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I, Survivor

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Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the me...Show More
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33:20 | Nov 6th, 2018

When Michele Simms was 23 she met the man she married. He was a sociopath and she couldn't escape. It took a stay in a really unlikely place for her to find the strength she needed to get out. Reminder that mental illness is not your fault, nor is it...Show More

06:02 | Sep 3rd

Joe Exotic is a man who loves his animals and the zoo he created for them. But Joe has a nemesis in the animal world named Carole. And as much as they both love to save animals, Joe and Carole are hell-bent on destroying each other. Listen to season...Show More

09:22 | Jul 31st

“Bachelor Happy Hour with Rachel & Ali” takes fans behind the scenes with all things Bachelor Nation-related in the first ever, official Bachelor podcast. You’ll hear from current cast members and get the details on what really happened when the came...Show More

43:02 | May 28th

He's been described as the greatest living athlete you've never heard of, but once you hear it you'll never be able to forget Tommy Caldwell's story. In the early 2000s, Tommy was just a young climber on a trip when he and his friends were taken host...Show More

39:19 | May 21st

Lockey Maisonneuve calls herself the "Girl Raised by Wolves." She had abusive, neglectful parents and hated when people told her she couldn't heal until she forgave her abusers. She found healing through yoga and was able to release her pain, and now...Show More

33:04 | May 14th

In December 2017, Darrell "Diamond" Jones took his first breath as a free man in 32 years. In 1985, he was convicted of a crime he says he didn't commit. He could have pled guilty for a shorter sentence, but he refused to confess guilt for something ...Show More

40:14 | May 7th

Stacy Seltzer had just married her husband, Jason, when something happened that set off a chain reaction that upturned her entire life: She got pregnant. That led to misdiagnoses, chronic pain, and a month-long stay in the hospital in July 2012. Fina...Show More

33:46 | Apr 30th

Larry Ruhl was in his 20s when he started having flashbacks. Shadowy childhood memories re-emerged of his father, coming into his bedroom late at night. As he uncovered these painful thoughts he was also grappling with his sexuality. He’s here today ...Show More

33:36 | Apr 23rd

It’s been three years since Terra Newell was attacked at her apartment complex by John Meehan, and two years since her family’s ordeal was blasted into public consciousness through the hit podcast turned hit TV show, Dirty John. When the podcast ende...Show More

05:36 | Apr 17th

Sports rivalries can fuel fans and athletes to fight and argue for years. But what’s the real story behind these epic rivalries? From Wondery, the company behind “Business Wars” and “American Scandal” comes Sports Wars, an electric new series that of...Show More

00:52 | Apr 16th

I, Survivor is back Tuesday, April 23rd! Hear new stories from Dirty John's Terra Newell, climber Tommy Caldwell (from the Free Solo documentary), and more. This season is all about finding empowerment through sharing these stories, and we can’t wait...Show More
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11:55 | Apr 2nd

The Vanished is a true crime podcast that explores the stories of those who have gone missing. Join host, Marissa Jones, as she explores each case often interviewing the loved ones who are still searching for answers. Subscribe and listen at wondery....Show More
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05:52 | Feb 12th

What happens when a seemingly-perfect marriage ends in a nasty divorce and someone ends up dead. Listen to Over My Dead Body today wherever you’re listening to this or visit www.wondery.fm/omdb

29:05 | Dec 25th, 2018

Tracy Rowland's mother figured her daughter's Christmas Break home from college was the perfect time to schedule surgery. She wouldn't miss any class and be able to lay around and recover. Of course, that's not exactly what ended up happening. Tracy ...Show More

40:29 | Dec 18th, 2018

David Crabb and his husband went to Newfoundland to spend Christmas with his mother in her new house. They landed in whiteout conditions, and the trip got worse from there. They escaped, and a few months later, so did his mother. Support us by supp...Show More

44:54 | Dec 11th, 2018

Chris Borland played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers and after a stellar rookie season left his pro career so he wouldn’t become a statistic! He’s since become an advocate for CTE and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Links from today’s ep...Show More

41:41 | Dec 4th, 2018

What happens to artists when they need to process? They create. Writer Paul Bianchi turned a childhood trauma into a performance piece and he came into the studio to share his story with us. Links from today’s episode! Paul’s podcast, Mythunderst...Show More

47:01 | Nov 27th, 2018

Lacey Henderson survived a childhood cancer that had no survival rate, but losing a leg didn’t slow her down. Inspired by the classic film bring it on, she became a competitive cheerleader. Then, over a casual family game of beer pong her Dad bet her...Show More

48:35 | Nov 20th, 2018

When Rachel was in the Air Force, she was assaulted by a fellow airman. While initially praised for her bravery, she was punished when she spoke out. But Rachel left the skies for the seas, and found healing on her boat, Coconut, where she now lives....Show More

38:28 | Nov 13th, 2018

When Consolee Nishimwe was 14, the Rwandan Genocide ripped her country and family apart. She hid out in bushes, attics, and she survived. She shared her story with us and inspired the hell out of us. The Rwandan Genocide is a big and terrible topic t...Show More
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04:36 | Nov 5th, 2018

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know...Show More

33:51 | Oct 30th, 2018

Cat Crow was on vacation in the Italian countryside when she was attacked by wild dogs. When she got to the hospital a new set of horrors was waiting for her. Links from the episode! Rabid or just plain dangerous? Know the difference. Wagatwe is s...Show More

25:52 | Oct 23rd, 2018

The Texas medical system failed to protect 33 patients from Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Philip Mayfield was one of the survivors. We spoke to Laura Beil, host and reporter of the podcast Dr. Death, about the story, Duntsch's victims, the survivors, and ...Show More

45:27 | Oct 16th, 2018

We’ve never told Jenna’s story on our show, so here it is: she’s part of the First Wives Club and survived an abusive first marriage. Did you know that more than 10 million people each year are victims of intimate partner violence?  We’d also kindly ...Show More
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04:10 | Oct 10th, 2018

Listen to Sold in America wherever you listen to I, Survivor.

40:26 | Oct 9th, 2018

Paul Gilmartin, host of the podcast Mental Illness Happy Hour, survived covert incest. It’s especially insidious because there’s no physical contact, but the emotional damage is very real. Paul has dedicated his life to his recovery, and regularly ta...Show More

15:46 | Oct 5th, 2018

This is a special episode all about Institutional Betrayal. We've mentioned it a lot, but haven't really gone into it in detail. We talked to Dr. Jennifer Freyd, a psychology professor at University of Oregon who coined the term.

1:00:28 | Oct 2nd, 2018

Norman Buckley is a director known for his work on Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, but what you may not know is that he’s survived the untimely and tragic deaths of two of his partners.  He shares the story of them and how he found a way out of ...Show More

35:27 | Sep 25th, 2018

Myrla Baldonado is a caregiver who survived sexual assault working in five homes. She’s an activist and a badass who showed up for her interview wearing a Time’s Up pin. We also defined some key terms like gaslighting, so you can stay vigilant, and w...Show More

45:42 | Sep 18th, 2018

Joey Weinert was just a kid, when his dad, The Manila Envelope Bandit, was arrested for a string of bank robberies throughout Southern California. That led to struggling with addiction. The Midnight Mission in Downtown Los Angeles helped him, and som...Show More

46:08 | Sep 11th, 2018

When Jasmine Grace Marino was 18, her boyfriend forced her into the dark world of sex trafficking. Alicia Molina first started using drugs and alcohol when she was 13. She’s now 5 years sober. Sex trafficking and addiction are both stigmatized as i...Show More
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12:07 | Sep 5th, 2018

An investigative reporter looks into a surgeon who hurt 33 of his patients and looks at the system that failed to protect those 33 patients at every possible turn. I hope you help us spread the word because it’s a story that everyone should listen to...Show More

43:48 | Sep 4th, 2018

Mav Viola was attacked by someone she trusted - her youth pastor. She eventually realized he’d been grooming her (and other girls) for this abuse. Even WORSE, her church community didn’t believe her because apparently ‘someone who is a mostly ok dude...Show More

49:20 | Aug 28th, 2018

Aishah Shahidah Simmons survived incest and sexual abuse. She is a self-described Black feminist lesbian documentary filmmaker. Then, we talk to writer Amanda Rosenberg, who survived a suicide attempt and says hiding her mental illness from her famil...Show More

36:37 | Aug 21st, 2018

When you've experienced trauma it can seem almost impossible to put your life back together. Today on the show we have two women who not only did that, but who have dedicated their lives to helping people who have faced similarly traumatic events. Pa...Show More

38:49 | Aug 14th, 2018

Johnno Wilson was spending a serene morning on Venice Beach, when a quick dip in the Pacific Ocean turned into a ride in a rip current and a brush with death. Since we’re now officially terrified of the ocean, we invited lifeguard Captain Remy Smith ...Show More

34:55 | Aug 7th, 2018

Rachel Pharn was riding her bike along the Hudson River when a terrorist drove a truck into the bike path. She survived, and reads us the letter that she wrote to the man who attacked her. Then, we hear from Dr. Laurie Punch. Dr. Punch is a trauma su...Show More

47:03 | Jul 31st, 2018

Kelly Herron was attacked in a Seattle bathroom while she was out running one afternoon. But Kelly fought back. She shares her story, and we get a primer in self defense from Jenna’s neighbor, Jose Angel Castro, who just so happens to be the founder ...Show More

40:27 | Jul 31st, 2018

Carol E. Miller survived a plane crash when she was just 16 years old. But Carol didn’t feel whole until years later, after discovering EMDR therapy. We learn more about EMDR from a psychotherapist and frequent guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Dr. ...Show More

45:04 | Jul 31st, 2018

A single traumatic event can change life in the blink of an eye. It can destroy you, enrage you, and even fuel the fire within you. Nancy Hogshead-Makar was raped in college but she didn’t allow that to take over her life. Instead, Nancy channeled he...Show More

02:33 | Jul 17th, 2018

The assault, the manipulation, the fear, the triumph. I, Survivor premieres on July 31. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.