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Producer Jonathan Hirsch had a childhood much like yours -- except his family had a secret. They were followers of a controversial spiritual leader named Franklin Jones. To Jonathan’s parents, Franklin Jones was a god, but to people outside the group, Jones was a cult leader. Now, Jonathan is going back, trying to find out what happened -- and whether the group really did become a cult.

Dear Franklin Jones Stitcher

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Producer Jonathan Hirsch had a childhood much like yours -- except his family had a secret. They were followers of a controversial spiritual leader named Franklin Jones. To Jonathan’s parents, Franklin Jones was a god, but to people outside the group, Jones was a cult leader. Now, Jonathan is going back, trying to find out what happened -- and whether the group really did become a cult.

    Chapter 7: Maybe.

    Chapter 7: Maybe.

    An epilogue: what happened to my parents, Jones, and me.




    Music by Ray Lynch:




    “Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “The Oh of Pleasure” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Clouds Below Your Knees ” from the album “No Blue Thing” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Celestial Soda Pop” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes




     

    This episode is brought to you by Madison Reed (www.madison-reed.com [madison-reed.com]) and Acer (www.acer.com [acer.com]).




    For more info, go to dearfranklinjones.com.

    • 21 min
    Chapter 6: Gone

    Chapter 6: Gone

    Everything falls apart. For more info, go to dearfranklinjones.com.




    Music by Ray Lynch:




    “Clouds Below Your Knees ” from the album “No Blue Thing” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Green Is Here” from the album “Sky of Mind” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “The Oh of Pleasure” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Celestial Soda Pop” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Here & Never Found” from the album “No Blue Thing” -- Amazon, iTunes




     

    This episode is brought to you by Madison Reed (www.madison-reed.com), Acer (www.acer.com), and Casper (www.casper.com)

    • 21 min
    Chapter 5: Initiation

    Chapter 5: Initiation

    I choose to join the group and finally meet Jones. For more info, go to dearfranklinjones.com.

    Music by Ray Lynch:

    “Here & Never Found” from the album “No Blue Thing” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “What to Remember to Be Happy” from the album “Truth is the Only Profound” -- iTunes

    “Pastorale” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Celestial Soda Pop” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

     

    This episode is brought to you by Madison Reed (www.madison-reed.com) and Acer (www.acer.com).

    • 27 min
    Chapter 4: The Fire

    Chapter 4: The Fire

    My parents get closer and closer to Jones.




    Music by Ray Lynch:




    “Here & Never Found” from the album “No Blue Thing” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “What to Remember to Be Happy” from the album “Truth is the Only Profound” -- iTunes

    “Pastorale” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Celestial Soda Pop” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes



    This episode is brought to you by Madison Reed (www.madison-reed.com) and Acer (www.acer.com).

    • 23 min
    Chapter 3: The Accusations and The Radiant Presence

    Chapter 3: The Accusations and The Radiant Presence

    The group becomes infamous.




    Music by Ray Lynch:




    “Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Celestial Soda Pop” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Rhythm in the Pews” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes



    This episode is brought to you by Madison Reed (www.madison-reed.com).

    • 28 min
    Chapter 2: Origin Myths

    Chapter 2: Origin Myths

    How a guy from Long Island became ‘the original giver king.'




    Music by Ray Lynch:




    “Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “The Oh of Pleasure” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Rhythm in the Pews” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Your Feeling Shoulders” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “No Blue Thing” from the album “No Blue Thing” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

    “Celestial Soda Pop” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

     

    This episode is brought to you by Madison Reed (madison-reed.com).

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    • 24 min

Customer Reviews

mr chapter ,

Opened my eyes

The podcast, narrated with understanding and sympathy from Jonathan Hirsch, helps me comprehend further who Jones was and why did we follow him.

BlueOctoberSkye ,

Great show and story!

I really love the way you have put together the show, with different perspectives and really unpacking a topic that can be quite difficult I believe to approach in “normal” conversation! You show many sides of the story and your connection to it shows through in a beautiful way too! Thank you, I honestly did not want the episodes to end!

jlittle36 ,

Compelling!

Very cool to hear this first person perspective on a lifestyle I did not understand.

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