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Nori on the John Dayle Show, KFYI 910 AM radio, Phoenix, March 29, 1996, to discuss the Heaven's Gate mass suicide in San Diego.

Nori Muster Interviews and Vitae

Shortlist Magazine "Inside the dark secrets of the Hare Krishnas," by Ralph Jones, an investigation into the history of ISKCON.
Discovery TV "Temple of Doom" documents the 1986 murder of an ISKCON member; one episode in the Discovery TV series, Deadly Devotion.
National Enquirer "Vanna White's SECRET HEARTACHE" - story appears after her son joins the Hare Krishnas.
3TV News Phoenix Nori speaks in favor of the Affordable Care Act in a local TV news report and member's story segment for Meritus health insurance co-op.
Delta Queen publicity to save a much-loved steamboat.
Amazon.com an interview and award for Nori's first book, Betrayal of the Spirit.
Book Reviews a collection of Betrayal of the Spirit reviews, including Publisher's Weekly.
Freedom of Mind Steve Hassan's interview with Steven Gelberg and Nori Muster.
Children of ISKCON vs. ISKCON media coverage when the children of ISKCON filed a complaint against ISKCON for child abuse.
Arizona Daily Star & KJZZ FM Phoenix newspaper and radio coverage of a religious fringe group uncovered on the UofA campus in Tucson.
UC Santa Barbara Celebrating Research - links to Nori's papers at UCSB Special Research Collections.
Misc. Interviews radio and Internet interviews, 1990-present.

Just for fun
Prescott College Art Show alumni art retrospective, Cubist Steamboat, by Nori Muster.
Birth Announcements Variety, the Los Angeles Herald & Express, and The Cash Box.
First Earth Day student film - Van Nuys Junior High celebrated the first Earth Day April 22, 1970.
Arizona Republic "My Daughter Dresses Funny," by Nori's mother, December 6, 1970.

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Investigative reporter Ralph Jones delves into the dark history of the Hare Krishna movement after spending twenty-four hours at a temple. Read article: Shortlist Magazine. Read a commentary by Nori Muster: In Celebration of a Masterpiece.





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Temple of Doom, Deadly Devotion (series), Discovery TV
Docudrama describes the murder of Krishna devotee Sulochan Das (Steve Bryant) in Los Angeles, May 22, 1986. Nori Muster and Steven Gelberg appear throughout the documentary to discuss their recollections of the atmosphere in ISKCON when the murder took place.
Originally aired July 2, 2013 (only available by pay-per-view $3)
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Headlines: Vanna White's SECRET HEARTACHE - She loses TEEN SON to religious cult - 'Wheel of Fortune' beauty's PRIVATE HELL - Vanna White's son 'BRAINWASHED' Teen falls UNDER SPELL OF RELIGIOUS CULT - front page story published in the September 16, 2013 issue of National Enquirer. Click here to read the article.





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A local news spot about the Affordable Care Act, including a brief interview with Nori (two versions for the evening news):
Good Evening Arizona with Kristine Harrington - 3TV News - Phoenix, April 4, 2014
Good Evening Arizona with Kristine Harrington - 3TV News - Phoenix, April 4, 2014

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Members Stories interview for the health insurance co-op Meritus, July 2014
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Saving a steamboat - In 2008, the Delta Queen Steamboat lost her exemption to run the American rivers. As a historic vessel, it does not meet modern standards for seagoing ships. However, because it is always a few yards from shore, and is upgraded with state-of-the-art sprinkler systems and other safeguards, it has always gotten the exemption before 2008. The boat is now going back into service, but things were dire back in 2008. Click here to read a handful of the many articles about saving the Delta Queen Steamboat.





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An interview by Amazon.com that came out in 1997, when Betrayal of the Spirit was first published. Read interview.



Betrayal of the Spirit received Amazon.com's award for best-selling book in the Hare Krishna category. See a full-size version of the award: Amazon.com award.





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Freedom of Mind Interview by Steve Hassan
Steven Gelberg and Nori Muster at the 2015 ICSA conference Stockholm, Sweden
Freedom of Mind Resource Center, published July 20, 2015 (Nori is second half of the interview.)
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Watch the interview: Youtube

Nori has presented and written for the International Cultic Studies Association* since the 00s: Edmonton 2004, Denver 2006, New York 2010, Santa Fe 2013, and Stockholm 2015





Children of Krishna vs. ISKCON

When the children of the Hare Krishna organization (ISKCON) filed their complaint, Nori gave interviews to multiple news outlets. The lawsuit, Children of ISKCON vs. ISKCON, started in 2000 and was settled in the children's favor in federal bankruptcy court in 2008.

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Child abuse in Krishna schools, by Kerri Hikida
Whole Life Times, Journal of the Holistic Lifestyle, December 1998
Whole Life Times

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BBC Sunday Programme regarding ISKCON's move to file bankruptcy as its response to the lawsuit - February 10, 2002
BBC interview (transcript)

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Boston Phoenix
Where have all the Krishnas gone? February 2, 2001

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The Dallas Observer
Tortured Souls, by Mark Donald, December 06, 2001.

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Portland Mercury News Murder, Sex and Free Food, by Frank Bures, 21 June 2001

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Child Abuse Victims to sue ISKCON, "The Darker Side of ISKCON," by Arthur J. Pais, June 15, 1999

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In search of a lost childhood, by Shanthi Shankarkumar, June 29, 2000

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The Age, Melbourne Exposed: The Sins of the Gurus; Sidebar: Peace, Love, Tainted by Shame, by Martin Daly, Sunday 18 June 2000

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More articles from the child abuse lawsuit: Gurukula Article Index.

Other ISKCON-related interviews from the 1990s and 00s (originals lost): USA TODAY, Los Angeles Times, BBC World Services Focus on Faith; Salon.com; Glamour Magazine; W-Five TV (Toronto); San Francisco Chronicle; ABC TV News - 20/20; ABC radio; Associated Press; The New York Times; Religious News Service; Columbia Journalism School, Toronto Sun; Discovery with Josh Wagner (KKUP, 91.5 FM, Santa Clara, California); KOGO (News Radio 600, San Diego); Jupiter's Girl syndicated radio show, and interview with Kamalla Rose, columnist for the Global Sikh Daily News.






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Star investigation: Tucson ministry a cult, former followers say
Arizona Daily Star
By Carol Ann Alaimo and Emily Bregel, Tucson.com, March 7, 2015

Follow-up articles (Nori not quoted in these):
UA asks church's campus recuiting arm for answers
By Carol Ann Alaimo and Emily Bregel, Tucson.com, March 12, 2015
Tucson church some call a cult is laying low
By Emily Bregel and Carol Ann Alaimo, Tucson.com, December 26, 2015

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Here and Now, KJZZ FM, Phoenix, Arizona
Reporter Emily Bregel and Author Nori Muster Discuss Cults
By Steve Goldstein
KJZZ FM, March 11, 2015





Betrayal of the Spirit Collection at UCSB Special Collections (three links)


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Collection Profile: Alongside the core collection donated by Melton are more than 60 other discrete manuscript collections. The Nori Muster Betrayal of the Spirit Collection, for example, contains correspondence, diaries, interviews, and other material from a former member and associate editor of ISKCON World Review: Newspaper of the Hare Krishna Movement.


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Collection Guide: Nori Muster Betrayal of the Spirit collection, circa 1970s-1990s


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American Religions Collection: Manuscript Collections
Muster [Nori] Betrayal of the Spirit Collection. ISKCON related materials. (ARC Mss 28).





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Misc. Interviews: Radio, Students, Etc.

1990 radio interview
A radio interview from 1990, when Betrayal of the Spirit was just a manuscript, sitting in my drawer.

John Dayle Show, KFYI 910 AM radio, Phoenix, March 29, 1996, to discuss the Heaven's Gate mass suicide in San Diego [no transcript available].

Eliot Stein Show, national syndicated radio program, to discuss the history of the Hare Krishna movement, May 18, 1996 [no transcript available].

Dreams: Catharsis of Mind and Spirit
an Interview with Professor Nori Muster
by Nandini G., for Virtual University, 1998

The Nature of Cults
A student asks Nori to elaborate on each point of his outline, May 13, 2002

2002 independent journalist in France
Interview with S.T. from France for her publication

Temple University
Nori Muster shares aspects of her life with a Ph.D. candidate at Temple University, investigating art therapy and cults, June 19, 2008

2010 interview for student
Twelve questions about cults from a student

The ABCs of Dangerous Cults
Nori Muster's answers to an interview sent in by high school students, Lauren B. and Valeria D., January 6, 2015

Former SD/3HO follower Kamalla interviews former ISKCON follower Nori Muster
A comparison of memories from ISKCON and SD/3HO, the Yogi Bhajan group, extracted from lengthy online discussions in 2016.





Prescott College 50th Anniversary Alumni Art Show, October 18 to November 19, 2016.





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The First Earth Day, April 22, 1970
Student Film, Van Nuys Junior High
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My Daughter Dresses Funny, by Paula Hassler
Arizona Republic, Sunday magazine, December 6, 1970
Written by Nori's mother for the Arizona Republic
Photos by Arizona Republic staff photographer.
The story features photos of Nori and her high school friends.
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Nori Muster, knows abuse recovery, dangerous fringe groups, juvenile justice, historic preservation, American paddlewheel steamboats, 1950s Capitol Records history, real estate, and property management.

Her six titles on Amazon.com include Betrayal of the Spirit, her memoir of ten years with the Hare Krishnans, and Child of the Cult, a collection of narrative stories by people who grew up in totalistic groups.

She has a master's degree from Western Oregon University, and is a licensed real estate agent and real estate instructor in the State of Arizona. Always happy to hear from members of the media, researchers, and new clients.

Contact Nori - click here.

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