10 episodes

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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    • 4.7 • 210 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.

    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
    Kidnapped in the Desert | Big Money

    Kidnapped in the Desert | Big Money

    As days and then weeks go by, Jessica tries to adjust to life as a hostage in the Somali desert, but she’s sick and her body is failing. Back in Nairobi, her husband works with her NGO on a plan to get Jessica medicine she needs, but her kidnappers trust no one, not even the negotiators. Jessica’s family meets with an FBI agent who explains to them the possible outcomes of the situation. None of them make it easy to stay hopeful.

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    • 49 min
    Kidnapped in the Desert | Beyond the Green Line

    Kidnapped in the Desert | Beyond the Green Line

    In the fall of 2011, humanitarian aid worker Jessica Buchanan is traveling through the Somali desert when she and a colleague are kidnapped by land pirates. Her organization quickly springs into action and brings in negotiators who wait for a ransom call. Meanwhile, three hundred miles away, Jessica’s husband Erik does whatever he can to bring her home, while Jessica fights to stay alive one day at a time.

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    • 49 min
    Thai Cave Rescue | Meet the Hosts

    Thai Cave Rescue | Meet the Hosts

    The two hosts of Against the Odds, Mike Corey and Cassie De Pecol, interview each other on their lives as adventurers in this special episode. They discuss what drives them to explore, why they’re drawn to the subject of survival, and what stories they’ll be diving into on Against the Odds. 

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    • 35 min
    Thai Cave Rescue | Interview with Rick Stanton

    Thai Cave Rescue | Interview with Rick Stanton

    Rick Stanton was one of the lead divers on the mission to rescue 12 boys and their soccer coach from an underwater cave in Thailand. Rick talks to Mike Corey, about his lifelong passion to explore underwater caves. He discusses how he got into the world of cave rescue, what it was like to participate in this harrowing mission, and how the experience changed his life.

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    • 41 min
    Thai Cave Rescue | Chamber Nine

    Thai Cave Rescue | Chamber Nine

    It’s been fourteen days since 12 boys and their coach went missing inside the Tham Luang. The Thai government gives the greenlight to a highly complex mission to dive the boys out. Estimates for them all making them out alive is low. One of the most dangerous rescue missions in history is about to begin. 

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    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
210 Ratings

210 Ratings

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.

lilypilly84 ,

Great Listen

Story well told and well produced.
Couldn’t stop listening.

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