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.
Shipwreck on the Sahara | Interview with Dean King
Author Dean King traveled across the world to retrace Captain Riley’s footsteps through the Sahara Desert. His book, Skeletons on the Zahara: A True Story of Survival, recounts Riley’s story and King’s own experiences in the desert. King shares his memories of discovering Riley’s forgotten memoir and what his journey taught him about friendship and survival.
Endurance: Surviving Antarctica | Obsession
In March 1914, Sir Ernest Shackleton works to put together a crew of twenty-eight men to sail from England to Antarctica. It was a new continent untouched by humanity that only the most adventurous men dared to explore—men who yearned to be the first to see what no other person had.
Shackleton wants to be a part of the first group of men to cross the entirety of the frozen continent. He’s already reached the icy continent before, but now, he plans to conquer it.
Exactly 100 years later - three descendants of the crew will attempt a feat Shackleton could not achieve… reach the South Pole. The only problem is that they’re unprepared for the challenges that Shackleton's Antarctica will throw them.
Host: Cassie De Pecol
Wrier: Anthony Del Col
Associate Producer: Bryan White
Editor: Maura Walz and Matt White
Audio engineer: Sergio Enriquez.
Sound Design: Joe Richardson
Music by: Isabel Herschmann
Executive Producers: Stephanie Jenz and Marshall Lewy
Introducing The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra
Hosted and narrated by John Stamos, The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra is a complicated, nuanced story of one imperfect man trying to redeem himself by pulling off the perfect crime. Did you ever feel like everything’s broken, and it’s your job to fix it? That’s how Barry Keenan was feeling back in 1963. He was broke, unemployed, hooked on booze and pills, and his family was falling apart. Barry needed a miracle. And against all odds, he got one. One day the voice of God came over the radio in Barry’s car and told him there was a simple solution to all his problems: all he had to do was kidnap Frank Sinatra, Jr. For the first time ever, Barry Keenan shares his version of the bizarre story in his own words, from beginning to end. This is just a preview of The Grand Scheme: Snatching Sinatra, but you can listen to full episodes at wondery.fm/TGS_AgainstTheOdds.
Shipwreck on the Sahara | The Letter
Sidi Hamet’s family is hundreds of miles away, far across the Saharah. Hamet yearns for his wife but must pay off his debts to his father-in-law before they are reconnected. Meanwhile, Captain James Riley searches for his freedom in the city of Swearah. But, if Riley is going to find his way back across the sea, he must find someone to pay ransom for an American crew. The two men must rely on one another in order to succeed, but only one will live to tell the tale.
Shipwreck on the Sahara | Honor Among Thieves
Captain James Riley and his 11 person crew have been taken captive by Bedouin Nomads. What’s worse is that they’ve been split up amongst warring tribes. Captain Riley has to devise a plan to find all of his men and transport them 800 miles to the city of Swearah to bid for their freedom. But to get there they’ll have to pass through some of the most remote and dangerous places on earth, full of hostile tribes and thieves. It’s a gamble that might cost him and his men their lives.
Shipwreck on the Sahara | Thirst
Captain James Riley’s ship is marooned off the coast of Northwest Africa, where the Sahara meets the sea. The vessel is useless, and his crew’s only chance to make it home alive is by crossing the largest hot desert in the world. The men will have to make a difficult choice to survive the Saharan wilderness and avoid being taken captive by Bedouin nomads. The crew will fight to stay together but face being split up by different tribes. Nevertheless, they must do their best to get back home alive.
Shipwreck on the Sahara
Just finished listening to shipwreck on the Sahara. I planned to listen for about 15 minutes before moving on to something else. What could be interesting about a story from the 1800’s? Instead I found the most riveting, compelling true story about bravery, resilience and friendship! Simply incredible!!
Sahara sucked me into this podcast, but the Jon McCain story really got me. As the daughter of a 2 tour sniper who won’t speak of it, I strive to learn everything I can about it. This particular season, especially the final interview, really hit me hard. Well done!!
had a great time listening to shipwreck. 5/5