The Explorers Podcast

The Explorers Podcast is about the greatest explorers and explorations in history.

On the Explorers Podcast, the explorers we cover include Ernest Shackleton, Ibn Battuta, Roald Amundsen, Frederick Cook, Adrien de Gerlache, John McDouall Stuart, Francisco Vazquez de Coronado, Matt Rutherford, Jacques Marquette, Louis Jolliet, James Cook, Abel Tasman, Alice Morrison, Fridtjof Nansen, Yuri Gagarin, Jacques Cartier, Richard Francis Burton, Teddy Roosevelt, Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo, James Beckwourth, Alvise Cadamosto, Henry the Navigator, Andres de Urdaneta, Edmund Hillar, Tenzing Norgay, George Mallory, Marco Polo, Xu Fu, Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza, Burke and Wills Expedition, Robert O'Hara Burke, William Wills, Hanno the Navigator, Lewis and Clark, Meriwether Lewis, William Clark, Hernan Cortes, John Franklin, Lost Franklin Expedition, Francis Drake, Diogo Cao, Pytheas, Nellie Bly, Christopher Columbus, Panfilo de Narvaez, Bartolomeu Dias, Mungo Park, John Cabot, Erik the Red, Leif Erikson, Zebulon Pike, Vasco Nunez de Balboa, Ferdinand Magellan, and Zheng He and the Chinese Treasure Fleet, Neil Armstrong, Aztec Empire, Moctezuma, Montezuma, Robert Falcon Scott, Tom Creen, Frank Wild, Cândido Rondon, Brendan the Navigator, and Vladimir Atlasov.

We also cover a variety of subjects and events and travel to many places. Topics include the Far East, the River of Doubt, the Manila Galleons, Mount Everest, the Moon Landing, Apollo 11, the circumnavigation of the world, the source of the Nile, the New World, Vinland, the Niger River, Timbuktu, the Cape of Good Hope, Cape Horn, Antarctica, the Arctic, the Northwest Passage, the North Pole, the South Pole, the Congo River, the Chinese Treasure Fleet, the Corps of Discovery, Tenochtitlán, Japan, China, the Silk Road, the Spice Islands, the Moluccas, the Caravel, Mecca, Medina, Lake Tanganyika, Sputnik, Tasmania, Australia, Siberia, the Mississippi River, the Great Lakes, the Seven Cities of Gold, and much, much more.

Society & Culture
Pytheas and the Circumnavigation of Britain
In about 325 BCE Pytheas of Massalia begins one of the first great voyages of discovery when he sets out into the land of the Celts to find the legendary island of Britain.
25 min
Christopher Columbus - Part 7/7
In the final episode in our seven-part series on Christopher Columbus, the Admiral and his crew find themselves stranded on the island of Jamaica.
36 min
Christopher Columbus - Part 6/7
Columbus sets out on his fourth and final voyage. This time he's been ordered to find a passage to Asia - a voyage that will take him along the Central American coast.
29 min
Christopher Columbus - Part 5/7
In his third voyage to the New World, Christopher Columbus searched out the rumored lands to the south - and in the process, discover the South American continent.
33 min
Christopher Columbus - Part 4/7
Part 4 in our series on Christopher Columbus details his exploration of Cuba and Jamaica, plus his subjugation of Hispaniola.
26 min
Christopher Columbus - Part 3/7
Christopher Columbus heads to the New World for a second voyage. This time he has 17 ships and more than 1,200 men. The object is to establish a viable commercial enterprise in this newly discovered land.
34 min
Christopher Columbus - Part 2/7
Christopher Columbus sets off on his historic first voyage - one that would become the most important voyage of discovery in history.
37 min
Christopher Columbus - Part 1/7
Christopher Columbus tries to secure backing for an expedition to cross the Atlantic in a daring attempt to reach Asia.
27 min
Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of th...
Francisco de Orellana heads down the Amazon River in a desperate bid to return to civilization.
74 min
Francisco de Orellana and the Exploration of th...
Francisco de Orellana and Gonzalo Pizarro head over the Andes in search of El Dorado - the City of Gold. Instead, they only find death, forcing Orellana to begin a desperate 4,000 mile journey down the Amazon to reach safety.
50 min
Zheng He and the Chinese Treasure Fleet
Zheng He commands the legendary Chinese Treasure Fleet, which sailed the Indian Ocean in the 15th century
70 min
Étienne Brûlé and the Exploration of the Great ...
Étienne Brûlé, the most famous of the Coureur de bois, explores the lands around the St. Lawrence River and the Great Lakes
31 min
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - Part 2/2
In one of the greatest journeys of survival - and exploration - ever recorded, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca begins a 2,500 mile trek across Mexico in a bid to return to Spanish territory.
33 min
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - Part 1/2
Stranded and alone in modern day Texas, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca begins a remarkable eight year struggle to return home.
31 min
Pánfilo de Narváez and the Narváez Expedition
Spanish conquistador Pánfilo de Narváez heads to Florida in search of gold - only to find lots and lots of misery
33 min
Bartolomeu Dias and the Cape of Storms
Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias becomes the first man to round the southern tip of Africa
20 min
Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger Riv...
Mungo Park returns to West Africa with a large expedition, determined to map the Niger River and find the city of Timbuktu
37 min
Mungo Park and the Exploration of the Niger Riv...
Scottish explorer Mungo Park ventures into West Africa to find the Niger River and the legendary city of Timbuktu
45 min
John Cabot and the Exploration of North America
Italian explorer John Cabot, sailing for England, becomes the first European to land in North America since Leif Erikson.
18 min
Erik the Red and Leif Erikson
The father and son duo of Erik the Red and Leif Erikson found the colony of Greenland, and become the first Europeans to arrive in North America.
34 min
Zebulon Pike - Part 2
Zebulon Pike sets off into the Louisiana Territory
58 min
Zebulon Pike - Part 1
American explorers, including Zebulon Pike, set out to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory
42 min
Vasco Núñez de Balboa - Part 2
Balboa sets off to find the mysterious sea on the other side of the mountains
39 min
Vasco Núñez de Balboa - Part 1
Balboa and the Spanish quest for gold leads him to establish the first permanent European colony in the Americas
33 min
Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of ...
Juan Sebastián Elcano takes the reins of the fleet as they try and finish the circumnavigation of the world
40 min