The Explorers Podcast

A podcast about the greatest explorers in history.

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Ernest Shackleton - Part 5 - The Nimrod Expedit...
Shackleton has seven weeks to get back to the coast - or risk being stranded in Antarctica for another year
57 min
2
Ernest Shackleton - Part 4 - The Nimrod Expedit...
Shackleton makes a run at the South Pole
68 min
3
Ernest Shackleton - Part 3 - 1903-1907
Shackleton become a public figure even as Antarctica beckons
41 min
4
Ernest Shackleton - Part 2 - The Discovery Expe...
Shackleton takes part in the 1901 Discovery Expedition
62 min
5
Ernest Shackleton - Part 1 - Early Years
The early life of Shackleton and the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration
36 min
6
Alvise Cadamosto in the Age of Henry
Alvise Cadamosto explores the west coast of Africa and discovers the Cape Verde Islands
31 min
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Henry the Navigator - Part 3/3
The explorations and legacy of Prince Henry of Portugal
26 min
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Henry the Navigator - Part 2/3
Henry's captains continue to explore down the African coast; Henry tries to take Tangier
28 min
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Henry the Navigator - Part 1/3
The early life of Prince Henry and the discoveries of the Madeira Islands and the Azores
26 min
10
Andrés de Urdaneta and the Manila Galleons
Explorer Andrés de Urdaneta maps the route from the Far East to the New World
31 min
11
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the Conqu...
The world for Hillary and Tenzing after the 1953 summit of Everest
47 min
12
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the Conqu...
Hillary and Tenzing make their assault on the summit of Everest
43 min
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Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the Conqu...
The 1953 British Mount Everest Expedition begins
35 min
14
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the Conqu...
The life of Tenzing Norgay and the world of the Sherpas
37 min
15
Edmund Hillary and Tenzing Norgay and the Conqu...
A background on Edmund Hillary
31 min
16
George Mallory and the Assault on Everest - Part 4
Mallory and Irvine make one final try on the summit of Everest
41 min
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George Mallory and the Assault on Everest - Part 3
The 1924 British Mount Everest Expedition
30 min
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George Mallory and the Assault on Everest - Part 2
The 1922 British Mount Everest Expedition
37 min
19
George Mallory and the Assault on Everest - Part 1
In 1921, British mountaineer George Mallory would be the lead climber with the British Mount Everest reconnaissance expedition
35 min
20
Marco Polo - Part 5 - The Voyage Home
The Polos head home - completing a 24-year, 15,000+ mile journey.
35 min
21
Marco Polo - Part 4 - The Grand Canal and the C...
Marco Polo heads down the Grand Canal to the legendary City of Heaven
30 min
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Marco Polo - Part 3 - The Mongol World
The Mongol World and Marco's first expedition across China
29 min
23
Marco Polo - Part 2 - The Silk Road
Marco Polo and his family travel the Silk Road to reach the court of the legendary Kublai Khan
30 min
24
Marco Polo - Part 1
Marco's father and uncle, Niccolò and Maffeo Polo, visit Kublai Khan and prepare for another journey east
22 min
25
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration ...
Brazza returns to Africa as an administrator - and investigator
42 min
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration ...
Brazza returns to Africa where he will establish an outpost on the great Congo River
31 min
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration ...
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza conducts his first expedition up the Ogowe River
33 min
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Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration ...
Pierre Savorgnan de Brazza and the Exploration of Central Africa
27 min
29
Xu Fu and the Exploration of Japan
Chinese explorer and alchemist Xu Fu goes searching for the elixir of life.
14 min
30
The Burke and Wills Expedition – Part 8 – The F...
The fate of John King is reveals, and the legacy of the VEE is discussed
55 min
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The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 7 - The M...
Burke makes the risky decision to try and cut across country to Mount Hopeless
31 min
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The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 6 - The R...
Robert Burke has crossed Australia, and now must make the return journey across the continent.
27 min
33
The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 5 - Acros...
Robert Burke leads a small contingent of men into the outback of Australia in an attempt to reach reach the north coast
29 min
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The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 4 - Coope...
Burke and Wills trek from Menindee to Cooper's Creek - then prepare to strike out for the north coast of Australia
40 min
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The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 3 - Menindee
The Victorian Exploring Expedition travels from Melbourne to the frontier outpost of Menindee on the Darling River.
33 min
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The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 2 - Prepa...
The Exploration Committee and Robert Burke hire men and outfit the expedition for its epic journey across Australia
29 min
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The Burke and Wills Expedition - Part 1 - Austr...
The first episode in the Burke and Wills Expedition series provides some background to the endeavor, and introduces the Royal Society of Victoria and Robert Burke
34 min
38
Hanno the Navigator
Hanno the Navigator of Carthage and the exploration of the west coast of Africa
24 min
39
Vladimir Atlasov and the Exploration of Kamchatka
Cossack Vladimir Atlasov explores the Kamchatka Peninsula in the late 1690s - claiming it for the Russian Empire
27 min
40
Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 8
In part 8, we wrap up the series on Cortés and the conquest of the Aztec Empire
32 min
41
Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 7
The siege of Tenochtitlan
32 min
42
Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 6
In the wake of his defeat at Tenochtitlan, Cortés must fend off the Aztecs, and the plot his revenge
28 min
43
Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico – Part 5
Hernán Cortés must deal with threats from the recently arrived Panfilo de Narvaez, and an uprising in Tenochtitlan.
30 min
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Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico - Part 4
Cortés comes face-to-face with the Emperor Montezuma
28 min
45
Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico - Part 3
Cortés and his army march west in their quest to reach the capital of the Aztec empire
29 min
46
Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico - Part 2
Cortés finds allies and establishes the first settlement in New Spain while coming into contact with the mysterious Aztec Empire
35 min
47
Hernán Cortés and the Conquest of Mexico - Part 1
Hernán Cortés leads an army to Mexico to seek out the mighty empire to the west
31 min
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The Lost Franklin Expedition - Part 2/2
The Franklin Expedition disappears in the Canadian Arctic while trying to find the Northwest Passage
38 min
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The Lost Franklin Expedition - Part 1/2
Sir John Franklin leads two ships into the Arctic in search of the fabled Northwest Passage
27 min
50
Apollo 11 - The Moon Landing - Neil Armstrong, ...
Astronauts Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Buzz Aldrin set off in Apollo 11 for the first lunar landing in history
26 min
51
Francis Drake - Part 6 - The Spanish Armada and...
Francis Drake leads the fight against Spain, including Singeing the King of Spain's Beard, and the Spanish Armada
47 min
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Francis Drake - Part 5 - Across the Pacific and...
Francis Drake and Golden Hind head across the Pacific to the Spice Islands, before rounding the tip of Africa and returning to England
27 min
53
Francis Drake - Part 4 - War in the Pacific
Francis Drake passes through the Strait of Magellan and proceeds to attack the Spanish on the western coast of the Americas.
27 min
54
Francis Drake - Part 3 - The Journey Around the...
Francis Drake begins his circumnavigation of the globe, traveling toward the Strait of Magellan.
34 min
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Francis Drake - Part 2 - Terror of the Spanish ...
Francis Drake conducts three expeditions to the Caribbean, becoming the most hated main the Spanish Empire.
46 min
56
Francis Drake - Part 1 - The Early Years
The early years of Francis Drake, including his voyages with John Hawkins
38 min
57
Diogo Cão and the Exploration of West Africa
Portuguese explorer Diogo Cão travels down the coast of west Africa in the 1480s, becoming the first European to discover the Congo River, and setting the stage for others to round the tip of the continent.
29 min
58
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Pa...
See what happened to Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery after the conclusion of their epic trek
73 min
59
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Pa...
The Corps heads out of the Rockies and down the Missouri - the last leg of their epic journey.
33 min
60
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Pa...
Lewis and Clark lead the Corps east - up the Columbia River and over the Rocky Mountains
29 min
61
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Pa...
Lewis and Clark fight their way across the Rocky Mountains and make for the Pacific Coast
33 min
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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Pa...
Lewis and Clark struggle up the Missouri River and find that there is no easy route over the Rocky Mountains
37 min
63
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery – Pa...
In the late summer and fall of 1804, Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery head into the lands of the powerful Sioux nation, aiming to reach the Mandan Villages, located near modern-day Bismarck, North Dakota.
41 min
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Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Pa...
In this episode, Lewis and Clark head up the Missouri River in the spring of 1804.
37 min
65
Lewis and Clark and the Corps of Discovery - Pa...
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark prepare to lead the Corps of Discovery west in an attempt to reach the Pacific Ocean
50 min
66
Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World - Part 3
In the final part of our series, Nellie Bly sails from Japan in a last push to defeat Phileas Fogg - and her rival, Elizabeth Bisland.
30 min
67
Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World - Part 2
Delayed ships, monsoons and other obstacles test journalist Nellie Bly as she travels from France to Asia,
23 min
68
Nellie Bly and the Race Around the World - Part 1
26 min
69
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
70
Christopher Columbus - Part 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
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Christopher Columbus - Part 6
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
72
Christopher Columbus - Part 5
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
73
Christopher Columbus - Part 4
Part 4 in our series on Christopher Columbus details his exploration of Cuba and Jamaica, plus his subjugation of Hispaniola.
26 min
74
Christopher Columbus - Part 3
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
75
Christopher Columbus - Part 2
Christopher Columbus sets off on his historic first voyage - one that would become the most important voyage of discovery in history.
37 min
76
Christopher Columbus - Part 1
Christopher Columbus tries to secure backing for an expedition to cross the Atlantic in a daring attempt to reach Asia.
27 min
77
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
78
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
79
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
80
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
81
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - Part 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
82
Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca - Part 1
Stranded and alone in modern day Texas, Álvar Núñez Cabeza de Vaca begins a remarkable eight year struggle to return home.
31 min
83
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
84
Bartolomeu Dias and the Cape of Storms
Portuguese explorer Bartolomeu Dias becomes the first man to round the southern tip of Africa
20 min
85
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
86
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
87
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
88
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
89
Zebulon Pike - Part 2
Zebulon Pike sets off into the Louisiana Territory
58 min
90
Zebulon Pike - Part 1
American explorers, including Zebulon Pike, set out to explore the newly acquired Louisiana Territory
42 min
91
Vasco Núñez de Balboa - Part 2
Balboa sets off to find the mysterious sea on the other side of the mountains
39 min
92
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
93
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
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Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of ...
Magellan and the Armada de Molucca set sail across the Pacific in search of the Spice Islands
28 min
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Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of ...
Magellan sets sail for South America to find the strait that will take him to the Western Sea
42 min
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Ferdinand Magellan and the Circumnavigation of ...
Magellan plans his daring expedition to the legendary Spice Islands
32 min