Incredible Feats

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alex
 Nov 8, 2020
YES!

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 Oct 23, 2020
Thank you for this refreshing podcast!

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 Sep 26, 2020
This was a great listen! Especially refreshing after binging on true crime.

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They’ve broken records, made history, and turned the impossible into the incredible. Every weekday, join comedian and host Dan Cummins as he profiles amazing achievements made by people from all over the world. Incredible Feats is a Spotify Original from Parcast.

Episode Date
You Snooze, You Lose
385
No sleep tonight! 17-year-old Randy Gardner stayed awake for days on end, in what started as an experiment to see if sleep deprivation could induce paranormal abilities.
Nov 27, 2020
Jumping Into The Record Book
423
Bob Beamon shot into the air for an epic, world record-breaking long jump at the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City.
Nov 26, 2020
Walking In Space, Crashing In Siberia
422
Cosmonaut Alexei Leonov became the first person to ever walk through outer space. But his inaugural spacewalk nearly ended in disaster… twice. 
Nov 25, 2020
Trapped 22 Feet Below
436
They say it takes a village to raise a child. How about rescuing one? In 1987, hundreds of people came together to save a toddler trapped in a well. 
Nov 24, 2020
Lost Then Found: Solving A Titanic Mystery
410
A secret Navy-funded mission gave one oceanographer the opportunity to find the Titanic’s final resting place, over seventy years after a tragic maritime disaster sank the steamship.
Nov 23, 2020
Bond Springs Into “Action!”
410
The opening scene of the ‘95 Bond film “GoldenEye” showcases a record-setting bungee jump performed by stuntman Wayne Michaels.
Nov 20, 2020
In A Class Of His Own
424
Manny Pacquiao has won more world titles in more weight classes than any other boxer in history. 
Nov 19, 2020
“Jumping” Jack Dives In
423
You’re 69 years old, planning your next birthday celebration. How about a swim in the ocean — handcuffed, shackled, and pulling rowboats filled with people? 
Nov 18, 2020
A Throwdown In King’s Court
387
Pigs, lollipops, and very high stakes: When tennis players Billie Jean King and Bobby Riggs faced off in a so-called “battle of the sexes,” they spared no effort — in skill or in spectacle. 
Nov 17, 2020
Ada’s Trial Of Survival
415
When a celebrity Arctic explorer assembles an inexperienced team to claim Wrangel Island for the British Empire, Ada Blackjack signs on as the party’s seamstress...
Nov 16, 2020
Barreling Down Niagara Falls
438
Annie Edson Tyler’s 1901 tumble down Horseshoe Falls was actually a get-rich-quick scheme. 
Nov 13, 2020
Throws Like a Girl… Strikes Out Legends
434
17-year-old Jackie Mitchell went up against the greats, and pitched strikes that left Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig slouching back to the dugout. 
Nov 12, 2020
Babe Breaks Through
410
Babe Didrikson Zaharias was a Renaissance woman of sports, proving to 1930s America that anyone can be an all-around phenomenal athlete. 
Nov 11, 2020
Death Threats To Peace Prize
430
An assassination attempt on Malala Yousafzai’s life only served to further amplify the young leader’s verve for education advocacy.
Nov 10, 2020
Thor’s Voyage Across The Pacific
426
In 1947, anthropologist Thor Heyerdahl set out to prove a point, and crossed over 4,000 miles of open ocean to do it.
Nov 09, 2020
The French Spiderman
418
In 2011, Alain Robert scaled a soaring skyscraper in Dubai. At 2,717 feet high, it’s the tallest structure in the world.
Nov 06, 2020
Surfing The World’s Biggest Wave
423
A voice in a dream helped Brazilian surfer Rodrigo Koxa make the comeback of a lifetime.
Nov 05, 2020
Saved By An Undersea Air Bubble
414
When a tugboat capsized off the coast of Nigeria, a team of divers was sent in after nearly 3 days to recover bodies. But one man had survived.
Nov 04, 2020
High-Diving Into A Killer Whale Tank
431
Climbing hand over hand up a thin metal tower, Dana Kunze scaled the equivalent of 16 stories before plummeting straight down — for a record-breaking 172-foot dive. 
Nov 03, 2020
Picking Up Where Her Hero Left Off
409
Burning wires, faulty brakes, armed soldiers… Geraldine Mock’s 1964 solo flight around the world wasn’t the smoothest. But every bit of turbulence was worth it to pay homage to her hero, Amelia Earhart.
Nov 02, 2020
Defying Death In The “Upside Down”
438
It was the Great Houdini’s last act before his untimely death — a trick so dangerous and inventive, he found a way to patent it and keep its secrets safe from copycats.
Oct 30, 2020
Where There’s A Wilt, There’s A Way
412
A 1962 NBA game between the Philadelphia Warriors and the New York Knicks set the stage for Wilt Chamberlain’s legendary scoring record.
Oct 29, 2020
Cape Town To Cairo: Traversing A Continent
423
Monsoon rains, jail time, malaria… Explorer Mario Rigby experienced all of it and more as he walked and kayaked through Africa, traveling over 7,500 miles south to north.
Oct 28, 2020
Major League Eating
434
In 2020, champion eater Joey Chestnut broke his own world record for most hot dogs consumed in 10 minutes. #AmericanHero? 
Oct 27, 2020
Getting Air In A Wheelchair
413
Think backflips are hard? Try doing a double… in a wheelchair. That’s exactly what Aaron Fotheringham did in 2010, just a few years after inventing a new brand of daring athletics.
Oct 26, 2020
Miss Unsinkable
418
Violet Jessop survived shipwreck, after shipwreck, after shipwreck — all in the span of 5 years. After each disaster, the ocean liner stewardess went right back to work.
Oct 23, 2020
Getting His Grip on El Capitan
436
Leaving his climbing ropes behind, Alex Honnold scaled the 3000-foot El Capitan in Yosemite National Park in 2017. His free solo feat took a grueling 3 hours and 56 minutes. 
Oct 22, 2020
Trekking the Appalachian Trail at 67
432
“Grandma” Emma Gatewood spent nearly 150 days hiking the Appalachian Trail in 1955, becoming the first woman to hike the entire trail solo. 
Oct 21, 2020
No Shoes, Can’t Lose
410
For a 26.2 mile race over thousand-year-old cobblestones, Ethiopian marathon runner Abebe Bikila opted to run barefoot… then set a world record. 
Oct 20, 2020
On a Scale of One to Ten
429
A scoreboard snafu left the crowd outraged — then thrilled — after Romanian gymnast Nadia Comăneci’s routine in the 1976 Olympics.
Oct 19, 2020
Tightroping Across Niagara Falls
413
June 2012: Nik Wallenda stares out over thousands of feet of metal cable stretched across Niagara Falls. But he’s not afraid. Performing daring stunts is in his blood. 
Oct 16, 2020
Overcoming Polio To Win Olympic Gold
417
After doctors told her she'd never walk again, Wilma Rudolph did the unthinkable... and became a record-breaking Olympian with the nickname of "Fastest Woman in the World."
Oct 15, 2020
Surviving 438 Days At Sea
413
A day of deep-sea fishing turned dangerous when a storm knocked two fishermen way out into the Pacific. As 2013 turned to 2014, many gave the men up for dead — but Jose Salvador Alvarenga survived. 
Oct 14, 2020
A Barefoot Arctic Marathon
406
Wim Hof, aka “The Iceman,” can endure subzero temps like no other. Who else can say they’ve run a half marathon in the Arctic Circle barefoot, wearing nothing but shorts?
Oct 13, 2020
Pitching History
395
Mo’Ne Davis electrified the baseball world during the 2014 Little League World Series with her talent on the pitching mound.
Oct 12, 2020
Legendary Icelandic Strongman
441
Before he played The Mountain in HBO’s Game of Thrones series, Hafthor Bjornsson beat a 1,000-year-old Viking record.
Oct 09, 2020
Phelps’ Extraordinary Comeback
434
Michael Phelps is the most decorated Olympic Athlete ever, but his career hit rough waters after a 2014 DUI arrest. He had one more chance to prove himself: Rio 2016. 
Oct 08, 2020
Carving Through A Mountain
395
Dashrath Manjhi hammered and chiselled his way through a mountain for two decades to make medical care more accessible for his village.
Oct 07, 2020
Skateboarding Prodigy
412
In 2012, Jagger Eaton became the youngest person ever invited to compete in the X Games. You can bet he skated right through it. 
Oct 06, 2020
The Hero Swim Champ
390
After a streetcar crashed into a lake, champion finswimmer Shavarsh Karapetyan dove into the polluted water to rescue its passengers. He saved dozens of lives… but the story was covered up for years. 
Oct 05, 2020
The Suleman Octuplets
391
Dubbed the “Octomom,” Nadya Suleman is the eighth woman in known history to birth octuplets. Her kids are the only known surviving set of octuplets, ever.
Oct 02, 2020
Born to Run
418
Dean Karnazes is not your typical ultramarathoner. He can run for literal days, fueled by massive amounts of junk food consumed on the go. 
Oct 01, 2020
Ditching Middle School for Mt. Everest
405
Now this is peak performance: Jordan Romero is the youngest person to summit the tallest mountain in the world… And he didn’t stop there.
Sep 30, 2020
Mr. Versatility
460
He’s the first person to ever hold 100 World Records at once. Ashrita Furman broke so many records, he invented new games just so he could set new records. 
Sep 29, 2020
Miracle on the Hudson
391
Brace for impact… With the plane’s engines failing and 155 lives on the line, veteran pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger III had seconds to decide his next course of action.
Sep 28, 2020
First Self-Made American Millionairess
448
Sarah Breedlove’s job prospects were slim, so she started her own business—and in 1919, the daughter of two formerly enslaved people became a self-made millionaire.
Sep 25, 2020
World’s Deepest Freedive
446
Hold your breath: In 2016, William Trubridge broke the world record for freediving, which he had set himself back in 2011. 
Sep 24, 2020
Unprecedented Journey to the North Pole
455
Barbara Hillary was the first African American woman to reach both poles... which she did in her 70s, after surviving lung cancer.
Sep 23, 2020
“Little Sure Shot”: The Best in the West
482
Annie Oakley was an extraordinary markswoman, and the star of Buffalo Bill’s Wild West Show.
Sep 22, 2020
Setting Records in Space
469
Peggy Whitson has spent more time in space than any other NASA astronaut… And that’s not the only space record she holds.
Sep 21, 2020
Hysterical Strength
427
In 2006, a dire circumstance unlocked superhuman strength in Tom Boyle. Nine years later, a similar scenario helped 19-year-old Charlotte Heffelmire save a life.
Sep 18, 2020
King of Savage Mountain
428
In 2018, Andrzej Bargiel’s climb up the world’s second highest mountain took three days. But it was his eight-hour ski descent that set a record. 
Sep 17, 2020
Crash Landing
468
Juliane Koepcke’s incredible feat is two-in-one: In 1971, she fell two miles out of a plane and lived. Her next challenge? Surviving the rainforest she landed in.
Sep 16, 2020
Race Around the World
437
Nellie Bly’s record-breaking trip around the world made her an international sensation. But did you know her 1889 journey was inspired by a sci-fi novel?
Sep 15, 2020
A Leap of Faith
440
“Fearless” Felix Baumgartner skydived from the edge of space in 2012, breaking the sound barrier using only his body. 
Sep 14, 2020
Introducing Incredible Feats!
69
Humanity’s most daring achievements are coming together in the new Spotify Original from Parcast! Every weekday, Incredible Feats introduces you to a new story of jaw-dropping physical strength, mental focus, and bizarre behavior. Join comedian Dan Cummins as he profiles the people who turned the impossible into the incredible, breaking records and making history along the way.  Incredible Feats premieres September 14th, with new episodes every weekday, Monday through Friday. Listen to Incredible Feats free on Spotify, or wherever you get your podcasts! 
Aug 28, 2020