29 episodes

Things don’t always go as planned: Sometimes a drive in the mountains, or a swim in the ocean, suddenly turns into a dangerous situation. Other times it might be a medical emergency, or a family lost in a foreign country. These are the true stories of people helping people during the most pivotal moments in their lives.

Each episode also includes a conversation with an expert to provide added advice around crisis situations. Featured guests from the first two seasons include a psychologist, a search-and-rescue expert offering practical tips for surviving a blizzard when you are caught in a remote area, an emergency management expert and many more. Tell Me What Happened is brought to you by OnStar.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.5 • 36 Ratings

Things don’t always go as planned: Sometimes a drive in the mountains, or a swim in the ocean, suddenly turns into a dangerous situation. Other times it might be a medical emergency, or a family lost in a foreign country. These are the true stories of people helping people during the most pivotal moments in their lives.

Each episode also includes a conversation with an expert to provide added advice around crisis situations. Featured guests from the first two seasons include a psychologist, a search-and-rescue expert offering practical tips for surviving a blizzard when you are caught in a remote area, an emergency management expert and many more. Tell Me What Happened is brought to you by OnStar.

    Escaping the Hawaii Wildfires

    Escaping the Hawaii Wildfires

    Lani Williams and her mother, Sincerity, could smell smoke, but that wasn’t rare on Maui. Brush fires happen with some regularity. This fire, they quickly learned, was different.

    • 26 min
    Under an Avalanche

    Under an Avalanche

    Bob Tillotson knew the avalanche danger was high when he set out with friends into the Utah backcountry on his snowmobile. But he also knew which areas to avoid. Or so he thought. On January 13, 2024, an avalanche hit Bob without warning, carrying him down the mountain in a wave of snow. When he stopped, he was completely buried and separated from his group.

    • 26 min
    Trapped in a Flooding Elevator

    Trapped in a Flooding Elevator

    When Gabriel Otrin and Klever Freire stepped into their office elevator, they naturally assumed they’d be able to get out. It was August 2018, and a massive downpour was causing floods all over Toronto. Gabriel and Klever were working late and went to check on Klever’s car in the basement garage. Before they reached the bottom, however, the elevator stopped with a jerk and began to quickly fill with water. They couldn’t open the doors. They were trapped.

    • 25 min
    Badly Burned in Iceland

    Badly Burned in Iceland

    Nicole Rakowski arrived in Iceland looking for adventure. She left in a wheelchair. In February 2017, Nicole and two friends hiked to a natural hot spring just south of Reykjavík. When they arrived, Nicole took off her boots, changed into her bathing suit and stepped onto the riverbank beside the steaming water. She immediately began to sink into the mud and felt excruciating pain. She screamed for help.

    • 26 min
    Introducing Season 4 of Tell Me What Happened

    Introducing Season 4 of Tell Me What Happened

    Tell Me What Happened — the award-winning podcast about people helping people — is returning this March!

    • 2 min
    Saved from the Nazis, Rescued from Ukraine

    Saved from the Nazis, Rescued from Ukraine

    In 1941, in Kharkiv, Ukraine, the Bogancha family saved two young Jewish girls from Nazi soldiers, giving them fake identities and hiding them in an orphanage. That act of kindness would ripple across time and, amazingly, lead to the help their descendants needed after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022.

    • 28 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

jjmaverick1968 ,

Fantastic stories

I can’t wait to hear the next episode. These are fantastic stories of people in life threatening situations trying their very best to survive. The humanity, love, compassion, teamwork, and courage of strangers helping each other is proof we live better when we take care of each other. We are all human beings. We bleed. We love. We die. No one gets out of this life alive. So these stories of our human instinct to help - warm my heart. Play on.

benouicestca ,

Love it!! Thank you for the positive vibes✨

Finally, stories that gives us hope and reminds us that there are a lot of good people out there.

Denise Cdx ,

More stories!!

I love your podcasts, but they aren’t very regular. I wish Onstar could produce one podcast a week; surely there a great number of books to uplifting events out there. Its fascinating to hear how everyday people meet their challenges...unbelievable challenges that they encounter. Can you not run with the ball? I send links out to my contacts and they are well received.

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