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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.

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    • True Crime
    • 4.7 • 610 Ratings

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New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with ad-free episodes and exclusive past episodes available for Wondery+ subscribers.

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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    What if they were murdered trying to protect you?

    What if they were murdered trying to protect you?

    Growing up in an abusive household, a woman struggles to find meaning in her life, when one night, a sudden, unexpected, violent attack changes her life forever.

    • 52 min
    What if everyone pretended you were dead?

    What if everyone pretended you were dead?

    A man searches to find love for himself and his family after facing the dark consequences of being disfellowshipped by the Jehovah’s Witness.

    • 50 min
    What if you had to let her go to save yourself?

    What if you had to let her go to save yourself?

    A woman’s happy childhood with her single mother unexpectedly takes a bewildering, dark turn, leading to a moment that will change everything.

    • 54 min
    Introducing: Operator

    Introducing: Operator

    During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “like General Motors” and got filthy rich doing it. But for the (mostly) women who answered the calls and delivered fantasies 24-7, it was a different story. The powerful stigma against sex work was always lurking just beneath the surface, until it threatened to tear apart the whole company. Hosted by Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?), OPERATOR is an eight-part series about big ambitions, Shakespearean-level corporate backstabbing, men and women at the cutting edge of a technological revolution...and on the front lines of a sexual one.

    Listen to Operator at http://wondery.fm/OP_TIAH

    See Privacy Policy at https://art19.com/privacy and California Privacy Notice at https://art19.com/privacy#do-not-sell-my-info.

    • 5 min
    What if you didn't know where they were taking you?

    What if you didn't know where they were taking you?

    A woman growing up in a sheltered life with conservative parents is taken from her driveway one night and led into a darkness she never could have fathomed.

    • 58 min
    What if you ran through the pain?

    What if you ran through the pain?

    A man searches for healing after his father, a disgruntled post office worker, falls into a violent downward spiral.

    • 53 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
610 Ratings

610 Ratings

hodgeballs ,

The best

This podcast is INCREDIBLE!! I just discovered it recently, and Ifind myself binging it. I did NOT know that I would feel that way from the start, as I don't normally binge a particular podcast; but this has grown on me. I love it a lot. Give it a try. If it's your thing, you will feel the connection. Thank you!!

Elyse mathes ,

5 star stories

Scouts honour, this podcast has taught me more than my entire university degree. Such a rare and well articulated insight into the human psyche—absolutely love this podcast.

elishac03 ,

Great Podcast!

I’m used to a conversational structure when it comes to podcasts, but I like how each guest is given the opportunity to speak freely without being interrupted. I get immersed in the guests’ vulnerability and storytelling.

This podcast also does a good job at incorporating sound effects and music into the story! I find it easier to visualize things.

The ads are okay. For the most part, they’re relevant to the specific episode. I don’t feel the need to skip them.

Highly recommend this to everybody. However, the themes discussed might triggering for some people, so please proceed with caution.

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