The Dream

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Fantastic Podcast to Binge
Interesting podcast, but definitely not for those with an affinity for "alternative medicine", and detox cures. The first season is perhaps the most coherent, a thorough investigation of the MLM industry, how it targets vulnerable people, and the harm it causes. It has a strong narrative arc, featuring some excellent interviews. Season two looks into what underpins that industry, the health claims of "wellness" products. While there are a few good interviews with experts (like a scientist at CERN debunking the supposed benefits of crystals), there is some lack of depth, and cohesion. Still worth listening - if only for the curious similarity between Gwyneth Paltrow and Alex Jones.
The 2nd season is all over the place. She clearly holds a distain for all things natural while failing to actually investigate any of them. I'm not sure the point other than belittling them. Too bad she didn't try any of these natural approaches while she suffered with migraines! She even went so far to include how different she is from Dan including his kale salad and her burger and fries. Nope. Not making fun of Dan! Making fun of her failure to explore. Feel sorry she hasn't yet explored natural and food options for depression and health issues.
Although the second season is below average and not really worth listening too, the first one was so briliant that it's enough to score 5/5
Don't just listen to this podcast, listen to it right now!
I absolutely adored the first season-- it definitely gets 5 stars! The second season was a little less focused because of the subject matter. Wellness is such a huge industry that I wish they'd reigned in the focus to just one aspect of wellness. Still an incredible pod! Well-researched and well-designed. Excited for season 3!
Interesting and informative! The first season is all about MLMs which was good, but definitely had a bit more "zone-out" moments. Season 2 really shined for me, which delved into the world of wellness and all of its scams and beliefs. If anything, I was left with wanting more information than they gave.
This series has me seeing the world a little differently. The information, investigation, interviews and real-life stories paint a fascinating (if not terrifying) reality for women who get involved with MLM's (and other self help hype trends) and the protected powers that prey on them.
The first season is amazing. I loved everything about it and I hope someone else will pick up where it left off. Season 2 is so terrible thus far that I won't bother checking back to find out if there is an actual point. There is no shortage of well done, critical insight into the wellness industry, it's become hackneyed AF. And...I too suffer from debilitating migraines after a childhood TBI and found LM's contempt for others who don't have it as bad insufferable. You guys can do better than this!
Season 1, great. Season 2 is a disaster so far. First of, can you criticize the whole wellness industry? Well, it seems that if you turn your journalistic podcast into a platform in which you can bully your boyfriend for liking crystals and then go on to cry because you had terrible migraines, absolutely! In the middle, express the anger you have towards migraine sufferers who are able to talk while they have an episode because yours were so bad. So far, no journalism, no serious approach to what seems to be at first just an industry, but they promise that some essential oils companies are mlms, so that must be bad. Cringy.
A great look at MLM schemes. The first season was informative and entertaining. Expecting more in season two.
Very interesting listen. My heart broke for some of the people caught up in MLM. The woman wanting to get enough money to buy a headstone still sticks with me.
This podcast amazed me. I loved how the arc of the first season curved from an intimate story of how MLM businesses affect ordinary people's lives, to how MLM businesses have shaped American politics. All told with charm and humor, by a host who always sounds like a best friend letting you in on a secret. I can't wait for season 2! This is one of my all time favorites.
A great look into the economical/psychological gears behind MLM schemes
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Podcast Details

Created by
Witness Docs
Podcast Status
Sep 6th, 2018
Latest Episode
Mar 25th, 2021
Release Period
Avg. Episode Length
26 minutes
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