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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
    • 4.9 • 2.5K 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.

    John McCain: Prisoner of War | Regrets | 3

    John McCain: Prisoner of War | Regrets | 3

    John McCain’s body and mind are starting to deteriorate after months of imprisonment. To survive, he’ll need to make a tough choice. Meanwhile, on the other side of the world, a crisis threatens to destroy John's family. 

    For more reading, we recommend Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams by Taylor Baldwin Kiland.

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    John McCain: Prisoner of War | The Crown Prince | 2

    John McCain: Prisoner of War | The Crown Prince | 2

    Lieutenant Commander John McCain’s plane was shot down on a bombing mission and he survived the crash. He was taken in as a prisoner of war and housed at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. Now, John must face the ultimate test of will when his captors torture him, and then make him an offer that seems too good to be true… 

    For more reading, we recommend Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams by Taylor Baldwin Kiland.

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    John McCain: Prisoner of War | When Your Luck Runs Out | 1

    John McCain: Prisoner of War | When Your Luck Runs Out | 1

    It's 1967, and American Naval Pilot John McCain is on a bombing mission in the midst of the Vietnam War when he’s shot down by the enemy. After surviving the crash, he’s taken in as a prisoner of war and housed at the infamous Hanoi Hilton. This is the epic story of his journey to survive five and half years in captivity. 

    For more reading, we recommend Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams by Taylor Baldwin Kiland.

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    • 41 min

    Kidnapped in the Desert | Interview with Jessica Buchanan | 4

    Kidnapped in the Desert | Interview with Jessica Buchanan | 4

    Jessica Buchanan was kidnapped by Somali land pirates, and spent 93 days in captivity before her daring rescue by SEAL team six. Jessica talks to Against the Odds host, Cassie De Pecol, about her experience and how it’s informed the rest of her life.

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    • 47 min
    Kidnapped in the Desert | Zero Hour | 3

    Kidnapped in the Desert | Zero Hour | 3

    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

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
2.5K Ratings

2.5K Ratings

ymwly ,

Got me through

Being laid up with back spasms, I discovered the episodes on the Thai cave rescue. It was so well done, and listening to all the episodes, got me out of myself and rapt into the stories. Thank. I’m a big fan.

Tribogy ,

A good history of John McCain during the Vietnam war. But…….

PLEASE google dysentery pronunciation!!!

Mauitwin ,

Love!

I actually cried during a podcast! 😳

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