64 episodes

Underbelly survivor stories of abuse, struggle and triumph told by former Amish, Mennonite and Anabaptist members.

The Plain People's Podcast The Plain People's Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.3 • 250 Ratings

Underbelly survivor stories of abuse, struggle and triumph told by former Amish, Mennonite and Anabaptist members.

    The Liberty Ridge Lawsuit

    The Liberty Ridge Lawsuit

    Renee Franchi and Nathanial Foote from Andreozzi & Foote are currently representing two former Mennonite men suing the Eastern PA Mennonite Church, Martin Nelson doing business as Liberty Ridge Farm.
    Together they sit down with Jasper to discuss labor trafficking, the Liberty Ridge case and how Amish and Mennonites are not above the law. 

    • 1 hr
    Breaking Amish with Dawn Martin

    Breaking Amish with Dawn Martin

    From Groffdale Conference Mennonite to Black Bumper (Horning) to Breaking Amish season 5, Dawn has been on a momentous journey. We were fortunate to sit down and spend some time talking about what is real in the process of shooting reality tv and find out where she is today. 

    • 32 min
    Behind Blue Curtains with Lizzie Hershberger

    Behind Blue Curtains with Lizzie Hershberger

    Lizzie Hershberger is a former Swartzentruber Amish member , which is largest and most conservative subgroups of Old Order Amish. Her recent memoir titled Behind Blue Curtains was published this spring and she sits down with us to talk about what it is like to write, and walk within, your trauma story. 

    • 42 min
    Deb's Story, Pt 2

    Deb's Story, Pt 2

    Last week we introduced you to the incredible Deb....also known as Moxie. This week we pick back up in the story and learn how Deb hiked the entire Appalachian Trail and the fierce tenacity that drove her to finish. 

    • 47 min
    Deb's Story, Part 1

    Deb's Story, Part 1

    Deb, who fondly goes by Moxie, grew up in the Beachy Amish church, but never quite fit in. In this two part story series, she opens up about her great adventure of hiking the entire Appalachian Trail, and who she became along the way. 
    All music featured in these episodes are played for you by Deb. 

    • 47 min
    A Grooming Case with Stephanie Krehbiel

    A Grooming Case with Stephanie Krehbiel

    In February of this year Mennonite Abuse Prevention published an investigation into the ''ministerial sexual misconduct" of co-pastor at Lorraine Avenue Mennonite Church, Tom Harder. Dr. Stephanie Krehbiel, executive director of IntoAccount.org prepared the analysis for MAP's post, and spoke with us about her findings. 
    To read the MAP post, click here. https://www.themaplist.org/the-map-list/tom-harder/
    To access full transcripts of messages and emails used as evidence in this case, click here. https://www.themaplist.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/03/Tom-Harder-Transcript-of-Facebook-and-email-conversation-between-Tom-Harder-and-student-S-redacted.pdf

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
250 Ratings

250 Ratings

LT Joel ,

Very Interesting!

I have listened to a handful of episodes and find the stories very interesting. The hosts do a great job! There are times when the person they are interviewing repeats information, which would be better edited so we as listeners don’t hear that rambling. The editing would benefit from making the voices the same sound level, Jasper is loud and interviewees more quiet-I think from the equipment they use.

Skeemer118 ,

Striking podcast

I recently found this podcast & I have really enjoyed the eye opening interviews. The hosts stay respectful & thoughtful towards their listeners who may believe differently than them. As a Christian I really appreciate their attention to not make fun of or alienate their audience that has differing beliefs. At times the sound is difficult to hear but that isn’t always a quick fix as I’m sure finances play a part of this podcast. Overall, I’m hooked & will continue listening. My heart goes out to so many lives affected negatively by this religion/cult.

SaintGuinefort ,

Interesting stories from perspectives both particular and universal

I really enjoy this pod. I’m given first person POV from the stories of individuals who have left a religious lifestyle I find fascinating, yet troubling. So, their stories are, in a sense, very other and unique to a very different lifestyle and value system from the mainstream of the country they live in, and yet express truly universally human life, and struggle. We, as humans, respond to abuse and repression, the same. We are hurt the same. We all yearn for the freedom of our hearts and voices. I appreciate the hosts’ perspectives and questions, as coming from these communities.
My favorite episodes thus far are of Deb (parts 1 & 2). Wow, I love her mighty spirit, and what she’s accomplished.
I would not have been gifted her story anywhere else, but on this podcast.

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