Ice Coffee: the history of human activity in Antarctica
Byrd gets on my nerves ninety years ago.
Direct download: 073_1928_part_02.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 8:06am EDT

The first of the on site recordings for this Austral summer, episode 072 examines the preparations made to finally take aviation south and the echoes of Scott and Amundsen that resonate through the stories of Byrd and Wilkins. 

Direct download: 072_1928_part_01.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:52am EDT

The final full episode arising from my trip to Hobart.  Ron Hann, Peter Reid and Rob Nash speak about their time in Antarctica and I bloviate about my favourite podcasts.
Ah, narrowcasting, you path to digression, you. 
I'm hoping the next time you'll hear from me I'll be speaking about November 1928 events at Deception Island at Deception Island in November 2018.

Direct download: 071_ANARE_Club_Part_3.mp3
Category:Contemporary -- posted at: 8:29pm EDT

The second tranche of interviews from my time at the Australian Antarctic Festival in Hobart.  Barry Becker, Denise Alan and Trevor Luff discuss their time with ANARE and I look forward to seeing Dr Brewin in December. 

Direct download: 070_ANARE_Club_part_two.mp3
Category:Contemporary -- posted at: 6:48am EDT

A look at practical, political and ecological developments arising as the whaling fleet, largely comprising Norwegian vessels and crews, set about the business of ridding the Southern Ocean of those pesky cetaceans. 

I'm none too fond of the booze culture of my home nation, the other nations I've lived, and Antarctic bases, but Nicholas Johnson's legacy warrants light, so I recorded one of the articles missing from the resurrected Big Dead Place website for inclusion in this episode. 

Direct download: 069_Whaling_update.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 2:03am EDT

Four of the interviews I recorded at the 2018 Australian Antarctic Festival in Hobart. 
Bob Tompkins, Joe Johnson, Ian Toohill and John Gillies share some fo their experiences in the south and Dave Davies rounds the episode out with some Samuel Taylor Coleridge.

Direct download: 068_ANARE_Club_part_one.mp3
Category:Contemporary -- posted at: 10:45pm EDT

Bringing to a close the trilogy of Arctic aviation episodes, this episode ties up loose ends sufficient to fully set the aviation scene for the first flights in Antarctica. 
I've really enjoyed putting these episodes together. 

Recent Tasmania adventures get some sizzle but the content won't reflect my time in Hobart until later this month.

Direct download: 067_Arctic_aviation_part_3.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

Flying in the Arctic posed a dodgy prospect but faint heart never ended up dead on a tundra. 

Direct download: 066_Polar_aviation_part_two.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:09pm EDT

With aircraft offering opportunities to keep the feet dry and singalling a possible end to the miseries of sledging in all its forms, key players were keen to get flying. Efforts in the north require some attention as the experiences in the Arctic shaped the approach those key players took when they brought flying machines south.

Direct download: 065_Arctic_aviation.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:07am EDT

Direct download: 064_Fingeewulf.mp3
Category:faffing about -- posted at: 1:55pm EDT

Sir Ernest makes his final alive foray to South Georgia before making two further Atlantic voyages while dead. 

Direct download: 063_Quest.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 1:48pm EDT

With Sir Hubert Wilkins set to take a prominent role in several episodes I sat down for coffee and a chat with Jeff Maynard, who knows more about Australia's forgotten polar explorer than I know about most of my family.

Direct download: 062_Jeff_Maynard.mp3
Category:Biographic -- posted at: 10:24pm EDT

Two episodes in quick succession.
Weren't expecting that, were you?
I was too excited about sharing the story of Lester and Bagshawe to wait a month to get this out and so trebled the five buck monthly outlay on the hosting service to service my need to let you know about the two and the dogs. 
The most disarmingly charming chapter in Antarctic history. 

Direct download: 061_Lester_and_Bagshawe.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 8:01am EDT

Many Antarctic veterans served in the First World War.  This episode I outline the military service of several of those veterans who will make return appearances in the south.
The Great War also affected the political landscape of Antarctica and that gets some attention, too.

How long's it been since I published a short episode?
You'll be halfway through some task or errand and you'll hear me making the house keeping announcements, but don't freak out.  You haven't gone blank or nodded out  I'm just keeping things in their lane as much as I can.  Likely that won't last long as I can see multiple concurrent expeditions looming and with radio keeping them in touch and influencing outcomes where previously everyone operated in isolation it's likely that my discrete expedition/episode strategy is going to come to grief. 

Direct download: 060_Antarctica_War_and_its_wake.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 6:48am EDT

The various parties of the ITAE come in out of the cold and most of them immediately head off to war. 

Direct download: 059_ITAE_closer.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 10:13am EDT

Frank Worsley knocks it out of the park, navigating across eight hundred nautical miles of open ocean with four sextant shots.  Tom Crean breaks through thin ice for the final time in our saga.
Shackleton tries to get back to Elephant Island and the fourth time's the charm.

Direct download: 058_James_Caird_where_would_have_quit.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 9:27am EDT

The Endurance sinks.  Plans form, change, re-form, change again, get discarded, get reinstated and re-form after changing.  Hoosh is the only constant.

Direct download: 057_Boat_outta_Weddell.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 1:20pm EDT

The Ice eats The Endurance.
Plans form, change, re-form and change again as the Weddell Sea gives Shackleton's team a thorough stuffing about.

Category:History -- posted at: 12:23pm EDT

Sir Ernest Shackleton returns to Antarctica, this time in the Weddell Sea, where the two preceding voyages got stuck.  Guess what happens.  Go on, guess.

Direct download: 056_Into_the_Weddell.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:46am EDT

Present day geologists offer their perspectives on the Antarctic Peninsula and I record lots of the bow pushing through loose pack because it's mesmerising.

Direct download: 055_Geologists.mp3
Category:Practical -- posted at: 5:36am EDT

The Ross Ice Barrier claims its final victim of the Heroic Age as Joyce, Richards and Wild struggle to get the depot party back to safety, then McMurdo Sound takes two more lives when a gamble on the weather goes against Mackintosh and Hayward.

Direct download: 054_Ross_Sea_Party_part_two.mp3
Category:History -- posted at: 7:26am EDT