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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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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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    • 7 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]).




    For more info, go to dearfranklinjones.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

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
950 Ratings

950 Ratings

sequimdaze ,

Franklin Jones was an EVIL MAN!!

I can’t even express the pain that this cult brought to my family. My aunt has been a follower since 1972 and still to this day she believes. Both of her children my cousins were raised in the cult. They endured sexual abuse, neglect, and starvation.
PLEASE PLEASE don’t call that evil man a “spiritual advisor”.

Kcmyway ,

Very good

It was that good , I wish there was more of it.

BobbieLoLo ,

Truly Moving

Thank you to the author for sharing his own story and his experiences. It’s moving and for sure worth a binge

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