Guru: The Dark Side of Enlightenment

Publisher: Wondery

Critic Rating: 5.0/5


When we face challenges in life, we seek answers from people we believe can help us. When tragedy strikes an exclusive retreat with a self-help superstar, many people are left to wonder: how far is too far? James Arthur Ray was an Oprah-endorsed self-help teacher who achieved fame, fortune, and influence. But friends and family members of his followers questioned his unorthodox methods, and tried to stop him. From Wondery, the makers of “Dirty John,” “Dr. Death,” and “The Shrink Next Door,” comes a story about the dark side of enlightenment. Hosted by journalist Matt Stroud. New episodes will come out weekly.

Critic Reviews

Score: 5

Sarah Hoek - Daily Maverick - Apr 2, 2021

"Thick, hot air: you can hear it; you can feel the bodies gasping for it next to you. For a moment, this is not a podcast, but a memory. It is gripping true crime meets existentialism in the middle of the Arizona desert that hooks you from the first installment to the last."

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