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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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    • 3.8 • 6 Ratings

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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    • 8 min
    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]).




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    • 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)

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    • 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).

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    • 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).

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 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).

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

3.8 out of 5
6 Ratings

6 Ratings

Woodyrob ,

Good story but ruined by poor volume control

Worth listing to, however the surges in volume from quiet to loud is very distracting, especially when trying to relax then getting blasted with an unexpected volume surge. It's even worse again when the promotional segments play.
Then at times too quiet.

People making podcasts need to learn to get the audio levels right and consistent. Or hire a professional

That said, it was a very interesting story

Create Nickname 1574 ,

Enjoyable somewhat personal account of a cult and its leader

Halfway through. Good listen.

RoseIrvine ,

A bad mix of misrepresentated stories - not worth the time

The truth and facts are far more interesting to read! Waste of time.

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