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The Explorers Podcast

Matt Breen

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, ... more

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In part 1 of 2, we take a look at the early years of Italian explorer Amerigo Vespucci, including his younger years in Florence. We then explain how he got into the business of exploration, and examine the first two voyages attributed to the man. more

4 days ago

In 1626, Father Estêvão Cacella and his assistant, Father João Cabral, set out from the region of Bengal and into the Himalayan mountains. The two Jesuit missionaries would become the first Europeans to reach the kingdoms of Bhutan, Nepal and parts o... more

17 days ago

In the final chapter of our series on Jules Dumont d'Urville, the Astrolabe and the Zelee return to Antarctica, before making a long voyage home to France. We wrap up with the tragic death of d'Urville and his family, plus a look at the man's legacy.... more

25 days ago

d'Urville and his two ships sail from South America to Polynesia. On the agenda for this episode is Tahiti, Guam, Tonga, the Philippines, Batavia, New Guinea, Singapore, and Australia. Despite illnesses depleting the ranks of the expedition, the Astr... more

a month ago


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4.9 out of 5 stars from 3.2k ratings
  • A treasure trove of history

    I love these history Podcasts, well written and delivered. Just the right amount of detail and suitably dispassionate and not overly judgemental of people who lived in such different times. On an amusing note the pronunciation of "warrior" in many episodes sounds to my ear as "lawyer". So when the storyteller describes scenes where many "lawyers" are turning up for battle it makes me laugh everytime! more

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    Australia11 days ago
  • Humble, knowledgeable, escapism and adventure

    Brilliant pods. The humble way it’s presented only adds to the package. No preaching but pure joy in sharing knowledge and research. more

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    Spain24 days ago
  • GOAT

    Best podcast ever. Well researched, well presented, no fluff, pure listening enjoyment. Matt, it is clear you love your job, and you bring this infectious passion to your listeners. Thank you.

    Apple Podcasts
    United States24 days ago
  • Fabulous podcast!

    I’ve been enjoying this podcast so much since discovering it about a week ago. It’s so interesting, and the resources on the podcast website – such as maps – really round out the learning experience!

    Apple Podcasts
    United States24 days ago
  • Excellent

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    25 days ago

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#117 United States/History
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#117 United Kingdom/History
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#123 Canada/History
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#97 Australia/History
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#250 Italy/History
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#56 Argentina/History


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