8 episodes

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.

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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.

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4.4 out of 5
83 Ratings

83 Ratings

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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