Special Guests

  • Ron Miscavige — Father of The Leader of Scientology, Author of RUTHLESS: Scientology, My Son David Miscavige, and Me
    Along with Dan Coon, Ron Miscavige is the author of RUTHLESS - the only book to examine the origins of Scientology's current leader. Ron’s book is the revealing story of David Miscavige's childhood and his path to the head seat of the Church of Scientology as seen through the eyes of his father. David Miscavige, successor to Scientology's founder L. Ron Hubbard, hasn't always ruled with an iron fist. It was his father, who first introduced his family to Scientology. As a young boy, David embraced it immediately. Years later, Ron could only watch with dismay as his bright, carefree son transformed into the leader he is today. RUTHLESS explores the Miscavige family’s gradual immersion into the church and the seeds that were planted for David’s meteoric ascendancy. Ron traces the arc of David's life, from the early years to David's stellar rise to power in Scientology, his brutal approach at running the organization today, and the disastrous effects that his leadership has had on countless numbers of Scientologists and their families.

    *Ron Miscavige is the father of David Miscavige, the leader of the Church of Scientology. He and his family joined Scientology in 1970, and he worked for the Sea Org for almost 27 of those years before leaving the Church entirely in 2012. He is a Marine veteran and professional musician who lives in Milwaukee, WI.

  • Dr. James A. Beverley — Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion, Author of Nelson's Illustrated Guide to Religions
    James Beverley is Professor of Christian Thought and Ethics at Tyndale Seminary in Toronto. He is also Associate Director of the Institute for the Study of American Religion in Beaumont, Texas. Professor Beverley is the author and editor of fifteen books and specializes in the study of new and world religions. He is a columnist for Faith Today magazine and has written often for Christianity Today magazine. He has taught all over North America and in Europe, Central America, Africa, India and Southeast Asia.

    *Last year, Dr. Beverley assembled one of the largest gatherings of Scientology critics & ex-Scientologists for the GETTING CLEAR CONFERENCE. Professor Beverley has been studying Scientology since 1978 and has lectured on Scientology at various international conferences.

  • Will Allen — Former Cult Member, Filmmaker
    From Executive Producer Jared Leto, Holy Hell was a huge hit at The Sundance Film Festival. “Just out of college, Will Allen, a young idealist filmmaker, joined a secretive spiritualist community led by a charismatic guru. With his camera in hand, he documented 20 years of living inside a cult that changed how he would see the world forever. Allen recorded everything, offering us a juicy and unparalleled look into the extreme ideals and expectations that make up this community, born out of Los Angeles, the city of cults. From total devotion turned to paranoia, the cracks began to unfold as unexpected truths were revealed about the enlightened leader they built every fiber of their lives around. For the first time, Allen turns the camera on himself and asks fellow ex-cult members to come to terms with their past and the unbelievable deceit they experienced. Holy Hell leaves us with many burning questions, but ultimately this one: What are we willing to believe to sustain our greatest happiness?”

  • Dr. Kenneth Pargament — Expert on Mental Health & Religion
    Kenneth Pargament is professor of clinical psychology at Bowling Green State University. Dr. Pargament has been a leading figure in the effort to bring a more balanced view of religious life to the attention of social scientists and health professionals. He has published over 250 articles on religion and mental health. He is author of The Psychology of Religion and Coping: Theory, Research, Practice and Spiritually Integrated Psychotherapy: Understanding and Addressing the Sacred. He is editor-in-chief of the recently published two-volume APA Handbook of Psychology, Religion, and Spirituality. Dr. Pargament has consulted with several foundations, the National Institutes of Health, the United States Army, the World Health Organization, and the John Templeton Foundation. He was Distinguished Scholar at the Institute for Spirituality and Health at the Texas Medical Center. His awards include the William James Award for excellence in research in the psychology of religion from Division 36 of APA and the Virginia Staudt Sexton Mentoring Award from APA for guiding and encouraging others in the field. He was awarded the 2009 Oskar Pfitzer Award from the American Psychiatric Association and the 2010 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Ohio Psychological Association in recognition of his research and practical efforts to understand and enhance the links between religion and mental health. He received the National Samaritan Center Award in November, 2012 in honor of his contributions to human health and growth, the Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Professional Chaplains in June, 2015, and was awarded an honorary doctor-of-letters from Pepperdine University in 2013.

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  • This Week's Recording Artist: Laila Biali
    "It is the ultimate task given to the musician, whether as singer or instrumentalist, to create a unique signature or fingerprint that is instantly recognisable as their own. What is surprising and delightful in Laila Biali is that both as vocalist and pianist she accomplishes this with equal aplomb. She is an exciting and unique talent, and I admire her greatly." ~ Sting

    Award-winning Canadian singer-songwriter and pianist Laila Biali has toured with Chris Botti, Paula Cole and Suzanne Vega, and recorded with and supported Sting. Her accolades include "SOCAN Composer of the Year" and "Keyboardist of the Year" at Canada's National Jazz Awards. She takes the best of pop, rock, classical, world and soul, informs it with her expertise in jazz, and weaves it into her musical arrangements and original songs. Laila has presented her music at prestigious venues spanning five continents including the North Sea Jazz Festival, Tokyo's Cotton Club, Peru's El Festival Internacional de Lima, and Carnegie Hall in New York City. Her studio recording, Tracing Light, received a JUNO nomination in 2011 for “Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year ”, and her follow-up album, Live in Concert, was given an enthusiastic four-star review and named one of the “Best Albums of 2013” by DownBeat Magazine. In 2015, Laila released her first album of entirely original music, House of Many Rooms – an indie-pop project featuring Lisa Fischer (Rolling Stones, 20 Feet From Stardom), Jo Lawry (Sting, Paul Simon), Alan Hampton (Robert Glasper), and the Toronto Mass Choir. Laila is currently working on her second studio album of original music, expanding on her unique “ability to meld traditional jazz with contemporary pop so effortlessly that neither style seems out of place on the same record” (Spinner Magazine). This project will highlight collaborations with several award-winning songwriters including Randy Bachman, Ron Sexsmith, Marc Jordan, Royal Wood and Sonia Johnson, and is slated for release in summer of 2016. She currently divides her time between New York City and Toronto.


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  • W.here's T.he F.aith?
    Join Drew and various religion reporters from an assortment of news outlets, as they catch up on happenings in the world of Religion & Faith & Cults (Oh My!)
    Today's W.T.F. Guest: Jonathan Merritt - Senior Columnist for Religion News Service