7 episodes

Extremes is a show about people who’ve lived through extraordinary situations. These are big stories with enormous stakes. There’s no pattern to the stories that our guests tell: some are funny, others are sad. Some situations were accidents, others were created deliberately—but all provide a window into human behaviour.

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Extremes is a show about people who’ve lived through extraordinary situations. These are big stories with enormous stakes. There’s no pattern to the stories that our guests tell: some are funny, others are sad. Some situations were accidents, others were created deliberately—but all provide a window into human behaviour.

    The Firefighter Who Was Caught Lighting Bushfires

    The Firefighter Who Was Caught Lighting Bushfires

    David was a 17-year-old volunteer firefighter who was caught lighting forest fires along Australia's southern coast. In this episode, we'll ask what drove him to such reckless behaviour.
     
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    • 30 min
    The Man Who Woke From a Coma Speaking Chinese

    The Man Who Woke From a Coma Speaking Chinese

    Ben McMahon learned Chinese in a Melbourne high school, but, like a lot of people who learn languages at high school, he didn’t really. But years later, when Ben was involved in a car accident, he woke up inexplicably speaking Chinese.

    On this episode of Extremes we unpack Ben’s belief that destiny put him in that car accident. That he was supposed to learn fluent Chinese and ultimately appear on the world’s most-viewed dating show, "If You Are the One."
     
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    • 29 min
    Near Death in the Antarctic

    Near Death in the Antarctic

    Peter Bland is a Australian businessman who was almost the first person to cross the Antarctic Peninsula unsupported. But on the home stretch, he was hit by an avalanche and washed down a crevasse. We talk to Peter about ego. The things it can propel us to achieve, and the pain it puts us through.
     
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    • 31 min
    The $700 Million Bank Fraud

    The $700 Million Bank Fraud

    In 2003, John Rusnak became briefly famous for pulling one of the biggest cases of bank fraud in US history. We talk to John about how he got himself into so much trouble, why he turned himself in, and whether it was worth the prison time.
     
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    • 39 min
    The Man Who Mailed Himself From the UK to Australia

    The Man Who Mailed Himself From the UK to Australia

    In the 1964 Reg Spiers was in London, trying to make the Olympic javelin team. When he didn’t make the cut he found himself stranded, with not enough funds to get home to Australia. But rather than trying to save money, Reg decided to send himself back via international mail, inside a box.
     
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    • 32 min
    How it Feels to Survive a Plane Crash That Kills Everyone Else

    How it Feels to Survive a Plane Crash That Kills Everyone Else

    Annette Herfkens was 31 when she and her fiancé boarded a Vietnam Airlines flight in November of 1992. It was supposed to be a romantic trip. A surprise getaway from her fiancé who was working as a banker in Ho Chi Minh City. But instead of reaching the resort town of Nha Trang as planned, the plane hit severe turbulence, clipped a mountain, and disintegrated into the jungle.

    Thirty people lost their lives in the crash, including her fiancé, and when Annette came to she found herself alone in the ruined fuselage, surrounded by luggage and bodies. And there she stayed, for a total of eight days, waiting to be rescued.
     
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    • 32 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
283 Ratings

283 Ratings

trimster111 ,

Fan

Really enjoying this series but it’s suddenly ended. Any more episodes in the pipeline?

petma004 ,

Only downside is we can’t get enough!

Love the topics covered, length of episodes and the host is great. Wish there were more regular episodes released.

AussieVon ,

Great series

Keep them coming- great insights - living on the edge

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