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Join FBI whistleblower Jane Turner every other week as she talks with a whistleblower about their life experiences, what led them to blow the whistle, and their lives after their courageous and brave actions. In each episode, Turner will discuss in depth each individual’s choice to become a whistleblower in their respective fields and the fallout that occurred. Questions? Reach Whistleblower Network News at contact@whistleblowernews.com.

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Join FBI whistleblower Jane Turner every other week as she talks with a whistleblower about their life experiences, what led them to blow the whistle, and their lives after their courageous and brave actions. In each episode, Turner will discuss in depth each individual’s choice to become a whistleblower in their respective fields and the fallout that occurred. Questions? Reach Whistleblower Network News at contact@whistleblowernews.com.

    Dr. Nigel MacLennan: Part II

    Dr. Nigel MacLennan: Part II

    “Whistleblowers are subject to a wide range of abuses.” In the second installment of this podcast episode, Dr. Nigel MacLennan provides information about the psychology of people who retaliate against whistleblowers. In part I of Dr. MacLennan’s podcast, he talks about the psychology of whistleblowers, provides mental health tips for whistleblowers, and much more. 


    In part II, Dr. MacLennan talks with FBI whistleblower Jane Turner about various kinds of abuses that whistleblowers experience at the hands of retaliators. He discusses topics like double binds, the “toxic triad,” (narcissists, sociopaths, and psychopaths), and what he calls the “spiral of silent complicity,” which provides insight into just how hard it is to speak out against wrongdoing. He also talks about microaggressions and the various ways they can take shape. 


    During a question and answer session, Dr. MacLennan talks about how a whistleblower can protect their mental and emotional state and discusses warning signs that you may be working for an abusive offender. He also gives whistleblowers and allies alike advice for enduring retaliation. 



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    • 39 min
    Dr. Nigel MacLennan: Part I

    Dr. Nigel MacLennan: Part I

    What a price the people who save our society from wrongdoing are paying for doing so.” This week's Whistleblower of the Week podcast is a two-part episode: one on whistleblowers and one on people who retaliate against them. In this first part of the episode, Dr. Nigel MacLennan, an author, professor, leadership coach, and Executive Psychotherapist talks with FBI whistleblower Jane Turner about the psychology of whistleblowers and takes a scientific approach to analyzing the struggles many whistleblowers face. The second part of the episode will feature Dr. MacLennan’s reflections on retaliators and people who antagonize whistleblowers. Part II of the podcast with Dr. MacLennan will be published tomorrow!


    In this segment, Dr. MacLennan delves into the psychology of whistleblowers. He talks with Turner about the toll blowing the whistle can take on a “hero of integrity,” his word for whistleblowers. Dr. MacLennan discusses the mental health struggles with which whistleblowers can grapple. How can the five stages of grief be different for whistleblowers? How should a whistleblower deal with retaliation? Dr. MacLennan provides insights into these questions and more: don’t miss his tips for whistleblowers on how to care for your mental health after encountering adversity as a whistleblower. 


    In a question and answer portion of the podcast, Dr. MacLennan tackles Turner’s questions about gender discrimination, getting back into the workforce after experiencing retaliation, how the whistleblowing community and movement should move forward, and more. Don’t miss this incredible episode, and stay tuned for part II of the Dr. MacLennan podcast coming tomorrow! 


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    • 42 min
    Sara Thompson: Reform Legislation Follow Up

    Sara Thompson: Reform Legislation Follow Up

    “My sole hope is that other Volunteers don’t have to go through what I went through.” In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, FBI whistleblower Jane Turner catches up with Peace Corps whistleblower Sara Thompson. Thompson served in the Peace Corps in Burkina Faso and experienced medical complications from taking mefloquine, a controversial anti-malaria medicine that the Corps administered. Since her service, she has been fighting for expanded rights, including whistleblower protections, for Peace Corps Volunteers.


    In this episode, Thompson catches Jane up on the two pieces of Peace Corps reform legislation, one of which is in the House and one in the Senate. She talks about the specifics of the bills and the reforms they make and shouts out other people who have been important in the making of these bills. 


    Thompson tells Turner about how she got involved in the making of the legislation, provides an overview of her Peace Corps story (you can listen to her full story here), and talks about the shortcomings of the reform bills. They also discuss the next steps for the legislation and how Thompson has become someone that other returned Volunteers go to for guidance and support. Get the latest from Thompson in this engaging episode!  


    Read a written Whistleblower of the Week profile on Thompson here. 


    Listen to a previous podcast on which Thompson was featured here.


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    • 32 min
    Dr. Allison Gill

    Dr. Allison Gill

    “I was a counter-narrative…to something they were trying to spin.” Join FBI whistleblower Jane Turner in conversation with Dr. Allison Gill, VA whistleblower, Founder of MSW Media, and Host of the Mueller, She Wrote and The Daily Beans podcasts. In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, Dr. Gill recounts her time working for the Department of Veterans Affairs as a liaison to the Department of Defense for the VA to TRICARE and tells the story of how she was forced out of her position. She talks with Turner about her reasons for not filing a whistleblower complaint and the specifics behind her removal from her government job.

    In this episode, Dr. Gill also talks about her highly successful podcast Mueller, She Wrote and discusses what happened when the podcast came out. She details going on to get her Ph.D, her coping mechanisms and how she pushes forward, and the current status of her case. Finally, Dr. Gill talks about her current work on the podcasts and the media network she founded, and provides a piece of advice that she wants every whistleblower to know. This is a must-listen episode!

    Dr. Gill will be the keynote speaker for the National Whistleblower Center’s National Whistleblower Day celebration this year. Learn more here.

    Read the 2020 Whistleblower of the Week profile on Dr. Gill here. 

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    • 40 min
    Noel McGree

    Noel McGree

    “They saw me as a problem.” In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, FBI whistleblower Jane Turner talks to Noel McGree, who blew the whistle on corruption in the Irish prison service. Learn more about whistleblowing law in Ireland as McGree talks about lending his knowledge and advising in the country’s implementation of the EU whistleblowing directive. McGree delves into his whistleblower story: in 2013, he was asked to participate in theft while working in a prison. After refusing to participate in the theft, McGree experienced retaliation and was removed from his catering duties. He made a health and safety report that later became defined as a whistleblowing act, and a judge ruled in McGree’s favor in the case. However, retaliation against McGree worsened after the judge’s ruling.

    McGree describes being harassed by his colleagues at work and tells Turner that his family was put at risk as well. He talks about the extensive toll blowing the whistle has taken on his and his family’s lives. McGree also discusses ways in which he has used his circumstances to better the system for other whistleblowers: he impacted change at the prison when a protected disclosures office and manager was created there. McGree talks with Turner about his plans for the future, his support systems, being a founding member of Blowers Ireland, and how a job he found after leaving the prison service was a welcome breath of fresh air. Don’t miss this incredible whistleblower’s story!

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    • 56 min
    Stephen Kohn

    Stephen Kohn

    In this episode of the Whistleblower of the Week podcast, FBI whistleblower Jane Turner speaks with Stephen Kohn, Founding Partner of law firm Kohn, Kohn and Colapinto and Founder and Chairman of the Board of the National Whistleblower Center. Kohn, a whistleblower attorney and expert in the field, discusses what's going on the international world of whistleblowing, having just returned from a trip to London. During his trip, Kohn talked with bank investigators about how they have whistleblower rights under U.S. laws and also explained the unique procedures that investigators and auditors can utilize to obtain protection.

    "We work overtime to demonstrate that anti-corruption knows no bounds." Kohn chats with Turner about his long standing work spreading the "good news" that whistleblowing works to lawmakers and regulators, both at home and abroad. Turner asks about success stories from spreading the word about the efficacy of whistleblowing around the world, and Kohn talks about the positive changes he's seeing in whistleblowing developments throughout the world.

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    • 25 min

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