The Gateway: Teal Swan show

The Gateway: Teal Swan

Summary: The Gateway is a six-part series about Teal Swan, a new brand of spiritual guru, who draws in followers with her hypnotic self-help YouTube videos aimed at people who are struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts. Some followers move to Teal’s healing center, a spiritual startup where they produce content and manage social media accounts. Teal insists her therapy saves lives, but her critics say Teal’s death-focused dogma is dangerous. Gizmodo reporter Jennings Brown traveled to rural Utah and to the forests of Costa Rica, with extensive access to Teal and her inner circle, to understand Teal's teachings and investigate the deaths of some of her followers.


 Part 6: Shadows | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2250

After months of reporting, Jennings goes to Utah for one final interview with Teal. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Part 5: Memories | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2670

A look back at a strange chapter of American history known as the Satanic Panic—and how it connects to Teal.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Part 4: Tribe | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 3012

In this exploration of Teal’s online empire, we’ll meet some of the people whose lives have changed because of her teachings. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Part 3: Philia | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2564

Jennings meets Teal at her retreat center in Costa Rica. He spends a week there, observing her therapy methods and getting to know some of the people who leave their lives behind to live with Teal and run her spiritual startup. It all starts with a death meditation, and it only gets stranger from there. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Part 2: Origins | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2291

Jennings travels to Utah, where Teal grew up and began her spiritual career. He learns more about the upbringing that shaped her teachings on suicide, and he meets the people who were closest to a Teal follower who took her own life.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

 Part 1: Catalyst | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 2505

In April 2017 YouTube recommended reporter Jennings Brown watch a self-help video from Teal Swan, a spiritual guru with a global online following. He’d spend the next year trying to understand whether or not she’s dangerous.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit

  Introducing The Gateway | File Type: audio/mpeg | Duration: 192

Follow Gizmodo reporter Jennings Brown as he investigates an internet spiritual guru, named Teal Swan, and the deaths of some of her followers. The Gateway premieres on May 30th. Subscribe now wherever you get your podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit


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