This Is Actually Happening

This Is Actually Happening

What if your mother left to follow a cult… or you woke up in a morgue… or if your boat got caught in a storm and began to sink -- what would you do? This is Actually Happening brings you extraordinary true stories of life-changing events told by the people who lived them. From a man who finds out a celebrity crush isn’t who she seems to a woman stranded in a Mexican desert fighting to survive, these stories will have you on the edge of your seat waiting to hear what happens next.... Show More

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October 27, 2020 38 min

“In these spaces I, as a vulnerable person, am suddenly given the gift of somebody else’s vulnerability.”


Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits


Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com


Today’s Guest: Mistress Blind. Twitter and Instagram @mistressblind. Email: mistressblind@protonmail.com


Mistress Blind was originally interviewed on the podcast Off the Cuffs, hosted by Dick Woun...

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“It’s truly such an indescribable feeling…kind of like the walls are closing in on you, like reality is just collapsing.”


Producer: Whit Missildine


Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com


Today’s episode featured Catherine Cole. You can find out more about her on Instagram @catcole20


Engage with the Community: Join the This Is Actually Happening Discussion Group on Facebook: https://w...

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October 17, 2020 1 min

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.

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“Any sense of identity no matter how fake was better than no sense of identity, yet if I don’t have a sense of identity, then who am I as a person?”


Producer: Whit Missildine


Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com


Content/Trigger Warnings: murder, gang violence, death, incarceration, explicit language


Today’s episode featured Quan Huynh. You can read more about Quan’s story in his memoir...

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September 22, 2020 61 min

“I didn’t know what normal was, so everything looked so scary….Everything I was doing I was learning for the time it was like my birth into the world.”


Producer: Whit Missildine


Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com


Content/Trigger Warnings: child abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, death, drug use, mental illness, explicit language


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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


Content/Trigger Warnings: domes...

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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 67 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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Intro Music: "Illabye" - Tipper

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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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