What Was That Like - a storytelling podcast with amazing stories from real people


A storytelling podcast, with first-hand amazing stories presented by Scott Johnson and Meredith Hackwith Edwards. Each storyteller tells their own personal true story, with all the details of what happened. Animal attacks, plane crashes, mass shootings, and more – you'll hear what happened directly from the person who experienced it, and the inspirational outcome of how they came out on the other side. 

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  • kimmi429
    Thought provoking!
    Love this podcast! Great topics in real person real time storytelling! Love it🥳
  • Wmhunt
    Ad free expensive
    I support a few low key podcasts via Patreon. I’ve also purchased products from ads from podcasts. Wanting $5 a month for two podcasts a month an easy pass. Bonus 911 content is even worse. Ppl screaming at 911 not a good sell. Do better and charge less or have a weekly output.
  • shellysea
    Love the topics
    I like how Scott interviews, great questions. Great topics. The guest are really interesting.
  • MagLoLex
    Hospice Nurse
    So interesting!
  • USA Mknitter
    Chris was not strapped in (came out on 2/16/2024)
    I thought the lovely Swiss background on Chris’ hang gliding “snafu” looked familiar. When he later referred to the Interlaken Tourist Bureau, my hunch was correct. I worked 2 seasons in hotels in that region in the early 1970s (Thun Lake—between Interlaken & Bern and in the small ski town of Wengen) and daily felt grateful for the opportunity to live among that beauty for nearly a year. One of my brothers went there about 5 years later — he was also a cyclist and that’s where he tried “mountain biking” —which was totally novel at that time (late 1970s) — taking the ski lift up the mountain in the summer with his bike and riding “straight down” the slope! Who knew how popular that would become! I also appreciated that Chris “took the high road,” acknowledging that an accident can happen at any time. I would also experience “unplanned dismounts” from my years of horseback riding, but would always get back on, so I can also understand Chris’ desire to again try hang gliding😊
  • american_greed
    enjoy the podcast
    Very interesting stories, highly recommend
  • MaverickAbundance
    Love this Podcast!
    Sending love and hugs to Michael. What a terrifying situation. Just going along about your day, working hard. When someone tries to kill you. Will Michaels leg ever be healed? Probably not. I’m so sorry. The felon/bad guy got off way to easy! He had previously been in prison! He doesn’t deserve another opportunity to join society EVER! Really bothers me.
  • Zil57790543
    The chosen episode topics are interesting enough but Scott the interviewer is quite cringy. The stories would be better received if they were edited and only the narrators voice was heard. Also they are too long and get into too much boring detail. Love + radio, is this actually happening, strangers are better examples of this type of podcast.
  • lastkidstanding
    Bee sting episode
    I love most. This was boring. I’ve had this happen to either me, my kids or a friend many times.
  • Alee1879!
    Best podcast
    I love this podcast. Very interesting and Scott is a great interviewer and this is a must listen podcast .
  • Big B 65
    “Saw the Hit”
    Love this show but the “Saw the Hit” episode is laughable. We have an accident, the guest (passenger), the victim, another person with a phone, a nurse, a dispatcher, and a second dispatcher on another phone. The dispatcher told the guest she was in charge and the guest took that command to heart. At one point of the podcast, the guest, who has family and friends who are nurses (she is not), expressed anger that the nurse would not listen to her and the dispatcher. The only person on scene with medical training was trying to help and the dispatcher (most likely reading a checklist) and the guest (granted “AU-THOR-I-TY!!!”) repeatedly did everything to interfere with the medically trained person. Insane. The guest dismissed the host’s suggestion that the nurse was the person best suited for the situation. I empathize with your guest. She went through a traumatic experience and her description of the aftermath is familiar. The biggest takeaway is the aftermath. Listening to the on-scene descriptions and power dynamics at play was not fun.
  • slimyfox47
    Probably a good podcast normally but.....
    "Karen gave birth in a Subaru" episode is the first time I've listened to this podcast. Karen seems to be aptly named. She comes across as cynical, rude, and not fun to be around. She complains about her in laws, the dispatcher, the ambulance crew, and the nurses. She literally tells the podcast host how she basically can't stand her mother in law. Lays it out there for anyone and everyone who listens. She's just so negative and I could barely finish the episode due to her being so dang cranky and ungrateful. Everything about her makes me want to never meet anyone like her. Seems like the type of person that would find fault in everything. Just gross behavior. Stefanies episode was very engaging at first but towards the middle/end she just comes across as so whiny and weak. Not about what happened to her, that's absolutely horrific and I'm no way, shape, or form, her fault, but about how she's worried what people will think. I don't think she wanted an abortion but her fear of wondering what story she would tell everyone, forced her to go ahead with it. She never took control of her own healing and when she finally got in therapy, waited until she only had 3 sessions left to tell her therapist?! Who does that? It's time for her to get a backbone, get ongoing therapy, and take control of her one life again. She said it ruined her life. It was one awful part, but she cannot let that one incident ruin her entire life! Don't give him that kind of power.
  • Megan Haley
    Stories from work
    Worst episode ever. You didn’t get any better stories?? The majority were not interesting, intriguing or even that weird. As for the rest of the podcast…some episodes are ok but Scott needs to up his game as he seems condescending and boring. I use this podcast as a filler when I run out of shows.
  • Rhiannonkrb44
    The Host is Mediocre at Best.
    The stories are always intriguing, but there is a condescending undertone from Scott. One of the first episodes I listened to was “Lex Couldn’t Stop Bleeding”. When they were discussing her profession (a lactation consultant) his tone implied that it was a joke, he then proceeded with “you see a lot of boobs”. This is the first of many times he undermines the interviewee. I’d love a host who respects his guests.
  • teryaki chizz
    Stop playing repeats
    I’m always excited when a new episode comes out and I’m always disappointed when it’s a repeat. If I wanted to hear it again I’d go back and play it again.
  • 75lamc
    Great podcast.
    One of my favorites. I enjoy how Scott interviews the guests. He asks questions but let’s them just tell the story. He always comes off as non biased which is refreshing.
  • touche1981
    I’m a Kmart baby
    Your last episode on her having a baby in Walmart. I was born in Kmart. I was named after the manager that helped deliver me. 😊😊😊
  • Positivity2
    Perfect podcast!
    I recently discovered this podcast and it’s the perfect podcast! I enjoy the stories and find myself laughing and crying along with the guests. I love the uplifting nature and delivery of the stories, even when often times, they are such tragedies. But out of each tragedy there always seems to be something good, something beautiful. This podcast is a great reminder just how resilient we are. Thank you for presenting these stories in such a way that leaves us feeling better and wanting to do better.
  • AmandaNolder
    151 - WOW
    I’ve listen to all of your episodes but 151 was a game changer. You took your interviewing skills to the next level. Wow. Great job!
  • shellydogg
    Scott always has such interesting and articulate guests. He is one of the best hosts (and I listen to a lot of podcasts) because he always listens and asks questions that help us as listeners, understand very clearly what is happening in the story. Can’t wait for the next series to begin !
  • Meandmy6
    Exceptional podcast!
    This is one of my favorite podcasts to listen to! Scott has a great voice but does not overwhelm the stories with his own thoughts or opinions like some podcasts. Every episode that I have listened to so far has great stories that are heartbreaking, uplifting, and inspiring. Thanks for a great podcast! (Makes my daily chores so much more manageable!)
  • MrsHamil209205
    I love this podcast
    I get excited when I open up my podcast app in the morning and see that a new episode is available. Great content, great host!
  • lexilovespod
    Technical issues
    I absolutely love this podcast but I cannot listen to any of the episodes as I am constantly getting an error message when attempting to play a new one. App is up to date and I don’t have this issue with any other podcast. Also tried on Amazon Music and STILL have issues. Can’t seem to find a resolution.
  • k.King2013
    Five star rating definitely!
    This podcast definitely has something for everyone. The first episode, I listen to was the guy who was attacked by a bear. The gentleman was blinded by his attack. I was so fascinated with how he pulled through his ordeal and did not let his blindness stop him from doing what he wanted to do. This had me hooked. I just love to listen to stories about people and how they deal with difficult situations. It’s very inspirational, sometimes very sad and Scott seems to treat everyone with dignity and respect never talking over them just letting them talk. Love it!
  • handbag_hobby
    Such a great podcast!
    I look forward to listening to each new episode—such interesting stories and Scott is always inquisitive, compassionate and thoughtful. Keep up the great work!
  • reidswife
    My favorite Podcast!!!
    I love everything about What Was That Like! Since being caught up, I can hardly wait until the next show!!! So glad I found WWTL!!! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️
  • Domenthness
    One little thing.
    Scott is amazing. This show is very entertaining and educational. One small thing.. members of the church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints are not told to have lots of children. Over my entire life I’ve listened to thousands of hours from the general leaders of my church. I’ve never ever heard that. Not once. We just love family very very much.
  • Tabbyjohnson28
    I feel like this podcast would be better if the individuals just spoke and we could hear their stories. I find the interview format to be kind of jarring.
  • Jojobeaner01
    Love this podcast
    I look forward to WWTL every 2 weeks! Scott is compassionate and the stories are all different and interesting. Highly recommend
  • Fiona milano
    One of my favorites
    Very interesting, different topics, well guided by Scott , great communication through email . Very easy to listen and get engaged.
  • Booappstore
    Great stories, cool host
    This podcast is fantastic. It covers a wide range of topics some absolutely tragic, some on the lighter side, all fascinating. And Scott is the coolest-he’s a great interviewer and a great person. Definitely check it out-you won’t regret it.
  • Clarekc15
    Never could get into this one. Have followed for about a year and it’s never in my top 10 go to so finally unfollowed. Good concept, just not that engaging.
  • Nikky Kelley
    Amazing real life Storytelling!
    Thank you for having a great podcast! Wish there was more! I enjoy the 911 phone calls a lot! Please don’t stop sharing due to one person who could easily not listen to those episodes! Great job!
  • Geekgirlxx
    Wow!!! What a gem!
    Ok, I never write reviews, but really felt compelled. I am a podcast junkie but have become frustrated with podcasters who do things that I have made “drinking games” out of, but really make them unlistenable, because they make me crazy. Really, ladies, vocal fry and saying “like” 40 times in the first 10 minutes of your show is only listenable for so long. My “go to’s” are becoming more and more limited. Soooo … I am on a podcast journey with a friend and walking the slow path to make sure we do it right and joined a podcast group on Facebook so I could get tips and tricks to help on our journey. A post popped up, I can’t even remember what the post was about, but it was enigmatic enough to make me search for the host and the podcast, and wow! Am I grateful!!! What a great show Scott!!! So thoughtful and well produced! Really enjoying it! Thank you!
  • Twenty/ten
    I love this podcast!
    Captivating, inspiring, and a good variety of unique, real life experiences. Scott does a great job plus he has a pleasant voice. My favorite podcast! 5 stars Scott!
  • Billandgatsby
    This show is inspiring!
    Scott’s handling of these stories is superb. Great guests with great stories all of the time. I know he works hard at perfecting his work. It’s his passion. And it shows. Bravo, Scott ! ! !
  • JulieS13x
    I love love love this show! The host, Scott seems like the most genuine guy! The 911 phone calls are amazing and it’s worth paying the $5. Most of the stories break my heart but every once in awhile you listen to those heartwarming people that make you see the good in humanity again.
  • riverbear23
    Very bummed
    I found this podcast a while ago and listened here and there, not obsessed with it but like it enough, until listening to a recent episode about climbing an Egyptian pyramid. The guest makes excuses for his behavior and even seems to think pretty highly of himself for not “defacing” the pyramid because he and his buddy didn’t carve their names into it like others before them had and removed a utility knife that had been left up there for that very purpose. I can understand him feeling that way, I don’t agree and think he’s just making excuses to assuage his professed guilt, but the host agrees with him and contributes his own reasoning as to why he shouldn’t feel as though he did anything wrong. The guest actually used the words ‘American privilege’ yet the host glosses over it and acts as though the pyramids, and maybe all antiquities, are there for anyone who feels able and entitled to do with what they please. I’m very bummed to have heard him speak this way because now I’m going to unsubscribe ☹️
  • Gretchenlistens
    Great podcast, great host!
    I found this podcast a few weeks ago and have been binging it ever since! I love it! The host is great and has the perfect voice for podcasting! I do agree with some of the other reviewers that some of the episodes go on way too long. Also, the episode that included inaccurate information about methodone bugged me a little bit, but mistakes happen. Overall, this podcast is fantastic. Highly recommend! On a side note, regarding the episode about Luke getting caught smuggling cocaine…he could have just gone to the hospital on his own and not involved the police. In most state hospitals can’t report patients to authorities except for cases of suspected child/elder abuse and violence caused by a deadly weapon (e.g., gunshot wounds, stabbings). It’s a HIPAA violation. So he busted himself for no reason. Haha. I’m glad he survived.
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  • GermanShepard567
    Good podcast
    Good podcast, but not everyone wants to hear the 911 calls. I don’t want to hear any of it, let alone the entire call.
  • Ms Mia Blue Cream
    Dog attack.
    I think a question that went unanswered was, what happened to the owners and the dogs? Did she sue the owners , was the owner under obligation to pay for medical expenses? Did the owner take responsibility for the attack? Were the owners suitably remorseful? What about the dogs? Were they euthanized? So many unanswered questions.
  • Specialperson333
    This podcast is great
    Such an entertaining podcast with great stories & you can have it on anytime. While working, cooking, working out…. I listen all the time while I’m at work landscaping & mowing lawns. It’s so great to take you away & I get super into it & the time flies by!! 10/10!
  • Aaron Murdoch
    Outstanding and diverse
    Even though true crime is usually my favorite genre, if I were told I can only listen to 1 podcast for the rest of my life, I would choose this one. It’s diverse with people, jobs, experiences, life stories, etc.
  • Dittyknitty
    The episode about the lady who caused an accident
    Good lord are all the episodes this annoying? I can’t tolerate that white girly perfect annoying innocent voice peppered with nervous giggles and “Yeah” “um” “My life was perfect” Ewww! I can’t listen to a whole episode of that!
  • J&NDeMello5
    Great podcast
    Love this show!! I’ve been binge listening for the past couple weeks and it’s a new favorite for sure.
  • sueleemar
    Great podcast
    The host is 💯, very respectful of his guest.
  • lvbeinggrm
    Hello! I just found this podcast today, and am very happy! Great interviewer who lets the story teller tell their story in their words. Asks great questions, great array of subjects. Thank you! I wish there was an area after each show to send good wishes to the guests. Shana Rogers Moscow, Idaho
  • wjifbeicbe
    This is a great podcast! This host is so easy to listen to and asks good questions.
  • 186Riv507
    Episodes could be shorter but love the host
    I think the best thing about this podcast is the host. He’s so kind and natural, very different from the typical podcast world where most try too hard to be quirky or insert unnecessary political opinions. It’s a breath of fresh air. While I do think the show could benefit from cutting down a bit on story setup and conclusions, it’s forgive-able because everything is just so dang wholesome. Keep it up dude!
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