274 episodes

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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This Is Actually Happening Wondery

    • True Crime
    • 4.5 • 66 Ratings

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

Listen on Apple Podcasts
Requires subscription and macOS 11.4 or higher

    What if you were the other woman?

    What if you were the other woman?

    A woman falls deeply in love with a married man in her close friend’s circle, when suddenly an unthinkable event throws everything into question.

    • 53 min
    What if you were the one to break the silence? - [Rebroadcast #137]

    What if you were the one to break the silence? - [Rebroadcast #137]

    Growing up in a household full of both love and violence in Mississippi, Kiese Laymon struggles with generational trauma, career success, and addiction before finally facing the silences of his past.

    • 45 min
    What if you suddenly felt like a werewolf? - [Rebroadcast - #119]

    What if you suddenly felt like a werewolf? - [Rebroadcast - #119]

    Following a tumultuous upbringing, a woman begins confronting the complexities of her identity and self-destructive tendencies, when all of a sudden, devastating bouts of Premenstrual Dysphoric Disorder begin to consume her life.

    • 47 min
    Wondery Presents: Fed Up

    Wondery Presents: Fed Up

    When Emily Gellis hears rumors of people suffering horrible side effects from a trendy diet she springs into action. Armed with over a hundred thousand Instagram followers, Emily launches a social media crusade to expose F-Factor and its founder, Tanya Zuckerbrot. It’s the start of a feud that will attract trolls, lawyers, and, eventually, national media all because of fiber. From Wondery, this is a story about wealth, wellness, and influence narrated by Casey Wilson.




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    • 4 min
    What if you thought your mother was a robot? - [Rebroadcast #146]

    What if you thought your mother was a robot? - [Rebroadcast #146]

    Struggling to find his identity after college, a man suddenly suffers from a panic attack that leads to a terrifying downward spiral.

    • 49 min
    What if a minor procedure left you permanently altered? - [Rebroadcast #135]

    What if a minor procedure left you permanently altered? - [Rebroadcast #135]

    After self-medicating for years to cope with the emotional aftermath of an abusive, religious upbringing, a woman goes in for a minor surgery, and when she emerges, everything has changed.

    • 47 min

Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5
66 Ratings

66 Ratings

T. Jayne ,

I love this podcast

The wide range of stories and the people who tell them is what I love most about This is Actually Happening. Every story is fascinating and real and raw. A wonderful glimpse into the human experience. Beautifully done

nyalathotep ,

Flawed and often boring format

While some of these stories simply stretch credibility to an eyerolling limit, others would have been worthwhile with a hard edit and some external input. Plenty of droning, not enough gold.

Rhys Telford ,

The best podcast!

Thanks to Kevin from the podcast Risk! For putting me on to this. Being such an avid podcast listener I’m surprised I hadn’t heard of this as true stories are what I usually search. Better late than never. I’ve been waiting for a podcast like this. Absolutely fantastic!

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