Dear Franklin Jones
About This Show
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.Read more »
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Introducing ARRVLS, from Dear Franklin Jones producer Jonathan Hirsch. Each episode is a first-person account of the revelations that unwind after a life-altering experience.On this episode, we meet Oyevind. After traveling the world for years, Oyevind awoke from a fall while hiking in the Himalayas not knowing who he was, how he got there, or even his own name. This is his story.The entire ARRVLS archive is now available exclusively on Stitcher Premium.For a free month of listening, go to stitcherpremium.com/arrvls and use promo code ‘ARRVLS.’Read more »
Rated 1 out of
Lacking True Content
I was very excited to listen to this podcast after learning about the author's in depth experience with the cult. However, as the shows go on 25% of the time is taken up by ad placements and then there's the > 60 second bumpers at the start and end of the episode. Overall that amounts to about 15 minutes of content. If all the author was trying to do is profit off his experience, good for you, mission accomplished. However, it doesn't do much to move forward the narrative of the Franklin Jones cult other than the beginning episodes that merely set the stage.
If there is a second season that digs into specific aspects of the story line (how his parents dealt with their assimilation back into society, the way the group changed when Jones moved to his island, etc) I might tune in. Otherwise, not really worth the time.
Date published: 2018-04-24
Rated 3 out of
A 25 minute episode with 6 minutes of adds and intro/outro music. An interesting story, but hard to follow with such frequent and heavy interruptions.
Date published: 2018-03-22
Rated 4 out of
I listened to this in one go. It's fascinating to hear about one of these cults from someone whose family was so closely involved. The "outro" music is very reminiscent of part of "Call me", the 1980 hit by Blondie (specifically, the part with the lyrics "Color me your color, baby, Color me your car, Color me your color, darling, I know who you are).
Date published: 2018-04-08
Rated 5 out of
This podcast is fascinating and I've devoured the first 6 episodes in half of my work day.
Date published: 2018-04-04