Friday, December 11, 2009

My Podcast Debut!

After hearing the show done over at Irreligiosophy on Jehovah's Witnesses last month, I connected with the podcasters to thank them for their work. After a few email exchanges, they invited me to come on their show as a guest speaker and talk about my JW experience. So, I did. And here it is.

Something has shifted for me as a result of doing this podcast. I can't quite explain it but it feels like this is some kind of turning point for me.

Oh, and it's funny too. Let me know what you think.

tall penguin


joshbuddy said...

I commented over on the irrelgiosophy website, but I'll say it here too. Very proud of you! Hug

heart2heart said...

Just listening to it now, very well done!

tall penguin said...

Well, joshbuddy, if it weren't for you I'd still be a JW so here's to both of us! :)

Thanks h2h. We've come a long way baby!

Chihoe said...

Nicely done! You sound relaxed and in control. Plus, it was very insightful for someone like me who has little knowledge on JW. (:

PS. Truthfully, I wasn't expecting myself to listen to the full thing since it's so long but I somehow did sit through it with my interest still intact by the end of it.

tall penguin said...

Thanks Chihoe. Glad you enjoyed it. It was such fun to do.

Jonathan said...

Thank you for sharing your story on irreligiosophy.

I'm so sorry for all the trauma you've been through... it's just so wrong.


tall penguin said...

Thank you Jon. Ya, I was actually diagnosed with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder a year after that elder interrogation process, as I was still having flashbacks and nightmares along with severe panic attacks. Fortunately, once I left the JW's, I was able to work through a lot of that stuff and I'm really doing quite well now.


Blaine said...

Just listened to the podcast. I listen to them only sporadically...they're kind of funny...but it's sort of a "preaching to the choir" type of podcast. I am an atheist...but also somewhat forgiving (pretty funny to be a forgiving atheist). I have a brother-in-law who married a JW...and has finally fallen into their clutches. It's enlightening to hear you speak (I wish the hosts had let you talk more...I think there were some unfinished points by the time the podcast was over). I am interested in websites that are fact based and stip the JWs down to the ground in their misrepresentation of their varous doctrines.

Good job...and I applaud your courage.

tall penguin said...

Sorry for the delay in getting back to you, Blaine. Regarding some good websites on the JW's beliefs and counteracting them:

(This last site is particularly interesting as it is just quotes from the JW literature without any outside commentary. You can see the evolution of beliefs and occasional flip-flops on doctrine over the years. The JW's know so little of their own history and it's useful to use their own words to support your arguments. Nothing is stranger than fact.)