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Incredible Feats

124 episodes - English - Latest episode: about 6 hours ago - ★★★★★ - 441 ratings

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.

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A First For The Seven Summits

March 02, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

After starting Japan’s first women-only climbing club, Junko Tabei became the first woman to climb Mt. Everest and complete the Seven Summits.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Turning Millions of Girls Into Scouts

March 01, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Widowed and aimless, Juliette Gordon Low decided to use her wealth to help girls learn life skills… and created Girl Scout troops all over the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

First Female President of Malawi

February 26, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

Once an entrepreneur and activist, Joyce Banda’s greatest effort would come as President of Malawi — rejuvenating its crippled economy and improving human rights. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Three World Cups In Three Decades

February 25, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

While many talented soccer players have won a World Cup, Pelé netted an unprecedented three — more than any other player, ever. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

From Poverty To Giving Away Cars

February 24, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Oprah took a job no one wanted and transformed it into a media empire. Now, she’s an icon and a billionaire — but her path was far from easy. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

300 Ways To Use A Peanut

February 23, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

George Washington Carver discovered the key to restoring Alabama’s cotton supply and reviving an entire industry. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

NASA’s Unsung Hero

February 22, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Katherine Johnson’s meticulous math skills helped the first American into space, the first American orbit the Earth, and the crew of Apollo 11 reach the moon. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Kick So Hard It Ruptures Livers

February 19, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

While most fighters rely on precision punching and submission holds, Bas Rutten developed his own special move… and it’s a kicker.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Youngest Woman to Win Olympic Snowboarding Gold

February 18, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

After years of setting snowboarding records, Chloe Kim dominated the 2018 Winter Olympics in South Korea.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Battling ALS to Uncover the Secrets of the Universe

February 17, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Stephen Hawking worked hard to prove two things: that the Big Bang Theory is plausible and that living with ALS is possible. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Making Martial Arts Mainstream

February 16, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Bruce Lee’s legendary fighting sequences kicked off an obsession with martial arts in America in the ‘70s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Freediving in the Himalayas

February 15, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

One icy lake… Two Croatian freedivers… New world records set at over 15,000 feet above sea level. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

World’s Longest Marriage

February 12, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Many couples feel like they’ve been married forever… But Herbert and Zelmyra Fisher actually got pretty close in a union that spanned more than eight decades. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Breaking Bans & Barriers To Run Boston

February 11, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

In 1966, women weren’t allowed to run marathons. So runner Bobbi Gibb did what she had to do to run the race anyway. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Hans’ Solo Trip Down Everest

February 10, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Hans Kammerlander would have been happy to set just one record on Mt. Everest in 1996. But there was more in store for the skier…  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

World’s First Female Filmmaker

February 09, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Roll the credits! Alice Guy-Blaché is finally getting her due as a pioneering filmmaker who pushed the boundaries of the medium in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Pen Is Even Mightier In Space

February 08, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

The 1969 moon landing was completely unprecedented… and almost a complete disaster. What saved the day? A felt-tipped pen. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

World’s Oldest Gymnast

February 05, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

How many great-grandmothers do you know who are also competitive gymnasts? Meet Johanna Quaas, who kept competing well into her 90s. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Miami’s Momentous Season

February 04, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

In 1972, the Miami Dolphins were still a fairly new franchise. But that season, they proved they had the chops to beat the NFL’s best — and make history while they were at it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Feuding Physicists Win Nobel Prize

February 03, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

The invention of the transistor helped three physicists clinch a Nobel Prize — but not even sharing the illustrious award could mend their broken bond.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Breaking Sabbath To Save Soldiers

February 02, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

Desmond Doss was a pacifist and a medic who was mocked for his beliefs before saving 75 soldiers during one of the bloodiest battles of WWII.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

First Unassisted English Channel Swim

February 01, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

27-year-old Captain Matthew Webb made himself a household name after swimming nearly 40 miles unassisted across the jellyfish-filled English Channel. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Lifetime of Royalties in One Day

January 29, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

While most songwriters dream of writing even just one hit single, country music legend Dolly Parton wrote two utterly iconic songs… in one day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Halftime Becomes Prime Time

January 28, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

Needing a big spectacle to draw viewers and land a lucrative TV contract, the NFL tapped Motown legend Diana Ross to sing the national anthem at the biggest game of the year. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Diamond In The Rough

January 27, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

Shea Diamond wrote her first song while serving a 10-year prison sentence. Now, the singer-songwriter has gone from behind bars to behind the mic. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Christmas Hits A High Note

January 26, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Would you rather have a #1 hit song in four different decades, or the most popular Christmas song of all time? Thankfully, Mariah Carey doesn’t have to choose. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Rihanna’s Riches

January 25, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Robyn Fenty wasn’t a household name in 2003 when she auditioned for an American music producer in Barbados. Now, she’s the wealthiest female musician in the world. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

142 Days Buried Alive

January 22, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

What would you do to keep a family legacy alive? Geoff Smith spent over four months living underground after his mom’s record was broken by an American. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Magic Of A Comeback

January 21, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

With a terminal and highly stigmatized diagnosis, Magic Johnson rallied to play in the 1992 NBA All-Star Game… and was named Most Valuable Player. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Surviving Back-To-Back Avalanches

January 20, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Ken Jones’s solo hike in Romania became a fight for survival when he was engulfed by twin avalanches and forced to crawl for days to find help. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

First Female Fortune 500 CEO

January 19, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

When Katharine Graham was installed as head of a small D.C. newspaper, she turned it into a historic institution, publishing risky journalism that changed the course of American politics. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Battle Of The Brians

January 18, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

It was Brian vs. Brian at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, where only one could be crowned the best male figure skating champion in the world.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

World’s Tallest Bridge Saves A Village

January 15, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

A French engineer and a British architect teamed up in 1993 to design and build the Millau Viaduct — a record-breaking bridge that spans a gorge. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Pitching A No-Hitter, One-Handed

January 14, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Yankees pitcher Jim Abbott — who was born without a right hand — pitched a no-hitter in a 1993 game against the Cleveland Indians.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

110 Rounds In The Ring

January 13, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

In 1893, boxing matches didn’t end until someone was knocked out — explaining how Andy Bowen and Jack Burke once boxed for over seven hours. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Ultimate Trust Fall

January 12, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

In a breath-taking stunt, daredevil Travis Pastrana put his life in the hands of three near-strangers when he went skydiving without a parachute.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Mother Of Modern Physics

January 11, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Marie Curie’s discoveries saved millions of lives — at the expense of her own.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Tightroping Between the Twin Towers

January 08, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Years of studying, months of planning, and a nighttime break-in were all precursors to a 1974 stunt in New York City — but this was no heist. It was a high-wire act by Philippe Petit. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Thwarting Hitler’s Olympic Agenda

January 07, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Jesse Owens became the most decorated Olympian at the 1936 Berlin Games, despite Hitler’s best efforts to see Aryan athletes triumph.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Stalling the #Strawpocalypse

January 06, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

Benjamin Von Wong used 168,000 recycled drinking straws to create a towering art installation. The record-breaking structure was dubbed “The Parting of the Plastic Sea.”  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Queen of Chess

January 05, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

A childhood experiment helped turn Judit Polgár into a chess prodigy, but not everyone was willing to recognize her chops — until she bested her idol in a 2002 tournament.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Ending Apartheid

January 04, 2021 08:01 - 7 minutes

A political prisoner in South Africa for 27 years, Nelson Mandela was unjustly regarded as an enemy of his country before he helped radically transform it.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

A Gust of Innovation

January 01, 2021 08:01 - 6 minutes

At first, all 14-year-old William Kamkwamba wanted to do was power a lamp so he could read at night. But the young Malawian inventor’s ambitions soon grew far bigger…  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Miracle on Ice

December 31, 2020 08:01 - 7 minutes

The 1980 Winter Olympics match-up between the U.S. and Soviet Union hockey teams pit young amateurs against reigning champions. But U.S. coach Herb Brooks had a few tricks up his sleeve…  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

First African Woman To Win A Nobel Prize

December 30, 2020 08:01 - 7 minutes

Kenya’s first female professor, Wangari Maathai, went up against a dictator to protect green space in Nairobi. The movement she started has gone on to plant over 51 million trees.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Propelling Into Peril

December 29, 2020 08:01 - 7 minutes

When three hikers found themselves stranded on the tenth highest mountain in the world, Daniel Aufdenblatten and Richard Lehner risked their own lives to pull off a daring rescue. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

Doubles or Nothing: 100+ Mile Running

December 28, 2020 08:01 - 7 minutes

Breast cancer survivor Nicky Spinks has run hundreds of miles through the wilderness, breaking records as she conquered steep, muddy, mountainous routes.  Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

The Sodder Family Tragedy: 75 Years Later (Pt. 3)

December 21, 2020 08:10 - 41 minutes

For decades, family members and sleuths have tried to determine what really happened the night of the fire. As of yet, they have been unsuccessful. But the clues remain, the questions linger, and the case unofficially stays open…  This episode is presented by Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast. For more of history’s greatest puzzles, follow Unexplained Mysteries free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adcho...

The Sodder Family Tragedy: 75 Years Later (Pt. 2)

December 21, 2020 08:05 - 42 minutes

In the aftermath of the fire, a startling number of tips, twists, and witnesses came forward regarding the fate of the Sodder children. Their father, George, followed the clues for decades, driven by a suspicion of the “official” story and a belief that the blaze was no accident. This episode is presented by Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast. For more of history’s greatest puzzles, follow Unexplained Mysteries free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts.  Learn m...

The Sodder Family Tragedy: 75 Years Later (Pt. 1)

December 21, 2020 08:01 - 38 minutes

Early Christmas day in 1945, Jennie Sodder woke up to her house on fire. The blaze consumed her home, and five of her young children. Or did it? Strange events, prescient remarks, and a lack of human remains hinted at more nefarious — though no less tragic — outcomes.  This episode is presented by Unexplained Mysteries, a Spotify Original from Parcast. For more of history’s greatest puzzles, follow Unexplained Mysteries free on Spotify, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Learn more about yo...