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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
    • 4.8 • 5.5K Ratings

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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.

Listen on Apple Podcasts
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    Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping | Vanished

    Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping | Vanished

    In the summer of 1976, three masked gunmen hijack a school bus full of children in rural Chowchilla, California. The twenty-six kids and their bus driver are driven to a quarry and buried alive. Back in town, no one has any idea where the children went, who took them, or why. The local sheriff and the FBI launch a massive manhunt to track down the kidnappers and locate the children, but the trail quickly runs cold.

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    • 42 min
    Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping | Buried Alive

    Chowchilla School Bus Kidnapping | Buried Alive

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    The kidnapped children and their bus driver are trapped underground in the back of a moving truck, and they’re running out of food and water. They decide the only way out is to dig their way to the surface. Meanwhile, the amateur criminals who hijacked the school bus are trying to deliver a five million dollar ransom demand to the California government. Soon, the tables are turned, and the kidnappers are the ones trying to escape an international manhunt.

    Submarine Rescue: The Race to Save Squalus | Into the Deep

    Submarine Rescue: The Race to Save Squalus | Into the Deep

    On the morning of May 23, 1939, a state-of-the-art U.S. Navy’s submarine, the USS Squalus, was doing a routine test dive when something went terribly wrong. The sub began flooding, and plunged 240 feet down to the bottom of the ocean, trapping the dozens of sailors aboard. The ship’s captain knew he had to act fast if he had any hope of saving his crew from a horrible death.

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    • 49 min
    Submarine Rescue: The Race to Save Squalus | Trapped

    Submarine Rescue: The Race to Save Squalus | Trapped

    With the USS Squalus trapped at the bottom of the ocean, the Navy mounted an all-out rescue effort to save its crew before they ran out of breathable air. They called upon Charles “Swede” Momsen, an engineer who’d been pushing the Navy for years to develop new technology to rescue sunken submarines. While top brass considered Momsen a “rebel in uniform,” his ingenious invention — a rescue diving bell — soon became the Navy’s only hope.

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    • 47 min
    Submarine Rescue: The Race to Save Squalus | The Final Dive

    Submarine Rescue: The Race to Save Squalus | The Final Dive

    Swede Momsen’s diving bell finally makes contact with the sailors trapped inside the USS Squalus. But bad weather makes for a harrowing mission. And just when rescuers are about to bring the last of the crew to safety, the bell hits an unexpected snag, leaving a group of sailors and the sub’s captain trapped in even worse circumstances than before, with their chances of survival literally hanging by a thread.

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    • 48 min
    Wildfire in Paradise | Ignition

    Wildfire in Paradise | Ignition

    In the early morning of November 8, 2018, a faulty electrical line sparked a fire in the woods of Butte County, California. Spurred on by high winds and dry brush from extreme drought, the fire spread faster than anyone had ever seen before. In a little over an hour, it arrived in the town of Paradise, California, forcing 27,000 residents to flee for their lives.

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    • 44 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
5.5K Ratings

5.5K Ratings

Jewelmac17 ,

Emotional and amazing

I listened to this podcast while traveling for work. At first, I wasn’t sure the topic would keep my attention on the long drive. But the story became more and more intense as it went along, and I quickly became invested. I’ve never heard the story of Captain Riley and his crew but I am so grateful to know it today. The last few sentences of the final episode gave me goosebumps and I became overwhelmed with emotion. Learning about what he endured, and then hearing about his work as an abolitionist…this man who had first hand experience with
slavery would not stand idly by and allow it to exist in his homeland without standing against it. I plan to research him a bit more, but right now, it seems to me that he continued to fight for his crew members lost in the desert by fighting for those who were enslaved at home. This podcast was well done.

Jj clarke ,

My new favorite podcast

The story telling is so well executed it pulls you in. I really needed something that was both interesting but also not too depressing & this fit the bill. There are sad moments but the stories of the survivors are so inspiring. Can’t get enough!

ldtporte ,

Favorite

Hands down this is my favorite podcast and I've listened to 100s. I listen as soon as the episodes come out!

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