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Defying Odds

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Lincoln Beachey Lincoln Beachey (Library of Congress, Prints & Photographs Division, LC-USZ62-55137/

Being the first (and best) at something means taking on a big hunk of risk and pushing yourself to dangerous limits. This week, stories of fool-hardy flipping and daring-dos. First, the rise and fall of a pilot whose aeronautic feats changed aviation forever.  Then, we meet a figure skater who pulled a thrilling move at the Olympics that no one else (as far as we know) has ever done in all of human history. 

Comments [2]

Gabe L

Confusing uploads. Why are there two different links to podcasts with different some different episodes?

One link ( has longer episodes, which includes stuff that is not in the other link (

This is upsetting because it means I've already missed a few things and to listen to them would mean I would have to listen to the hour long episodes within which are stories I have already heard. Confusing.

Nov. 27 2016 08:15 PM
Olivia Korringa from Old Tappan, NJ

My Grandfather, William Knox Martin, also created the flying stunts. Famous for being hired by Boeing to be his test pilot and chief flying instructor. He flew in WWI and is famous in Colombia for airmail establishment and first to fly over rhe Andes. Great to hear of another pioneer aviator. I would live to be in touch with your guest.

Nov. 26 2016 12:12 PM

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