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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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Chapter 7: Maybe

Chapter 7: Maybe

2018-04-1122:521

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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chapter 6: Gone

Chapter 6: Gone

2018-04-0423:452

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) See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chapter 5: Initiation

Chapter 5: Initiation

2018-03-2830:092

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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chapter 4: The Fire

Chapter 4: The Fire

2018-03-2125:261

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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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). See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chapter 2: Origin Myths

Chapter 2: Origin Myths

2018-03-0726:443

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). To listen to all of Dear Franklin Jones now without ads, subscribe to Stitcher Premium. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Chapter 1: Waking Up

Chapter 1: Waking Up

2018-02-2828:182

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   This episode is brought to you by Audible. Start your free trial and get a free audiobook at audible.com/jones. To listen to all of Dear Franklin Jones now without ads, subscribe to Stitcher Premium. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Comments (17)

Spoorthi Pema

White people copying from south asian cultures is just so pathetic. I'm cringing everytime they play the music, use "sanskrit" and the plaigiarised ideas.

May 1st
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James Adams

GREAT PODCAST. I found out about it from another podcast Time Suck. Look forward to what u have coming next. hope u have something. Thank U.

May 1st
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Kelly Trent

thanks for sharing your story

Oct 4th
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ABR

Jones definitely got that psychological "interview" business from Scientology. He was a member for about a year before striking out on his own.

Mar 3rd
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Annie

Every time I hear the beginning of the theme music for Dear Franklin Jones, I can't help hearing Deborah Harry from Blondie singing the opening of Call Me: "Colour me your colour, baby Colour me your car Colour me your colour, darling I know who you are..."

Jan 28th
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Jennifer Xara

how do you rate these podcasts

Jul 16th
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Lawrence Gentile

I enjoyed the podcast. Jones was definitely an interesting character..

Jun 3rd
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Kelly Marie

when is ARRVLS going to be out please so I can keep a look out?

May 17th
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jen

I don't understand how or why anyone would think any of this is legit....its total nonsense ...but i guess in the time before the internet and social media people were able to be more naive in their beliefs , through almost no fault of their own

Apr 4th
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mishu kay

Remember, the Devil is compelling, powerful, silver-tongued, controlling, seductive and steals the souls of the unwary. Do not make allowances for this evil caricature of a guru.

Mar 23rd
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mishu kay

Jonathan, you are fortunate your family came away with your lives and sanity. I am 67 and am intimate with those dangerous years.

Mar 23rd
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mishu kay

Jones, like all the other Charleston's of his ilk, is a manipulative sociopath.

Mar 23rd
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Harriss Bisby

I am really enjoying this show. The host does a good job of not making excuses for Jones or his followers while not vilifying them or implying that they are brainwashed.

Mar 21st
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