This Is Actually Happening

This Is Actually Happening

Whit Missildine/Wondery

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.

177 Episodes

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    What if you grew up in a cult?

    1:01:15

    “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 MissildineSocial Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappeningWebsite: thisisactuallyhappening.comContent/Trigger Warnings: child abuse, sexual abuse, suicide, death, drug use, mental illness, explicit languageSupport the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happeningEngage with the Community: Join the This Is Actually Happening Discussion Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201783687561039/Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/this-is-actually-happening-store?ref_id=9467 to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. Intro Music: "Illabye" – TipperMusic Bed: “Union Flow” – SpunticOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/
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    What if you suffered a shocking loss?

    47:55

    “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.comProducer: Whit MissildineSocial Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappeningWebsite: thisisactuallyhappening.comContent/Trigger Warnings: domestic violence, death, murder, suicide, discriminatory slurs, explicit languageSupport the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happeningEngage with the Community: Join the This Is Actually Happening Discussion Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201783687561039/Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/this-is-actually-happening-store?ref_id=9467 to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. Intro Music: "Illabye" – TipperMusic Bed: “Re-Entry” – Lee RosevereOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/
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    Happenings Vol. 1: No Man's Land

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    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 MissildineSocial Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappeningShow Website: thisisactuallyhappening.comAndrew Waits Website: andrewwaits.comContent/Trigger Warnings: near-death experiences, explicit languageToday’s episode features: Tiki Mashy, Greg Barnes, and Shaina MaytumTiki Mashy is an owner and operator at Cowboy Up Hanggliding in Wharton, Texas. You can find out more about it at cuhanggliding.comGreg Barnes currently lives in Guam and works at Castle Zion Church (괌 시온성교회) as the youth / English ministry pastor. He is currently turning his story into a book. Greg welcomes anyone contacting him at gregbarnesguam@gmail.com. That’s barns, spelled Barnes.Shaina Maytum is a writer living in Colorado. You can read her work at shainamaytum.comSupport the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happeningEngage with the Community: Join the This Is Actually Happening Discussion Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201783687561039/Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/this-is-actually-happening-store?ref_id=9467 to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. Intro Music: "Illabye" – TipperMusic Bed: Ambient Themes by Nigel Coutinho and Ryan BlackOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/
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    What if you were assaulted by a stranger in the dark?

    45:20

    “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 MissildineSocial Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappeningWebsite: thisisactuallyhappening.comContent/Trigger Warnings: sexual assault, sexual violence, rape, explicit languageToday’s episode features Kira Knight. You can reach Kira at violentcrimesurvivors@gmail.comSupport the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happeningEngage with the Community: Join the This Is Actually Happening Discussion Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201783687561039/Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/this-is-actually-happening-store?ref_id=9467 to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. Intro Music: "Illabye" – TipperMusic Bed: Ambient Themes by Nigel CoutinhoOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/
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    What if someone you love committed a monstrous crime?

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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 MissildineSocial Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappeningWebsite: thisisactuallyhappening.comContent/Trigger Warnings: childhood trauma, parental abuse, graphic violence, murder, explicit languageSupport the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happeningEngage with the Community: Join the This Is Actually Happening Discussion Group on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201783687561039/Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/this-is-actually-happening-store?ref_id=9467 to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. Intro Music: "Illabye" – TipperMusic Bed: “Cylinder Four/Cylinder Five” – Chris ZabriskieOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/
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    What if you entered The Void?

    1:08:14

    “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 Missildinethisisactuallyhappening.comInstagram: @actuallyhappeningContent/Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, mental illness, suicide, explicit languageToday’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 Canem Poetry Prize, as well as the chapbook Rhapsody from Etchings Press. Booth’s poems have been included in the anthologies The Best American Poetry 2015, The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, The Golden Shovel Anthology honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, and Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry. He is a professor in the Ashland University MFA program and a residential faculty member at Paradise Valley Community College where he teaches poetry and English composition. You can find out more about Dexter, his writing and teaching by following him on Instagram @dexter_two_omelettes, or on Facebook or Twitter. You can find his books Scratching the Ghost and Rhapsody on Bookshop.org, Amazon, or wherever books are sold.Support The Show: You can support the show by contributing on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/happening, by supporting our sponsors, including today’s sponsor: Park Predators, the podcast.Intro Music: "Illabye" - TipperMusic Bed:  “Union Flow” - SpunticOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/This Is Actually Happening Store: This Is Actually Happening online store now officially open. Follow this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/this-is-actually-happening-store?ref_id=9467 to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 
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    Rebroadcast - #43: What if you witnessed a thousand deaths?

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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 Missildinethisisactuallyhappening.comInstagram: @actuallyhappeningToday’s episode features Frank OstaseskiAuthor of: "The Five Invitations: What death can teach us about living fully”Website: https://fiveinvitations.com/about-frank-ostaseski/Content/Trigger Warnings: death, terminal illness, explicit languageSupport The Show on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/happeningYou can also support the show by supporting our sponsors.Intro Music: "Illabye" – TipperMusic Bed: Tibetan Ohm ChantOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/
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    Rebroadcast - #93: What if you witnessed the limits of human suffering?

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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 Missildinethisisactuallyhappening.comInstagram: @actuallyhappeningOriginal Score & Sound Design: Ryan Black - ryanblack.ioToday’s episode features Anjan SundaramAuthor of: "Stringer: A Reporter's Journey in the Congo" and "Bad News: Last Journalists in a Dictatorship"Website: anjansundaram.comTwitter: @anjansunContent/Trigger Warnings: war, violence, explicit languageSupport The Show on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/happeningYou can also support the show by supporting our sponsorsJoin the Community on Facebook: This Is Actually Happening Discussion Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/201783687561039/Intro Music: "Illabye" - TipperOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/
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    What if you couldn't tell anyone?

    51:22

    “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 Missildinethisisactuallyhappening.comInstagram: @actuallyhappeningContent/Trigger Warnings: parental abuse, sexual abuse, explicit languageSupport The Show: You can support the show by supporting our sponsors, or through direct contributions on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/happeningIntro Music: "Illabye" - TipperMusic Bed:  “Re-Entry” – Lee RosevereOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/This Is Actually Happening Store: This Is Actually Happening online store now officially open. Follow this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/this-is-actually-happening-store?ref_id=9467 to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 
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    What if you swallowed 48 bags of cocaine?

    45:33

    “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 Missildinethisisactuallyhappening.comInstagram: @actuallyhappeningContent/Trigger Warnings: drugs, near death, explicit languageSupport The Show: You can support the show by supporting our sponsors, or through direct contributions on Patreon at https://www.patreon.com/happeningIntro Music: "Illabye" - TipperMusic Bed:  Ambient Themes by Nigel CoutinhoOutro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/This Is Actually Happening Store: This Is Actually Happening online store now officially open. Follow this link https://www.teepublic.com/stores/this-is-actually-happening-store?ref_id=9467 to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

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