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Journalist Tony Ortega talks about his coverage of The Church of Scientology in HBO doc "Going Clear"

04/09/15 Rob Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Thursday)
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A couple of weeks ago HBO premiered the documentary Going Clear, directed by Alex Gibney, which delves into the history of the Church of Scientology and the life of its founder L. Ron Hubbard, as well as allegations of human rights abuses by the church from former members. The church, whose spiritual headquarters are in Clearwater, has vehemently condemned the film in [this film rebuttal](http://www.freedommag.org/hbo/videos/exterminating-gi...

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Janet Reitman: author of Inside Scientology (The Story of America's Most Secretive Religion)

07/18/11 Robert Lorei
Radioactivity: Live Call-In (Monday)
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Good afternoon, welcome to Radioactivity. I’m Rob Lorei.

Scientology, a religion founded by science fiction writer L Ron Hubbard describes itself as the world’s fastest growing religion. The Church of Scientology is a significant player locally—owning significant amounts of real estate in Clearwater and Ybor City.

For years the church has been embroiled in scandal. Some describe it as a cult. But faithful Scientologists say the church has helped them. The Church has been embroile...

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