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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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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.
New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers. Listen ad-free on Wondery+ or on Amazon Music with a Prime membership or Amazon Music Unlimited subscription.

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    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | Headwaters

    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | Headwaters

    In 1913, former President Theodore Roosevelt embarked on a perilous expedition to explore one of the last unmapped rivers in the Amazon. Roosevelt was joined by his son Kermit, famed Brazilian explorer Candido Rondon, and a team of naturalists and porters. But as the party sets off on a 400 mile trek across the highlands to reach the headwaters, they discover they are woefully unprepared for the dangers that await them in the wild.

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    • 44 min
    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | River of Doubt

    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | River of Doubt

    As Theodore Roosevelt’s expedition sets off down the River of Doubt, it doesn’t take long for the going to get rough. Their canoes are no match for the boiling rapids, forcing them to trek through an unforgiving jungle rife with insects, predators and disease. As their movement slows, their food supplies dwindle. Roosevelt’s son Kermit takes a bold risk to speed their progress . . . but the turbulent waters deliver more peril than he bargained for.

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    • 43 min
    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | A Killer In Their Midst

    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | A Killer In Their Midst

    Challenges mount as the expedition travels farther down the river. With the end of their journey nowhere in sight, hunger and disease take their toll on the men. Colonel Rondon wonders if members of an indigenous tribe are following them … and waiting to attack. Tensions between the men simmer, until they explode in violence. In the midst of this turmoil, Theodore Roosevelt suffers an injury that initially seems small, but could bring him to the brink of death.

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    • 44 min
    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | River's End

    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | River's End

    After weeks on the River of Doubt, Theodore Roosevelt’s expedition is on the verge of collapse. But hope emerges when they find clues that Brazilian frontiersmen may be living and working in the wilderness nearby. As Roosevelt’s health deteriorates, drastic measures must be taken to fight the infection in his leg. The men must race to return the former president to civilization before illness and starvation claim his life.

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    • 47 min
    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | Lost Cities with Mike Heckenberger

    Uncharted: Teddy Roosevelt's Amazon Expedition | Lost Cities with Mike Heckenberger

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    Searching for lost cities in the Amazon sounds like something out of a Hollywood script – unless you’re University of Florida anthropologist Mike Heckenberger. He’s been visiting the Amazon for three decades, working with local tribes and uncovering a network of ancient cities in the jungle. On this episode, Mike joins host Cassie De Pecol to discuss what it’s like to explore the region today, more than a century since Roosevelt’s expedition, and what we can learn from the indigenous people of the Amazon about preserving it.

    The Donner Party | The Shortcut

    The Donner Party | The Shortcut

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    In the 1840s, thousands of Americans journeyed west to California to pursue better lives. One group of settlers became infamous: the Donner Party. After taking an unproven shortcut, their wagon train fell dangerously behind schedule. If they couldn’t cross the Sierra Nevada Mountains before winter came, they risked getting trapped in the snow and starving. But as pressure mounted for the wagons to move faster, tensions among the settlers would explode into violence.

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.8K Ratings

5.8K Ratings

ElenaGo-Go ,

Truly Inspirational

First time I have ever felt compelled to review a podcast—and I am a total podcast junkie! Even though I already know the outcome, I am on the edge of my seat. Pure excellence!!!

axxel1965 ,

Glorifying white people who profited off indigenous people

This show is made by white people who glorify the “discoveries” of racist white people who were there for the ride. The indigenous people made the discoveries and hard work, Roosevelt and his son just tacked their names onto it.

xX0NOE0Xx ,

Amazing!!

This podcast is so interesting, if someone where to ask me to recommend a podcast I would definitely say this one.
Thank you wondery!!!

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