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The Orgasm Cult

The BBC / Online / Film & TV

Marketed as a Goop-style wellness operation, OneTaste was a San Francisco start-up that traded in sex instead of data management. Offering pricey talks, seminars, and courses, the company promised its members enlightenment through orgasmic meditation. At its height, the organization was worth millions, with offices in nine cities, including London and New York, and a staff of more than 150. Now it is the subject of an F.B.I. inquiry into allegations of sex trafficking, prostitution, and labor-law violations. Chronicling this bizarre story is a new 10-part BBC Radio 4 podcast called The Orgasm Cult, hosted by the British journalist Nastaran Tavakoli-Far. Comprising interviews with former employees, OneTaste members, and industry experts, the series pieces together how Nicole Daedone, the charismatic co-founder, rebranded orgasms as self-care for the empowered woman, and may have led her followers into five-figure debts and sexual subjugation. —B.A.

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