless of how much you want to “talk” about it.

  • D.K.Y.

    The only difference between religion and cult is the number of subscribers.

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