Talking to Tina Turner on the Flipside

Richard Martini
4 min readMay 26

We’ve been doing this weekly for eight years, Jennifer Shaffer and I. The past two on our podcast, “Hacking the Afterlife.” She works with law enforcement agencies nationwide on missing person cases so I know how effective she can be. Luana Anders is my pal who passed in 1996, who moderates our class on the flipside — doing something similar to what Jennifer is doing here. Helping translate information.

In this one, Luana talks about an old friend of hers, someone she knew and “chanted with” awhile ago. It’s always mind bending when these things happen, but we don’t plan our podcasts in advance. You just never know who may show up. Enjoy.

Here are the liner notes for the podcast:

Hacking the Afterlife with Jennifer Shaffer, Luana, Prince, Tina Turner, Lil Richard, Billie Holiday

Didn’t plan it, suspected it might occur, but we got a visit from the Queen of Rock and Roll. In the podcast, Prince shows up first, I thought because he showed up the week previously and didn’t get to speak, but he wanted to say “We got her.” And then he presented Jennifer with Tina.

We asked if she was ready to be interviewed, or if she just wanted to hang back, but because of her relationship with our moderator on the flipside, Luana Anders, who knew her when they both joined the Nichiren SGI group in LA, (“Nam Myoho Renge Kyo”) — they could both speak about the value that form of meditation had on their lives.

I asked the same questions I ask everyone — who greeted them on the other side, what that was like (Later, Jennifer mentioned a “standing ovation”) but also who she was surprised to see. She mentioned JFK, although I don’t think they met in life, I did look up that she met and knew Jackie O.

But the idea of “seeing someone that’s in our class that was a surprise to see” is what the question is. As she noted, she’s “meeting more people every moment’ — connecting with her old friends, and going through a “life review” with each person she meets.

James Brown (whom we interview in “Backstage Pass to the Flipside’) was one of the first people to greet her, then we had a conversation with none other than her…

Richard Martini

Best selling author (kindle) “Flipside” “Its a Wonderful Afterlife” “Hacking the Afterlife” “Backstage Pass to the Flipside” writer/director of 8 feature films