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Growing Up Moonie

Hideo Higashibaba

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Growing Up Moonie

Growing Up Moonie

Hideo Higashibaba

81
Followers
713
Plays
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Hideo Higashibaba left the cult he was born into when he was 22 years old. The Unification Church, also known as the Moonies, was founded in Korea by a man named Sun Myung Moon who proclaimed he was the Second Coming of Christ. In Growing Up Moonie, Hideo asks people he grew up with what their childhoods were like and shares his struggle to make sense of his weird sheltered youth and the person he grew up to be. Edited and co-produced by Quinn Myers.

Latest Episodes

Growing Up Moonie Trailer

EJoin cult survivor Hideo Higashibaba as he talks with people who were also born into the Unification Church, aka the Moonies. Growing Up Moonie is a podcast of stories of the awkwardness, pain, struggles, and even a little hope that can come from growing up in a cult.

2 min2019 FEB 21
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Growing Up Moonie Trailer

Episode 1: Have You Heard of the Moonies?

When Hideo Higashibaba left the Moonies he had no idea how he was going to survive without them. He wondered if other kids born into the church had as much trouble adjusting to adulthood, even if they didn’t leave. In this first episode Hideo reflects on his own strange origins and the history of the Moonies.

10 min2019 MAR 4
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Episode 1: Have You Heard of the Moonies?

Episode 2: Jenn

EHideo and Jenn grew up going to church, Sunday school, and church camp together, but they had wildly different home lives. Hideo talks with Jenn about the pressures, guilt, and strict rules that guarded the childhoods of second generation Moonies.

25 min2019 MAR 4
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Episode 2: Jenn

Episode 3: The Mythology of Reverend Sun Myung Moon

ESun Myung Moon was born the son of poor farmers in present-day North Korea and by the time he died ruled a global cult and was a billionaire. Hideo digs into some of the stories and legends surrounding the charismatic leader of the Moonies.

18 min2019 MAR 4
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Episode 3: The Mythology of Reverend Sun Myung Moon

Episode 4: Teruko

EIn the early days of the Moonies, members all lived together in centers across the country and world. But when the second generation were born many families decided to move out and try something new: being totally separate from and yet a part of society. That’s what the second generation had to juggle, all the time and every day. Hideo and Teruko talk about the struggle to understand identity and belonging as the second generation.

28 min2019 MAR 4
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Episode 4: Teruko

Episode 5: Ritual in the Unification Church

EIn the textbook definition of a cult, a group must have three things: a charismatic leader, insider/outsider identity, and shared ritual. In this episode, Hideo shares some of the rituals of the Moonies and what he had to leave behind.

15 min2019 MAR 4
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Episode 5: Ritual in the Unification Church

Episode 6: Katie

EKatie and Hideo talk about Katie’s recent marriage to another second generation, the struggle to live the values of the church, and the innate need for belonging.

25 min2019 MAR 4
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Episode 6: Katie

Episode 7: Hideo

EIn this final episode Hideo shares his reasons for leaving the Unification and all he lost—and gained—when he left.

28 min2019 MAR 4
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Episode 7: Hideo
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Latest Episodes

Growing Up Moonie Trailer

EJoin cult survivor Hideo Higashibaba as he talks with people who were also born into the Unification Church, aka the Moonies. Growing Up Moonie is a podcast of stories of the awkwardness, pain, struggles, and even a little hope that can come from growing up in a cult.

2 min2019 FEB 21
Comments
Growing Up Moonie Trailer

Episode 1: Have You Heard of the Moonies?

When Hideo Higashibaba left the Moonies he had no idea how he was going to survive without them. He wondered if other kids born into the church had as much trouble adjusting to adulthood, even if they didn’t leave. In this first episode Hideo reflects on his own strange origins and the history of the Moonies.

10 min2019 MAR 4
Comments
Episode 1: Have You Heard of the Moonies?

Episode 2: Jenn

EHideo and Jenn grew up going to church, Sunday school, and church camp together, but they had wildly different home lives. Hideo talks with Jenn about the pressures, guilt, and strict rules that guarded the childhoods of second generation Moonies.

25 min2019 MAR 4
Comments
Episode 2: Jenn

Episode 3: The Mythology of Reverend Sun Myung Moon

ESun Myung Moon was born the son of poor farmers in present-day North Korea and by the time he died ruled a global cult and was a billionaire. Hideo digs into some of the stories and legends surrounding the charismatic leader of the Moonies.

18 min2019 MAR 4
Comments
Episode 3: The Mythology of Reverend Sun Myung Moon

Episode 4: Teruko

EIn the early days of the Moonies, members all lived together in centers across the country and world. But when the second generation were born many families decided to move out and try something new: being totally separate from and yet a part of society. That’s what the second generation had to juggle, all the time and every day. Hideo and Teruko talk about the struggle to understand identity and belonging as the second generation.

28 min2019 MAR 4
Comments
Episode 4: Teruko

Episode 5: Ritual in the Unification Church

EIn the textbook definition of a cult, a group must have three things: a charismatic leader, insider/outsider identity, and shared ritual. In this episode, Hideo shares some of the rituals of the Moonies and what he had to leave behind.

15 min2019 MAR 4
Comments
Episode 5: Ritual in the Unification Church

Episode 6: Katie

EKatie and Hideo talk about Katie’s recent marriage to another second generation, the struggle to live the values of the church, and the innate need for belonging.

25 min2019 MAR 4
Comments
Episode 6: Katie

Episode 7: Hideo

EIn this final episode Hideo shares his reasons for leaving the Unification and all he lost—and gained—when he left.

28 min2019 MAR 4
Comments
Episode 7: Hideo
the END
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