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Drink the Wild Air

Victor Vescovo

Season 1, Ep. 1

Victor Vescovo is a record-breaking deep sea explorer. At a point where it seems that no part of the world is unmapped, he has defied physics to go where no human has gone before. In the first episode of 'Drink The Wild Air', he talks to us about the link between deep sea exploration and outer space, the terrifying potential of undersea warfare, and the psychological importance of visiting shipwrecks.

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