Imagined Life

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Subscribers: 2579
Reviews: 10

Susan in NZ
 Feb 16, 2021
I love this podcast and usually don't guess the person until near the end. The details about their early lives, struggles and successes are fascinating. And strangely when the Great Reveal happens at the end I almost always get choked up and tears come to my eyes.

dk
 Apr 17, 2020
this show trying to make me empathize with a racist bigot in the 1st ep felt pretty awful

Lisa
 Oct 11, 2019
draws you right in. very well done.

Deena
 Feb 1, 2019
Fascinating! It's funny how the lives of the people featured are nothing. like I would have imagined.


 Jan 16, 2019

Description

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of Imagined Life takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life, with our hosts, Oscar nominated Virginia Madsen and celebrated voice actor Robbie Daymond. From Wondery, the network behind Dirty John.



Episode Date
Imagined Life Family | The Hero
00:27:49

You love asking questions wherever you go, especially “why.” Why is the world the way that it is? Why doesn’t everyone get along? Why can’t we all just be better people? 

All those questions lead you to a career you never expected on the silver screen. But in order to live up to your potential, you’ll have to find the honesty, generosity, and bravery that lives deep inside you.

Hosted by Ace Anderson.


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Sep 24, 2021
Imagined Life Family | The Kid
00:28:39

You’ve always been wiser than your years, but not everyone is ready to let you grow up. You’d rather be watching scary movies than playing dress-up. 

They might not be listening now, but they’re going to hear your voice soon enough.

Hosted by Cree Summer`


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Sep 17, 2021
Imagined Life Family | The Racer
00:24:37

Life moves slow in your sleepy little hometown. You long to escape to someplace else, where life is fast, exciting, maybe even a little dangerous. 


It’s a place that only exists in your imagination. But someday, you’re going to bring it to life.


Hosted by Robbie Daymond.


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Sep 10, 2021
Imagined Life Family | The Activist
00:32:02

You see the world differently from anyone else you know. And that's how you're going to help save it. 

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Jun 25, 2021
Encore: The Trailblazer
00:46:00

You’re a successful woman in a man’s business, and yet you’re not sure you can do it alone. You’ve worked so hard to get here, but now you’re afraid of losing everything. 

Hosted by Virginia Madsen. 

This episode originally aired in 2018. 

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Jun 18, 2021
The Witness
00:43:24

All your life, you've been running away. You keep searching for salvation, for acceptance, for love. But maybe what you need isn't so far from home.

Hosted by Ace Anderson.

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Jun 11, 2021
Imagined Life Family | The Astronaut
00:30:08

You're used to relying on yourself to succeed in a man's world. But to make it in outer space, you're going to have to learn to be part of a team. 

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Jun 04, 2021
The Coward
00:47:44

You want to fight. You want to be a hero, like the ones you read about in books. But all you can think about is how scared you are.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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May 28, 2021
The Sensualist
00:49:19

You want to show women how to live life to the fullest. But first, you have to learn how to lead by example.

Hosted by Angelique Perrin.

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May 21, 2021
Imagined Life Family | The Speaker
00:34:51

You have plenty of things to say. You just have trouble saying them. But one day, your words are going to make people stand up and cheer.

Hosted by Angelique Perrin.

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May 14, 2021
The Hustler
00:37:47

You’ve spent your whole life trying to be something you’re not. Now it’s time to stop pretending and speak your truth. 

Hosted by Jay Ellis.

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May 07, 2021
The Charmer
00:44:13

Success came easily to you. You feel like the luckiest guy alive. But even the luckiest guy's luck runs out eventually.

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Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Apr 30, 2021
The Prodigy
00:45:35

All your life, you’ve held your tongue and done as you were told. Even as an adult, you dutifully fill the role that made you a child star. But you’re tired of playing by everyone else's rules.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Apr 23, 2021
Imagined Life Family | The Songwriter
00:31:34

You're a high school misfit with the wrong hair and wrong clothes. You feel like you'll never find anything you're good at, or anyone you can relate to. Then, you discover hip-hop.

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Apr 16, 2021
The Prisoner
00:43:54

You're living the life you promised yourself you'd build. But now the dream feels more like a trap. To escape, you need to risk everything you’ve worked for, and one again bet on yourself.

Hosted by Karole Foreman.

This episode contains depictions of domestic violence and may not be suitable for all listeners. If you or someone you know is experiencing domestic violence, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).

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Apr 09, 2021
The Madman
00:44:49

Your family has a history of mental illness. You’ve seen what it’s done to your brother, and you don’t want to wind up like him. But how long can you hide from your true self?

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

This episode contains depictions of mental illness and suicide. If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health, here are some additional resources: 

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National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-950-6264

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Apr 02, 2021
Imagined Life Family | The Champion
00:29:14

You’re passionate about the law, but the men around you don’t think women belong in a courtroom. But you’ll show them that women belong wherever decisions are being made.

Hosted by Rachel Bloom.

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Dec 25, 2020
The Firebrand
00:41:47

Every time you stand up to a bully, you put your life on the line. But standing up to them will also become your life’s work.  

Hosted by Aricia Skidmore-Williams.

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Dec 18, 2020
The Pleaser
00:47:32

Imagine— You have a thriving business. A beautiful family. Everyone says you have it all. But your inner voices are whispering something very different.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Dec 11, 2020
The Scientist
00:47:55

To become the great scientist you want to be, you need to stay cool, collected, focused. But every time you sit down to study the mating rituals of eels, your mind drifts off to your own chances with the fairer sex.

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Dec 04, 2020
The Reporter
00:41:46

You’re determined to write about serious stories that matter—you just don’t see why that should mean ignoring half the population. But after someone you love dearly betrays you, you use your pen to write yourself a happy ending.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen

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Nov 27, 2020
The Soldier
00:42:57

You’ve always been the kind of man who won’t tolerate disrespect, who’s proud to go it alone. But when an important protocol is breached, you find yourself in a desperate situation.

Hosted by Hill Harper.

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Nov 20, 2020
Imagined Life Family | The Dancer
00:21:25

In this week’s special episode for the whole family, you may be young, and small for your age. And you feel like no one takes you seriously—especially not your big sister. But that’s not going to stop you from becoming one of the greatest performers in the world. 

Hosted by Virginia Madsen. 

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Nov 13, 2020
The Shark
00:41:23

You’re ten years old, and your father’s just passed away. You decide, the only way to avoid your pain is to keep moving forward, no matter what. And your strategy works – until you start to feel less and less … human.

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Nov 06, 2020
The Underdog
00:46:27

You've always been awkward, a square. But that's not going to stop you from rising to the top of the top in America. Even if you have to wage a fierce battle when you get there. 

Hosted by Robbie Daymond. 

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Oct 30, 2020
The Pilgrim
00:43:22

For you making art is holy, like a prayer. But one question keeps you up at night: What if artists are … like saints? What if you can’t choose to be one – you can only be chosen?

Hosted by Robbie Daymond. 

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Oct 23, 2020
Imagined Life Family | The Adventurer
00:26:17

In this week’s special episode for the whole family, you long to go to Africa and have adventures like Tarzan. But everyone tells you girls aren’t supposed to do things like that. You’ll just have to prove them wrong.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Oct 16, 2020
The Dishwasher
00:45:53

Soon after your birth, a fortune teller promised you’d be someone special. But years later you’re far from home, sleeping on a park bench and taking menial jobs to scrape by. You know you’re meant for better things. You just have to make the world see it. 

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Oct 09, 2020
The Phoenix
00:48:01

You’ve made it to the top of the top in entertainment, and you’re only a teenager. But you’ve got some serious obstacles. Like your mom. And the machine known as Hollywood. You’ll fight to survive, but are you strong enough?

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Oct 02, 2020
The Soloist
00:45:53

Music’s the only place where you can really be yourself. But to be a star, you’ll first have to become somebody else….

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Jun 26, 2020
The Striver
00:44:50

You fight to get it all. Fame. Money. Influence. But when you face a major setback, you’ll have to decide: Are you going to give up? Or keep pushing ahead?

Hosted by Robbie Daymond. 

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Jun 19, 2020
The Secret Agent
00:43:17

As a child, you became a pro at hiding in plain sight. Years later, it’s what makes you the perfect spy. But can you really hide forever?

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Jun 12, 2020
The Orphan
00:46:03

You are going to fight tooth and nail until you're famous. But as you struggle for recognition, you’ll have to face something that's tormented you throughout your whole life.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Jun 05, 2020
The Dreamer
00:44:25

You’re an artist. A visionary. But making your dreams a reality—well, that’s not so easy. Because first, you'll need to win over some powerful people. 

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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May 29, 2020
The Caretaker
00:45:27

You've been given a huge responsibility. A test you never expected. But to succeed, you'll have to win over all your doubters—and fend off your most vicious opponents.


Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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May 22, 2020
Encore: The Everyman
00:43:59

You grew up alone and afraid. To protect yourself, you put up walls. You’re safe behind them… but here’s the thing about walls, they keep out the good stuff too. And you want to feel good.

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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May 15, 2020
The Fugitive
00:45:05

You need to make a big change. And so you go underground—new city, new friends, new life. The question is, will you ever come back? 

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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May 08, 2020
The Wanderer
00:44:37

You spent your childhood bouncing between homes, with only the beats in your head to keep you company. Now, you have to choose between living the life you want and staying true to the life you’ve had. If only you could find a way to do both. 


Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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May 01, 2020
The Exile
00:42:09

You've lost the only thing that truly matters to you. It's bigger than friendship. Bigger than love. And now, you have to find a way to get it back.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Apr 24, 2020
The Idealist
00:41:50

You’ve discovered something huge. And now, you have to make a choice. You want to do what’s right, but doing so means you could lose the person you love most.


Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Apr 17, 2020
The Survivor
00:44:54

All you want is love. Sometimes, you choose men with your heart. Sometimes, with your head. But nothing sticks. Maybe you just don’t understand relationships… 

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Apr 10, 2020
The Workhorse
00:46:12

Nothing makes you happier than having a job. It’s been that way since you were a kid, with holes in your shoes and socks. But to fulfill your dream, you’ll have to fight the demons of your past—and the present—to prove everyone wrong. Including yourself.

Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Apr 03, 2020
The Widow
00:46:52

Your husband’s death leaves you with your back against the wall. Now, you have to fight for your survival. But it’s not just the world you’re up against. It’s also yourself. 


Hosted by Robbie Daymond 


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Dec 20, 2019
The Pioneer
00:44:49

You’ve never been afraid to speak your mind. Except now, you’re not the only one who could suffer the consequences. 


Hosted by Virginia Madsen


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Dec 13, 2019
The Hothead
00:46:18

Your whole life, you’ve gotten into trouble. You just can’t seem to stop yourself. But sometimes it pays to be one of the bad guys.


Hosted by Robbie Daymond


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Dec 06, 2019
The Handler
00:40:29

The clock is ticking and you have a lot to do. You want to make a difference in the world. You have a vision, but not everyone sees what you do. You’ll need to do something bold to convince them. Tick tock. 


In honor of the holiday, we’re reairing one of our favorite Imagined Life episodes. Happy Thanksgiving! 


Hosted by Robbie Daymond


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Nov 29, 2019
The Wannabe
00:49:16

You're a natural storyteller. A dreamer with a big imagination. And you want to share your stories. If only there weren't bills to pay.


Hosted by Robbie Daymond


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Nov 22, 2019
The Searcher
00:44:50

To outsiders, your life seems free and easy. But there’s something missing — a part of yourself you worry you’ll never get back. 


Hosted by Virginia Madsen 


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Nov 15, 2019
The Patron
00:45:07

All around you, you see struggle and strife; rampant corruption and inequality. You know the system is stacked against you. So you work outside of it.

Hosted by Robbie Daymond


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Nov 08, 2019
The Loudmouth
00:48:53

You don’t like being you. Other people don’t like you either — the kids at school, even your own family. But words give you power. They make you feel invincible. 


Hosted by Virginia Madsen 


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Nov 01, 2019
The Eccentric
00:41:48

You’re caught between two worlds -- your small hometown where you’ve never fit in, and the big city you escaped to. But home is what you make of it. 


Hosted by Robbie Daymond 


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Oct 25, 2019
The Model
00:42:19

A long time ago, you learned it was dangerous to be who you are, so mastered the art of being someone else. But now it seems there may be more danger in living a lie, than speaking your truth. 


Hosted by Virginia Madsen


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Oct 18, 2019
The Reject
00:47:50

You want to make something of yourself. But no matter how hard you try, the gatekeepers keep shutting you out. And what’s worse — you’re afraid they’re right. Maybe you really do belong with the losers. Hosted by Robbie Daymond


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Oct 11, 2019
The Troublemaker
00:49:09

You’re driven by an inherent sense of right and wrong. A force so strong you can’t help but challenge every inconsistency, every injustice around you. You see yourself on the front lines of the fight against injustice; others just see you as obnoxious. 


Hosted by Robbie Daymond


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Oct 04, 2019
The Passenger
00:42:08

On the road of life, some people are drivers, and others are not. You’ve been told you were born for the backseat, told to buckle and enjoy the ride, but now you’re all grown up. It’s time to take the wheel. 


Hosted by Virginia Madsen


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Sep 27, 2019
The Captive
00:48:35

Your whole life, people have conspired to hold you back. They want you shackled, grounded. But you won’t let them. Not anymore. Now, you’re determined to escape.


Hosted by Robbie Daymond 


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Sep 20, 2019
The Ballerina
00:48:18

You’re timid and awkward, a fish out of water. Dance brings you poise and self-assurance, but you can’t live in the ballet studio. You have to go out into the world. 


Hosted by Virginia Madsen 

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Sep 13, 2019
The Lover
00:44:15

You’ve spent your whole life building: a large family, a beautiful home, a successful career. But there's still something missing. And once you find it, you'll risk everything to keep it.


Hosted by Robbie Daymond


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Sep 06, 2019
The Firecracker
00:45:19

You’ve always worked hard and done what you’re supposed to. The problem is you’re moving so fast you’re not sure what you want to do. In order to find out you’ll have to slow down, follow your gut, and take a stand.  

Hosted by Virginia Madsen


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Apr 21, 2019
The Traveller
00:42:50

You travel the world to find your place. You dare to do many things. But the biggest thing you’ll need to dare is to share your secret with the world.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen


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Apr 14, 2019
The Entertainer
00:41:12

You dream of world where everyone’s equal. You’re willing to fight for what you believe.

But fists and guns won’t do the job. Your weapon is your talent.


Hosted by Robbie Daymond


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Apr 07, 2019
The Misfit
00:40:22

You hate flying, yet you fly by the seat of your pants. You’re smart, but answers don’t come easy. You need a do-over, a do-something, a do-anything, but the path forward is through fire.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen


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Mar 31, 2019
The Grown-Up
00:42:26

You’ve officially hit rock bottom. Your mistakes were too big and too public, and now you can barely get a job. You know you need to keep moving forward. Trouble is, your past keeps holding you back.

Hosted by Virginia Madsen


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Mar 17, 2019
The Winner
00:42:51

You work hard but success always seems out of reach. Nobody’s going to come help you, it’s run or be run over, kill or be killed, eat or be eaten - and you’re hungry. Hosted by Virginia Madsen

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Feb 03, 2019
The Commoner
00:42:21

You grow up in a small town yearning to make a difference, but you will have to travel 5,000 miles across the globe to find your true calling. You are prepared to put your life on the line to fight for what you believe. When your body breaks down, you find another another way to create change. Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Jan 27, 2019
The Officer
00:42:14

You’ve always dreamed of serving your country. Now you have a chance. But if you make the wrong decision it all ends here.

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Jan 13, 2019
The Chameleon
00:44:41

Hosted by Virginia Madsen

You aren’t afraid to speak your mind and use your platform to defend those in need. Now you need to learn how speak up for yourself.

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Dec 16, 2018
The Advocate
00:38:17

You’ve experienced loss and pain, but now you’ve reached a pinnacle in your career. You should be happy but you’re not. You decide to risk it all to be truthful to yourself. Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Dec 09, 2018
The Warrior
00:41:23

You have a decision to make. On one side, everything you’ve ever worked for; on the other, everything you believe in. You can’t have both. Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Nov 25, 2018
The Bride
00:45:22

From the outside, it looks like you have it all. But on the inside, you’re alone and trapped. Hosted by Virginia Madsen.

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Nov 18, 2018
The Performer
00:40:21

It’s the eve of your wedding, and you fear you’ve made a huge mistake. Music is your passion, but you’re not sure your fiancée believes in your talent. There’s greatness in you, but it’s not even clear you’ll make it through the night. Hosted by Robbie Daymond.

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Nov 11, 2018
The Daydreamer
00:48:43

You’ve always lived for what others want you to do: your college major, your first job. You have a dream, but before you achieve it, you’ll have to hit rock bottom first. Hosted by Virginia Madsen.


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Nov 04, 2018
The Outsider
00:39:35

You’ve been bullied and ignored for much of your childhood. You lose yourself in trances that can last for an hour. Your only escape is the books you love, the complex thoughts that bounce around inside your mind...and to get out of your father’s house. Hosted by Robbie Daymond.


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Nov 04, 2018
Introducing Imagined Life
00:01:19

What is it like to be famous before you’re famous? What is it like to walk in the shoes of another person? Each episode of IMAGINED LIFE takes you on an immersive journey into the life of a world-famous person. It’ll be someone you may think you know, even admire -- or maybe the opposite. You’ll get clues to your identity along the way. But only in the final moments will you find out who “you” really are. So sit back, let go, and -- imagine your life.

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Oct 22, 2018