Ideal Human Environment

WANTED: families to volunteer to live for six months in the Australian outback “to advance the frontiers of social science.” Be part of a cutting edge research project to test the ideal human environment.   In a country known for a population that loves to travel, the write-ups appealed to plenty of adventurous spirits. Little did they know the reality of what they would be getting themselves into.   Full research sources listed on each episode page at You can support the creation of this independent podcast at   With thanks to Audio-Technica, presenting partner for season 3 of Let's Talk About Sects.   If you have been personally affected by involvement in a cult, or would like to support those who have been, you can find support or donate to Cult Information and Family Support if you’re in Australia (via, and you can find resources outside of Australia with the International Cultic Studies Association (via   Credits: Written, Researched and Hosted by Sarah Steel Music by Joe Gould   Links: A snake in the grass — by Andrew Burrell, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 24 August 2019 The Utopia Project — by Andrew Burrell, The Weekend Australian Magazine, 8 August 2015 Cult friction — by Frank Robson, Good Weekend, 6 November 1999 Cult leader James 'Taipan' Salerno jailed for repeated sexual abuse of teenage girl — by Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 29 July 2019 Leader of Adelaide Cult the ‘Ideal Human Environment’ Has Been Jailed for Sexual Abuse — by Gavin Butler, VICE, 30 July 2019 Salute to Adelaide Hills cult leader inspired by Gladiator movie, court told — by Rebecca Opie, ABC News, 19 October 2018 This Aussie Cult Boss Was Allegedly Inspired by Russell Crowe in Gladiator — by Gavin Butler, VICE, 19 October 2018 'I felt like a piece of meat': Victim of cult leader James Salerno tells court of continued trauma — by Candice Prosser...   See for privacy and opt-out information.

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