This Is Actually Happening

This Is Actually Happening

The uncanny, extraordinary, true stories of events that have dramatically altered the lives of ordinary people; a son is shot by his own father, a woman's sister develops multiple personalities, a man wakes up in the morgue. These are riveting, moving and often haunting stories that will stick with you long after you listen.... Show More

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September 8, 2020 47 min

“That feeling…honestly I will never forget it, just your heart dropping into your stomach…it’s unreal.”


Today's episode featured Evan Pestona. If you have any information or resources you feel could help bring justice for Evan and his mother, you can email him at justiceforsteph@gmail.com


Producer: Whit Missildine


Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com


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September 1, 2020 74 min

Today we launch a new series of bonus content called “Happenings” with three stories of people facing their deepest fears in the unforgiving wilderness of the natural world.


Part 1: What if the desert dried your sorrow?

Part 2: What if the ocean tested your faith?

Part 3: What if a boulder crushed your dreams?


Producers: Andrew Waits, Whit Missildine


Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Show Website: thisisactuallyhappening.co...

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“Right in the center of your body there’s this lead heavy ball, and inside of it is an immediate understanding of evil.”


Producer: Whit Missildine


Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com


Content/Trigger Warnings: sexual assault, sexual violence, rape, explicit language


Today’s episode features Kira Knight. You can reach Kira at violentcrimesurvivors@gmail.com


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“I could live with the nightmares. I could live with the panic attacks. But the thing that was tearing me apart was questioning if everything I know in my life was real at all.”

 

Producer: Whit Missildine


Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com


Content/Trigger Warnings: childhood trauma, parental abuse, graphic violence, murder, explicit language


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July 28, 2020 68 min

“You try to take off your skin to try to get rid of this voice, and it goes all the way down to the bone.”

 

Producer: Whit Missildine


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Content/Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, mental illness, suicide, explicit language


Today’s episode featured Dexter L. Booth. Dexter is the author of the poetry collection, Scratching the Ghost from Graywolf Press, which won the 2012 Cave Cane...

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"All of the ways we define ourselves are going to be stripped away by illness or the dying process...now who am I?"


Producer: Whit Missildine


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Today’s episode features Frank Ostaseski


Author of: "The Five Invitations: What death can teach us about living fully”

Website: https://fiveinvitations.com/about-frank-ostaseski/


Content/Trigger Warnings: death, terminal illne...

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**This rebroadcast episode originally aired in April, 2017**


“It’s in these places that you begin to see the limits of human capacity – how resilient we are...how we will find a way.”


Producer: Whit Missildine

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Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Original Score & Sound Design: Ryan Black - ryanblack.io


Today’s episode features Anjan Sundaram

Author of: "Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo" ...

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“The idea that they had plucked me from this terrible life…and it was all going to be sunflowers and rainbows and shit…I just view that as a fantasy.”

 

Producer: Whit Missildine


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Content/Trigger Warnings: parental abuse, sexual abuse, explicit language


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“I had to go through having taken everything away from me to come to the conclusion that … you’ll come back a person that’s wiser and a more full, satisfied human.”

 

Producer: Whit Missildine


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Content/Trigger Warnings: drugs, near death, explicit language


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“When somebody hurts you and then they’re like, ‘now you have to take care of him, you’re responsible for him…’ I didn’t know how to feel.”

 

Producer: Whit Missildine


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Content/Trigger Warnings: death, mental illness, explicit language


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“I had total grief and sadness and fear and also just disbelief that it happened. But it’s different when you lose somebody who hurt you.”


Producers: Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: mental illness, murder, explicit language


Today’s episode featured Nova Reeves. To find out more about Nova, you can Google her article on the death penalty in the Tacoma Tribune. You can hear her reading poetry on YouTube by searching for Quiet ...

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Today, I'm introducing the podcast What Was That Like, by Scott Johnson. Featuring real people in unreal situations, What Was That Like covers similar, jaw-dropping stories to This Is Actually Happening, but with its own uniquely fascinating format and style.

Today's show will feature a full episode from What Was That Like titled, "Tyson was abducted," about a man who, walking through a parking lot one night, was ju...

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April 21, 2020 48 min

“I had this secret inside me that I felt was my one and only friend and companion that took me away from all the pain and anxiety that I had moving through my life.”

 

Producers: Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: eating disorder, death, domestic abuse, explicit language


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Intro Music: "Illabye" - Tipper

Music Bed: “Re-Entry” – Lee Rosevere

Outro Music: "The Moo...

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“This fake face I was putting on for everybody was my only sense of normality when my whole life is already changed. I didn’t want to admit that stuff was wrong, and I did it in such a convincing way that the majority of people believed me.”


Producers: Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: war, severe injury, gun violence, PTSD, explicit language


Today's episode featured Will Hoover. To find out more about Will, he’s on Twitte...

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“I was sure that this was his mental illness and not something wrong with me until I started hearing it in my head. And that was when I started to think, 'maybe I’m actually going crazy'.”


Producers: Sara Marinelli, Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: emotional abuse, sexual abuse, domestic violence, drug use, explicit language


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


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“My earliest memories as a child were fear and anxiety…I was never able to control the situation and that unknown just haunted me.”


Today’s episode featured Arielle Hermanson. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram @arijblige


Producer/Editor: Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: abuse, domestic violence, explicit language


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


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 “I misused my position of power to get my needs met…How is it that if we’re called by God to this ministry we could possibly do such a destructive thing?”


Producer/Editor: Nigel Coutinho, Stephanie Lepp, Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: child sexual abuse, explicit language


Today's episode featured Gil Gustafson. This episode was originally produced by Stephanie Lepp at Reckonings, and adapted for This Is Actually Happen...

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February 11, 2020 59 min

“We have so much less control than we think we do….Death is really close at hand and we do not do ourselves often any favors by forgetting that.”


Producer/Editor: Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: death, car crash, explicit language


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Episode Sponsors:

Buffy: buffy.co PROMO CODE: HAPPENING


Intro Music: "Illabye" - Tipper

Music Bed:  “Cylinder Four/Cylinder Five” –...

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January 28, 2020 48 min

“It’s much better to try to move forward with your life and accept that things are nebulous, and there are no clear answers.”


Editors: Sara Marinelli, Whit Missildine

Producer: Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: explicit language


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Episode Sponsors:

Simplisafe: simplisafe.com/HAPPENING

Great Courses Plus: thegreatcoursesplus.com PROMO CODE: HAPPENING


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“I completely lost touch with reality. You can’t rely on those around you, and you can’t rely on what’s within you. That’s the most terrifying thing in the world.”


Producer/Editor: Whit Missildine


Content/Trigger Warnings: drug use, mental breakdown, explicit language


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Instagram: @actuallyhappening


Episode Sponsors:

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