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JW Community Podcast

JW Community Podcast is the new podcast home for Louise Goode and Lara Kaput.Our podcast has the objective of providing support and information to people when they leave the cult, and presenting factual and entertaining content through discussion and interviews with a range of ex Jehovah's Witnesses, professionals and experts.You have the opportunity to feed back to us and send us any questions you would like the team to answer by contacting JWPodcast@mail.com.

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S03E14 Personal Assistant to the Governing Body

Listen to the absolutely fascinating interview with Howie Rutledge Tran, who served as a Personal Assistant to several members of the Governing Body at Brooklyn Bethel for 11 years. As well as personal insights about the behaviour and perculiarities of members of the Governing Body and the Bethel family, Howie relates how 'new light' was created. Howie also relates his own heartbreaking personal journey, and how he fought for over a decade to deny who he was, before finding freedom, at a great cost. If you don't listen to any other JW Podcast, listen to this one.

1hr 55mins

24 Feb 2018

Rank #1

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S03E05 Saved by the ARC

In this episode we hear from some recent Jehovah's Witnesses who were woken up by listening to the Governing Body member, Geoffrey Jackson giving testimony under oath to the Australian Royal Commission. We also hear some of the comments made by current Jehovah's Witnesses on social media as they experience cognitive dissonance. If you want to contact the Charities Commission in the UK regarding abuse you may have suffered as a Jehovah's Witness, you can contact senior investigator, Jonathan Sanders directly on jonathan.sanders@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk

1hr 17mins

24 Feb 2018

Rank #2

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S05E11 You Can't Learn Algebra when you are being Chased by Zombies

An interview with award winning Australian educator, Sam Fade, who explains the harm caused to developing brans by being raised with cognitive dissonance, apocalyptic fear and guilt within a cult

1hr 11mins

23 Feb 2018

Rank #3

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S06E16 The Overlapping Generations

An interview with a very special guest who was there when 1975 didn't happen and can explain how Watchtower Society did in fact ramp up the expectation among the rank and file Jehovah's Witnesses, despite them now denying this fact. He also discusses what happened in 1976 and how witnesses managed to continue in the face of this blatantly false prophecy. We also discuss the overlapping generation as a face saving device, the inestinal tracts of carnivores and what happens when you put too much on the 'Leave it to Jehovah' shelf.


27 Aug 2018

Rank #4

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S05E6.5 The Warwick Regressives

In this podcast we interview Neil Gardner about is experience attending the protest outside the new Jehovah's Witness headquarters in Warwick.


24 Feb 2018

Rank #5

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S05E09 Faith Leaks the Watchtower

Listen to two Child Sexual Abuse survivors, Nick French and Jess, talk about the recent confidential leaked documents from Watchtowers secret files. Both hosts bring their own cases to bear on the truly appalling story revealed in this fascinating set of 34 documents, and how Watchtower policy and practise perpetuated and encouraged an abusive situation for over a decade. This show is a must listen as it takes you through the inner workings of Watchtower.

1hr 39mins

23 Feb 2018

Rank #6

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S05E10 When your Life Becomes a Tarantino Movie

A fascinating interview with Helen Travers, author of 'A Little Lower than the Angels', who describes how she went from pioneer to prostutute, and how she reclaimed her life again. She explains how she found the prostitute community way more supportive than the community at Kingdom Hall, and she discusses the many therapies and self help techniques ex cult members can try in order to find happiness and fulfillment after severe trauma. The link to her book is here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Little-Lower-Than-Angels/dp/1906561869T The link to her second book which is free online is here: http://ex-jws.boards.net/thread/413/witch-chapters-1-4

1hr 10mins

23 Feb 2018

Rank #7

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S06E08 Everybody Out

In this episode Chris and I interview Debbie who relates the story of how over 20 Jehovahs Witnesses woke up together in one congregation and left. We discuss whether the shunning talk could be considered 'hate speech' and the problems caused between families as some poeple woke up and others didn't. Chris and I also discuss the W5 documentary in Canada, and how the Watchtower Society are aggressively trying to hide documents regarding their pedophile problem, by pursuing ex JW activists who publish JW material. Here is the link to the W5 documentary that aired in Canada: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=13ja8dMEmPY Here is the link to the article in the Irish Post: https://www.businesspost.ie/news/jehovahs-witnesses-granted-subpoena-irish-blogger-412638


27 Apr 2018

Rank #8

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S05E03 Rupunzels Awake

Listen to the fascinating story of Rachel, the only activist in New Zealand. Find out how she woke up, and how she made a complicated system in her skirt for hiding leaflets and distributing them at a convention. Also how she turned her car into a mobile billboard and how Jehovahs Witnesses still failed to identify her as an apostate! This gentle humourous incredibly brave woman shares her story to myself and Lara Kaput in our 'Antipodean Series' of JWPodcast.


24 Feb 2018

Rank #9

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S03E01 The Bunker Videos

A brand new series where Ruben Ortiz, Betsy Jael and I discuss the exciting new announcements and videos from the Jehovahs Witness 2016 Conventions, in many cases before the Jehovah's Witnesses themselves have seen them!


24 Feb 2018

Rank #10

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S03E15 Too Many Chiefs, Not Enough Indians

Listen to Bill, Neil and I discuss the end of year figures from the year book, and find out if the Jehovah's Witnesses are increasing or decreasing. We also discuss the strange situation of the Faithful and Discreet Slave who partake of the emblems each year, and how this is figures rises inexplicably every year. Bill also explains the detective work he has been doing to find out where all the money goes that is donated to WTS in Australia and why he thinks the WTS may not be making plans to satisfy the AUS$200 million + reparation bill any time soon.

1hr 25mins

24 Feb 2018

Rank #11

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S06E14 Angus Stewart SC

Angus Stewart, Senior Counsel, has had a long and distinguished legal career, beginning with his passion for justice in South Africa, fighting apartheid, then later working in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, and more recently acting as Senior Counsel in the case studies on Jehovah's Witnesses in the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Angus discusses, from his own personal point of view, and not representing the ARC or the Commissioners, what the journey was like, learning about the internal law and policy of Watchtower Society, how he became determined to stand for justice for all the victims and for the whole community of ex Jehovah's Witnesses and how he felt about the evidence being presented to him and the people presenting it.

1hr 4mins

4 Aug 2018

Rank #12

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S03E02 The Great Irish Apostasy

In which we discuss the most hilarious shunning story ever, the second Great Irish Apostasy, and we welcome Bill Hahn and Neil Gardener as cohosts for this show. Contact details for Jonathan Sanders at the Charities Commission in the UK is Jonathan.Sanders@charitycommission.gsi.gov.uk

1hr 14mins

24 Feb 2018

Rank #13

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S06E15 JW Protest London Excel August 2018

Commentary live from the protest from Neil Gardner, Jessica Moon, Chris and Mrs H, a normal person! If you like what you hear, there is still time to decide to attend the second protest on 18th and 19th August 2018. PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT US. And if you can't come, PLEASE SHARE.


14 Aug 2018

Rank #14

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S03E04 Democracy v Theocracy

In this episode we examine the Jehovahs Witness stance on voting and look at how damaging an apparently neutral stand can be to individuals within the organisation. We also have a round up of the latest developments in court cases against Watchtower Society.


24 Feb 2018

Rank #15

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S03E09 The Mental Health Issue

In this episode Ruben, Betsy and I discuss all the issues surrounding why cults cause people mental and physical health problems and what you can do to help. An absolutely fascinating discussion with some very moving personal experiences shared by the team.

1hr 17mins

24 Feb 2018

Rank #16

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S06E10 Leesa Johnson ex JW Social Worker

Listen to Leesa Johnson talk about her professional involvement with Jehovah's Witnesses, and how her profession can help ex Jehovah's Witnesses recover from the damage caused by exiting a cult. Leesa discusses how vulnerable adults can be when they leave a cult, how the manner in which they leave has a bearing on how long it can take them to recover, and how she feels social workers can support recovery. Lara also discusses Maslow's hierarchy of needs in relation to Jehovah's Witnesses and gives us an insight into the physical and psychological needs that ex Jehovah's Witnesses need to start meeting in order to live healthy happy lives. And I just goof around, as usual.

1hr 15mins

10 Jun 2018

Rank #17

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S03E16 Fessler v The Watchtower Society

In this episode listen to John Redwood tell you what happened from right inside the court room in the Fessler v Watchtower Society case. John took extensive notes and recordings and was able to interview the jury after the case settled. This was only the second jury trial against Watchtower, and the whole 5 days were a damning indictment on the policies and procedures of Watchtower society, with two whole days dedicated to arguing about whether elders were 'ministers' or not. John tells us the surprising outcome along with other fascinating details about how Watchtower try to stall and obfuscate in child abuse cases.

1hr 8mins

24 Feb 2018

Rank #18

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S06E06 Canadian Class Action

In this episode we talk to John McKiggan QC, partner of McKiggan Herbert Lawyers and one of the Canadian firms working on the $66m class action suit, and also to Tricia Franginha who is bringing her own private case, was one of the women who stood up in the Warwick Protest inside a Kingdom Hall to tell her story, and also appears in the Canadian W5 documentary. If you are a Canadian abuse victim of a Jehovahs Witness abuse you can contact a lawyer to talk about either bringing a case of your own or joining the class action at www.JWclaims.ca You can also contact McKiggan Herbert Lawyers in Canada https://www.apmlawyers.com/ You can read John McKiggans book which is a guide to bringing a sexual abuse claim, 'Breaking the Silence' https://www.apmlawyers.com/consumer-guides/breaking-the-silence-the-survivors-guide-to-sexual-abuse-claims/ You can find Tricia's videos here https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCdE5tiXC_5IcEFCjRwZM5MA and the W5 Documentaty here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mb3fT5zG0OE

1hr 36mins

31 Mar 2018

Rank #19

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S06E07 Poland Protests

Polish activist, Maciej Trebacz explains how he woke up along with his wife and a group of friends, and how they felt a duty to help people see the truth about the cult of Jehovah's Witnesses. Maciej expains the power of protesting and the successes they have had with the media, the general public, people who have decided to discontinue bible studies and with waking up Jehovah's Witnessses. If you have ever wondered what the point of a protest is, this podcast is a 'must listen'. We also hear some extremely important news from Lara regarding developments in New Zealand and the need for ex JWs to make submissions to the New Zealand Royal Commission. This is the article mentioned by Lara, if you google Lara Kaput hurt: https://www.theworldnewsmedia.org/forums/topic/31850-inside-the-jehovahs-witnesses-a-perfect-storm-for-abuse/ This is Maciej's website: https://wtsarchive.com/ Interview at one of the Polish protests: https://www.jehovahs-witness.com/topic/5735797967814656/protest-against-jehovahs-witness-organization-poland-on-march-26th-2017-covered-local-news-tv The video, Loyal Until Death: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f8Hlb1b9SBA The book, 'Ever Changing Doctrine of Jehovah's Witnesses' written by a catholic scholar: http://piotrandryszczak.pl/ever-changing-teachings/ever-changing-teachings-of-jehovahs-witnesses.html

1hr 26mins

22 Apr 2018

Rank #20