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What Really Happened?

Andrew Jenks Entertainment, Inc. and Seven Bucks Productions

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“History is a version of past events that people have decided to agree upon," Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said. In other words, there are many sides to every story.WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? chronicles documentarian Andrew Jenks as he examines and co...Show More

48:37 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Andrew Jenks was ready to sell his new movie based on the inspirational Winston Churchill, who had chronic depression but still saved the free world from Hitler and the Nazis. Like Churchill, Jenks lives with depression. But after speaking with biogr...Show More

44:21 | Oct 25th, 2017

In 1981, on a 9th floor building and in front of hundreds of people, Muhammad Ali talked a 21- year-old out of committing suicide. The story ran the following evening in front of 36 million people on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. But wit...Show More
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1:00:05 | Mar 27th

Suki Kim is the only writer ever, as far as we know, to have lived undercover in North Korea. She was there for 6 months. She managed to get out alive, secretly taking notes that eventually became her book, “Without You, There is No Us”, a best-selle...Show More

1:11:27 | Jan 9th

Jenks saw Angela Merkel on TV at George H. W. Bush's funeral. Then, he remembered that Donald Trump wouldn't shake her hand when the two first met. What could be learned from Merkel’s relationships with Presidents Clinton, W. Bush, and Obama? As it t...Show More

43:44 | May 22nd

Since our Season 2 episode, "The Secret Sonic War", the main question remains: what really happened in Cuba? Reporting on this topic has continued in the New York Times, USA Today, The New Yorker, CNN, and many other outlets. But, Jenks believes he m...Show More

59:03 | Nov 14th, 2018

In 1876, Buffalo Calf Road Woman, also known as Brave Woman, miraculously saved her brother from death against the Americans trying to take over their land, and soon afterwards she became a war leader for her tribe. Only 15 years ago, Northern Cheyen...Show More

1:31:28 | Oct 3rd, 2018

John Carter is one of history's biggest box office flops: $250 million... gone. But, it was directed by two-time Academy Award winner Andrew Stanton, had Disney’s marketing prowess, and was based on the book that inspired Star Wars and Avatar. What R...Show More

02:44 | Sep 27th, 2017

WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? chronicles documentarian Andrew Jenks as he examines and contextualizes famous figures and historical events, while discovering untold stories and unraveling newfound narratives. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED is executive produced by Sev...Show More

30:27 | Sep 18th

Only months ago, the head of the Gmabino Family was shot several times and killed. Rumors sparked of a mob war. Who had killed him? It turns out, it wasn’t anyone people were expecting. What really happened?Guests:Geoff Schumacher, Senior Dirtector a...Show More

41:21 | Sep 12th

Detective Joseph Recarey and Police Chief of Police Michael Reiter are about to find out they are in for the surprise of their lives. They thought they were up against a vast network of Epstein’s friends, lawyers, and private investigators. But as it...Show More

32:46 | Sep 10th

Everyone has heard about Jeffrey Epstein. But in such a deep case, there are many untold stories that ultimately lead to bringing him down.This isn’t just about Epstein. It’s about power, cover-ups, corruption, and a Florida detective who risked it a...Show More

01:49 | Sep 5th

What Really Happened? is back, launching Tuesday, September 10th with a special two-part series on the shocking life and death of billionaire sex trafficker Jeffery Epstein. In this new season, Andrew Jenks unravels some of the biggest scandals is re...Show More

26:32 | May 29th

Everyone is once again wondering what really happened to Britney Spears. Has she lost her freedom? In a follow-up to the hit Season 1 episode of WRH?, “Without a Voice”, Jenks talks with author Sady Doyle about Britney’s current situation, from her u...Show More

29:27 | May 15th

Jason Flom is an entrepreneur, music industry executive, and social justice activist, known for his work with the Innocence Project. In this interview, Jenks talks to Jason about the ever-expanding US prison population, criminal justice reform effort...Show More

06:10 | May 14th

Season 1 of the new series, Gangster Capitalism is centered on the 2019 college admissions scandal that is exposing everyone from CEOs to celebrities. Award-winning documentarian and host of What Really Happened?, Andrew Jenks uncovers the origins an...Show More

42:50 | May 8th

Journalist and author Jim Miller recently took his talents to podcasting, with his critically acclaimed series Origins. After Jim and Jenks met at the podcast studio two years ago, they quickly became friends, with Jenks seeing Jim as a mentor.In thi...Show More

50:24 | May 1st

After receiving a shocking voicemail a few months ago, Jenks's What Really Happened? journey comes full circle on this episode, as he sits down for an enlightening conversation with Maryum Ali, daughter of the great Muhammad Ali, to discuss the very ...Show More

45:54 | Apr 24th

Jerry Ferrara starred in HBO’s hit comedy, Entourage, and now has a leading role in the acclaimed Starz show, Power. In this episode, Jenks talks to Jerry about working with everyone from Morgan Freeman to Mark Whalberg, navigating the Hollywood land...Show More

33:42 | Apr 17th

Jenks talks to Academy Award-nominated and Emmy Award-winning filmmaker, not to mention his former roommate, Matt Heineman, about his documentaries "Cartel Land" and "City of Ghosts", his riveting feature film "A Private War", and much more.

53:40 | Apr 10th

In Budapest, she plays chess in ancient baths. In the Sahara Desert, she serves tea. When she met the Dalai Lama, he interviewed her. She is the most interesting person in the world. Jenks talks to cognitive scientist and one of the main contributors...Show More

1:31:22 | Apr 3rd

Andrew Stanton is a storytelling guru. He's won Academy Awards for Finding Nemo and Wall-E, and his films have made over a billion dollars worldwide. But, he's also experienced the other end of the spectrum when John Carter lost $250 million and got ...Show More

41:29 | Mar 20th

Four-star General Stanley A. McChrystal led the Joint Special Operations Command in Iraq during the Persian Gulf Wars and was the top Commander of American forces in Afghanistan, eventually retiring after a controversial Rolling Stone article was rel...Show More

1:04:44 | Mar 13th

Critically-acclaimed documentary filmmaker, Erin Lee Carr, joins Jenks live at SXSW Festival to discuss the premier of her new HBO film, "I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth vs. Michelle Carter", documentaries going mainstream, particularly in the ...Show More

02:18 | Mar 12th

Jenks will sit down with a wide range of notable personalities to discuss “what really happened” during a specific, significant time in their lives. Jenks will kick off the series on March 13 with a special interview with filmmaker Erin Lee Carr cond...Show More

33:28 | Mar 6th

Jenks ponders the future of Netflix, and considers the possibility for interactive podcasts. He takes calls from a few listeners, and also gets corrected on what he missed during Season 2. And, he gets a surprise voicemail from a special someone who ...Show More

34:35 | Feb 27th

The world is a complicated place. Stories can help us simplify things. But, how a story is told, and who tells the story to us, has a huge impact on our understanding of what really happened. 

41:38 | Feb 20th

"Children have never been very good at listening to their elders, but they have never failed to imitate them." - James Baldwin ... This episode examines the impact parents had on the lives of children who went on to become world leaders and cultural ...Show More

28:08 | Feb 13th

Jenks identified that many of the leaders he chronicled in Season 2 understood the power of keeping information hidden, or remaining outright silent, in a variety of situations. This first Reaction Episode focuses on silence as a major theme of WRH? ...Show More

03:44 | Jan 28th

Introducing you to a new podcast coming soon called  Root of Evil: The True Story of the Hodel Family and the Black Dahlia.   When Elizabeth Short, also known as “The Black Dahlia”  was brutally killed in Los Angeles in 1947, it gripped the entire co...Show More

49:00 | Jan 23rd

Jenks explores Kanye West’s search for identity, his rebelliousness, and ultimately, his desire for artistic freedom, through the lens of his childhood.

1:01:32 | Jan 16th

There have been films and TV shows about the brave and heroic SEAL TEAM 6, and other Marines, that killed Osama Bin Laden and changed history. There is a famous photo that captured President Obama and his team watching the raid from the Situation Roo...Show More

1:40:46 | Dec 19th, 2018

Kendall Jenner is one of the most famous people on Earth. And so, it made sense for the global brand Pepsi to feature her in a commercial in 2017. But, the commercial faced a major backlash for co-opting the imagery of social-political movements. Who...Show More

1:38:48 | Dec 12th, 2018

Meek Mill, one of the hottest rappers in the world, violated parole too many times. But when the judge at his hearing began giving him tips on his music and lifestyle, people started to question who was in the wrong. It all got more bizarre after she...Show More

1:00:27 | Dec 5th, 2018

You wouldn’t think one of the best basketball players in the world, worth well over $100 million, spends his summers in a two-bedroom apartment in San Diego, but that’s what Kawhi Leonard does. In San Antonio he opted to live with his mom, and they p...Show More

56:31 | Nov 28th, 2018

Would Apple exist without if Steve Jobs had never taken acid? Jobs said repeatedly that taking LSD was one of the "two or three most important things" he ever did in his life. But was this a tale to galvanize press, or a genuine belief. What Really H...Show More

58:52 | Nov 7th, 2018

A 6-year-old boy was stuck in a hot air balloon that happened to look like a flying saucer, 7,000 feet above ground, flying over Colorado. Cable news channels had a field day. And, when the balloon landed, something didn't add up. Ultimately in this ...Show More

1:03:36 | Oct 31st, 2018

President Bill Clinton and President Boris Yeltsin were ready to change the world. Their epic press conferences and newly released phone transcripts reveal a sincere friendship. But, as time went on, things got complicated, and led to Vladimir Putin....Show More

43:48 | Oct 24th, 2018

Famous musicians Brian Jones, Jimi Hendrix, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, Kurt Cobain, and Amy Winehouse all died at 27 years old. Some call this phenomenon "a media construct". Research shows that of the 3,463 musicians who died in the last two hundre...Show More

46:06 | Oct 17th, 2018

The most famous comedian in the world had just signed a $50 million contract, and had started filming the third season of his critically acclaimed show, Chappelle's Show. Then, he had a “meltdown” and “escaped” to South Africa. Now, more than ten yea...Show More

1:15:54 | Oct 10th, 2018

King John II of France is missing from the pages of history. There are no movies, no books, hardly a Wikipedia page. But, after Jenks dug in to the mystery of this seemingly forgotten king, a whole medieval world came to life. As it turns out, John I...Show More
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01:19 | Sep 28th, 2018

Join award-winning journalist and best-selling author James Andrew Miller as he uncovers bold beginnings of success stories in the worlds of television, movies, sports, music, and business. Experience all the unpredictable moments, pivotal junctures,...Show More

1:50:32 | Sep 26th, 2018

In the last couple of years, American embassy officials in Cuba have been injured by "sonic attacks". Jenks has followed all the leads, being convinced at one point that acoustic weapons don’t even exist, and then that they do exist, and the Russians...Show More

1:26:04 | Sep 19th, 2018

What really happened in 2001 when Venus Williams forfeited a semi-final match against her best friend and sister, Serena Williams? Headlines charged her father, Richard Williams, with orchestrating which sister would win. Guests: James Blake, Sel...Show More

01:15 | Sep 19th, 2018

What Really Happened? returns on September 19th with new episodes including the backstrokes of Serena Williams, Dave Chappelle, Balloon Boy and more.

1:12:33 | Apr 24th, 2018

In 1993, Daniel Green was charged with the murder of James Jordan. Now 25 years later Andrew Jenks attempts to better understand the trial and investigation, visits Daniel Green in prison, and provides his take on what really happened.

1:21:46 | Mar 14th, 2018

Jenks reacts to a surprising pattern he uncovered after recording Season 1. And, as a result, he speaks with Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a world- renowned psychologist named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.

1:09:48 | Mar 7th, 2018

Jenks speaks with two groundbreaking biographers that changed how the public perceived Princess Diana. New York Times best-selling author Andrew Morton (Diana; In Her Own Words) talks about secretly working with Princess Diana and publishing a book t...Show More

1:18:38 | Feb 28th, 2018

Jenks speaks with New York Times Best Selling author and biographer Paul Reid about the accuracy of "The Darkest Hour", inaccurate Churchill quotes tweeted by Congresspeople, and Churchill’s famous speech after Dunkirk.  Jenks also speaks with a lis...Show More

1:52:47 | Feb 7th, 2018

Jenks responds to listener feedback (1:05:30), interviews critically acclaimed actress Brittany Snow (36:24), and paparazzi Daniel Ramos (3:55), who was there taking pictures when Britney Spears infamously smashed in a windshield with an umbrella. Je...Show More

1:12:06 | Jan 31st, 2018

After listening to this episode, we'll know why Chris Christie joined ABC News as a political commentator, and why he apparently, now as a former Governor, got caught trying to cut the TSA line at Newark airport. In this reaction episode to The Lone ...Show More

57:15 | Jan 24th, 2018

Jenks recaps Season 1's overwhelming response and kicks off the 'Reaction Episodes', 6 episodes where he gets feedback from listeners and speaks with experts or people who had first hand accounts related to each topic. This episode includes Jenks' di...Show More

57:33 | Nov 29th, 2017

In the spring and summer of 2017, network and cable TV aired endless “specials” and documentaries to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Many of the programs claimed to have exclusive interviews or footage, and most of them...Show More

1:04:48 | Nov 15th, 2017

Before he even won his second championship, Michael Jordan wasn’t just the best basketball player in the league, he also had the perfect image. But then in 1992, a book came out, ‘The Jordan Rules’, and the public and media couldn't believe it - Jord...Show More

52:46 | Nov 8th, 2017

Did everyone miss the true nature of Britney Spears’ ‘meltdown’? Now, 10 years later, there is growing attention being paid to a little known legal concept that Spears is under, called a ‘conservatorship’. This episode takes a look at exactly what ...Show More

1:09:21 | Nov 1st, 2017

Is a columnist who monitored New Jersey traffic, and a lone wolf who, in high school took stats for Chris Christie’s baseball team, the respective hero and villain of the scandal which we all now know as Bridgegate?