About The Show


Growing up, Jonathan’s family was a little different. They followed 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.


Jonathan I. Hirsch is an independent producer, reporter, and sound designer. His work as a producer has won The Green Eyeshade and Edward R. Murrow Awards. He has produced, reported, and sound designed stories for Outside Magazine, VOX, NBC, NPR, Latino USA, and others. He is the host of the non-narrated audio documentary series ARRVLS -- a founding member of the independent storytelling collective The Heard. He lives and works in Los Angeles, CA.

Jonathan as a child

Jonathan's Mother

Jonathan's Father