L U C I M A | Podcast | Special Guest Jonathan Franklin
"Jonathan Franklin is an investigative journalist who has reported for the New York Times, Boston Globe and the Guardian. Based in Santiago, Chile with his wife and 7 daughters he tends to live off the grid, especially when writing books.
Or magazine stories in Esquire, GQ, Playboy, and Men’s Journal as he chronicles the world of extreme survival, cocaine madmen, and football mayhem, as well as the standard interviews with hit men, kidnappers and cocaine submarine commanders.
In October 2010 Franklin secured a book deal to write 33 Men, the definitive account of the Chilean miners, a non fiction book about the experience of the miners in the 2010 Copiapó mining accident. He reported extensively from the San Jose mine for The Guardian and The Washington Post. Franklin's experiences and insider accounts became the basis of a 60 Minutes TV program about the miners, an article in People magazine, a series of audio lectures on the BBC and multiple articles around the world. Franklin says, "While 2,000 journalists were locked behind police lines, my 'Rescue Team' pass enabled me to experience up close the final six weeks of this miracle rescue. It was my honor to watch the drama unfold in its many moments of beauty and courage and comedy; and to see, first-hand, the profound unity that made this operation succeed."
In 2015, he published the book 438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea, based on the account of José Salvador Alvarenga, the Salvadoran fisherman who spent 14 months adrift in the Pacific Ocean."
In this podcast Charles talks to Jonathan Franklin about how he became a world-famous investigative journalist. Jonathan recounts stories of starting a detective agency at the age of 10, investigating the dean's office at Brown University for admission corruption, digging through the trash cans of the Rhode Island AND San Francisco Police Department, conning his way backstage at a U2 concert and then meeting the band, getting hired as a mortician at the Dover Air Force Base and uncovering the true number of dead American troops and more. It's clear that Jonathan possesses a unique ability to get the inside track. This podcast is an inside look at the man who got 2 of this century's biggest stories: 33 Men and 438 Days.