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Exploration Radio

Welcome to Exploration Radio, a podcast focusing on the past, present and future of exploration. Featuring interviews and discussions with explorers about the challenges they have faced, what we stand to learn from them and how we can better prepare for the future. Ultimately these are stories about exploration...and the people, places and issues prevalent within it. Come join us and let's explore.

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#29 - A Major Difference with Steve McIntosh

Everyone in the industry has an opinion on how major companies should run exploration. Maybe it is time we have an honest conversation about why these companies have to be different.

1hr 1min

30 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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#11 - Are WE the barrier to innovation?

These days, innovation is on everyone's lips in the mining industry. We are all desperate to innovate. But if...we ourselves are the biggest barrier to innovation?


25 Apr 2018

Rank #2

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#16 - Boiling frogs with Jon Hronsky

If you put a frog into boiling water, it will jump out. But if you put a frog in cold water and slowly boil the water, it will not recognise the danger at all. Does this metaphor apply to how we deal with change in science?

1hr 5mins

25 Jun 2018

Rank #3

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#8 - A ship called CRAESTAR (Part 1)

The MV CRAESTAR was a retrofitted fishing trawler with a heli-pad and analytical laboratory. It was a floating exploration base, built for speed and efficiency. It was CRA's innovative solution to the challenges of exploring in the Pacific islands. What can this program teach us about innovation on the front line...and what lessons can we learn from it? This episode explores the beginnings of the CRAESTAR program.


5 Mar 2018

Rank #4

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#17 - Exploration Startup 101 with Mark Bennett

In this class, we talk about the good, the bad and the ugly of starting your own company... and what challenges you face in becoming the architect of your own success and failure. 

1hr 1min

14 Nov 2018

Rank #5

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#9 - A ship called CRAESTAR (part 2)

Last week, we found out about the beginnings of the CRAESTAR program - a floating exploration base used by CRA to explore for copper in the Pacific islands. This week, we continue the story. How successful was the program in the end? And what lessons did CRA learn from it? 


19 Mar 2018

Rank #6

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#27 - Circular Economy in Mining with Saleem Ali

Did you know that 3M started off as mining venture in 1902? Over the last 100 years, it has become a materials company. Would mining companies be more sustainable as a business if they were more vertically integrated? Should they do more than just mining?


28 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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#20 - The Three Princes of Serendip with Samantha Copeland (Part 1)

Once upon a time, there were Three Princes from Serendip. They had many adventures. One of them involved a camel. This story teaches us a lot about serendipity...and ultimately about scientific discoveries.

1hr 33mins

1 Apr 2019

Rank #8

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#2 - What makes a successful explorer (Part 2)

What does it take to be a successful explorer? Is it technical knowledge?...the right strategy?...having a lot of money?...or just luck? What if the most important ingredient for success...was culture. This episode is part 2 of our interview with Mark Bennett, a successful mineral explorer who has evolved his own views and his own successful culture.


12 Mar 2017

Rank #9

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#19 - Skateboarders and Base Jumpers with John Vann

An exploration geologist and a mine geologist walk into a bar. They start talking about skateboarding and base jumping. What happens next...they learn what those activities can teach them about mining and exploration.

1hr 26mins

11 Mar 2019

Rank #10

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#15 - Change is inevitable. Adaptability a choice

It is not the strongest species that survive, nor the most intelligent. But the ones that are the most responsive to change. No better way to describe Peta Libby.


4 Jun 2018

Rank #11

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#21 - The Entrepreneur's Dilemma with Justin Strharsky

The role of any entrepreneur, or any startup, is to learn... learn as quickly as possible before you go out of business.

1hr 15mins

16 May 2019

Rank #12

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#3 - How to do Frontier Exploration...the discovery story of Reko Diq

Alan Moore, a young Australian geologist, heads to a remote, inhospitable part of SW Pakistan to explore for copper. Along the way, he teams up with Saad Husain, a local Pakistani, that becomes his ever present project manager. This is their story and how their work led to the discovery of the Reko Diq deposit. But...it is not your typical discovery story. It is much more than that.


20 Mar 2017

Rank #13

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#6 - The Rover Boys...using whiskey as a lion repellent

Rover Boys were a crack team of petroleum geologists, exploring the world for the last large surface discoveries of petroleum. This team went anywhere and everywhere. They smoked camel dung and used whiskey as a lion repellent...they were built for adventure. But during their time, the industry transitioned offshore and there was no longer room left for the Rover Boys. In today's episode, we talk to David Kingston who led the real Rover Boys. This story provides a rare look into the future for minerals exploration. We talk a lot about the technology or science of deep exploration but what does this transition feel like. Let's ask Dave Kingston.


12 Apr 2017

Rank #14

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#22 - The Wisdom of the Crowd with Holly Bridgwater

Bill Joy once said "There are always more smart people outside your company than within it"... So should we be looking at ways to utilise the wisdom of the crowd? Are the many cleverer than the few?


6 Jun 2019

Rank #15

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#4 - A Rebel with a Cause...with Alex Atkins

It is 1987. As a university student, you show up for your first day of work and are told "you have to leave, you cannot stay here". Why? "Because you are a girl and girls don't work in mines". Does this seem a little far fetched? Well this is how Alex Atkins started her career in mining.


28 Mar 2017

Rank #16

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#25 - What, Why and How: Data Science in Mining with Richard Scott

A lot of the debate around data science in mining focuses on the what and the why: what information do geologists and engineers need to learn and why do they need to learn it. But the real question is: how do we learn from each other?


11 Aug 2019

Rank #17

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MINI - Should Academics Be More Entrepreneurial?

Would academic research be more relevant to industry if academics adopted a more entrepreneurial approach? What could the lean startup model teach researchers?


22 Jun 2019

Rank #18

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#5 - Wanderlust

Is Wanderlust just a Jennifer Aniston movie? Or is it something more? Wanderlust is an insatiable thirst for travel, culture, new people...or just the new in general. It has driven many an explorer to search out places where others have not been to or where others will not go. This week we talk to Dan Olberg...an exploration geologist that epitomises the drive it takes to be an explorer.


5 Apr 2017

Rank #19

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#7 - The mining industry...is it an innovation laggard?

These days, innovation is all around us...a basic requirement in most industries. You either innovate, or you die. So what about the mining industry, often considered a laggard when it comes to technology and innovation. How will it innovate? We talk to Andrew Shook, who has held several technology and innovation roles in BHP Billiton and Rio Tinto. In his opinion, innovation can be explained by a single word...change.


25 Apr 2017

Rank #20