Extremes

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David was a 17-year-old volunteer firefighter who was caught lighting fires along Australia's southern coast. Over a course of two years, David thinks he lit around 50 fires. In this episode, we'll ask what drove him to such reckless behaviour.
Ben McMahon learned Chinese in a Melbourne high school, but, like a lot of people who learn languages at high school, he didn’t really. But years later, when Ben was involved in a car accident, he woke up inexplicably speaking Chinese.Ben didn’
Peter Bland is a Australian businessman who was almost the first person to cross the Antarctic Peninsula unsupported. But on the home stretch, he was hit by an avalanche and washed down a crevasse. We talk to Peter about ego. The things it can
In 2003, John Rusnak became briefly famous for pulling one of the biggest cases of bank fraud in US history. We talk to John about how he got himself into so much trouble, why he turned himself in, and whether it was worth the prison time. See
In the 1960s Reg Spiers was a professional javelin thrower. He’d gone all the way from Australia to London to make the Olympics, but when he didn’t make the cut he was left stranded without enough money to get home. Rather than saving for a pla
Annette Herfkens was 31 when she and her fiancé boarded a Vietnam Airlines flight in November of 1992. It was supposed to be a romantic trip. A surprise getaway from her fiancé who was working as a banker in Ho Chi Minh City. But instead of rea
Extremes is a show about people who’ve lived through extraordinary situations. These are big stories with enormous stakes. There’s no pattern to the stories that our guests tell: some are funny, others are sad; some situations were accidents, o
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