Alison Brown and Jill Jaracz

Welcome to TKFLASTAN

Love the Olympics and Paralympics? We are here for you!

Welcome to TKFLASTAN (pronounced SHOOK-flah-stahn), the country of Olympics and Paralympics fans, and Keep the Flame Alive, the most fun podcast made for people like us. You’re one of the proud fans who keeps the spirit of the Games alive every day — and we celebrate that spirit with our show.

Produced by the TKFLASTAN Ministry of Communications, Keep the Flame Alive is a weekly audio experience. Each episode, hosts Jill Jaracz and Alison Brown explore the stories of the Olympics and Paralympics through sports, athletes, officials, organizers, host cities, fans and more.

New episodes come out every Thursday right here and on your favorite podcast platform. Join us for all the fun and grandness of the Olympic and Paralympic Games.


Meet the Team

Jill Jaracz – Host and Executive Producer

Jill Jaracz got hooked on the Olympics during LA 1984. A former research librarian, she’s also a freelance writer – check out her website and LinkedIn profile for more.

Alison Brown – Co-Host and Producer

Alison Brown fell in love with the Olympics watching Dorothy Hamil and Nadia Comenici. Alison is also a former research librarian and has spent several years in the nonprofit sector. Follow her on Insta and LinkedIn.

Ben Jackson – Contributor

Ben Jackson is a journalist turned trade association executive. He has tried a number of Olympic sports and currently does fencing and archery.

Book Club Claire – Contributor

Claire is the author of the blog Light the Cauldron, and she’s fanatic about athletics.

Film Buff Fran – Contributor

Fran Johnson leads our Movie Club discussions.

Super Fan Sarah – Contributor

Sarah Patton has been officially recognized as Team USA’s #1 fan and is a real life Leslie Knope who works in parks and rec. Along with giving party advice, Sarah is also a guest host on the show.