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Humans are resilient. In our toughest moments, we will fight, we will struggle, and we will triumph...often against the odds. 

In this immersive series from Wondery, host-adventurers Mike Corey and Cassie De Pecol will share thrilling stories of survival. From the daring rescue of a soccer team trapped in an underwater cave in Thailand, to a woman taken hostage by Somali pirates, these stories made headlines around the world. AGAINST THE ODDS will make you feel as though you’re living these experiences with our heroes as they push themselves to their limits.

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    • Society & Culture
    • 4.7 • 221 Ratings

Humans are resilient. In our toughest moments, we will fight, we will struggle, and we will triumph...often against the odds. 

In this immersive series from Wondery, host-adventurers Mike Corey and Cassie De Pecol will share thrilling stories of survival. From the daring rescue of a soccer team trapped in an underwater cave in Thailand, to a woman taken hostage by Somali pirates, these stories made headlines around the world. AGAINST THE ODDS will make you feel as though you’re living these experiences with our heroes as they push themselves to their limits.

    John McCain: Prisoner of War | The Crown Prince | 2

    John McCain: Prisoner of War | The Crown Prince | 2

    Lieutenant Commander John McCain’s plane was shot down on a bombing mission and he survived the crash. He was taken in as a prisoner of war and housed at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Now, John must face the ultimate test of will when his captors torture him, and then make him an offer that seems too good to be true… 

    For more reading, we recommend Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams by Taylor Baldwin Kiland.

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    John McCain: Prisoner of War | When Your Luck Runs Out

    John McCain: Prisoner of War | When Your Luck Runs Out

    It's 1967, and American Naval Pilot John McCain is on a bombing mission in the midst of the Vietnam War when he’s shot down by the enemy. After surviving the crash, he’s taken in as a prisoner of war and housed at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. This is the epic story of his journey to survive five and half years in captivity. 

    For more reading, we recommend Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams by Taylor Baldwin Kiland.

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    • 41 min
    Wondery Presents: In God We Lust

    Wondery Presents: In God We Lust

    A woman named Becki is lounging by the pool at the Fontainebleau Hotel when she decides to proposition a strapping pool attendant. Go on a date with her...and her husband. What begins as an unconventional proposition will soon throw them all into the international spotlight. And that’s because the couple is none other than Jerry Falwell Jr. and his wife Becki, two of the most powerful figures in Evangelical America. Wondery presents In God We Lust, hosted by Brooke Siffrin and Aricia Skidmore-Williams of Even the Rich. A story of an alluring sex scandal, power, money and a very public fall from grace. When word of their affair fell into the wrong hands it led to political extortion and a public outing that brought Jerry Falwell Jr.’s empire crashing down. 

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    • 6 min
    Introducing Against The Odds

    Introducing Against The Odds

    Humans are resilient. In our toughest moments, we will fight, we will struggle, and we will triumph...often against the odds. 




    In this immersive series from Wondery, host-adventurers Mike Corey and Cassie De Pecol will share thrilling stories of survival. From the daring rescue of a soccer team trapped in an underwater cave in Thailand, to a woman taken hostage by Somali pirates, these stories made headlines around the world. AGAINST THE ODDS will make you feel as though you’re living these experiences with our heroes as they push themselves to their limits. Premiering February 23rd.




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    • 1 min
    Kidnapped in the Desert | Interview with Jessica Buchanan

    Kidnapped in the Desert | Interview with Jessica Buchanan

    Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped by Somali land pirates, and spent 93 days in captivity before her daring rescue by SEAL team six. Jessica talks to Against the Odds host, Cassie De Pecol, about her experience and how it’s informed the rest of her life.

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    • 47 min
    Kidnapped in the Desert | Zero Hour

    Kidnapped in the Desert | Zero Hour

    After months in captivity, Jessica Buchanan is battling a kidney infection, and her body’s on the verge of collapse. The negotiations for her release aren’t going anywhere and the Crisis Management Team overseeing Jessica’s case has run out of options. It’s time for Seal Team Six to execute a daring rescue plan to bring Jessica home. 

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    • 46 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
221 Ratings

221 Ratings

maxiecatt10 ,

Beyond expectations!

Loved this podcast. Thought I knew the story as I had followed it in the newspapers, but learnt so much more. With the great narration I felt at times I was with the cave divers and feeling their stress and also elation too. The bravery of all the people involved and also the hard decisions that were made in saving these boys was incredible. Have already recommended to my book club to listen to this one instead of reading a book.

Stratocasta ,

The humble hero’s

A story of bravery, humility & tenacity. Seems too unreal to be non-fiction. I can’t imagine cave diving in such hazardous conditions.

TonboySultan ,

It’s better if you pretend it’s fiction

It’s like those air crash investigations shows but just the reinaction scenes with even worse dialogue and was all performed by 1 American dude and is a podcast.

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