What Really Happened?
By: Andrew Jenks Entertainment, Inc. and Seven Bucks Productions
“History is a version of past events that people have decided to agree upon," Napoleon Bonaparte once famously said. In other words, there are many sides to every story. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED? chronicles documentarian Andrew Jenks as he examines and contextualizes famous figures and historical events, while discovering untold stories and unraveling newfound narratives. With today’s technology, access to information, the ability to communicate from all parts of the globe, and cross-reference historians, Jenks takes on his own rogue investigations. He does not go down the rabbit hole of conspiracy theories, nor does the show purport to solve every historical mystery. Instead, Jenks often times throws a wrench in the gears of history, getting either closer to the truth or creating more questions. WHAT REALLY HAPPENED is executive produced by Seven Bucks Productions’ Dwayne Johnson, Dany Garcia and Brian Gewirtz, Andrew Jenks and Cadence13.
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In 1981, on a 9th floor building and in front of hundreds of people, Muhammad Ali talked a 21- year-old out of committing suicide. The story ran the following evening in front of 36 million people on the CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite. But with new sources and information, Jenks questions if this was a concocted event, devised by Ali himself.
In 1993, Daniel Green was charged with the murder of James Jordan. Now 25 years later Andrew Jenks attempts to better understand the trial and investigation, visits Daniel Green in prison, and provides his take on what really happened.
Jenks reacts to a surprising pattern he uncovered after recording Season 1. And, as a result, he speaks with Dr. Barbara Van Dahlen, a world- renowned psychologist named to TIME magazine’s list of the 100 most influential people in the world.
Jenks speaks with two groundbreaking biographers that changed how the public perceived Princess Diana. New York Times best-selling author Andrew Morton (Diana; In Her Own Words) talks about secretly working with Princess Diana and publishing a book that essentially she wrote and Tina Brown (The Diana Chronicles) speaks about her own personal relationship with Diana and what the Princess would have accomplished should be alive today.
Jenks speaks with New York Times Best Selling author and biographer Paul Reid about the accuracy of "The Darkest Hour", inaccurate Churchill quotes tweeted by Congresspeople, and Churchill’s famous speech after Dunkirk. Jenks also speaks with a listener, Jhamie, who reached out on Twitter with her constructive criticism for Andrew about how he talked about mental health in the fifth WRH Season 1 episode, BLACK DOG, and their shared mental health experiences dealing with depression.
Jenks responds to listener feedback (1:05:30), interviews critically acclaimed actress Brittany Snow (36:24), and paparazzi Daniel Ramos (3:55), who was there taking pictures when Britney Spears infamously smashed in a windshield with an umbrella. Jenks also talks with lawyer and conservatorship expert Lee Kaster (1:39:19) to better understand if Britney has in fact lost her financial freedom.
After listening to this episode, we'll know why Chris Christie joined ABC News as a political commentator, and why he apparently, now as a former Governor, got caught trying to cut the TSA line at Newark airport. In this reaction episode to The Lone Wolf, Jenks also talks about his phone call with David Widlstein, aka The Lone Wolf (5:46), about what Christie's future may look like (1:08:56), interviews Matt Katz author of the preeminent Christie biography (12:14), Washington Post fact checker and reporter Sal Rizzo (48:27), and talks about feedback from listeners including a caller from New Jersey (1:04:25).
Jenks recaps Season 1's overwhelming response and kicks off the 'Reaction Episodes', 6 episodes where he gets feedback from listeners and speaks with experts or people who had first hand accounts related to each topic. This episode includes Jenks' diagnosis of cable news, an Ali story from Golden Globe winner Dylan McDermott (18:25), interviews with NY Times Best Selling author Jonathan Eig (44:29) and Ali aficionado and author Dave Hannigan, listener reaction (24:18), and Jenks' updates on his quest to find Joseph (15:12)
In the spring and summer of 2017, network and cable TV aired endless “specials” and documentaries to commemorate the 20 year anniversary of Princess Diana’s death. Many of the programs claimed to have exclusive interviews or footage, and most of them focused on her finals days alive, re-igniting potential conspiracy theories. Jenks watched them all. He believes much of their focus was on inauthentic interviews and lazy storytelling oftentimes missing the larger, more important story of the change agent that Diana was and how Prince William and Prince Harry’s similar spirit, and empathy for the underserved, may prove to be her greatest legacy of all.
Andrew Jenks was ready to sell his new movie based on the inspirational Winston Churchill, who had chronic depression but still saved the free world from Hitler and the Nazis. Like Churchill, Jenks lives with depression. But after speaking with biographer Paul Reid and Sonia Purnell, Jenks wonders if Churchill’s depression, or ‘black dog’, is really just a myth. Jenks also speaks with Dr. Paul Keedwell.
Before he even won his second championship, Michael Jordan wasn’t just the best basketball player in the league, he also had the perfect image. But then in 1992, a book came out, ‘The Jordan Rules’, and the public and media couldn't believe it - Jordan was human. About a year later, he retired. But why did he leave the game in his prime? Was it a secret suspension? Did he really want to play minor league baseball? Could any of the conspiracy theories be true?