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We live in an age where news comes at us fast, and from all angles. We see a headline that catches our attention, but often just skim the surface, before the next headline comes along. In Season 3, award-winning documentarian Andrew Jenks uses the power of great storytelling to take us on a journey through the biggest scandals to recently hit headlines. He’ll unravel the layers, bringing to life key figures, and shedding light on the important, yet overlooked components to paint the entire p ...
 
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Many factors go into being successful: intelligence, experience, street smarts, luck... they all play a part. But there's always more to the story than what the public sees. With that in mind, JJ and Tommy bring you The Old Man and the Three - Leadership Series. In these bonus episodes, you will be taken behind the curtain and given a look at how s…
 
Welcome to It Was Said, a 10-episode limited documentary series looking back on some of the most powerful, impactful and timeless speeches in American history. Join Pulitzer Prize winning and best-selling author-historian, Jon Meacham, Peabody-nominated C13Originals Studios and HISTORY, as we take you through 10 speeches. Season One of It Was Said …
 
Andrew Jenks went on a date to a restaurant he really liked, only for it to go out of business. Years later, he realized the head chef was in the news for uniquely inspiring reasons. In partnership with Dell, a special episode on business, failure, and adding up the little wins in order to do something grand. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit…
 
In Part 1, we explored the myriad of theories as to why MH-370 vanished, digging into one that is most common, and understanding how it came to be so widely accepted. But does it make the most sense? In Part 2, Jenks dives into another theory, and while it isn’t the most popular, it may be the most logical in helping to explain the biggest mystery …
 
On March 8, 2014, a Boeing-777 carrying 239 people suddenly disappeared. It has been called the biggest mystery of the decade, fueling a slew of conspiracy theories and heated debate. How did a massive commercial airplane and everyone aboard just vanish? This episode explores different theories, but also unravels why there are so many. As it turns …
 
Rachel DeLoache Williams made a new friend named Anna Delvey. Anna came from a wealthy German family, lived in a New York City hotel, and was starting an ambitious foundation. But when a trip abroad goes awry, Rachel starts to realize her 'friend' may not be who she thought she was. Guests: Rachel DeLoache Williams, author ('My Friend Anna') Learn …
 
One of the most famous people in the Dominican Republic is shot and nearly killed. Two established reporters can’t figure out who did it. Should we believe the authorities? Or could it have been the notorious Cesar “The Abuser”? Why won’t anyone talk? Despite knowing who took the infamous shot, it may just be impossible to know what really happened…
 
Wayne Rooney, a famous soccer player, and his wife's private photos were getting leaked to a tabloid magazine. But then, Colleen, Wayne's wife, discovers through an ingenious Instagram trick who the culprit is. The story became an international sensation. But what does it say about the news that makes the headlines? Guests: Charlotte Wilder, Senior…
 
Robert Kraft is the owner of the New England Patriots, one of the NFL’s most prestigious franchises. His world came crashing down when he was arrested in a sex trafficking sting. But as it turns out, that is just the beginning of the story. Guests: May Jeong, Journalist (Vanity Fair) Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adchoi…
 
Horse-racing is part of America’s pastime. And the Santa Anita racetrack is perhaps the most prestigious in the country. But within the span of only a few months, 30 horses had died. What really happened? Joe Drape, New York Times reporter and Best-Selling author of American Pharoah: The Untold Story of the Triple Crown Winner's Legendary Rise Larr…
 
After a night out, Alison was picked up in a Lyft to go home. When she awoke the next morning and checked the app, she found it odd her driver had taken her into another state. What transpired after is her journey putting the pieces of the night together, and the battles she faced with Lyft, the NYPD, and her own conscious. Learn more about your ad…
 
NXIVM claimed to offer personal and professional development seminars through its "Executive Success Programs". But in reality it was a a cult and a pyramid scheme that brainwashed and blackmailed women into being sex slaves. GUESTS: Sarah Edmondson, author of Scarred: The True Story of How I Escaped NXIVM, the Cult that Bound My Life Rick Alan Ros…
 
It was a Tinder match. Then a date. But she got sick. When she woke up in the middle of the night, her date was in her basement. 911 was called, but the police came in a surprise fashion. Unless, the whole thing was made up. What really happened? GUESTS: Dr. Joseph Stubbersfield, Urban legend expert and researcher Matthew Hutson, Writer/Author (The…
 
Barry and Honey Sherman were one of the richest couples in the world. They were beloved for giving hundreds of millions to those less fortunate. But when both were found murdered in their mansion, enemies suddenly appeared. What really happened? Guests:Jeffrey Robinson (Financial Crime Author)Shashank Upadhye (former VP Global Intellectual Property…
 
George Huguely had it all: a bright future, a scholarship on University of Virginia’s esteemed lacrosse team, and a summer job lined up. When George was brought in to speak with police, he believed it was because of an argument he got in with his ex-girlfriend. But when he told them what happened during the argument, everything changed. Learn more …
 
There are great bands and there are great albums. But, there are only a handful of artists who have sold out stadiums for decades, redefined the bond between artist and fans, influenced a way of life, and innovated an entire industry along the way. Hosted by music journalist Dean Budnick, LMTR tells the story of a band, their fans, and the journey …
 
Only months ago, the head of the Gambino 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, The Mob Museum Travis View, Co-host QAnon Anonymous Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastchoices.com/adcho…
 
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 turns out, it is also their own government. Plus, Epstein dies. And conspiracy theories run wild. W…
 
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 all to fight the people he thought were on his own team. Guests Include:Tim Malloy, co-author of Dir…
 
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 recent history. From the bizarre saga of Jussie Smollett, to the conspiracy-theory fueled murder of a …
 
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 unique perspective, and discusses the deep impact of fame throughout American culture. Learn more abo…
 
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 may now have the answer. This episode also features two special guests, and WRH? listeners, Marie May…
 
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 efforts, and how mass incarceration makes us less safe. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit podcastcho…
 
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 and inner workings of this unprecedented scam, introducing you to the people involved, and exploring t…
 
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 this episode, the pair talk about Jim’s extraordinary career and his books on CAA, ESPN, and SNL. The …
 
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 first episode of of WRH?, "The Talk", about the time Muhammad Ali talked a 21-year-old out of commit…
 
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 landscape, and much more. It also becomes increasingly obvious over the course of the interview that Jen…
 
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 to the Theory of Linguistic Relativity, Lera Boroditsky, about how language shapes the way we think…
 
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 terrible reviews. In this wide-ranging interview, Jenks talks to Stanton about his hit films, how to…
 
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-seller in 2015. Jenks recently read the book and was captivated. Suki's unparalleled experience provides …
 
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 released. In this interview, McChrystal opens up about a range of topics he doesn't normally speak abou…
 
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 true crime genre, and what really happens when making a documentary film. Learn more about your ad c…
 
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 conducted at SXSW. Additional guests throughout the rest of the season include: retired four-star Genera…
 
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 promises she has the answer to Jenks’ first ever What Really Happened?. Learn more about your ad cho…
 
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 Room. Secretaries Clinton and Gates, Vice President Biden, and President Obama have all talked in detai…
 
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 turned out, a specific, largely unknown meeting Merkel had in the Oval Office, before she became the …
 
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 decided this was a good idea? This is the anatomy of a commercial gone terribly wrong. What Really …
 
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 sentenced Meek to two-to-four years in prison. Until recently, he resided in solitary confinement. …
 
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 played Jenga at night over enchiladas. His disinterest in the spotlight, and focus on the game, made …
 
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 Happened? Guests: Daniel Kottke (college friend of Steve Jobs), Trip Hawkins (entrepreneur, founder o…
 
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 Cheyenne storytellers broke more than 100 years of silence about the battle, and they credited Buffalo Cal…
 
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 episode, a professor predicts what won't happen in years to come, an Academy-Award nominated filmmak…
 
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. Guests: Adele Lindenmeyr (Professor of History and Dean of Villanova University College of Liberal …
 
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 hundred years, there is a 40% spike at the age of 27, compared to the years surrounding it. But, recent st…
 
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