S03E14 Personal Assistant to the Governing Body

January 28, 2017

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 JWPodcast, listen to this one.


S03E13 Christmas Special 2016

December 25, 2016

Happy Christmas to all our listeners. Thank you so much for being there. Without you, the Podcast is nothing. Love from the whole team: Bill Hahn, Neil Gardener, Betsy Jael, Ruben Ortiz, Heather Squad and Ste Rikhardsson and Louise Goode.


S03E12 The ARC and the Loan Shark

December 6, 2016

In this episode Bill Hahn explains why the Jehovahs Witnesses have been only one of five groups to be recalled by the Australian Royal Commission for further investigation. He also discusses the evidence for why there may be significantly more than 1006 child sexual abusers among Jehovahs Witnesses in Australia.
Also hear Alison Boniface explain how the FBI became interested in a Jehovahs Witness in the notorious Barry Congregation.


S03E11 Knights In Satans Service

November 13, 2016

In this episose we interview the spokesman for the Oregon Chapter of the Satanic Temple, examine critical thinking.
We also look at the cases in Canada of two Jehovahs Witness women who died from refusing a blood transfusion in childbirth and discuss the test for medical consent. Do the Hospital Liaison Committee make it impossible for someone to genuinely consent to the refusal of blood when they are at the bedside of the patient constantly?


S03E10 Hospital Stories

October 25, 2016

S03E09 The Mental Health Episode

October 13, 2016

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.


S03E08 Child C

September 27, 2016

In this episode we interview Christopher Spry who was the fostered child of a Jehovah's Witness who was later dubbed the most evil woman in Britain by the national press. Eunice Spry tortured three of her foster children while simultaneously taking them to meetings and presenting herself as a good woman who was trying to purge the evil from her children.

This is a gripping interview from a kind gentle and wonderful survivor of the most horrific childhood.

Christopher's book "Child C" can be found here: http://www.simonandschuster.co.uk/books/Child-C/Christopher-Spry/9781847391896

We also talk to Ste about his Black Athiest group: http://www.meetup.com/London-Black-Atheists/

and his tour of the Natural History Museum: https://xjwmeetups.wordpress.com/2016/09/12/3nhmtour161112/


S03E07 Shunning Lite Versus Full Fat Shun

September 18, 2016

In this episode we discuss the WTS video response to child abuse that is being played in Kingdom Halls this week. We also discuss the effect of the new shunning rules, how easy or difficult it may be to 'return to Jehovah', and whether it is worth it, in view of the new shunning rules.

 We also hear about Neil's most humiliating moment, and Bill's heart breaking effort to just hear his children's voices.


S03E06 Hold the Front Page

August 18, 2016

In this episode Ste and Heather join me in interviewing Naomi Rowling, who recently raised the issue of shunning on the BBC Radio 2 programme The Jeremy Vine Show.

Naomi's Facebook page, which she created following the interest generated by her Radio 2 interview, is called 'Live Life, Be Free - Breaking the Chains'.

We also discuss how to get mainstream media interest in issues generated by the Jehovahs Witness religion, and the unprecedented level of control at 'public' conventions in 2016.



S03E05 Saved by the ARC

August 1, 2016

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