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  • A woman leaves behind the wounds of her alcoholic father, only to find out that her husband’s addiction is threatening to ruin their family; but when he goes to find healing through a plant medicine ceremony, a shocking, darker truth is revealed.

    Today's guest requested to remain anonymous, but if you'd like to reach out to her, can can email at: [email protected]

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits, Aviva Lipkowitz

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  alcoholism, domestic violence, sexual assault, mental illness, manic break, bipolar, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

    Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

    Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Website for Andrew Waits: andrdewwaits.com

    Website for Aviva Lipkowitz: avivalipkowitz.com/ 

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon: patreon.com/happening

    Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at wondery.com/plus

     

    Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link: thisisactuallyhappening.com/shop to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Transcripts: Full transcripts of each episode are now available on the website, thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: Ambient Themes by Nigel Coutinho

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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  • After facing abuse at a young age, a man develops a festering, unseen sense of emptiness that finds expression in an act of violence that would haunt him forever.

    Today’s episode featured Jon Romano. You can find out more about Jon by following him on TikTok, YouTube, Instagram, Threads and Snapchat all with the same handle: @JonSeekingPeace. If you’d like to reach out to him directly, you can also email him at [email protected]

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits, Aviva Lipkowitz

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  sexual abuse of a minor, incest, gun violence, suicidal ideation, suicide, school shooting, graphic bodily injury, incarceration, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

    Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

    Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Website for Andrew Waits: andrewwaits.com

    Website for Aviva Lipkowitz: avivalipkowitz.com/ 

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon: patreon.com/happening

    Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at wondery.com/plus

     

    Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link: thisisactuallyhappening.com/shop to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Transcripts: Full transcripts of each episode are now available on the website, thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Uncertain Outcomes/Embers” – SkyeVoyager

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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

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  • Today we finish up our annual 6-week summer rebroadcast series. We’ll return next week, September 12th with all new episodes for Season 13. A reminder that during this rebroadcast series, our friends of the show, Elly and T have been releasing a companion podcast called Trauma Bonded, where they discuss and dissect each episode of This Is Actually Happening. So check them out if you haven’t already, as they will continue releasing new episodes alongside the show as the new season begins next week. Today’s rebroadcast episode was one of the most powerful and personally impactful episodes for me and for the show itself. Titled “What if you entered the Void?” it follows the unbelievable journey of Dexter Booth and originally aired as episode 158 on July 28th, 2020.

    A man suffering the deep generational traumas of poverty, racism, abuse and mental illness finds transformative power in an ancient plant medicine.

    Producer: Whit Missildine

    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 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.

    Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happening

    Engage 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: www.actuallyhappeningstore.com to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Content/Trigger Warnings: domestic abuse, mental illness, suicide, explicit language

    Intro Music: "Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Union Flow” - Spuntic

    Outro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    Crisis Text Line: Within the US, text HOME to 741741

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

  • Today we continue with the fifth episode of our annual 6-week summer rebroadcast series. We will return with all new episodes starting September 12th. Today’s rebroadcast episode “What if it happened in broad daylight?” originally aired as episode 142 on November 15th, 2019.

    A woman finally establishes herself in a job she loves when a customer commits an act that will change her life forever.

    Producer: Whit Missildine

    Editors: Nigel Coutinho, Whit Missildine

    Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happening

    Engage 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: www.actuallyhappeningstore.com to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Content/Trigger Warnings: violent assault, explicit language

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Cylinder Four/Cylinder Five” – Chris Zabriskie

    Outro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    Crisis Text Line: Within the US, text HOME to 741741

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  • When Mike Williams vanishes on a hunting trip, the authorities suspect he was eaten by alligators but the true predators who took Mike may lurk much closer to home. The mystery of Mike’s disappearance might have faded from memory, if it wasn’t for one woman’s tireless crusade. From Wondery, comes a new season of Over My Dead Body; a story about an obsessive love affair, a scandalous secret and a mother’s battle for the truth.

    Listen to Over My Dead Body: Wondery.fm/_OMDB_

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  • Today we continue with the fourth episode of our annual 6-week summer rebroadcast series. We will return with all new episodes starting September 12th. Today’s rebroadcast episode “What if you died?” originally aired as episode 197 on August 3rd, 2021.

    After surviving a brutal upbringing in the South Bronx, a man finds himself on the other side of death following a minor accident and returns with a profound awakening. 

     

    Producers: Whit Missildine

    Today's episode featured Jose Hernandez. You can find out more about Jose and the work he is doing at: https://innerimmersion.org where you can sign up to join the community and participate in the free Monthly conversations, "Evening Joe". To learn more about Jose's art check out his gallery at https://www.josehernandezfineart.com.

    You can see Jose featured in the Netflix docuseries, "Surviving Death.” If you're interested in learning more about near-death experiences, Jose will be a featured speaker at the IANDS conference this year. IANDS stands for the International Association for Near Death Studies. He will be presenting "Embracing the Masculine: Helping Men make the Shift into the New Paradigm" with Randy Kolibaba, a highly decorated Canadian RCMP officer. IANDS have arranged to offer Jose and Randy's talk free to veterans so if there is a veteran in your life you think could benefit from hearing this talk, please direct them to IANDS and ask for Diane Cocoran  https://iands.org

     

    Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at https://wondery.com/plus

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happening

     

    Engage 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.thisisactuallyhappening.com/shop to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

     

    Content/Trigger Warnings: near death experience, domestic abuse, murder, gruesome violence, suicidal thinking, explicit language

     

    Intro Music: "Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Union Flow” - Spuntic

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources.

     

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    Crisis Text Line: Within the US, text HOME to 741741

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  • Today we continue with the third episode of our annual 6-week summer rebroadcast series. We will return with all new episodes starting September 12th. Today’s rebroadcast episode “What if you killed someone?” originally aired as episode 148 on February 11th, 2020.

    Firmly established in adulthood with a great career behind her and a wonderful life, a woman suddenly finds herself to be an unlikely perpetrator of the most horrible transgression. 

    Producer: Whit Missildine

    Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happening

    Engage 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: www.actuallyhappeningstore.com to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Content/Trigger Warnings: death, car crash, explicit language

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Cylinder Four/Cylinder Five” – Chris Zabriskie

    Outro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    Crisis Text Line: Within the US, text HOME to 741741

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

  • Today we continue with the second episode of our annual 6-week summer rebroadcast series. We will return with all new episodes starting September 12th. Today’s rebroadcast episode “What if your favorite celebrity had a crush on you?” originally aired as episode 121 on November 27th, 2018.

    “I’ve lived long enough existing in that gray area of not really knowing that maybe I will live the rest of my life not really knowing.”

    Episode Producer, Editor: Nigel Coutinho www.nigelc.info

    Show Producer: Whit Missildine

    Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happening

    Engage 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: www.actuallyhappeningstore.com to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Content/Trigger Warnings: explicit language

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: Nigel Coutinho

    Outro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    Crisis Text Line: Within the US, text HOME to 741741

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

  • Today we begin our annual 6-week summer rebroadcast series. We’ll be on hiatus starting today and will return with all new episodes starting September 12th. Also, a reminder, last week our friends of the show Elly and T started their own companion podcast, called Trauma Bonded where they discuss and dissect This Is Actually Happening episodes. They’ll be releasing new episodes throughout the break and throughout next season as well, so check out Trauma Bonded if you want a deeper dive into the show. Today’s rebroadcast episode “What if your son stabbed your daughter?” originally aired as episode 128 on March 19th, 2019.

    Escaping a dysfunctional family background and finally raising a wonderful family of her own, a woman’s son commits a shocking crime that throws everything into chaos.

     

    Producer: Whit Missildine

    Editor: Nigel Coutinho

    Social Media: Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happening

    Engage 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: www.actuallyhappeningstore.com to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Content/Trigger Warnings: explicit language

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: Ambient Themes by Nigel Coutinho

    Outro Music: "The Moon is Down" - El Diablo & Adam Schraft (Rojo y Negro) @eldiablosf @rojo-y-negro www.eldiablobass.com/

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-8255 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

    Crisis Text Line: Within the US, text HOME to 741741

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

  • Going from a highly privileged family to college at Princeton to a career as the first male supermodel, Hoyt Richards was truly living the dream, but as he fell deeper under the influence of magnetic mentor, he started living a secret life that threatened to consume him.

    Today’s episode featured Hoyt Richards. If you want to dive deeper into many of the elements Hoyt touched on in this episode, and hear more from him, he also has his own incredible podcast called WhaTheFlok?! – Cult Survival Stories, co-hosted by Chele Roland, where they feature experts, guests and speak to their personal histories, sharing cult survival stories and exposing the underbelly of how cults use indoctrination to kidnap the mind and hijack the soul. You can check out the podcast wherever you listen or on whatheflok.com. You can also find out more about Hoyt on Instagram @hoytrich and if you would like to contact him, you can email him through his manager Rebecca Kitt at [email protected]

     

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits, Jason Blalock

     

    Content/Trigger Warnings: verbal abuse, religious trauma, cult experience, death and dying, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

    Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

     

    Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com

     

    Website for Andrew Waits: andrdewwaits.com

    Website for Jason Blalock: jasonblalock.com

     

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon: patreon.com/happening

     

    Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at wondery.com/plus

     

    Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link: thisisactuallyhappening.com/shop to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

     

    Transcripts: Full transcripts of each episode are now available on the website, thisisactuallyhappening.com

     

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Cylinder Four” – Chris Zabriskie

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

     

    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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

  • Growing up with undiagnosed autism and confronting her mother’s death at a young age, a woman struggles to understand herself and her family, but when her father commits an incomprehensible act, she is left tragically bewildered.

    Today’s episode featured Andrea Schwam. If you’d like to contact her, you can email at [email protected].

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits, Sara Marinelli

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  domestic abuse, death, murder, suicide, animal cruelty, animal death, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

    Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

    Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Website for Andrew Waits: andrewwaits.com

    Website for Sara Marinelli: saramarinelli.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon: patreon.com/happening

    Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at wondery.com/plus

     

    Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link: thisisactuallyhappening.com/shop to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Transcripts: Full transcripts of each episode are now available on the website, thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Union Flow” – Spuntic

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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

  • Being born without his right hand, man’s resentment and monstrous self-image deepen as family and doctors intervene to fix his condition, leading him to question what would truly make him whole. 

    Today’s episode featured Ryan. If you’d like to reach out to him you can email at [email protected]

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Andrew Waits

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  medical trauma, amputation, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

    Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

    Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Website for Andrew Waits: andrdewwaits.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon: patreon.com/happening

    Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at wondery.com/plus

     

    Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link: thisisactuallyhappening.com/shop to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Transcripts: Full transcripts of each episode are now available on the website, thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Re-Rntry” – Lee Rosevere

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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

  • After growing up with a father she could never fully please and a trauma she couldn’t share, a woman is slowly groomed into an underworld of sex work beyond what she bargained for. 

    Today’s guest requested to remain anonymous, but if you’d like to reach out to her, you can email at [email protected]

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Aviva Lipkowitz, Andrew Waits

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  rape, domestic abuse, sex work, suicide attempt, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

    Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

    Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Website for Andrew Waits: andrewwaits.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon: patreon.com/happening

    Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at wondery.com/plus

     

    Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link: thisisactuallyhappening.com/shop to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Transcripts: Full transcripts of each episode are now available on the website, thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: Ambient Themes by Nigel Coutinho

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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

  • Growing up Muslim in the Middle East, a woman juggles the chaotic expectations of a severely abusive mother with her desire for self-expression; but when she comes into a sexual awakening, a secret world opens where a deeper healing waits. 

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Aviva Lipkowitz, Andrew Waits

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  domestic violence, domestic abuse of a minor, sexual fetish and kink, BDSM, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

    Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

    Website: thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Website for Andrew Waits: andrewwaits.com

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon: patreon.com/happening

    Wondery Plus: All episodes of the show prior to episode #130 are now part of the Wondery Plus premium service. To access the full catalog of episodes, and get all episodes ad free, sign up for Wondery Plus at wondery.com/plus

     

    Shop at the Store: The This Is Actually Happening online store is now officially open. Follow this link: thisisactuallyhappening.com/shop to access branded t-shirts, posters, stickers and more from the shop. 

    Transcripts: Full transcripts of each episode are now available on the website, thisisactuallyhappening.com

    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Uncertain Outcomes” - SkyeVoyager

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

    National Sexual Assault Hotline (RAINN): 1-800-656-HOPE (4673)

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

  • Grappling with a lifetime of looming abuse from his father and a mother suffering from paralysis, a man decides to cut ties with his parents, only to set in motion a new set of horrors that threaten to decimate his entire family. 

    Today’s episode featured Jesse. If you’d like to reach out to him, you can contact at [email protected]

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Aviva Lipkowitz, Andrew Waits

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  domestic violence, domestic abuse of a minor, attempted murder, suicidal ideation, suicide, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

    Instagram: @actuallyhappening

    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

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    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Cylinder Four” – Chris Zabriskie

     

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  • After escaping a childhood of bewildering traumas, a woman gives herself fully to a charming man with dark secrets, but when justice comes, she awakens to new self-insights and a unique superpower. 

    Today’s guest requested to remain anonymous, but if you’d like to reach out to her, you can email at [email protected]

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Jason Blalock, Andrew Waits

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  mental illness, child neglect, childhood sexual abuse, sexual assault, eating disorder, anorexia, suicidal ideation, explicit language

     

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    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Union Flow” - Spuntic

     

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  • Escaping the tumult and abuses of his childhood through music, a young man lands a dream gig at a premiere nightclub in Mexico, but when the party’s over, he finds himself inside the underbelly that lurks beneath the glamour. 

    Today's episode featured Gladden Rangel. You can find out more about him on Instagram @gladden_sane or on Facebook at Eddie IZM. You can also contact him over email at [email protected]

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Jason Blalock, Andrew Waits

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  domestic abuse, drug use, murder, torture, incarceration, explicit language

     

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    Intro Music: "Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: ReEntry by Lee Rosevere

     

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  • Growing up in a family of ex-Scientologists, a person finds solace in relationships, when they suddenly fall in love with someone calling everything in their life into question while descending into mental illness.

    Today's episode featured Cass Donish. Cass is a poet, writer, and educator from the West Coast. They write about queer desire, grief and loss, and ecology. They live in Missouri. Website: cassdonish.com 

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Aviva Lipkowitz, Andrew Waits

     

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  suicide, suicidal ideation, mental illness, explicit language

     

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    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: Ambient Themes by Nigel Countinho

     

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  • After being subjected to horrific abuses from his schizophrenic father as a child, a man later descends into his own mental illness, but as he struggles to recover, a freak accident unexpectedly awakens him into a new life.

    Today’s episode featured Alex. You can find out more about Alex and his drag performances on Instagram @ellum_ayo.

     

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Sara Marinelli, Andrew Waits

     

    Content/Trigger Warnings: sexual abuse, sexual exploitation of a minor, mental illness, hallucinations, death, drowning, explicit language

     

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    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Cylinder Four/Five” – Chris Zabriskie

    Services

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  • In the wake of her uncle’s untimely death, a woman bears the brunt of her mother’s long mental health decline, struggling to keep her safe from herself, and in the wake of tragedy, finds a way to help thousands of others like her. 

    Today’s episode featured Katrina Brees. You can find Katrina on Instagram @katrinabrees, and if you’d like to find out more about her legislation and donate or support, you can do so on the website www.donnaslaw.com

     

    Producers: Whit Missildine, Sara Marinelli, Andrew Waits

     

    Content/Trigger Warnings:  suicidal ideation, suicide attempt, death, suicide, gun violence, mental illness, explicit language

     

    Social Media: 

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    Twitter: @TIAHPodcast

     

    Website: www.thisisactuallyhappening.com

     

    Support the Show: Support The Show on Patreon https://www.patreon.com/happening

     

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    Intro Music: ""Illabye" – Tipper

    Music Bed: “Cylinder Four/Five” – Chris Zabriskie

     

    Services

    If you or someone you know is struggling with the effects of trauma or mental illness, please refer to the following resources:

     

    National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: Text or Call 988 

    National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

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