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Jillian tells the tale of the "lost" Lykov Family and their decades of survival in the isolated Siberian wilderness with no outside human contact, and Jillian and Haley go on many tangents on subjects such as the cordyceps fungus, gun rights, shrimp disease, and bats in the attic. Sources: For 40 years, This Russian Family Was Cut Off From All Huma…
 
Jillian and Haley dive deep, deep down into the heartbreaking and terrifying story of Deon Dreyer, Dave Shaw, and Don Shirley, and their dives in Bushman's Hole, the third deepest water filled cave in the world. Sources: Where No One Should Go, Don Shirley, Glynn Washington, and Julia Dewitt, NPR Raising the Dead, Tim Zimmerman, Outside Magazine Pi…
 
Haley and Jillian welcome special guest Ethan Swinford, and the three talk all things Great Lakes with the tragedy of the SS Kamloops and the all-to-real ghost story of Old Whitey, the lone crewman left behind. Sources: Isle Royale, SS Kamloops, National Park Service Meet Old Whitey, the Preserved Corpse of The SS Kamloops, Lake Superior’s Most Hau…
 
Welcome back to the meandering conversations of Haley and Jillian after their long hiatus. Today, Jillian talks about the scandalous, salacious, and sordid tale of the Floreana Affair and Haley talks blue footed boobies. Sources: The Galapagos Affair - The Unbelievable True Story Behind the Movie, Happy Gringo The Mysterious Murder That Rocked The …
 
After meandering through topics such as holiday adventures and the big winter storm, Jillian and Haley get down to the roots of the podcast with a special story for episode 50. Jillian tells the story of the Chilean Mine Disaster of 2010, and of the thirty three miners trapped in it's depths. Also, Jillian's sleep paralysis makes a shocking comebac…
 
Merry Xmas y'all and Happy Holidays! Jillian and Haley delve into the impossible survivor tale of mountaineers Joe Simpson and Simon Yates and their unbelievable adventure in the Andes. Then Haley talks about Andean Condors for conservation corner. Sources: Touching the Void, Joe Simpson Andean Condor, National Geographic…
 
Jillian and Haley delve into the unbelievable story of Jill Heinerth, a cave diver who became one of the first (and only) people do dive an ice cave in the interior of an iceberg. Then Haley talks about emperor penguins and Jillian talks about her trip to Big Bend National Park and her potentially-extraterrestrial experience in Marfa. Sources: ‘The…
 
Jillian and Haley bring a Happy Thanksgiving to you with the story of Ryan Osman's run-in with quicksand in Zion National Park. Haley then talks about the conservation and ecology of the Mexican Spotted Owl in a new segment highlight the vulnerable and endangered species that live in the dangerous habitats we talk about - we are biologists after al…
 
Jillian concludes the gruesome tale of the Donner Party with their struggle to survive and ultimately be rescued from snowy Truckee Lake in the Sierra Nevada Mountains, and Haley tells the story of "Tessie" the famous lake monster of Lake Tahoe. Sources: The Tragic Story of the Donner Party, Kathy Weiser, Legends of America The Donner party, Encycl…
 
Its time to kick off spooky Halloween with part one of the Donner Party extravaganza, in which Jillian tells of the trials and tribulations that led the famous American wagon train to their horrific predicament. Haley keeps up the spooky vibes with the story of the Bear Lake Monster of Utah. Sources: The Tragic Story of the Donner Party, Kathy Weis…
 
Welcome to the nearly 2 hour spooky season Appalachian Trail extravaganza! After some brief talk of Haley's experience with the recent Hurricane Ian, we dive straight into the magical land that is Appalachia. Part-time co-host Corey returns with some local lore, Jillian covers the tragedy as usual, and Haley talks about cryptids, specifically Mothm…
 
While Haley is weathering Hurricane Ian, Corey fills in as the co-host for this episode. First, Corey and Jillian talk about the struggles of a man who spent two days aloft on a hydrogen balloon, and then they dive into the mystery of the disappearance of Lisanne Froon and Kris Kremers into the Panamanian Jungle to kick off spooky season. Sources: …
 
Haley and Jillian talk newsworthy stories with a recent arrival of Cuban refugees to the Dry Tortugas and a morbid story about a human foot found in one of Yellowstone's hot springs. Then Jillian dives into the incredible unbelievable tale of Harrison Okene, the man who survived 60 hours underwater in a shipwreck. Sources: Part of Human Foot Found …
 
Jillian and Haley discuss veggie gardens and lawn landscaping before diving straight into Hurricane Katrina. Haley tells the stories of Robert Green, who literally rode his house down a flooded street, and the nurses and doctors who kept Charity Hospital going under the worst conditions. Jillian tells the stories of Poet Shelton Alexander and his e…
 
Haley and Jillian discuss another story of people getting swallowed by whales--and this time it's a twofer. Then Jillian gets into the very recent story of Stephanie Browitt and the vacation gone very, very wrong with the Whaakari/White Island Eruption. Sources: "It Was Crazy", says California kayaker who was engulfed in a whale's mouth, Sheena Goo…
 
Jillian talks about a new discovery - a shipwreck on the Oregon coast from the 1600s. Then Haley dives into the gruesome and nightmare-inducing story of the Byford Dolphin Accident. Haley and Jillian then do some real-time research to answer some pressing questions. Sources: Rare Timbers From 17th-Century Spanish Shipwreck Discovered Off Oregon Coa…
 
Haley links in a news story to last week's topic--a story about a man who goes after his cell phone...after it falls into the crater of Mount Vesuvius. Then Jillian discusses the story of Ricky Megee, a man who survived 71 days in the Australian outback, but with a true crime twist. Sources: US Tourist injured falling into Mount Vesuvius crater aft…
 
Haley and Jillian discuss the unprecedented flooding occurring at Yellowstone National Park and how it may yield environmental changes for the better. Then Jillian tells the tale of the oldest story on the podcast yet--the ancient destruction of Pompeii from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius. Sources: This Day in History: Mount Vesuvius erupts, Histor…
 
Haley and Jillian are reunited after a long COVID driven hiatus and try something different--telling short survival stories about big wave surfing. Jillian talks about the big wave accidents of Garrett McNamara, Maya Gabeira, and Shawn Dollar, and Haley talked about the harrowing experiences of Billy Kemper and Andrew Cotton. Sources: The Wave, Sus…
 
Corey returns for a second time as a cohost while Haley continues recuperating, and regales us with his trials with Texas storm fronts and chest deep mud. Then Jillian tells the tale of the horrifying nine month reign of the Tsavo Lions and the ultimate British Safari bro. Sources: Man-Eaters of Tsavo, Paul Raffaele, Smithsonian Magazine Tsavo Man …
 
Jillian drags a guest host on the show while Haley is out sick, and he has a lot to tell us about avoiding lightning while in a boat. Then, Jillian and Corey discuss the ultimate astronaut LARP, HI-SEAS Mars. Sources HI-SEAS When A Mars Simulation Goes Wrong, Marina Koren, The Atlantic The Habitat, Lisa Levy, Gimlet Media…
 
Haley and Jillian discuss a news story in which a polar bear climbed onto a woman's roof after hitching a ride from the Arctic on an Iceberg, and Jillian gets into some true crime/survival combo with the story of Terry Jo Dupperault and her harrowing experience on the open sea. Sources 'I looked right into his face': St. Anthony woman recounts her …
 
Haley and Jillian discuss Ocean Fest, home décor, and triaging husbands, along with a news story about a dog getting rescued by sausage (again). Then Jillian delves into what it must be like to be a teenage boy with the story of the Tongan Castaways, otherwise known as the Tongan "Lord of the Flies." Sources Missing dog presumed dead rescued from c…
 
Jillian's mom managed to find herself in the only bit of quicksand in Virginia (don't worry she's fine) and Haley and Jillian discuss the best ways to free oneself from that predicament. Then Haley takes us into another Floridian tale discussing the disappearance of Ben McDaniel from Vortex Spring. Sources Disappearance of Ben McDaniel, Wikipedia…
 
Jillian and Haley discuss Jillian's forays into the swamps and streets of New Orleans, where she met a man who got bitten in the neck by an 18 foot gator and lived to tell the tale. Then Jillian delves into the story of the Plura Cave tragedy and recovery. Sources The cavers who went back for their friends, William Kremer, BBC News Diving Into the …
 
In this one year anniversary hallmark episode, Haley and Jillian talk about the big news of the week -- Shackleton's Endurance has been found! Then Jillian gets into two lighthouse related story, the very creepy story of the Smalls Lighthouse Tragedy and the heroic deeds of Ida Lewis of Lime Rock Lighthouse. Sources: Endurance: Shackleton's lost sh…
 
Plunging into the next week of unprecedented events, Haley and Jillian try to distract themselves by talking about a recent mudslide in Brazil, as well as delve into the story of Douglas Mawson, a man who found himself alone, with barely any supplies, 300 miles into the untouched wilderness of Antarctica. Sources: Brazil mudslides kill more than 90…
 
Haley regales Jillian with her trip to Dry Tortugas and how she was almost stranded there, as well as a news story about 18 people trapped on an ice floe. Jillian tells the story of Juliane Koepcke, a seventeen year old girl who survived both a plane crash and a 10 day long stint in the Amazon. Sources: Coast Guard: 18 rescued after being trapped o…
 
Jillian gives some updates on the Tonga Tsunami of 2022 and a recent news story about a dog that gets saved by a sausage on a drone. Then Jillian and Haley discuss the fascinating mystery of the disappearance of George Mallory and Sandy Irvine on Mount Everest. Did they summit Everest first? Listen to find out. Three Tiny Islands Have Borne the Bru…
 
Haley and Jillian are bringing a multi-story episode this week with two news stories, including a fight for survival for thousands on Virginia's 1-95 corridor during a snow storm, and the very recent Tonga volcano eruption and resulting tsunami. Haley then tells us about the Florida Keys Legend, Lily Bow, and her experiences homesteading in one of …
 
Haley and Jillian meet in person in Haymarket for the first time on air for a special holiday edition of the podcast to discuss the arctic tale of Ada Blackjack, a badass woman in the wrong place at the wrong time. The podcast also hosts it's first guest, Jillian's own dad, Phil, who talks a bit more about the wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald from Ep…
 
Haley and Jillian discuss a gnarly listener tale involving agave spines in the Grand Canyon, and Haley talks about the tragic and controversial story of Chris McCandless, aka "Into the Wild." Sources Into the Wild (film), Chris McCandless, Wikipedia Chris McCandless Went Into the Alaskan Wilderness in 1992 and Never Came Out, Katie Serena, All That…
 
We start of the podcast this week with news on the natural disaster level storms in British Columbia while Haley tells us about some local activisim in the keys. Then Jillian regales us with the story of Mauro Prosperi a man who got lost in the Sahara Desert with barely any resources. Sources: British Columbia and the Pacific north-west storm wreak…
 
Haley and Jillian experience their first movie based episode in which they discuss a touching story about a man seeking revenge for his son...oh whoops I mean gun. This episode is the true story of Hugh Glass, the man behind The Revenant. Happy Thanksgiving. Sources: Hugh Glass: American Frontiersman; Arikara People; Grizzly Bear, Encyclopedia Brit…
 
Haley and Jillian discuss the perils of entering the water with an in-the-news story about a man getting eaten alive by a school of piranhas and the tragic Great Lakes tale of the Edmund Fitzgerald. Gitchi-Gumi never gives up her dead. Sources: Man Eaten By Piranhas After Jumping Into Lake to Flee From Bees, Fatma Khaled, Newsweek The Wreck of the …
 
Haley and Jillian round out spooky season with an update on the whereabouts of Brian Laundrie and a dive into the mystery that surrounds Dyatlov Pass. Which may or may not involve a yeti. Sources: The Mystery of the Dyatlov Pass Incident, Marcia Wendorf, Interesting Engineering The Mystery of Dyatlov Pass: Death Mountain, Lucy Ash, BBC News Russia’…
 
Haley and Jillian return to spooky season to finish out the mysterious tale of Franklin's Lost Northwest Passage Expedition of 1845, and Haley fills us in on the updates from the recent, tragic case of Gabbi Petito*. Apologies from Jillian for forgetting to cite her sources - they are all present below the description. *update, cause of death has b…
 
Haley and Jillian start off the episode with a look at a sinkhole growing in Mexico and discuss the ongoing Gabbi Petito Case. Then Jillian delves right into spooky season with one of the most fascinating, mysterious, and downright creepy stories of polar exploration, Sir John Franklin's lost expedition through the Northwest Passage. Sources: Exper…
 
Haley regales Jillian with her adventures in Alaska (featuring the dreaded bear encounter) and then they dive straight into hurricane season with Jillian recapping the recent Hurricane Ida and Haley delving into Hurricane Irma and the aftermath in the Florida Keys. Sources: Lafitte Man Survives 13 Hours on Capsized Boat During Hurricane Ida, Erica …
 
We enter hurricane season with a bang in the week following Hurricane Ida and the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina with a storm story that beats all. Jillian delves into the story of the Great Storm of 1900 in Galveston, Texas (also a few days before this storm’s anniversary…early September is not a good time to be down on the Gulf Coast) and expla…
 
After a in-the-news story about a man who got trapped in his cabin by an overly aggressive grizzly bear, Haley gets into the knarly tale that is the Uruguayan Rugby Team plane crash survival of 1972. Make sure to pack your chocolate and wine. Sources: Repeatedly Confronted by a Bear, a Man is Rescued After He Writes "SOS" On A Shack - Dalia Faheid,…
 
Haley regales us with her experiences at ICAST and Jillian digs into a tale of cold misery with Helen Klaben and Ralph Flores's survival story in the Canadian Yukon. Don't forget your travel snacks. Sources: Helen Klaben Kahn, Survivor of a 49-Day Yukon Ordeal, Dies at 76, Richard Sandomir, New York Times Helen Klaben, U.S. woman who survived plane…
 
Jillian talks about one of the most incredible Coast Guard rescues ever, the rescue of the S.S. Pendleton and updates Haley on the Florida Sewer Woman (now the Multistate Sewer Woman). Several American accents were attempted in this episode. Sources: Woman Rescued Naked From Storm Drain Pipe in Florida Saved Again From Texas Sewer, Louise Hall, UK …
 
Haley takes over in her first ever full story episode with the amazing and unbelievable story of the Wild Boar Soccer Team rescue from Thailand's Tham Luang Cave. As a bonus, Jillian talks about a man who gets eaten by a whale and lives to tell the tale. Sources: "I Was Completely Inside": Lobster Diver Swallowed by Humpback Whale off Province Town…
 
Haley and Jillian wax on about the joys of shared millennial childhood experiences and then immediately bring the mood down with the story of the Mossdale Cavern Tragedy (Jillian is good at that). Featuring a collection of tales from a listener about working in the Great White North! Sources: What lies beneath: Mossdale Caving Disaster, Ray Kershaw…
 
Our first listener story, whoo hoo! Haley regales us with the time her friend got in a "hairy" situation while repelling 50 feet above the ground, and Jillian talks about the real-life inspiration story behind Melville's Moby Dick--and it's about 100x worse than the fictionalized version. Sources: The True-Life Horror that Inspired Moby-Dick, Gilbe…
 
Jillian and Haley discuss the soul crushing reality of the Armero Tragedy, but first, Haley regales us with the time she got lost in the woods. As a bonus, there is a slight tangent into the paranormal. No Apparent Danger: The True Story of Volcanic Disaster at Galeras and Nevado Del Ruiz - Victoria Bruce Omayra Sánchez was Trapped in a Mudflow Whe…
 
What are words? Jillian regales Haley with the story of the harrowing tale of the Clipperton Island colonists as well as her own story of experiencing a sinking boat, you know, first hand. Featuring an update on the Florida Sewer Woman. Sources on this episode: Florida woman claims she was stuck in sewer system for 3 weeks, survived off a can of gi…
 
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