In this week’s episode, Katie is bewitched by the incredible survival story of Jose Salvador Alvarenga.
In November 2012, Alvarenga headed out on a fishing trip despite warnings of a storm brewing. The routine trip soon turned life-threatening when engine failure and rough seas dragged Alvarenga and his mate, 22-year-old Ezequiel Cordoba, deep into the Pacific Ocean. For 438 days, Alvarenga survived at sea before washing ashore on the Marshall Islands.
Alvarenga’s survival is a story of incredible skill, intelligence, and sheer luck. In this episode we examine the psychological and physical obstacles Alvarenga overcame to become the first man to survive for over a year alone in the Pacific Ocean.
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
We Are Not Free by Traci Chee
Healthier Together by Liz Moody
438 Days: An Extraordinary True Story of Survival at Sea by Jonathan Franklin
Into Thin Air: A Personal Account of the Mount Everest Disaster by John Krakauer
Into the Wild by John Krakauer
In the Heart of the Sea: The Tragedy of the Whaleship Essex by Nathaniel Philbrick
A Walk in the Woods: Rediscovering America on the Appalachian Trail by Bill Bryson
SAS Survival Handbook: The Ultimate Guide to Surviving Anywhere by John “Lofty” Williams
The Martian by Andy Weir
The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin
Hatchet by Gary Paulsen
My Side of the Mountain by Jean Craighead George
Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell
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