What Was That Like


First-hand true stories - a plane crash, a mass shooting, a bear attack, a train derailing, and more. The guest tells us exactly what happened, and answers the question, What Was That Like?

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  • -/ellehelle\-
    Neurodivergent please read
    4 stars bc clearly a lot of folks are getting a lot of positive things here. I’m confused by the titles of episodes with descriptions that vanish the moment I click?? And immediately i am lost in TLDR universe… what’s happening? Where am I? Who are these people and where is continuation of the sentence I was reading Also the host sounds like Microsoft Sam. Which is neither good, nor bad. Just like Microsoft Sam🤷‍♀️ Could be a great podcast for many people, but found myself pacing like I do when I can’t make structure out of something.
  • Soberlunatic
    Love this show!
    I thoroughly love this show! One point of feedback for episode 123. Methadone is a medication to help people using opioids, mostly heroin or fentanyl. The distinction between opiates and methamphetamine is important because of the epidemic of overdoses plaguing us. We lost over 100,000 people in 2021 to opioid overdose. It’s important for me to note that methadone is a medication, not a replacement, and helps people live functional lives. Some come off of methadone, some stay on for a long time. It saves lives! I hope you continue sharing the stories you do as they offer hope, help people not feel alone, and cultivate compassion. Keep it up!
  • ireallyhatethisapp1234
    Like the show
    I like the show so I gave it five stars. I just wanted to say Garrett seems so insanely ungrateful. “Why did the cop have to shoot the guy???” “I heard he shot a dog once….” Excuse me??? You’re having these negative thoughts about the man who SAVED YOUR LIFE. 😒 prime example of what’s wrong with the world right now.
  • Tkd_Gal
    Interesting but…
    I like that the stories and format are different than so many other podcasts. However, I agree with some of the other reviews. These stories can be really tedious when the guests ramble on so much. Some episode can probably be 20 minutes max instead of an hour+. As with some previous comments, certain guests are just impossible to like. They put themselves in their predicaments-two people smuggling drugs, one person traveled during the covid lockdown and was trapped.
  • Juuky
    Great stories
    Scott Johnson is a great host. He’s incredible at facilitating the guests to tell their stories in a comfortable, compassionate fashion. And the stories are interesting, even when regarding things in which I previously had no interest. Definitely binge this one!
  • emcat206
    Ella the elephant girl…. Cringe
    This entire story was a stretch. She spoke about the actual “attack” in less than 5 words, making it clear that the title description of “being trampled” is clearly over the top. She walked away (literally) with road rash on her leg. I am an avid listener weekly and I love the stories, but this episode/story was pretty lame….to be honest.
  • CCL603
    I never miss an episode
    I await each new episode and listen right away. The latest one with 911 calls would be great if it weren’t for crappy static. Not your fault. I don’t know why they can’t make calls clearer after all these years. I wish I could listen all the way through but gives me a headache. I’ll be back at next episode though! Keep up the good work!
  • J3di7
    Dan peeps people for prison
    I love this podcast! The host has a great voice that’s engaging and asks just the right questions for the guests on his show! Dan’s story was exactly what people need to hear…he faced his consequences for his crime, and did his time! Dan turned his life around learning from his mistakes and telling people the real life story and what he experienced in prison and how to tap into those resource’s and be a better person coming out of prison - than going in. He took responsibility for his actions, and turned a negative experience into a positive one, that can help 1st time offenders get through a prison sentence, and how to use your resources, and knowing what actions you can take to help reduce your sentence -with help and from someone who experienced it first hand. I Love hearing peoples personal stories of life changing experiences-Great Podcast!!
  • Sammajamma213
    This is so cool and the different topics chosen are always fascinating.
  • DreagsD
    My favorite podcast!
    I love true crime podcasts but I needed a break! This podcast came up when I was searching for a certain topic and I am SO glad that I selected it! I started at the beginning and I have been binge listening when I’m cleaning the house, making food for my family, taking care of my chickens, driving-even when I am putting the baby to sleep! I am so glad that I don’t have to wait 2 weeks between episodes since I started at the beginning! I love how Scott very rarely interrupts and when he does, he is asking a question that I would ask! Love this podcast!
  • 1Loser
    Many Episodes Missing
    I really enjoy your podcast but many episodes are missing. I am only getting the oldest ones. A couple of years are missing. I got the latest a couple of days ago and when I wanted to listen to it it was gone. Where are the most recent episodes?
  • Adrienne H.13
    Never boring!
    Love the variety of topics, people, & situations Scott captures with this show. It is truly never ever boring!
  • Snoopyquilter
    The Price Is Right
    i loved this episode. It was nice to hear something nice for a change. I do love the other episodes and will forever be a listener.
  • maddie misd
    Best podcast
    Scott, I must tell you that you do a fantastic job. Honestly, your voice and respect towards your guests and a great sense of humor. Most podcasts that I have listened to I had to delete because either the host or guests or both were so annoying with their speech patterns .... like, you know, aaaaaandt uh like . Horrible. You should record some audio books. I hope you have continued success.
  • Sssssssjjjjjjj71
    Episode 117
    This review is specifically about episode 117, Summer stuck in Peru. While the podcast it solved is of high-quality and well produced, this story was absolutely not warranting of an episode. Coronavirus was declared a global pandemic in early March. For Summer to still decide to travel out of the country at that time was just irresponsible. She kept saying she had no idea what was going on in March, but the world knew, we knew what was going on. We knew it was bad, we knew to stay in place, we knew to not travel. Additionally, she was only there 19 days, and she was with people she knew and loved, and had a roof over her head and food on her table. It’s not like she was stranded without anyone she knew, without shelter or food. This whole episode was a waste of time. Shame on her.
  • Truecrime Christie
    Simply Amazing in every aspect. I hope it’s as healing for everyone as it is for me.
  • Crystalsun23
    A TRUE journalist podcaster.
    This is a fabulous podcast done by a true natural at interviewing. He does not interrupt his guests and when interviewing he has totally done his homework so the questions he asks are perfect for each individual guest and it just seems to open them up and allow them to feel comfortable to just open up and tell their experiences. The variety of content is great, his personality is great, his voice is pleasant, his personality is (well appears to be) like a family friend and he is supportive of other podcasters (which I believe shows great character). All around great podcast covering such an immense variety of subjects with impeccable skills as an interviewer!!!! HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
  • JessMcCann
    Fantastic podcast
    Great variety of stories and Scott is an amazing host! He lets the person tell their story but asks just the right amount of questions while showing care and compassion for each person. We need more Scott’s in the world!
  • janaebhansen
    Wow! ✨
    Absolutely love this podcast. Scott is so respectful and thoughtful with his comments and questions. I found this podcast last week and I’m so glad I did! Thanks to everyone who has shared their stories. Xoxo
  • Kandyst4r
    I like what you do but it’s amazing how the first girl in the 9/11 one went from don’t judge people and don’t teach your kids to hate and then immediately called white people racist.
  • MaverickAbundance
    Kennedy! IM SO PROUD OF YOU!
    Kennedy, you don’t know me. I just found this podcast. I’m so proud of you and your strength is beautiful! You are beautiful! I’m sure you have all kinds of days. I live in Eagle. If you ever need someone to talk to, I want to listen. I want to offer support and I have 3 amazing teenagers. I also look back at how beautiful and yet so insecure I was at your age. I’m here for you. I will leave my phone number on the voice message. Again, I’m just so proud of you! I’m a Mom with 3 teenagers. You touched my heart with your strength. I just want you to have my number and visit (that probably sounds weird). But you can look me up. I would love to support you and just be your friend. Or your extra Aunt. You name it. Or I’m just here to listen Always and Anytime. Thank You Misha
  • CrtifiedSprdBoi
    What Was That Like you may ask? I am in love with this podcast!
    I’ve come here from Ben’s podcast and I am glad he gave a shoutout to you your podcast! If anyone is skeptical on whether or not they should tune into this podcast, do it!!! It’s rough for me to stick with a podcast. The Secret Room and this one, What Is That Like are my all time favorite! The podcast hooks you into it. It’s interesting to hear what other people went through and how they’re doing now.
  • LucyEileen
    One of the best podcasts!
    Such fascinating stories, and Scott Johnson is such a compassionate and thoughtful host. He really seems to care about each guest. His questions are very good. I look forward to each episode.
  • bbbbeeeeiiiiooo
    Loved the episode but he talks to much and interrupts by putting his spin on things. Very distracting. Let the person tell their story. Thank you.
  • zazzle12
    New favorite
    This podcast is a gem ! I just found it and I really like it !
  • Heesh4
    Keep it up!
    Never disappointed. Please don’t ever go to the paywall dark side, where all good podcast go to die.
  • LuluEDM
    My New Favorite Podcast!
    I found this podcast through This is Actually Happening and I am HOOKED. Scott is an incredible interviewer. He doesn’t interject too much and lets the stories take center stage in each episode. He always asks the questions I’m pondering and delivers truly riveting tales. I’m binging the entire catalog of episodes and can’t get enough. Well done, Scott!
  • ananananab832
    Love it !
    I’ve alway loved this podcast - not only the stories, but the interviewing is beautifully done as well. Also, love the variation, including the newest episode with Jen - what a cool story !
  • gnomespun
    It’s OK minus the Jesus stuff
    The host seems smart and has the right amount of involvement. But it gets pretty glurgy when he lets guests go on and on about praying to Jesus. I mean, maybe Jesus kinda shouldn’t have let you be in a plane crash to begin with.
  • Chris Knighton
    Gripping and Nostalgic
    I really enjoyed the episode titled, "Tessi heard a tree fall." When I started playing this episode I wasn't sure where it was going, but the narration captivated me and I couldn't stop listening. The host and guest brought on a feeling of nostalgia for me when describing the California Mountain West and when the guest began to share her story of what happened one night when she was camping, I, as a fellow outdoors and camping lover, couldn't turn it off. This podcast transports you into the world of the guests who tell their stories and makes you think, "what if that was me!!"
  • Demetria3
    Still wondering..
    I’m literally wondering if any of this could be real. I’m listening to episode: Jill was kept in a basement and I’m struggling to believe any of it. It’s almost ridiculous. Seriously.
  • Carazona5
    So addicting!
    This podcast is so interesting to listen to. Lots of crazy but true stories that have you glued from the moment they start. The host asks the exact questions I’m thinking of while listening to the stories. I like how some light hearted ones are sprinkled in with all the drama!
  • Nattienell
    Amazing stories
    I love this podcast! The host does a great job at introducing guests and asking questions to get the most of their stories. He also lets the guest tell their story and is very empathetic. Another thing I love about this podcast is the stories are all uniquely amazing. It is amazing what people overcome and how they all remain so positive. Thank you for giving us a platform to listen to these and for them to tell their amazing stories!
  • Molino Girl
    Great stories
    Love it! Very well done and great stories.
  • llidne217
    Real life stories
    I enjoy listening to this podcast most times. Some stories are great but some people tend to ramble. Some don’t know how to get out their own way( like Jill). It’s hard to not say I would have done it differently but I have to understand that Jill started off with no self esteem and bad parents parenting her. She did the best she could. Looks like she is getting on her feet again and heading in the right direction. Wishing her the best.
  • kikianne666
    Well I’ve binged all 105 episodes. Great podcast and an even better host. Scott allows his guests speak and asks thoughtful and purposeful questions. Highly recommend!
  • bull&$it
    I’m a True Crime fan. HOWEVER…I love these stories. I also love the fact that the episodes are a bit longer in length. They get me through my hike!! Thanks and keep them coming.
  • RK_RK_
    Excellent host, content and format!
    I stopped listening to all my other podcasts because I can’t stop listening to this one. I’m actually glad I discovered this in March 2022 so I can binge 100+ episodes. Excellent!
  • dkeen1010
    Not my favorite but a good space filler
    As far as podcasts hosted by men go, I find this one the least annoying. He doesn’t think he’s funny or disrespect anyone. The US navy propaganda he chooses to put on here in the form of ad space takes away 2 stars for me personally though. Gross.
  • PoetBeth
    New Favorite
    I came across this podcast by chance and was immediately hooked. There’s nothing more engaging than real people telling their real stories. Can’t wait to binge the rest of the episodes.
  • DBDaBronx
    Browsing find
    This is a wonderful podcast. Moving true stories very well presented by those sharing their lives with us. Host is courteous & emphatic—allows the stories to unfurl without constant interruptions. A gem!
  • Nannie Ivey
    Great podcast
    This podcast is so amazing. I am so thankful I found it.
  • Bald tommy
    Great podcast!!
    Such a great podcast!! It’s nice to hear these stories of people overcoming bad situations and prevailing. Host Scott approaches each interview with compassion and asks all the questions I have brewing in my head during the interview. From one podcaster to another, keep up the great work!!! Tommy
  • AlexisC5183
    One of my favs
    This podcast is so good, so raw, and you know Scott puts it all into this. Love it!
  • AmbySharp
    Cool dude
    Love your voice and your awesomeness
  • kencarfagno
    This Podcast Captures INCREDIBLE Stories
    I typically listen to podcasts to grow my mindset as an entrepreneur, but I have a few on my list for pure entertainment only. This show scratches that itch. I don't know where Scott finds these stories of orginary people in extraordinary situations of life and death. It's compelling and hard to stop. Be careful to leave an hour of open time or you'll sit in your driveway to finish the episode.
  • Professor disco
    Bear attack
    The positive attitude of the victim, his choices and perseverance and outcome is absolutely amazing and inspiring. I have never shared a podcast with anyone before but I have now. Well done!!! I had tears listening to Danny and the baby and the miracles surrounding the Tsunami story. This is the best popcast I have ever listened to. We all need something positive and uplifting after this pandemic and this is it. Thank you Scott. K Farry
  • GQueen121
    Favorite Podcast
    I play this while washing dishes, doing chores around the house. It’s an escape, a dive into someone else life for a short while. Great stories, eye opening stories. Unbelievable stories of peoples life changing experiences. Love love love this podcast. Thank you!
  • jensingz
    Thank you for sharing this difficult stories in such a kind and mindful way
  • lindy luvs music
    Amazing stories!
    These stories, told first hand with Scott’s incredible interviewing skills, are so inspiring! I just discovered this podcast so am currently bingeing & have yet to find an episode that hasn’t left me in awe. It’s a great listen!
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