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What Was That Like

56 EpisodesProduced by Scott JohnsonWebsite

Real people in unreal situations. Each episode is a conversation with someone who has been through something extremely unusual, and I ask them, what was that like?

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Michael survived an avalanche WWTL 55

July 3rd, 2020


Katmandu, the capital city of Nepal. April 25, 2015. A magnitude 7.8 earthquake struck without warning.

In the end, nearly 9,000 people lost their lives, and close to 22,000 were injured. Entire villages were destroyed, …

Bonus episode - Raw Audio WWTL 54

June 26th, 2020


This is an off week for the What Was That Like podcast, but I’m here to introduce you to something new for the show that I’m pretty excited about.

Today you’re going to hear a bonus episode to kick off a new, ongoing …

Dave won $113k on a game show

June 19th, 2020


Our guest for this episode is Dave, and Dave recently found himself $113,000 richer, and he attributes that to some practice, some luck, and a pretty …

These 3 people died WWTL 52

June 5th, 2020


If this is your first time listening to this podcast, you need to know this is not a typical episode. Usually, each episode is a conversation with someone who has been through some type of extremely unusual situation, …

Dan preps people for prison WWTL 51

May 22nd, 2020


What’s your biggest fear?

As humans, we have found that there are a lot of things we’re afraid of. Spiders, needles, flying in an airplane, thunderstorms, public speaking. Or death, that’s a big one.

For some people, …

Deb suddenly stopped skiing WWTL 50

May 8th, 2020


Have you ever found yourself in some kind of weird situation or predicament, and you actually have no idea how you got there? And you’re asking yourself, “What just happened?”

This is something I find really fascinating …

Struck by lightning WWTL 49

May 1st, 2020


Today’s bonus podcast episode is being released in an “off week”, outside of the regular every-other-Friday schedule. This is being done to introduce …

Kimberly got the Coronavirus (COVID-19) WWTL 48

April 24th, 2020


Today’s guest is Kimberly. Recently, Kimberly tested positive for the COVID-19 virus, also known as Coronavirus. She is a doctor.

Note: No …

William was on American Idol WWTL 47

April 10th, 2020


We’ve all experienced embarrassment at some point. It’s not something anyone enjoys or wants to go through.

But there’s another level of embarrassment: humiliation. I think it’s safe to say to say that very few people …

James spent 35 years in prison WWTL 46

March 27th, 2020


David Tyler lives here in the Tampa Bay area of Florida. David is the person who introduced me to James Bain.

James was arrested at age 19 as a suspect in a horrible crime, which you’ll learn about in a few minutes. He …

Eric killed an intruder WWTL 45

March 13th, 2020


What would you do if you were asleep with your spouse, and it was the middle of the night, and suddenly you heard loud noises like someone banging on …

Lynsey's mom stole her identity WWTL 44

February 28th, 2020


In 2018, the Federal Trade Commission processed 1.4 million reports of fraud. The total losses for all those fraud reports came to almost a billion …

Matt proposed with a movie trailer WWTL 43

February 14th, 2020


Today is February 14 and in most places around the world that means a special holiday – Valentine’s Day. If you didn’t realize that’s what today is, …

Jami found a stranger in her bedroom WWTL 42

January 31st, 2020


Today we’re going to hear from Jami. Jami had something happen to her when she was a teenager, and it clearly had a huge effect because she still thinks about it to this day.

One night she came back home from a trip to …

Lauren was attacked by a monkey WWTL 41

January 17th, 2020


Today’s conversation is with Lauren. A few years ago, Lauren worked at a private zoo here in the United States. And one of her jobs was to take care of the monkeys.

But these weren’t just any monkeys – these were howler …

Spence is a lighthouse keeper WWTL 40

January 3rd, 2020


Can you imagine having a job that required you to live on an island, and your primary purpose there was to make sure ships avoid running into the land?

It’s definitely not a job for everyone, but for some people it’s …

Steve's wife lost all her memory WWTL 39

December 20th, 2019


If you’re a parent, you know that the birth of your first child is an incredible experience. For Steve and Camre, it didn’t happen at all the way they expected it to.

Steve got the call at work that Camre was at the …

Henry was attacked by an alligator WWTL 38

December 6th, 2019


Henry is an educator in the field of marine science. And as you’ll hear when we’re talking, it’s not just his job. It’s his life work. It’s as much a passion for him as it is a career.

When he goes diving in a river and …

Ray went from 500 pounds to ultrarunner WWTL 37

November 22nd, 2019


My conversation today is with Ray, who lives in St Augustine, Florida. Just a couple of years ago, Ray was on a downward spiral in terms of his …

Acaimie rescued her husband WWTL 36

November 8th, 2019


Acaimie and her husband, Clay, have been through a pretty bizarre experience. When I heard this story, I knew I needed to talk to this young lady.

Ross was blinded by his father WWTL 35

October 25th, 2019


In an ideal world, children should be able to trust their parents. After all, it’s the grown-ups in the family who are responsible for the kids. No …

Diana survived a plane crash WWTL 34

October 11th, 2019


Lexington, Kentucky. 1 pm on a Friday, Labor Day weekend.

Diana, a medical flight nurse, was sitting in a Lear jet. The pilot was unconscious. The …

Karen was shot on Interstate 95 WWTL 33

September 27th, 2019


One summer day in Jacksonville, Florida, Karen got the surprise of her life. She was with her friend Sheryl. They were pulled over on the interstate, …

Chloe accidentally started a business WWTL 32

September 13th, 2019


Today’s episode is a little different. I’d like to know what you think about it.

My guest today is Chloe. Chloe is a university student in New York, and in the last couple of months, she has gone through a pretty …

Kevin saved a life while golfing WWTL 31

August 30th, 2019


If you were out in public somewhere, just going about your day, and you saw someone collapse – someone you don’t know – what would you do? Most …

Travis lost his son WWTL 30

August 16th, 2019


My guest today is Travis. He lives near Bismarck, North Dakota. Travis is a man in pain. You’ll hear it in his voice. He just lost his 16 year old …

Westin survived a boat propeller WWTL 29

August 2nd, 2019


If you’re a parent, you can probably identify a little bit with this story. Especially if you have teenagers.

My kids are grown now, but I remember back when they were teenagers. And my kids were really good! They never …

Shiny ate his own foot WWTL 28

July 19th, 2019


Today’s conversation is one I’ve been looking forward to, ever since I first came across the story. As you might know, I’ve said in the past that one of my goals for this show is to never be boring. And today’s topic …

Luke survived a fatal crash WWTL 27

July 5th, 2019


Probably most people have been in some type of car accident at some point in their life. I've been in more than one myself. None of them were …

John was lost for 4 days WWTL 26

June 21st, 2019


When you hear the word “lost”, what comes to your mind?

Honestly, it seems like these days I don’t really worry too much about getting lost. Most of …

Kasey married a wrong number WWTL 25

June 7th, 2019


Today we’ve got a really fun conversation. Still a weird story with an extra unusual twist thrown in partway through, but it’s a fun one and I think you’re gonna like it.

And if you didn’t already know, you now have the …

Marina was stalked WWTL 24

May 24th, 2019


What if you kind of knew someone in high school, then you became friends with that person when you both ended up at the same college?

What if you …

Whitney was shot 12 times WWTL 23

May 10th, 2019


Sometimes great ideas show up in your brain at the most surprising times.

One morning last September, Whitney Austin suddenly had the idea that she was going to do something. She was going to take action and do …

Tyson was abducted WWTL 22

April 26th, 2019


The tag line for this podcast is “real people in unreal situations”, and today’s story is about as unreal as it gets.

Imagine you’re leaving work one night. It’s dark. You’re walking through the parking lot, and …

Ramon's wife hired a hit man to kill him WWTL 21

April 12th, 2019


You know, this isn’t really a true crime podcast, but today’s episode sure puts it in that category.

Ramon and Lulu got married, and for the first …

William was hit while biking WWTL 20

March 29th, 2019


Today’s story happened last summer – July of 2018.

William was out riding his bike. He came up to an intersection where he had a stop sign, and had …

Dan biked to the South Pole WWTL 19

March 15th, 2019


I’ve lived in areas where it gets really cold, and I’ve lived where it’s warm most of the time. I’ve lived up north in Ohio and in Maine, and now I’m …

Max got a deal on Shark Tank WWTL 18

March 1st, 2019


This episode is a fun one for me. I’m an entrepreneur, so I love watching Shark Tank. If you’re not familiar with the show, it’s where some regular …

Sue crashed a skydive WWTL 17

February 15th, 2019


I’ve been friends with Sue for several years, so I know what she’s like. And after you hear the conversation I had with Sue recently, you’ll have a pretty good idea too. I hope you’re ready.

October 24, 2015 – Sue was …

Alyssa's abuser set himself on fire WWTL 16

February 1st, 2019


In the United States, 1 out of 3 women have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Alyssa Moore WAS that one out of three.

Zane was trapped on the hood of a car WWTL 15

January 18th, 2019


On November 29, 2018, 50 year old Andrew Bush of College Station, Texas was driving his white Dodge Charger. Up ahead was a red light. Cars were …

Chris hung from a hang glider WWTL 14

January 4th, 2019


Every year, thousands of people all over the world go hang gliding. Some people are experienced and pretty serious about the sport, and they own their own gliders and other equipment. And there are others who are just …

Jannike lay down on the railroad tracks WWTL 13

December 21st, 2018


Four years ago, Jannike felt like a failure in every area of her life. She could not envision her circumstances getting any better, so she made the …

Matt fell through the ice WWTL 12

December 7th, 2018


Our story today takes place on the west coast of Finland. January 5, 2017 was a sunny winter day. And it was also very cold: -4 degrees Fahrenheit, …

Jeremy was bitten by a rattlesnake WWTL 11

November 23rd, 2018


Jeremy lives near Corpus Christi, Texas with his wife Jennifer. In May of 2018, just a few months ago, they experienced a day that neither of them will ever forget.

This was on a Sunday, about 10:30 in the morning, and …

Joey prevented a kidnapping WWTL 10

November 9th, 2018


What you’re about to read is based on a criminal complaint and investigation. All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.

This happened in Waldo, Wisconsin. Thursday, September 27, 2018. …

Brett proposed in court WWTL 09

October 26th, 2018


The story you’re about to hear, I love it and I think you will too.

It’s about two people. One of them is Tiffany, who is a probation officer. That means she sometimes works in a courtroom.

The other person is Brett. …

Kami survived a mass shooting WWTL 08

October 12th, 2018


On the night of October 1, 2017, 64 year old Stephen Paddock opened fire from his room on the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. He …

Vincent witnessed a teen die by gunshot WWTL 07

September 28th, 2018


Vincent lives and works in Chicago as a photojournalist. He takes a lot of pictures, and a lot of those pictures include crime scenes. In his line of work, he’s used to getting the call, and going to where the news is …

Josh had his leg amputated WWTL 06

September 14th, 2018


Have you ever thought about what it would be like to lose one of your legs? I think just about everyone just takes their legs for granted. We’ve …

Mark gave his kidney to a stranger WWTL 05

August 31st, 2018


What kind of person gives one of his own kidneys to a total stranger? Well, you’re about to find out.

Mark works as an attorney here in the Tampa Bay area so he’s actually not too far from where I live, but that’s …

Justin met his birth mother WWTL 04

August 17th, 2018


Have you ever had one of those moments in your life where your life just changed dramatically?

Like, your life is suddenly divided into two chapters – before that moment, and after that moment.

Well, that’s the kind of …

Samantha only sleeps every 8 days WWTL 03

August 8th, 2018


In this episode, we’re talking with Samantha. And that’s not her real name, by the way.

She has an interesting story, and it has to do with a medical condition that she’s had since childhood.

Samantha has hyper …

Luke got caught smuggling cocaine WWTL 02

July 25th, 2018


Luke remembers that day in January of 2016 pretty vividly. He was 23 years old, recently graduated from college with a degree in engineering, had his …

Jennifer caused a fatal accident WWTL 01

July 10th, 2018


October 4, 2016 - For Jennifer and her husband Chris, and their 4 children, it was just a regular Tuesday. Up until around 8 pm that evening. Jen was …

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July 4th, 2018


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