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Julian Sancton

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36. Before Shackleton and the Endurance There Was the Belgica: Madhouse at the End of the Earth, with Julian Sancton

On the Dogwatch

Most listeners of this podcast will be familiar with the epic adventure of Ernest Shackleton and the crew of the Endurance. However, the Endurance does not have a monopoly on being stuck in Antarctic ice, nor does it have precedence. Before the Endurance, Belgian captain Adrien de Gerlache took the Belgica on a southward expedition with the hopes of reaching the magnetic south pole. On the Dogwatch today we are fortunate to be joined by Julian Sancton who recently wrote Madhouse at the End of the Earth, a bestselling book that the New York TImes calls “exquisitely researched and deeply engrossing,” in which he tells the incredible tale of the Belgica, how it became lodged in the Antarctic ice, and how its crew, much to their detriment, became the first to endure the dark Antarctic winter. In our conversation, we get to know Julian’s background in journalism and writing, how he came to tell the tale of the Belgica, and learn more about the characters in the book, including Roald Amundson, who became one of most prominent explorers of all time. If that is not enough, I would think that starting the tale in Leavenworth Penitentiary will  peak the interest of most Dogwatch listeners.


9 Jun 2022

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Julian Sancton - Madhouse at the end of the earth

The Limehouse Podcast

This week I catch up with Julian Sancton. Julian has written a remarkable book about the Beligica exploration 1897 and the journey she and her crew went on in search of the magnetic south. This is a story of triumph over disaster and disaster over triumph. Julian wrote part of this during lockdown so it's quite a fitting read at times. Also it's not a hard sell this book; it simply romps along bringing an entirely new dimension to exploration that has yet been told. It's cinematic in its scale and mind blowing in its brutality. I had to read this book after Michael Palin told me too and I'm glad I did. If you haven't then I do recommend HMS Erebus a book about a ship by Michael Palin and also Endurance the story about Shackleton's truly heroic escape from the jaws of Antartica. It was a heroic age with men from so many different backgrounds and mindsets.

1hr 3mins

9 Oct 2021

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Julian Sancton: Madhouse at the end of the Earth: The Belgica´s Journey into the Dark Antartic Night… with TRE´s Giles Brown

Talk Radio Europe

Julian Sancton: Madhouse at the end of the Earth: The Belgica´s Journey into the Dark Antartic Night... with TRE´s Giles Brown


20 Sep 2021

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Little Atoms 709 - Julian Sancton's Madhouse at the End of the Earth

Little Atoms

Julian Sancton on his new book Madhouse at the End of the Earth, and incredible survival story of an ill-fated Antarctic expedition. Our GDPR privacy policy was updated on August 8, 2022. Visit acast.com/privacy for more information.


23 Aug 2021

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Frederick Cook (with Julian Sancton)

A Dream & A Fear

Following the success of Julian’s 2021 best selling book - Madhouse at the End of the Earth, we bring our latest episode on Frederick Cook. Our hour long chat dives into his fascinating life, which was plagued by scandal. Listen in to find out how he went from playing a key role on the gruelling Belgica expedition, to spending the latter part of his life in prison...

1hr 1min

9 Aug 2021

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Julian Sancton on the ill fated voyage of the Belgica to the Antarctic in 1898

Subject to Change

Julian Sancton is a wonderful guide to the Belgian expedition to Antartica in 1898.  The crew of the Belgica included Roald Amundsen and Frederick Cook who went on to become among the most famous explorers of their time. Julian's book is a classic of the genre. Check out on Amazon in the UK and in the US.

1hr 5mins

8 Aug 2021

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Julian Sancton: Madhouse at the End of the Earth

The Book Club

My guest in this week’s Book Club podcast is Julian Sancton, whose new book Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey Into the Dark Antarctic Night, documents the crew of men who were the first to experience an Antarctic winter trapped in the ice, in an attempt to reach the South Pole. Sancton tells me about the background of some of the eccentric characters that made up the Belgica - and the stomach turning cuisine that is penguin meat.


26 May 2021

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197: The Belgica's Ill-Fated Expedition to the South Pole w/ Julian Sancton - A True Crime History Podcast

Most Notorious! A True Crime History Podcast

In 1897 a Belgian named Adrien de Gerlache, in command of a ship called the Belgica, sailed to Antarctica with the intent to be the first to reach the south magnetic pole. On the expedition was Norwegian Roald Amundsen, who would later become one of the world's most famous explorers, and Doctor Frederick Cook, who would become one of America's greatest charlatans. My guest, Julian Sancton, shares the story of the ill-fated ship, which found itself entombed in ice and forced to face a dark polar winter, its crew suffering from scurvy, madness and death. His book is called "Madhouse at the End of the Earth: The Belgica's Journey Into the Dark Antarctic Night."More information about the book can be found at: https://sites.prh.com/juliansancton


10 May 2021