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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
    • 5.0 • 20 Ratings

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New episodes come out every Tuesday for free, with 1-week early access for Wondery+ subscribers.
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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    Rock Climbers Abducted | Welcome to Paradise

    Rock Climbers Abducted | Welcome to Paradise

    This episode comes out for free on 11/30, and is available early and ad-free for Wondery+ subscribers.

    In August of the year 2000, four American rock climbers set out to explore the majesty of the Pamir Alai Mountain range in Kyrgyzstan. But only a week into their expedition, they’re taken captive by rebel militants. The group is forced to hike through brutal terrain under the cover of night to avoid detection by the Kyrgyz army. With little to no food or water provided by their captors, the young climbing team had to struggle through severe dehydration and hunger. Finally, they realized they would have to fight for their lives to escape. It's a thrilling story of survival in the face of violence and terror, and doing whatever it takes to make it home alive.

    Chilean Mine Collapse | Into the Dark with Héctor Tobar

    Chilean Mine Collapse | Into the Dark with Héctor Tobar

    When the 33 miners emerged to surface after 69 days in the depths of the San José mine, they set the Guinness World Record for the longest time spent trapped underground. For his book Deep Down Dark, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Héctor Tobar got to know all 33 men and many of their family members. Today, Héctor joins host Mike Corey to discuss his experience visiting mines in Chile, his time with the miners, and the aftermath of the rescue.




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    • 43 min
    Chilean Mine Collapse | The Phoenix

    Chilean Mine Collapse | The Phoenix

    After sixty-nine days trapped underground, finally the drilling operations team has created a bore hole large enough to extract the 33 miners. But this will be the first operation of its kind. Will the 2,200 foot tunnel and extraction pod maintain its integrity amidst dynamite blasts and continually crumbling stone? On the surface, thousands of bystanders wait to see if everyone of The 33 will reach the surface alive.




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    • 47 min
    Chilean Mine Collapse | The Breakthrough

    Chilean Mine Collapse | The Breakthrough

    Two weeks after the collapse of the San Jose mine in Chile, 33 trapped miners find themselves starving to death, doubting they’ll ever be rescued. Then, a glimmer of hope: Rescue workers drilling above finally reach the miners through a small borehole. It’s big enough to send down emergency supplies, but not big enough to pull the miners out. Now the question becomes: How much longer will the 33 men have to endure life 2,000 feet below the surface?

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    • 47 min
    Introducing: Operator

    Introducing: Operator

    During the 1-900 number craze of the Nineties, one company provided the vast majority of phone sex. American Telnet was an empire founded by the man who called himself “The Telephone Pimp.” He ran the company “like General Motors” and got filthy rich doing it. But for the (mostly) women who answered the calls and delivered fantasies 24-7, it was a different story. The powerful stigma against sex work was always lurking just beneath the surface, until it threatened to tear apart the whole company. Hosted by Tina Horn (Why Are People Into That?), OPERATOR is an eight-part series about big ambitions, Shakespearean-level corporate backstabbing, men and women at the cutting edge of a technological revolution...and on the front lines of a sexual one.

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    • 6 min
    Chilean Mine Collapse | No Escape

    Chilean Mine Collapse | No Escape

    After exploring possible escape routes and finding them all blocked, the 33 miners must face the truth: They really are trapped, more than 2,000 feet underground. Now, they must stay disciplined and ration their emergency food and water supplies if they have any hope of survival.




    Meanwhile, on the surface, a rescue effort gets underway. Several drills begin working to tunnel down to the trapper miners. But the rescuers have no way of knowing exactly where in the mine the miners are -- or how many of them are alive, or dead.  

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    • 50 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
20 Ratings

20 Ratings

Doctor9494 ,

Brilliant!

I absolutely adore this podcast. So well narrated and researched. Keep it up can’t wait for the next season.

WishItWasThe90's ,

Brilliant content

Brilliant podcast. Well produced and narrated.

carike_za-07 ,

I couldn’t stop listening

This has been the best series I’ve listened to to date!

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