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Dear Franklin Jones

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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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Totally absorbing

By taybombs - Nov 18 2018
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A fascinating look into why and how people might be attracted to a cult.

Great

By Cryllica - Oct 27 2018
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Good coverage of this story.

iTunes Ratings

835 Ratings
Average Ratings
566
141
63
26
39

Totally absorbing

By taybombs - Nov 18 2018
Read more
A fascinating look into why and how people might be attracted to a cult.

Great

By Cryllica - Oct 27 2018
Read more
Good coverage of this story.
Cover image of Dear Franklin Jones

Dear Franklin Jones

Updated 12 days ago

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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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Rank #1: Chapter 7: Maybe.

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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.
Apr 11 2018
21 mins
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Rank #2: Chapter 6: Gone

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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)
Apr 04 2018
21 mins
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Rank #3: Chapter 5: Initiation

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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).
Mar 28 2018
27 mins
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Rank #4: Chapter 4: The Fire

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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).
Mar 21 2018
23 mins
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Rank #5: Chapter 3: The Accusations and The Radiant Presence

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The group becomes infamous.
Music by Ray Lynch:
“Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

“Celestial Soda Pop” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

“Rhythm in the Pews” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes
This episode is brought to you by Madison Reed (www.madison-reed.com).
Mar 14 2018
28 mins
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Rank #6: Chapter 2: Origin Myths

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How a guy from Long Island became ‘the original giver king.'
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

“Rhythm in the Pews” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

“Your Feeling Shoulders” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

“No Blue Thing” from the album “No Blue Thing” -- 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 (madison-reed.com).

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Mar 07 2018
24 mins
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Rank #7: Chapter 1: Waking Up

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My mom and dad find each other. And Franklin Jones. For more info, go to dearfranklinjones.com.
Music by Ray Lynch:
“Falling in the Garden” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes

“Celestial Soda Pop” from the album “Deep Breakfast” -- Amazon, iTunes
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Feb 28 2018
26 mins
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Rank #8: Coming Soon: Dear Franklin Jones

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Jonathan Hirsch's family had a secret. They followed a controversial spiritual leader named Franklin Jones. Join Hirsch as he embarks on a journey to figure out his past. Subscribe to Dear Franklin Jones now and hear the first episode on February 28th. More info at dearfranklinjones.com.
Feb 13 2018
3 mins
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