SCIENTOLOGY! XENU! CRUISE! Episode 12 with TONY ORTEGA is now available!

Join me and guest co-host Mike Manzi as we welcome journalist and author Tony Ortega to discuss the Church of Scientology, David Miscavige, Tom Cruise, and more!

Listen here. Also available at the CageClub website, or wherever you get podcasts.

#2.7 – Grigori Rasputin and Anastasia Romanov – Part Two of "Disinformation" Hard to Believe – A Podcast About Belief

At the dawn of the 20th century, Russia was in the midst of a political wildfire, and the Tsarist regime was under threat like never before. Enter Tsar Nicholas II, Russia's last monarch, and a man uniquely and catastrophically unfit for the job. Compounding his problems, he and his wife struggled to produce a son to serve as heir. When they finally did, they soon discovered he was a hemophiliac, his life and health constantly under threat. The inevitable demise of the family and the ruling regime would be remembered less for the complicated real-life history that led to it and more for the conspiracy theories, rumors, and active disinformation campaigns centered around two individuals – the family's resident holy man, Grigori Rasputin, and the youngest Romanov daughter, Anastasia. John once again welcomes Mike Manzi and Jess Collins to discuss these two stories, and how the diverse cast of pretenders claiming to be the Romanov children – most notably the notorious Anna Anderson – may well have had their roots in the Soviet Union's first successful exercise in politically useful disinformation. John is on Twitter @ProbablyRealJB Mike on Twitter @the_mikestir Jess on Twitter @jayarekay
  1. #2.7 – Grigori Rasputin and Anastasia Romanov – Part Two of "Disinformation"
  2. #2.6 – Chris Kluwe – On standing up for others, being a nerd, and his first science fiction novel "Otaku"
  3. #2.5 – Sebastian Major – The host and creator of "Our Fake History"
  4. Trailer – Hard to Believe: A Podcast About Belief
  5. #2.4 – Nina MacLaughlin: on Metamorphoses

New Episode Tomorrow (7/29): TONY ORTEGA talks Scientology

Journalist Tony Ortega has been covering Scientology since 1995. He joins us to talk about the past and future of the Church of Scientology and why 2020 may be a pivotal year in determining its fate.

In 2017, Ortega was the first to report that the LAPD was investigating rape allegations against actor and Scientologist Danny Masterson. He also appeared in Alex Gibney’s breakthrough 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief.

He is the creator of the website The Underground Bunker, where he continues to cover the Church.

Check back tomorrow to listen to my conversation with him here, the CageClub website, or wherever you get podcasts.