'Extremes' Is Our Podcast About People Who've Lived Through Wild Situations

In one episode, we meet a guy who posted himself from the UK to Australia. In another, we meet a former banker who embezzled £550 million.

by VICE Staff
10 June 2019, 9:27am

This article originally appeared on VICE AU.

Listen and subscribe to Extremes on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

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 our guests tell: some are funny, others are sad. Some situations were accidents, others were created deliberately – but all provide a window into human behaviour when all bets are off.

Here are some of the episodes we've published so far:


Near Death in the Antarctic

Peter Bland is an 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 propel us to achieve, and the pain it puts us through. Listen on Apple or Spotify


The $700 Million Bank Fraud

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. Listen on Apple or Spotify


The Man Who Mailed Himself From the UK to Australia

In 1964, Reg Spiers was in London, trying to make the Olympic javelin team. When he didn’t make the cut he found himself stranded, with not enough funds to get home to Australia. But rather than trying to save money, Reg decided to send himself back via international mail, inside a box. Listen on Apple or Spotify


How it Feels to Survive a Plane Crash That Kills Everyone Else

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 organised by her fiancé, who was working as a banker in Ho Chi Minh City. But instead of reaching the resort town of Nha Trang as planned, the plane hit severe turbulence, clipped a mountain and disintegrated into the jungle.

Thirty people lost their lives in the crash, including her fiancé, and when Annette came to she found herself alone in the ruined fuselage, surrounded by luggage and bodies. And there she stayed, for a total of eight days, waiting to be rescued.

Listen and subscribe to Extremes on Apple, Spotify or wherever you get your podcasts.