Ice Coffee: the history of human activity in Antarctica

A history of human activity in Antarctica

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The history of human activity in Antarctica
Language
🇬🇧 English
last modified
2019-06-03 20:51
last episode published
2019-06-03 09:24
publication frequency
23.52 days
Contributors
Matthew Alan McArthur owner   author  
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Number of Episodes
84
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Episodes

Date Thumb Title & Description Contributors
3.06.2019

083_BANZARE_Mawson_needs_a_gin

The first BANZARE voyage plays out with much tension, flying and coal.
13.05.2019

082_BANZARE_Mawson_rides_again

Old Dux Ipse thought he was the ducks nuts but the BANZARE looks more a dog's breakfast than the dog's bollocks.  Another not-a-race sees the Discovery racing south on its penultimate voyage.  Sir Douglas Mawson and John King Davis get on each other's ...
30.04.2019

081_Interviews_and_soundscapes

Three interviews with staff at Bransfield House, Port Lockroy, one with a descendant of Bartholomew Sulivan, second mate on the Beagle under Fitzroy and Falklands Island farmer, and animal noises from the islands.  Happy April, one and all. 
29.04.2019

080_Sam_Edmonds_and_taking_the_piss_out_of_Antarctica

Sam Edmonds is good company at high and low latitudes but you'll know that for yourself by the end of the interview, conducted north of Sydney with sulphur crested cockatoo and DeHavilland Canada Beaver accompaniment. Much has been written on high lat...
26.04.2019

079_Meanwhile_and_Andrew_Atkin_in_interview

The world didn't stand still and await the outcomes of Wilkins' and Byrd's efforts with bated breath.  This episode catches you up on Antarctic pertinent developments that the buzz caused by the aviators eclipsed. The episode also features an interview...
23.04.2019

078_Victor_Serov

Victor and I spent time in the Zodiacs around the Antarctic Peninsula in late 2018.  This unassuming man quickly demonstrated a tremendous experience in and love of Antarctica and cherished the opportunities our work offered him.  I sat down with Victo...
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19.03.2019

077_1929_coda...

Byrd and Wilkins are done in Antarctica for the 1920s and head north, leaving many loose ends in the snow next to the dog corpses.  With the depression changing the playing field it would fall to the primo fund raisers and the independently wealthy to ...
6.02.2019

076_Updates

Some news and a correction.
3.02.2019

075_Byrd_and_Wilkins_1929

Wilkins returns to the arena, negating the worth of the winter spent at Little America. Byrd gets his pole flight and drunk.
1.01.2019

074_Little_America_mid_winter_toast

Sly grogging among a large company of over winterers makes Byrd's winter on The Barrier a very different experience to that of previous expeditions. I set up a paypal account for anyone who wants to support the series.  You can flick me some bucks for...
9.12.2018

073_Little_America_1928_part_two

Byrd gets on my nerves ninety years ago.
14.11.2018

072_1928_part_1

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. 
2.10.2018

071_ANARE_Club_part_3

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 ...
30.09.2018

070_ANARE_Club_Part_two

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. 
30.09.2018

069_Whaling_update

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 cul...
11.09.2018

068_ANARE_Club_part_one

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 ...
1.09.2018

067_Arctic_Aviation_Part_Three

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 adventu...
1.08.2018

066_Polar_aviation_part_two

Flying in the Arctic posed a dodgy prospect but faint heart never ended up dead on a tundra. 
13.07.2018

065_Polar_aviation_part_one

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 shap...
13.07.2018

065_Polar_aviation_part_one

With aircraft offering opportunities to keep the feet dry and signalling 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 shap...
30.06.2018

064_Fingeewulf

30.06.2018

063_Quest

Sir Ernest makes his final alive foray to South Georgia before making two further Atlantic voyages while dead. 
20.06.2018

Hubert Wilkins

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.
4.06.2018

061_Lester_and_Bagshawe

Boom! 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 ...
1.06.2018

060_Antartica_war_and_its_wake

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 g...
4.05.2018

059_ITAE_closer

The various parties of the ITAE come in out of the cold and most of them immediately head off to war. 
3.04.2018

The Boat Journey

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 fo...
17.03.2018

057_Boat_outta_Weddell

The Endurance sinks.  Plans form, change, re-form, change again, get discarded, get reinstated and re-form after changing.  Hoosh is the only constant.
20.02.2018

056_Into_the_Weddell_Sea

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.
3.01.2018

055_Geologists

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.
1.01.2018

054_Ross_Sea_Party_Part_Two

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.
27.12.2017

053_Ross_Sea_Party_Part_one

Shackleton's depot laying party head to the Ross Sea and fight to get food and fuel to the foot of the Beardmore.  Part one of a two parter recounting one of the most harrowing chapters to arise in the heroic era.
27.11.2017

052_Mixed_Bag

Hubert Wilkins makes his first appearance in the Ice Coffee narrative, albeit as a supporting character in someone else's nightmare in the Arctic, and I give you the good oil on sticking to tablets and behavioural responses to motion mediated nausea.  ...
24.10.2017

051_AAE_Wind_up

I've got a few tidbits left to add about the Australasian Antarctic Expedition, and Mawson will be back in the narrative before you know it, but this ties up some loose ends and resolves the cliff hanger from the end of episode 050.
29.09.2017

Cape Dension days

The Cape Denison denizens get their science on and prepare for the spring sledging carnival. The brown stuff gets closer to the whizzy-bladey thing.
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27.08.2017

049_Mawson_Macquarie

Douglas Mawson gets a lot done in just twelve months.
27.07.2017

Heading to Antarctica

I've been offered work in Antarctica and urgently need to renew some certs and get my teeth fixed and get a seafarer's medical and plane tickets and some coffee. If you've paid all your bills and put some money aside for a rainy day and donated to some...
15.07.2017

047_Filchner

Prussian Army lieutenant Wilhelm Filchner led Germany's second expedition in the early 20th century.  While the government stayed largely hands off the expedition committee put their oar in enough to see der Deutschland sail under a syphilitic commande...
6.06.2017

046_Laborastory_William_Speirs_Bruce

In April 2017 I reprised my take on William Speirs Bruce's role in our present day understanding of Antarctica at the Spotted Mallard.  The audience were teh awesomes so I let them eat cake.
6.06.2017

045_The_Norwegian_and_the_Pole

Dogs make all the difference in getting to the South Pole and back.  With Amundsen's triumph, no-one would ever bother going to the Pole agai... Hey. Wait. Why are people still heading overland to the pole? Have they not heard of aircraft? Do they not ...
31.05.2017

044_Amundsen

Roald Amundsen returns to the narrative and takes pole position, showing the world what you can achieve if you don't give a stuff about science or people. 
3.04.2017

043_What_not_to_not_wear

What's this? Three episodes in quick succession? Blame the hosting service download counter.  I'm now obsessed with topping last month's total downloads.  This was easy when I only had two and a dog listening but now I have to release more episodes to ...
3.04.2017

042_Shirase

Japan comes in out of the cold and heads back out into the cold again. Nobu Shirase - an explorer of honour and determination, now available in ship form. 
31.03.2017

041_Pemmican_WTF?

Pemmican and sledging biscuit have received several mentions in the series and it's high time I let you in on what I'm on about.
1.03.2017

040_The_BAE_comes_to_an_end

The Eastern Party make their dogged way back to Cape Evans while Atkinson led teams onto the barrier to look for evidence of the pole party.  The Terra Nova arrives and the BAE heads home.
11.02.2017

039_BAE_Eastern_Party

Scott's 3IC, Lt. Victor Campbell, fares poorly on every front except the important one.  Little came of the BAE's Eastern Party's efforts in terms of geology, geography, biology, but everyone survived the challenging circumstances that British decorum ...
28.01.2017

038_Terra_Nova_Southern_Party

Dammit - it happened again. This story always ends the same way. All of the driving forces behind Scott's polar ambition push him to his death. Poor weather, broken tractors, crap ponies, leaky fuel cans, crevasse fields - lots of things contributed to...
28.12.2016

037_Terra_Nova_Depot

Scott leads his team south while Amundsen and Mawson keep his clockwork wound up tight. Stormy seas, pack ice and a four way split in the transport preparations frustrate efforts to meld scientific, geographic and historical goals.
30.11.2016

036_Ice_Diving

I'm sick of 2016.  A friend just died for stupid reasons and my extended family and many friends are facing life in the USA under president Donald Trump and his cabinet of elite racists. I really have not been in the mood to read about noble suffering ...
18.10.2016

035_Terra_Nova_BAE_2

A dark clockwork comprising duty, ambition and hurt pride winds up Captain Scott and sets him on his path back to Antarctica.