Tell Me What Happened
An OnStar podcast

Tell Me What Happened
An OnStar podcast

True stories of people making a difference

The multiple award-winning podcast Tell Me What Happened returns for its fourth season chronicling inspiring moments of kindness and bravery. When the unimaginable happens, strangers step up and help save the day.

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Miles from help, a hiker steps into scalding mud on the bank of a thermal river in Iceland and suffers third-degree burns. On Maui, a mother and daughter are stuck between a wildfire and the ocean. Preview Season 4 of Tell Me What Happened.

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Season 4

S4: Episode 1 | 3.11.24

Badly Burned in Iceland

Nicole Rakowski arrived in Iceland looking for adventure. She left in a wheelchair. Stepping onto the bank of a thermal river after a long hike, she began to sink into scalding mud. Fortunately, a retired firefighter heard her scream.

S4: Episode 2 | 3.25.24

Trapped in a Flooding Elevator

When Gabriel Otrin and Klever Freire went to check on Freire’s car in the basement garage of their office building, the last thing they expected was to get stuck in the elevator with water rising around them and no way to escape.

S4: Episode 3 | 4.8.24

Under an Avalanche

Bob Tillotson knew the avalanche danger was high when he set out into the Utah backcountry on his snowmobile. But he also knew which areas to avoid. Or so he thought. When a wall of snow knocked him down the mountain, the race to rescue him began.

Season 3

S3: Episode 7 | 8.14.23

Saved from the Nazis, Rescued from Ukraine

In 1941, the Bogancha family saved two young Jewish girls from Nazi soldiers in Ukraine. That act of kindness would ripple across time and, amazingly, lead to helping the Boganchas’ descendants after Russia invaded Ukraine in 2022.

S3: Episode 6 | 7.31.23

A Panic Attack and a Calming Voice  

The subway car K.Page Stuart Valdes was riding screeched to an emergency stop in a dark tunnel. K.Page felt anxiety wash over her, terrified that a recent unexplained stroke could happen again. Until a warm voice cut through the fog.  

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S3: Episode 5 | 7.17.23

Frozen and Fading in the Buffalo Blizzard

On Christmas Eve morning, Joe White set out on foot through a blizzard to his job in Buffalo, New York. Severely frostbitten and disoriented, Joe, who's autistic, stumbled into snowdrifts and called out for help. A stranger heard his plea.  

S3: Episode 4 | 7.05.23

A Lost Wheel, a Daring Landing  

Taylor Hash, a student pilot, had just taken off on her third solo flight when her front wheel fell off and went bouncing down the runway. That left her in the air alone and facing a dangerous emergency landing.   

S3: Episode 3 | 6.19.23

Hero Battles Hurricane, Finds New Family  

When Hurricane Ian hit Florida, Kristy Millar and her family escaped from their rapidly flooding home, but the storm had turned their street into a river. Kristy and her 3-year-old son were going to have to swim. Enter Kevin Ott.  

S3: Episode 2 | 6.5.23

Face-to-Face With a Great White Shark 

Phil Mummert experienced a surfer's worst nightmare — a shark attack. He’s alive today because of some quick thinking, a broken surfboard and three strangers who paddled straight into danger.

S3: Episode 1 | 5.22.23

Internet Sleuth Saves Lost Hiker

René Compeán set out for a quick hike on a local trail only to end up lost on a mountainside, thinking he might not survive the night. Fortunately, a stranger was sitting at his computer, ready to put a unique digital skill set to use and save the day.

Season 2

S2: Episode 7 | 12.5.22

Human Trafficking Survivor Gets New Life and Thrives

Suamhirs was only a teenager when he was abducted and forced into sex trafficking. Since being saved, he has used his experience to change the lives of others.

S2: Episode 6 | 11.21.22

Slackliner Saves Skier Hanging From Chairlift

It was a perfect powder day to head to the mountain — when a man’s backpack got caught on a chairlift. He was stuck hanging 30 feet in the air. With no time to spare, a professional slackliner came to the rescue.

S2: Episode 5 | 11.7.22

Heroic Bystander Saves Handler From Alligator Death Roll

During a child’s birthday party at a local zoo, a standard feeding went wrong when a trainer’s hand ended up in the alligator’s mouth. A quick-thinking bystander jumped in to help.

S2: Episode 4 | 10.24.22

Walking Through Fire to Save 65 Horses

Sixty-five horses were saved from deadly wildfires in Northern California thanks to the help of a stranger with a unique skillset.

S2: Episode 3 | 10.10.22

Mountain of Mud Buries Motorists

A couple’s first road trip ended abruptly when a mudslide swept them off a cliff, and four motorists risked it all to rescue them.

S2: Episode 2 | 9.26.22

R U OK? Virtual Friend Saves Gamer’s Life

Like many teenagers, Aidan Jackson enjoys playing video games and has made friends from around the globe. He had no idea one of these friends would end up saving his life.

S2: Episode 1 | 9.12.22

12 Hours Trapped in Quicksand

A couple went hiking in Zion National Park on Valentine’s Day, only to get stuck in quicksand on the trail. Luckily, a park ranger answered their call for help.

Season 1

S1: Episode 7 | 2.28.22

Trapped by Fire, He Texts Goodbye

When a man driving through the mountains is caught in a forest fire, he only has a minute to write a goodbye text to his mother.

S1: Episode 6 | 2.14.22

They Nearly Drowned, Then Fell in Love

When a relaxing swim turned dangerous, one woman was grateful for help that sparked a life-changing romance.

S1: Episode 5 | 1.31.22

With Floodwaters Rising, Help Swoops In

When a flash flood hit the town of Waverly, Tennessee, all Debra Ashton could do was pray. As she and other residents stood atop buildings watching the rising waters, a helicopter pilot answered their plea for help.

S1: Episode 4 | 1.17.22

A Helping Hand When a Winter Road Trip Goes Awry

A military family driving to Alaska got stranded in a remote part of northern Canada in the middle of winter. Luckily, another member of the armed forces swooped in to save the day.

S1: Episode 3 | 1.3.22

A Mother’s Intuition Leads to Rescue

The Pacific Crest Trail is a challenge for those who are determined to push their limits. For some, it can be a life-or-death experience.

S1: Episode 2 | 12.13.21

A New Kidney and a Big Surprise

A retired police officer in rural Alabama was running out of time for a life-saving kidney transplant, and his only hope was a stranger. Well, not exactly a stranger.

S1: Episode 1 | 11.29.21

An Epic River Journey Proves Too Painful

Sometimes you have to quit while you’re ahead before you make a decision that you later regret. Thanks to a stranger who offered advice and a place to rest, Jill made the right call.

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Meet our host

Dr. Torah Kachur is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio One national science columnist and a contract lecturer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in the wonderfully irrelevant field of worm anatomy and molecular genetics. Each week on CBC, Torah explains the latest and greatest science news stories and gets to talk about everything from white blood cells to black holes. Torah has produced and hosted national radio shows such as the 10-part series called What a Waste, other specials on the science of time, programs on the science of food, and anything else that strikes her fancy. She is now the passionate and adventurous host of Tell Me What Happened.

Profile Picture of Dr. Torah Kachur

Meet our host

Dr. Torah Kachur is the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) Radio One national science columnist and a contract lecturer at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Alberta in the wonderfully irrelevant field of worm anatomy and molecular genetics. Each week on CBC, Torah explains the latest and greatest science news stories and gets to talk about everything from white blood cells to black holes. Torah has produced and hosted national radio shows such as the 10-part series called What a Waste, other specials on the science of time, programs on the science of food, and anything else that strikes her fancy. She is now the passionate and adventurous host of Tell Me What Happened.

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