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More than a decade since Michael Jackson’s death, his legacy remains complicated and unresolved. Think Twice: Michael Jackson is an exploration of the King of Pop’s life and impact – and an investigation into why his global influence continues to endure, despite the disturbing allegations against him. In this ten-part series, journalists Leon Neyfakh and Jay Smooth bring you a new perspective on the Michael Jackson story, based on dozens of original interviews with people who watched it unfo ...
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After the 2019 allegations of sex abuse against Michael Jackson, a mother's concern over her daughter's love of the pop star leads to her own investigation. The findings overturn her initial assumption of guilt, and she shares the evidence that convinced her of his innocence. This is a detailed accounting of the evidence, told by the mother-daughter team and assisted by 3 voice actors. All of the source material for the evidence you'll hear in each episode is provided on their podcast websit ...
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In the year 2000, Michael Jackson was listed into the Guinness book of world records for breaking the world record for the "Most Charities Supported by a Pop Star“ an achievement that was accomplished by a lifetime of effort & tireless dedication, yet a little-known fact that has been overshadowed by years of fiction. After the 2018 release of his book "Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson" and the 2019 adaptation into a documentary of the same name, now Paul Dwyer brings you the stories ...
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A preservationist’s job is to protect. She watches over something precious, something that deserves to be maintained. He understands its worth and displays it carefully to the world in the same way a white-gloved museum curator presents a rare da Vinci. They will forever stand guard and fight for the cause – for a preservationist’s job is never done. We are The Michael Jackson Preservation Project. We are here to promote his artistic brilliance, his unmatched humanitarianism and his life leg ...
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Charles Thomson welcomes first-time guest Gratian Dimech to the show for this year’s Vindication Day Special. Gratian first saw Michael Jackson live on the Bad Tour and first met him on the Dangerous Tour. Attending 35 Dangerous concerts, he got to know many of Michael’s inner circle. Michael and Brett Barnes even nicknamed Gratian and his friend J…
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Nancy Brophy fills her novels with romantic betrayals and murder. It’s a far cry from her quiet life in the suburbs, where she and her chef husband, Dan, are living out their golden years. But when Dan is shot dead, Nancy finds herself at the center of a murder case that could be ripped from the pages of her novels. From Wondery, this is a story ab…
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Jamon Bull welcomes iconic guitarist, Jennifer Batten, to The MJCast for a long-awaited, deep-dive interview about her amazing career in music, and her years performing with The King of Pop. Batten, known for her original approach to the electric guitar (and her nearly-as-legendary hair!), rose in the music industry when she was selected to play in…
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Jamon Bull, Charles Thomson, and Charlie Carter welcome first-time guest Danny Oliver to the show, and welcome back Anika Kotecha, co-founder of MJ Innocent, for a big fan chat around updates in the world of Michael Jackson. They discuss the leak of the Invincible-era track, “Can’t Get Your Weight Off of Me”, updates on Katherine Jackson’s case aga…
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Elise Capron and Jamon Bull are joined by Andy Healy, Casey Rain and first-time guest Bobby Huntley for a round-up of news in the world of Michael Jackson, and a discussion around an intriguing upcoming film project based on the lives of MJ and Prince. The team chats about recently leaked footage from the 30th Anniversary rehearsals, the results of…
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Jamon Bull and Charles Thomson kick off Season 10 of The MJCast with a big round-up of news in the world of Michael Jackson and the Jackson family. They discuss loads of updates around the MJ biopic, the “Estate vs Katherine Jackson” case, the Robson and Safechuck trials, Sony’s acquisition of a stake in Michael Jackson’s music catalogue, new recor…
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In this final episode of our rebuttal, we circle back to Part 1 in our series, focusing on how Think Twice doesn't follow journalism fairness standards and rigorously challenge their presumption of guilt. You'll hear examples of applying a "consider the opposite" approach to the Michael Jackson allegations, by asking what else has to be true if he …
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In this episode, we present a few more examples of how the narrative in Think Twice is one-sided and slanted. There's a wider context and missing information in their stories that's important to consider, which calls into question their own theories and conclusions. We take a look at how Think Twice presents Michael Jackson’s relationship with his …
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In part 2 of our rebuttal, you'll hear some examples of bias, lack of context and misleading information in Think Twice that undermines their presumption of guilt. The focus of this episode is examining how Think Twice handles the evidence in the first two sex abuse cases against Michael Jackson. What sort of fact checking process have they used to…
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Think Twice is an Audible podcast released in April 2023 about the legacy of Michael Jackson. Over its 10-episode series, Think Twice focuses on the theme of why we the public are still listening to Michael Jackson, despite the allegations against him. The Think Twice narrative is that there must be something unique about Jackson in his ability to …
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Taj Jackson joins Jamon Bull, Elise Capron, Charlie Carter, and Charles Thomson to celebrate the holidays and reflect on this past year… Welcome to The MJCast’s ninth annual Christmas special! The crew discusses the year that was, including the final version of the Thriller40 documentary; Marcos Cabota’s problems with finding a distributor for his …
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Bob Jenkis, award-winning filmmaker and editor, joins Jamon Bull and Paul Black for an in-depth interview about his career and his work with Michael Jackson. Jenkis is an icon in the world of music videos, film and advertising, and is known for shaping the look of modern film editing. Working in the industry since before the dawn of MTV, he has edi…
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Abstract: In Episode 74, Karin and Elizabeth have Dr Tristan Cabello as their guest to discuss the essay The Roots & Routes of Michael Jackson published in 2012 by Sylvia J Martin. In this compelling episode they answer questions about identity, influence, if MJ was politically used and much more. REFERENCE AS: Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Ep…
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Abstract: In Episode 74, Karin and Elizabeth have Dr Tristan Cabello as their guest to discuss the essay The Roots & Routes of Michael Jackson published in 2012 by Sylvia J Martin. In this compelling episode they answer questions about identity, influence, if MJ was politically used and much more. Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 74 – ‘Th…
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Welcome to the final episode of season one of my podcast, "Humanitarian - The Real Michael Jackson." I'd love to bring you another season and I still have a lot of people I want to speak with to tell their stories of how Michael Jackson helped them in their time of need or contributed to their recovery from illnesses or people that were just first-…
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In 1998, through the Make-a-wish foundation, Michael Jackson met 5-year-old cancer sufferer Aza Woods at the Hilton Hotel in Las Vegas. Michael cleared his afternoon schedule and spent time with Aza and Aza’s father at the themed attraction "Star Trek: The Experience.” In this episode, Dustin Woods, Aza’s father tells us of the afternoon he got to …
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Adam Green, Paul Black, and Hannah Savage join host Jamon Bull for a deep-dive discussion around Michael Jackson’s masterpiece, Ghosts. They chat about all aspects of the incredible short film (which is so often neglected by a mainstream audience), including the story, music, choreography, cinematography and editing. Plus, they explore whether Ghos…
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In July of 1997, as a crowd of fans sprinted after Michael Jackson’s limousine, one of his vans accidentally ran over a fan’s leg, pushing the fan, Joseph Yenish to the ground resulting in a broken foot. Joseph later received a phone call to inform him that Michael had heard of the accident and had arranged for him to attend Michael’s concert for f…
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Christine Fossemalle owns and runs a dance school in Santa Ynez, California, in the same neighborhood that Michael Jackson called home at his Neverland Valley Ranch for 15 years. In the summer of 2003, Michael Jackson not only helped Christine with a fundraiser for her school, but also invited the entire school for a day at Neverland. In this episo…
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As seen on page 101 of my book “Humanitarian – The Real Michael Jackson,” on July 19, 1997, Irish Michael Jackson fan Christina Dowling, who suffers from Morquio syndrome was bought up on stage with Michael Jackson during his HIStory show in Dublin, Ireland. Michael held Christina’s hand during the song “Heal the World” and the result, as you’re ab…
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Abstract: 7 Years ago, Elizabeth Amisu published her textbook The Dangerous Philosophies Of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife. In episode 73, Karin asks Elizabeth questions about the book, and she looks back on several chapters with Elizabeth. Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 73 – ‘7 Years The Dangerous P…
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Abstract: 7 Years ago, Elizabeth Amisu published her textbook The Dangerous Philosophies Of Michael Jackson: His Music, His Persona, and His Artistic Afterlife. In episode 73, Karin asks Elizabeth questions about the book, and she looks back on several chapters with Elizabeth. REFERENCE AS: Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 73 – ‘7 Years T…
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Michael Jackson spends his final days preparing for a series of comeback concerts, but tragedy strikes before rehearsals are even completed. In the aftermath of Michael’s death, a reckoning begins over everything he left behind. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my…
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Taj Jackson joins Charles Thomson for a deep-dive discussion around updates in his life and work. The guys talk about developments with Taj’s docuseries on Michael Jackson, “Re-Righting History”, as well as the upcoming MJ biopic, the recent Robson/Safechuck ruling, Leaving Neverland 2, Taj’s insights regarding his interactions with fans, the excit…
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Ten years after first being accused of child sexual abuse, Michael Jackson finds himself in court facing criminal charges related to a new alleged victim. Meanwhile, Michael’s fans rally around their idol and try to help him get through a new low point in his career. Think Twice: Michael Jackson was produced by Dustin DeSoto, Benjamin Frisch, Kim G…
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As seen on page 27 of my book “Humanitarian – The Real Michael Jackson,” on November 13, 1987, Michael Jackson visited The Royal Children’s Hospital in Melbourne, Australia, where he spent the day with children and their families, giving out gifts, signing autographs and chatting to the patients. In episode 7 of the podcast, I spoke with Angela Dar…
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In the aftermath of the 1993 sexual abuse allegations, Michael Jackson marries into musical royalty and attempts to rebuild his legacy with the most audacious project of his career. Think Twice: Michael Jackson was produced by Dustin DeSoto, Benjamin Frisch, Kim Gittleson, Danielle Hewitt, Sam Lee, Leon Neyfakh, Andrew Parsons, and Jay Smooth, and …
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It’s been a minute since we did a Q&A, MJFam! Elise Capron is usually the one asking the questions, but in this episode, she takes a turn in the hot seat, and answers a wide range of questions submitted by listeners, covering everything from her fan history and personal MJ picks, to thoughts on the biopic, Estate projects, her podcast guest wish-li…
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Abstract: In episode 72, Karin and Elizabeth discuss three essays written by three prolific black academics, Professor Wallace, Professor Royster and academic Elizabeth Amisu. Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 72 – ‘A Medley Of Essays’, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On An Academic Conversation 10, no. 1 (2023). Published electronically 29/…
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Abstract: In episode 72, Karin and Elizabeth discuss three essays written by three prolific black academics, Professor Wallace, Professor Royster and academic Elizabeth Amisu. REFERENCE AS: Merx, Karin, and Elizabeth Amisu. “Episode 72 – ‘A Medley Of Essays’, Michael Jackson’s Dream Lives On An Academic Conversation 10, no. 1 (2023). Published elec…
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Michael’s eccentric behavior and ever-changing appearance pique the curiosity of the public and the press. But was Michael a tabloid victim or a genius public relations ringmaster? Think Twice: Michael Jackson was produced by Dustin DeSoto, Benjamin Frisch, Kim Gittleson, Danielle Hewitt, Sam Lee, Leon Neyfakh, Andrew Parsons, and Jay Smooth, and e…
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Allan Scanlan, affectionately known by Michael Jackson and the Michael Jackson fan community as “Big Al” worked at Michael’s home, Neverland Valley Ranch for 15 years. I had the pleasure of meeting the amusement ride specialist last year and have spoken to him a few times in regards to Michael’s humanitarianisms. The chat you’re about to hear was a…
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Michael Jackson climbs to new heights with the success of his Thriller album and the groundbreaking music videos that follow. But he finds that his fame and faith are on a collision course, and he's forced to make a choice. Think Twice: Michael Jackson was produced by Dustin DeSoto, Benjamin Frisch, Kim Gittleson, Danielle Hewitt, Sam Lee, Leon Ney…
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As the Jackson family tries to stay relevant as former teenyboppers, Michael Jackson breaks away in New York City and stars in a movie based on The Wizard of Oz that sets the course for the rest of his life. Think Twice: Michael Jackson was produced by Dustin DeSoto, Benjamin Frisch, Kim Gittleson, Danielle Hewitt, Sam Lee, Leon Neyfakh, Andrew Par…
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Before my chat with episode 5's main guest, The Michael Jackson Book Club's Shari Thurman Wilks joins me to tell us about an awesome project that The Book Club are doing this August to honor Michael Jackson's 65th Birthday. Then, as seen on page 94 of my book “Humanitarian – The Real Michael jacksn,” Gwen Carino was PR officer at the Manila Hotel i…
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The Jackson family signs with the Motown Record Corporation and moves out to California. As Black artists across the country are achieving new levels of visibility, the Jackson 5 become an overnight sensation and a young Michael must navigate growing up in the spotlight as the front man of America’s hottest boy band. Think Twice: Michael Jackson wa…
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Michael Jackson’s childhood, or lack thereof, is cited constantly in the conversation around his relationships with children. In this episode, we go back to Michael’s earliest days in Gary, Indiana, where he grows up under the domineering hand of his father while he and his brothers take the local music scene by storm in search of a better life. Th…
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As seen on page 93 of my book “Humanitarian – The Real Michael Jackson,” in November of 1996, Michael Jackson visited Melbourne, Australia on his HIStory tour and arranged for busloads of sick patients from The Royal Children's Hospital” to visit him at his hotel and attend his concerts free of charge. Cystic Fibrosis sufferer Raphael Recht was a l…
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John Cameron joins Jamon Bull and Charlie Thomson for a discussion on loads of recent news updates in the world of Michael Jackson, including a chat around John’s latest episode of his excellent podcast, #JCsMusicology, “Michael Jackson (1983-1988)”. The guys also talk about a range of fan-led projects, including the upcoming Kingvention, developme…
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Abstract: In episode 71, Karin and Elizabeth discuss the two short films Stranger In Moscow & They Don’t Care About Us alongside Karin’s Essay: From Throne To Wilderness: Michael Jackson’s Stranger In Moscow. They look into how Stranger in Moscow and They Don’t Care About Us, signify the perceptual and mirror the message MJ wanted us to see and hea…
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Abstract: In episode 71, Karin and Elizabeth discuss the two short films Stranger In Moscow & They Don’t Care About Us alongside Karin’s Essay: From Throne To Wilderness: Michael Jackson’s Stranger In Moscow. They look into how Stranger in Moscow and They Don’t Care About Us, signify the perceptual and mirror the message MJ wanted us to see and hea…
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Charles White was a student at Cleveland Elementary College in Stockton in 1989 when the school came under attack by a man with a gun, killing 5 students and wounding over 30 more. The story is mentioned on page 39 of my book “Humanitarian – The Real Michael Jackson.” 3 weeks after the shooting, Michael Jackson visited the school to support the stu…
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Geraldine Hughes first came to the world’s attention as an anonymous whistleblower. In 1994, the decorated investigative journalist Mary A Fischer published an article about the child molestation allegations levelled against Michael Jackson by Jordan Chandler and his father Evan. Fischer’s story included information attributed to a source inside th…
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In 2002, cystic fibrosis and double lung transplant survivor Natasha Kirker, her mother and two friends were invited to spend the day with Michael Jackson at his Neverland Valley Ranch home with thanks to the Make-A-Wish foundation. In this episode, Natasha tells us all about the day she spent at Neverland, including getting to visit Michael’s priv…
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As news breaks of the first sexual abuse allegations against Michael, reporters scramble to dig up any information they can while Michael Jackson’s PR machine battles to control the narrative. Meanwhile, a by-the-book LAPD detective struggles to investigate the case in the midst of the frenzy. See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and Cal…
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Abstract: In this episode, Karin, Elizabeth and Kerry contemplate about 14 years of the passing of Michael Jackson. They discuss the article The Boy Who Would Fly (1983) by Hoskin and express how these 14 years are experienced and look into the future. This episode is dedicated to Elizabeth’s Father IBK, who passed untimely on Sunday, June 18, 2023…
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Abstract: In this episode, Karin, Elizabeth and Kerry contemplate about 14 years of the passing of Michael Jackson. They discuss the article The Boy Who Would Fly (1983) by Hoskin and express how these 14 years are experienced and look into the future. This episode is dedicated to Elizabeth’s Father IBK, who passed untimely on Sunday, June 18, 2023…
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It’s 1993 and Michael Jackson is on top of the world: receiving lifetime achievement awards, appearing at Bill Clinton’s inaugural gala, performing at the Super Bowl Halftime Show. More popular and powerful than he’s ever been, he uses that caché to create a music video that stands among his most personal and prescient works. Then everything falls …
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In the first episode of the "Humanitarian - The REAL Michael Jackson" podcast, Paul Dwyer chats exclusively to "The Heal Los Angeles Foundation" co-founders John Muto & Prince Michael Jackson Jnr. The guys chat about Paul's book, Michael Jackson's global humanitarian endeavors and how those efforts have impacted & motivated the work that John & Pri…
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More than a decade since Michael Jackson’s death, his legacy remains complicated and unresolved. Think Twice: Michael Jackson is an exploration of the King of Pop’s life and impact – and an investigation into why his global influence continues to endure, despite the disturbing allegations against him. In this ten-part series, journalists Leon Neyfa…
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