In the 1640s, Dutch explorer Abel Tasman would lead two important expeditions of discovery in the Far East. In the process, he would become the first European to reach Tasmania and New Zealand – and a bunch of South Pacific Islands.
In this episode, we have a conversation with modern-day explorer, traveler and adventurer Alice Morrison – who has been described as ‘Indiana Jones for Girls.’ Morrison, who didn’t start adventuring until she was 48, has traipsed all over the world, including Africa, the Middle East, the Himalayas, and South and Central America. In that time, she has written four books, produced a BBC documentary about her journey to Timbuktu, and documented her journeys on YouTube, Instagram, a blog and a podcast.
Norwegian explorer Fridtjof Nansen is considered one of the father’s of modern polar exploration. He would be the first person to cross Greenland, and make a famed effort for the North Pole. In doing so, he pioneered many tactics used by successful polar explorers to this day. But Nansen wasn’t just an explorer. He was a ground breaking scientist and a diplomat, and received a Nobel Prize for his humanitarian efforts later in his life.
In this episode, we look at the life of Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, who in 1961, would become the first human to achieve space flight. This show follows Gagarin’s early years, how he got into the Soviet space program, the rivalry between the Russians and the Americans, his famous flight, and the his latter years.
In this episode, we look at the life – a legendary voyage – of Irish monk Saint Brendan of Clonfert (aka Brendan the Navigator, Brendan the Voyager, and Brendan the Bold). We dive into the text of Brendan’s voyage to paradise – and investigate what – if any of it – has a place in the real world. Could Brendan have reached North America a thousand years before Columbus? And 500 years before the Vikings?
The Opening of Japan (Available only to Patreon supporters)
This Patreon-only episode takes a look at the first Europeans to reach the island of Japan in 1543. The two men – António Mota and Francisco Zeimoto – were Portuguese merchants, and their appearance would have huge ramifications within Japan.
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