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When you can't trust your own thoughts, it's a lonely world. Who decides when you're better, and how do you even know?

Photo: © Herbert Nitsch & Phil Simha

Producers:
Bob Carlson
Daniel A. Gross

The Deepest Man on Earth 17 MIN, 5 SEC

Herbert Nitsch is a world record holder in the extremely dangerous sport of no-limits free-diving. He holds the official world record for swimming to a depth 702 feet without scuba equipment or any external air source. He has developed some of his own techniques for dealing with the dangers and challenges of the pressures at those depths. In 2012, Nisch surpassed his record, descending to a depth of 830. However on the ascent, he suffered from severe decompression sickness resulting in multiple strokes. After being in a coma for eight days, he doctors said he would spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Today, Herbert Nitsch is training and freediving once again.

Produced by Daniel Gross. Story editing and original music by Bob Carlson.



Herbert Nitsch
Photo: © Herbert Nitsch & Phil Simha

 


The "sled" device that pulls Herbert Nitsch to the surface during his dive
Photo: © Phil Simha



Underwater, Herbert Nitsch empties his lungs into these plastic bottles.
That air can later be used in the dive to equalize pressure in his ears and sinuses.

Photo: © Francine Kreiss


The Bipolar World 11 MIN, 25 SEC

Sascha Altman DuBrul's mind turned against him, when he had a manic episode at the age of 18. Later, his hopeful progress, and his work in a newfound community took a sharp dark turn.

Produced by Mooj Zadie. Sound Design by Shani Aviram. Edited for UnFictional by Nick White. Special thanks to Alex Acquisto, Jonathan Mitchell, Nick van der Kolk and Brendan Baker.


Sascha Altman DuBrul is the co-founder of the Icarus Project and the author of Maps to the Other Side


Sascha Altman DuBrul
Photo courtesy Sascha Altman DuBrul

Maps to the Other Side

Sascha Altman DuBrul

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