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After Charlottesville: The Psychology Behind Extremism And Cults

On Saturday, white supremacist groups gathered in Charlottesville, Va. for a “Unite the Right” rally. The rally turned deadly when a man rammed a car into a group of counter-protesters, killing a woman. 

Worldview spends the hour with social psychologist, Alexandra Stein, who helps survivors of cult movements reintegrate into society. Stein’s expertise is personal. She spent a decade in a cult called “The O.” Stein’s latest book, Terror, Love and Brainwashing: Attachment in Cults and Totalitarianism, references her experiences and 25 years of research to assert that cult leaders and political leaders aren’t always that different. Stein joins us to discuss her research in light of today’s political climate.

Jerome McDonnell produced this segment. 

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