Cautionary Stories – South Pole Race: “Mummy, is Amundsen a excellent guy?”


Roald Amundsen beat Captain Scott to the South Pole. The Norwegian – the use of canine sleds and skis – made it glance simple… amusing, even. He was once heading house to protection, whilst the British birthday party – hauling sleds through hand – struggled out at the ice. 

On this case, to the victor went a spoiled popularity. The British grumbled that Amundsen had someway cheated, or had a minimum of behaved in an underhand means. Those stinging accusations would hang-out the adventurer till the day he died within the polar wastes.

Cautionary Stories is written through me, Tim Harford, with Andrew Wright. It’s produced through Ryan Dilley, with improve from Courtney Guarino and Emily Vaughn.

The sound design and authentic track is the paintings of Pascal Wyse. Julia Barton edited the scripts.

Because of the workforce at Pushkin Industries, together with Mia Lobel, Jacob Weisberg, Heather Fain, Jon Schnaars, Carly Migliori, Eric Sandler, Emily Rostek, Royston Beserve, Maggie Taylor, Nicole Morano, Daniella Lakhan and Maya Koenig.

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Additional studying and listening

Stephen Bown The Closing Viking

David Crane Scott of the Antarctic

Apsley Cherry-Garrard The Worst Adventure within the Global

Malcolm Gladwell David and Goliath

Ranulph Fiennes Captain Scott

Roland Huntford The Closing Position on Earth

Edward Larson An Empire of Ice

Diana Preston A First Price Tragedy

Robert Scott The Voyage of the Discovery

“Captain Roald Amundsen and the Society” The Geographical Magazine Dec 1927


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