I, Survivor

I, Survivor

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Women get assaulted. Women get attacked. Women get harassed, manipulated, intimidated, but women are survivors. Time and time again, she persists, even against all odds. Hosts Jenna Brister and Wagatwe Wanjuki share their stories, and those of the men and women who fought back, who won, and who live rising above the trauma of their experiences.
Introducing Over My Dead Body
Feb 12 • 5 min
What happens when a seemingly-perfect marriage ends in a nasty divorce and someone ends up dead. Listen to Over My Dead Body today wherever you’re listening to this or visit www.wondery.fm/omdb
Merry Bloody Christmas
Dec 25, 2018 • 29 min
Tracy Rowland’s mother figured her daughter’s Christmas Break home from college was the perfect time to schedule surgery. She wouldn’t miss any class and be able to lay around and recover. Of course, that’s not exactly what ended up happening. Tracy is…
Whiteout Conditions
Dec 18, 2018 • 40 min
David Crabb and his husband went to Newfoundland to spend Christmas with his mother in her new house. They landed in whiteout conditions, and the trip got worse from there. They escaped, and a few months later, so did his mother. Support us by supporting…
Football, Inc.
Dec 11, 2018 • 44 min
Chris Borland played professional football for the San Francisco 49ers and after a stellar rookie season left his pro career so he wouldn’t become a statistic! He’s since become an advocate for CTE and Traumatic Brain Injuries. Links from today’s episode!…
It Still Floods
Dec 4, 2018 • 41 min
What happens to artists when they need to process? They create. Writer Paul Bianchi turned a childhood trauma into a performance piece and he came into the studio to share his story with us. Links from today’s episode! Paul’s podcast, Mythunderstood Art…
Lacey Is Your Friend
Nov 27, 2018 • 47 min
Lacey Henderson survived a childhood cancer that had no survival rate, but losing a leg didn’t slow her down. Inspired by the classic film bring it on, she became a competitive cheerleader. Then, over a casual family game of beer pong her Dad bet her she…
Fly-Fight-Win
Nov 20, 2018 • 48 min
When Rachel was in the Air Force, she was assaulted by a fellow airman. While initially praised for her bravery, she was punished when she spoke out. But Rachel left the skies for the seas, and found healing on her boat, Coconut, where she now lives.…
Tested to the Limit
Nov 13, 2018 • 38 min
When Consolee Nishimwe was 14, the Rwandan Genocide ripped her country and family apart. She hid out in bushes, attics, and she survived. She shared her story with us and inspired the hell out of us. The Rwandan Genocide is a big and terrible topic that…
My Husband The Sociopath
Nov 6, 2018 • 33 min
When Michele Simms was 23 she met the man she married. He was a sociopath and she couldn’t escape. It took a stay in a really unlikely place for her to find the strength she needed to get out. Reminder that mental illness is not your fault, nor is it a…
Not Today, Dogs
Oct 30, 2018 • 33 min
Cat Crow was on vacation in the Italian countryside when she was attacked by wild dogs. When she got to the hospital a new set of horrors was waiting for her. Links from the episode! Rabid or just plain dangerous? Know the difference. Wagatwe is sending…
Surviving Dr. Death
Oct 23, 2018 • 25 min
The Texas medical system failed to protect 33 patients from Dr. Christopher Duntsch. Philip Mayfield was one of the survivors. We spoke to Laura Beil, host and reporter of the podcast Dr. Death, about the story, Duntsch’s victims, the survivors, and the…
How To Lose A Husband In 10 Weeks
Oct 16, 2018 • 45 min
We’ve never told Jenna’s story on our show, so here it is: she’s part of the First Wives Club and survived an abusive first marriage. Did you know that more than 10 million people each year are victims of intimate partner violence? We’d also kindly like…
Introducing Sold in America
Oct 10, 2018 • 4 min
Listen to Sold in America wherever you listen to I, Survivor.
Covert Affairs
Oct 9, 2018 • 40 min
Paul Gilmartin, host of the podcast Mental Illness Happy Hour, survived covert incest. It’s especially insidious because there’s no physical contact, but the emotional damage is very real. Paul has dedicated his life to his recovery, and regularly talks…
Bonus: Institutional Betrayal with Dr. Jennifer Freyd
Oct 5, 2018 • 15 min
This is a special episode all about Institutional Betrayal. We’ve mentioned it a lot, but haven’t really gone into it in detail. We talked to Dr. Jennifer Freyd, a psychology professor at University of Oregon who coined the term.
Life After Death
Oct 2, 2018 • 60 min
Norman Buckley is a director known for his work on Pretty Little Liars and Gossip Girl, but what you may not know is that he’s survived the untimely and tragic deaths of two of his partners. He shares the story of them and how he found a way out of what…
Behind Closed Doors
Sep 25, 2018 • 35 min
Myrla Baldonado is a caregiver who survived sexual assault working in five homes. She’s an activist and a badass who showed up for her interview wearing a Time’s Up pin. We also defined some key terms like gaslighting, so you can stay vigilant, and we…
Homeless in Los Angeles
Sep 18, 2018 • 45 min
Joey Weinert was just a kid, when his dad, The Manila Envelope Bandit, was arrested for a string of bank robberies throughout Southern California. That led to struggling with addiction. The Midnight Mission in Downtown Los Angeles helped him, and some…
Trafficked, Recovered, Redeemed
Sep 11, 2018 • 46 min
When Jasmine Grace Marino was 18, her boyfriend forced her into the dark world of sex trafficking. Alicia Molina first started using drugs and alcohol when she was 13. She’s now 5 years sober. Sex trafficking and addiction are both stigmatized as…
Judgment Day
Sep 4, 2018 • 43 min
Mav Viola was attacked by someone she trusted - her youth pastor. She eventually realized he’d been grooming her (and other girls) for this abuse. Even WORSE, her church community didn’t believe her because apparently ‘someone who is a mostly ok dude that…
All In The Family
Aug 28, 2018 • 49 min
Aishah Shahidah Simmons survived incest and sexual abuse. She is a self-described Black feminist lesbian documentary filmmaker. Then, we talk to writer Amanda Rosenberg, who survived a suicide attempt and says hiding her mental illness from her family…
Doin’ It For Themselves
Aug 21, 2018 • 36 min
When you’ve experienced trauma it can seem almost impossible to put your life back together. Today on the show we have two women who not only did that, but who have dedicated their lives to helping people who have faced similarly traumatic events.…
Are You There God? It’s Me, Johnno.
Aug 14, 2018 • 38 min
Johnno Wilson was spending a serene morning on Venice Beach, when a quick dip in the Pacific Ocean turned into a ride in a rip current and a brush with death. Since we’re now officially terrified of the ocean, we invited lifeguard Captain Remy Smith in to…
A Letter to my Terrorist
Aug 7, 2018 • 34 min
Rachel Pharn was riding her bike along the Hudson River when a terrorist drove a truck into the bike path. She survived, and reads us the letter that she wrote to the man who attacked her. Then, we hear from Dr. Laurie Punch. Dr. Punch is a trauma surgeon…
Not Today, Motherf*cker
Jul 31, 2018 • 47 min
Kelly Herron was attacked in a Seattle bathroom while she was out running one afternoon. But Kelly fought back. She shares her story, and we get a primer in self defense from Jenna’s neighbor, Jose Angel Castro, who just so happens to be the founder of…
Life After the Plane Crash
Jul 31, 2018 • 40 min
Carol E. Miller survived a plane crash when she was just 16 years old. But Carol didn’t feel whole until years later, after discovering EMDR therapy. We learn more about EMDR from a psychotherapist and frequent guest on Marc Maron’s WTF podcast, Dr. Steve…
Swimming It Out
Jul 31, 2018 • 45 min
A single traumatic event can change life in the blink of an eye. It can destroy you, enrage you, and even fuel the fire within you. Nancy Hogshead-Makar was raped in college but she didn’t allow that to take over her life. Instead, Nancy channeled her…
Introducing I, Survivor
Jul 17, 2018 • 2 min
The assault, the manipulation, the fear, the triumph. I, Survivor premieres on July 31. Subscribe on Apple Podcasts, or wherever you listen.