Podcast: Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology (Part 1): Going Preclear

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Tony Ortega wrote an article in February that outlined Ross Blocher and Carrie Poppy who explore fringe beliefs and pseudoscience by experiencing it for themselves.

‘Are you 100 percent American?’ — ‘Ross & Carrie’ investigate joining Scientology
http://tonyortega.org/2016/02/06/ar...s-and-carrie-investigate-joining-scientology/

These two gutsy journalists made an 8-part podcast series about their investigations and adventures while checking out the Church of Scientology. They start with taking a personality test (February 2016) and get up to the purification rundown (May 2016). This is an excellent 8 part podcast series and so worth listening to whether you are an ex-scientologist, a never-in, or scientology watcher.

Here are the links and synopsis of all 8 parts of the podcast....

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Ross & Carrie OH NO
Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology


Part 1: Going Preclear
Ross and Carrie stop by “Big Blue”, Scientology’s L.A. Ideal Org. They come for the free personality test, but stay for two additional tests and a sales pitch. Do they sign up for classes? Does Carrie need to fix her relationship before it’s broken? Is Ross 100% American? Find out in the first part of the investigation you’ve all been waiting for.
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...arrie-audit-scientology-part-1-going-preclear

Part 2: We Stand Tall
Ross continues taking his Personal Efficiency course, and Carrie visits the semi-exclusive Scientology New Year's party. Which one of them is accidentally sent into a Sea Org meeting? Who is given a free Church membership? What on Earth is an "upset"? And who the heck is Ross Blocker? The answers are within.
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...carrie-audit-scientology-part-2-we-stand-tall

Part 3: Create-Create-Create
It's the next leg in our bizarre and amazing Scientology journey. Ross moves on to Scientology's "advanced" personal efficiency course, and finds it anything but efficient. As the only student in the entire class, he gets the chance to ask a lot of good questions, and get a lot of strange answers. Meanwhile, Carrie listens along with you and marks every inefficient teaching with a slide whistle. Plus, we learn that the Scientologists already lied to Ross about one of their teachings. Check it out, and get confused!
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigations/2016/3/9/k0e9r4o4ww7lnpju3l163q62m56uuj

Part 4: Dianetics and Volcanoes
The "fun" continues as Ross and Carrie get certified in Dianetics. The pair spend 22 hours at the Church over a single weekend, learning how experiences are encoded in our cells, what an "engram" is, and how to audit your friends for neither fun, nor profit. Plus, find out the secret menu item for Scientologist vegetarians.
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...it-scientology-part-4-dianetics-and-volcanoes

Part 5: L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition
Join Ross and Carrie on a visit to the L. Ron Hubbard Life Exhibition. Let your eyes widen as you hear the various questionable biographical details of the founder's life, from being the youngest-ever Eagle Scout to performing microbiological studies... by himself. Plus, Carrie tests the e-meter, Ross recounts a previous visit where he was ejected from the building, and we review the official Scientology literature on the controversial practice of "disconnecting" from loved ones who question the Church.
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...entology-part-5-l-ron-hubbard-life-exhibition

Part 6: The Celebrity Center
We can't think of a better way to spend a Sunday morning than to enjoy a nice brunch at the Scientology Celebrity Center. We can think of few worse ways than to attend a breaking-into-the-industry seminar that starts 40 minutes late and goes for two hours. Find out how Tom Hanks made it big, and learn how to maximize your confront!
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...audit-scientology-part-6-the-celebrity-center

Part 7: The Way to Happiness
We've finally got what you've been looking for: the meaning of life. Yes, you've been thinking to yourself, "How can I be ultimately happy?" Well, the answer is in a 70-page booklet called "The Way to Happiness," that is IN NO WAY affiliated with the Church of Scientology, other than being written by its founder, L. Ron Hubbard. And the organization which distributes said booklet is IN NO WAY Scientologist, other than being run by members of the Church.
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...audit-scientology-part-7-the-way-to-happiness

Part 8: The Purification Rundown Rundown
Ross prepares for Scientology's hardcore detoxification program, in which he will sweat out his toxins in a sauna, chug niacin, and drink gross water until he's free of the harmful effects of... peas? Meanwhile, Carrie digs into the dirt of what actually happens in one's body during the rundown, and gets a formal invitation to Sunday Service. Then, join our duo as they attend the weekly service and read LRH's hilariously redundant words of wisdom. And finally, find out how they're found out. Will Ross and Carrie be kicked out of Scientology? Who knows!
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...ology-part-8-the-purification-rundown-rundown

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Knows

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Re: Ross & Carrie OH NO Podcasts - Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology

Ross and Carrie are Super SP's. They made us laugh so hard!! Blew some serious charge.:yes:

Thank you Ross and Carrie - please, continue.:happydance:
 

CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
PODCAST: Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology (Part 9): Getting the Boot

PODCAST: Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology (Part 9): Getting the Boot

http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...rie-audit-scientology-part-9-getting-the-boot

Audio at link.

* * * * * BEGIN INTRODUCTION * * * * *

You've waited, you've suffered, and here it is: the final episode of our Scientology investigation. Find out how David Miscavige and his team gently kick Ross out of a church rally, what happens when Carrie tries to go back to attend an anti-psychiatry event at the church, and which of them accidentally gets invited to L. Ron Hubbard's birthday party (and goes). Plus, a few facts from Scientology's past, their kooky anti-psychiatry museum, some book recommendations, the inside scoop on who the heck Xenu is, and your questions about our investigation answered.

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* * * * * END INTRODUCTION * * * * *

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aegerprimo

Summa Cum Laude
Re: Podcast: Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology

Ross & Carrie OH NO
Ross and Carrie Audit Scientology (Part 9): Getting the Boot
You've waited, you've suffered, and here it is: the final episode of our Scientology investigation. Find out how David Miscavige and his team gently kick Ross out of a church rally, what happens when Carrie tries to go back to attend an anti-psychiatry event at the church, and which of them accidentally gets invited to L. Ron Hubbard's birthday party (and goes). Plus, a few facts from Scientology's past, their kooky anti-psychiatry museum, some book recommendations, the inside scoop on who the heck Xenu is, and your questions about our investigation answered.
http://ohnopodcast.com/investigatio...rie-audit-scientology-part-9-getting-the-boot

Check out Tony Ortega's article....

‘Ross & Carrie’ conclude their Scientology investigation by calling it ‘ridiculously creepy’
http://tonyortega.org/2016/06/03/ro...estigation-by-calling-it-ridiculously-creepy/

:clap::scnsucks:
 

CommunicatorIC

@IndieScieNews on Twitter
Re: Ross and Carrie won "best religion and spirituality" podcast at the Podcast Award

Full awards show.
Ross and Carrie won "best religion and spirituality" podcast at the Podcast Awards.

Their announcement tweet: https://twitter.com/OhNoPodcast/status/747288348318826500

The Podcast Awards website: http://www.podcastawards.com/

Their acceptance video:

[video=youtube;85_QilaLXio]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=85_QilaLXio[/video]
Full awards show:

[video=youtube;8go80EntT0s]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8go80EntT0s[/video]
 

Zoe

Patron
i am surprised at the criticism of this podcast here.

Oh No Ross and Carrie was my therapy.

I've been out & UTR for a while, but have struggled most with figuring out what parts of my childhood/Scn education were "normal" and what parts were absolute B.S. I made some progress, but this podcast literally walked me through it! I think it's a must-listen for anyone on the recovery train. Because they went through step-by-step, blow-by-blow, I was able to hear them go through all the training I went through as a kid, talk about it, and it shed so much light on my own childhood and how Scn has influenced my thinking. I really think anyone who has come out in the last few years would benefit so much from it.

I think the people who are like "WTF are they talking about" don't realize how much DM has changed things. Every couple years there's a new release / revamp / buy all the books again / take all the courses again etc. There was some Div 6 Sup thing at Flag where they came out with these new courses that are essentially just a Sup showing a bunch of videos, meant to be given to a full class of newbies. Totally unrealistic and ignoring the fact that the org's classrooms are empty. Thus you get situations like Ross getting a 1-on-1 SO sup. It really shows the state of Scn today -- in one of the premier orgs on the planet, totally empty. I really don't think they suspected him from the beginning, or they would have just Googled him or called up OSA and refused to let him sign up.
 

ThetanExterior

Gold Meritorious Patron
i am surprised at the criticism of this podcast here.

Oh No Ross and Carrie was my therapy.

I've been out & UTR for a while, but have struggled most with figuring out what parts of my childhood/Scn education were "normal" and what parts were absolute B.S. I made some progress, but this podcast literally walked me through it! I think it's a must-listen for anyone on the recovery train. Because they went through step-by-step, blow-by-blow, I was able to hear them go through all the training I went through as a kid, talk about it, and it shed so much light on my own childhood and how Scn has influenced my thinking. I really think anyone who has come out in the last few years would benefit so much from it.

I think the people who are like "WTF are they talking about" don't realize how much DM has changed things. Every couple years there's a new release / revamp / buy all the books again / take all the courses again etc. There was some Div 6 Sup thing at Flag where they came out with these new courses that are essentially just a Sup showing a bunch of videos, meant to be given to a full class of newbies. Totally unrealistic and ignoring the fact that the org's classrooms are empty. Thus you get situations like Ross getting a 1-on-1 SO sup. It really shows the state of Scn today -- in one of the premier orgs on the planet, totally empty. I really don't think they suspected him from the beginning, or they would have just Googled him or called up OSA and refused to let him sign up.

I was surprised when you said that people here had criticised the podcast so I went back through the thread and it seems to me the comments are about 99% positive.

I certainly enjoyed the podcast and would recommend it to anyone.
 

TheOriginalBigBlue

Gold Meritorious Patron
I was surprised when you said that people here had criticised the podcast so I went back through the thread and it seems to me the comments are about 99% positive.

I certainly enjoyed the podcast and would recommend it to anyone.

I think they were very well received here and supported. About the only thing that was disappointing is they didn't infiltrate further but a deep cover op wasn't really their intent. They tried to be objective and provided their real names and contact info.

People tend to give the Church way too much credit for efficiency in everything. They might be obsessive in keeping records and lists but how they use and distribute that information is extremely flawed and irrational. For one thing, a list of all the levels of persona non grata from those who don't answer calls or attend events or been active to outright declared SPs also serves as an acknowledgement of failure so I doubt this would be broadly or uniformly distributed. But when Ross went to the event he would have fallen under a stricter level of scrutiny as they have rightly become very paranoid about event stuff, that looks weird to wogs and can be fact checked on the internet, getting out.

They did an excellent job of showing amateur reporters and sociology students what to expect for this level of encounter.
 
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