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Meet the Team!

Welcome to IndoctriNation: A weekly podcast covering cults, manipulators, and protecting yourself from systems of control.

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Meet the Team!


Rachel Bernstein

Host & Founder

Rachel Bernstein has been working with former cult members and their families for nearly 30 years. She works with people all over the world and meets with clients in her office in Los Angeles. She also runs a weekly former cult member support group. Rachel is on the Advisory Board of the International Cultic Studies Association, and has spoken at many of their conferences. She co-led the 8-week “Building Bridges” online course with Patrick Ryan and Joseph Kelly. Along with being a member of the Advisory Board for the Open Minds Foundation, and its flagship program, EduCARE, she is host of the weekly “IndoctriNation Podcast” and makes educational YouTube videos. Visit her site for more of her work: http://www.rachelbernsteintherapy.com/

Robert Van Vranken

Audio & Creative Director

Robert Van Vranken is a Freelance Podcast Producer and Editor from Minneapolis, MN, best known for his work with The Cipher and Indoctrination Podcasts. The podcasts he has worked on have been covered in O The Oprah Magazine, Vulture, Slate, Paste, and many more. Robert has worked on shows by notable musicians Jolie Holland and Open Mike Eagle, and edited for popular podcasts such as Capitol Allocators and Brooklyn Mag Podcast.


Aryana Fernandez

Communications/ Marketing Director

Aryana Fernandez is a public relations professional from New York. She has a B.A  in Communications- Advertising/ Public Relations from the CUNY City College of New York. Aryana has multiple passions and interests, she has been held responsible for managing the social media and the public image of many in various industries. Aryana has done some communications work for local political campaigns, Westchester County Executive offices, and the Rattlestick Playwrights Theater in New York. In her free time, she is a freelance writer, a volunteer at her local animal shelter, and loves to go on road trips! https://www.linkedin.com/in/aryana-fernandez-561726137


Katie Bauer

Visual & Media

Kate Bauer is a freelance motion graphics and post-production specialist with a heavy background in film production. She was an editorial intern last fall for Emmy-nominated documentary production company Chain Camera Pictures while finishing her last semester of Visual Media Art at Emerson College in Los Angeles. When Kate isn’t bringing others’ dreams to life, she manifests her own as a writer and director. Her science fiction short films have premiered in Helsinki, Berlin, Los Angeles, and Boston. See more of her work at katebauerfilm.com/mywork