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Science of Survival Ep 20 Nov 7, 2017

Frozen Alive Redux

"You start feeling these sensations of extreme warmth, and the hypothermic person will take off his clothes thinking they’re overheating," says Stark. (Martins Zemlickis/Unsplash)

As we get ready to roll out new Science of Survival episodes beginning on November 14, we wanted to replay the one that started it all. This thrilling re-creation of the classic Outside feature by Peter Stark leads the listener through a series of plausible mishaps on a bitterly cold night: a car accident on a lonely road, a broken ski binding that foils a backcountry escape, a disorienting tumble in the snow, and a slow descent into delirious hypothermia before (spoiler alert!) a dramatic rescue. Be prepared for a vivid and fascinating exploration of our physiological response to extreme cold that will forever change how you think about venturing into frozen landscapes.

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