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This Is Actually Happening

This Is Actually Happening

Most of us are suckers for a hypothetical dilemma, maybe because the act of choosing feels so definitive. If we'd rather be blind than deaf, or would push a man in front of a train for the greater good, that seems to mean something about who we are. It's comforting to believe that we know ourselves like this, that we could reason our way through any scenario.

The stories in This is Actually Happening sound hypothetical too. They make us imagine a different life, in which crisis or miracle or twist of fate has struck. What if you lost your sense of smell? What if your dad wasn't your real dad? What if you were given 48 hours to live? In this new world, the action we take will change everything, and reveal us. The difference is, the stories are true. In these first-person narratives, the tellers are anonymous, and all of that softens the borders between them and us, which makes us think, It could be anyone, this person. It could be me. Sometimes it's heavy, even a little scary. Often it's dryly funny, because the storytellers are brave (of course) and wry. It's also deeply absorbing; after one episode (each runs from 10 to 30 mins), we fell into an Alice in Wonderland binge-tunnel. 

Gateway episodes: #18 What if you were hanging over a 600 foot waterfall? (15 Sep 2013) / #42 What if you gave up everything for love? (28 Jan 2014) / #45 What if your husband led a secret life? (11 Mar 2014) / #73 What if your father was lost in a shipwreck? (1 Apr 2016)

The NYPL Podcast

The NYPL Podcast

Song Exploder

Song Exploder