36 episodes

The Secret History of Antarctica: Death on the Ice.

From the team behind The Secret History of Flight 149 and The Secret History of the Estonia, journalist Stephen Davis investigates the mysterious death of a scientist at the South Pole in the year 2000, and interrogates why the investigation failed to uncover the truth.

Producer: Anna Staufenberg.
Mixing and sound design: Rory Auskerry.
Executive producer: Steve Jones.


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    • 4.7 • 92 Ratings

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The Secret History of Antarctica: Death on the Ice.

From the team behind The Secret History of Flight 149 and The Secret History of the Estonia, journalist Stephen Davis investigates the mysterious death of a scientist at the South Pole in the year 2000, and interrogates why the investigation failed to uncover the truth.

Producer: Anna Staufenberg.
Mixing and sound design: Rory Auskerry.
Executive producer: Steve Jones.


Listen to the whole series straight away and ad-free by subscribing to the Crowd Stories channel on Apple Podcasts. Get them ad-free on Amazon Music.

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    Antarctica | Ep 1 | Arrival

    Antarctica | Ep 1 | Arrival

    In the first episode of The Secret History of Antarctica: Death on the Ice, investigative journalist Stephen Davis meets three members of the crew who arrived at South Pole research station in 1999 – friends and colleagues of Dr Rodney Marks. As the sun sets and the station closes for winter, those inside prepare for six months of darkness, no way in, no way out.

    Episodes released for free every Monday from February 26th 2024.

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    • 37 min
    Antarctica | Ep 2 | The Doctor

    Antarctica | Ep 2 | The Doctor

    Winter has set in, and there’s a shift in atmosphere on base. When walking back from the remote observatory where he’s conducting his experiments, Rodney Marks falls ill and it’s down to the station’s solo doctor to save his life.

    Why can’t Rodney be rescued? Because when something happens at the South Pole in the middle of winter, you’re trapped.

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    • 34 min
    Antarctica | Ep 3 | The Cop

    Antarctica | Ep 3 | The Cop

    Rodney Marks is dead. But what really happened? Enter two men determined to solve the mystery, a cop and a coroner from New Zealand.

    But who’s in charge when someone dies, in a land that belongs to no-one? Stephen digs into the complexities of Antarctic jurisdiction.

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    • 33 min
    Antarctica | Ep 4 | Madhouse at the End of the Earth

    Antarctica | Ep 4 | Madhouse at the End of the Earth

    Warning: this episode contains a story about sexual assault. This series began with investigation into the death of Rodney Marks, but it’s developed into something much broader. A bleak picture of how mysterious deaths, and crimes in general, are dealt with in Antarctica.

    In this episode, Stephen hears first-hand about a pervasive culture of harassment and sexual assault in Antarctica. He hears how Antarctic authorities who are supposed to investigate can display shocking levels of incompetence.

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    • 32 min
    Antarctica | Ep 5 | The Coroner's Verdict

    Antarctica | Ep 5 | The Coroner's Verdict

    The post-mortem is finished, and the cause of Rodney’s death sends shock waves through the tight-knit South Pole community. How? And will the New Zealand investigation uncover the truth?
     
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    • 34 min
    Antarctica | Ep 6 | Theories

    Antarctica | Ep 6 | Theories

    In the final episode, Rodney’s friends and colleagues give their theories about what really happened. Suicide, accident, or foul play? And 24 years on, Stephen demands answers from the authorities to his own questions about the investigation.

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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

4.7 out of 5
92 Ratings

92 Ratings

USA Mknitter ,

Secret History of Antarctica

Thanks for sharing this Season 3 and the difficult attempt to solve this mystery and the different laws of the multiple countries involved. It’s hard to fathom the lack of cooperation among the countries. In some ways nothing has changed over the years since it occurred.

NCdoxiemom ,

Excellent podcast!

Excellent podcast! Binged both seasons in two days.

oldjohnhall ,

Unintentionally Hilarious

Fairly boring podcast, uninteresting stories tepidly told but
Holy smokes this host is hilarious

So transparent, so bombastic, so self consequential! Such boring reporting, over-directed interviews, such a predictable arc, such gimmicky “podcast” devices! So desperate to be fascinating! Poor little guy is EXACTLY the kind of person you’d HATE to listen to for hours on end.

There’s nothing here. Dude spends years (lol) looking for a grand scheme to uncover when all along it’s just simple stupid human oversight and hubris. But the way he artlessly foreshadows and over explains and continually tries to ratchet up the tension as the season progresses is absolutely sidesplitting.

Unless you (like me) enjoy a bit of the schadenfreude of watching a huge dork fall flat on his face failing, Save yourself the trouble.

Grossly glorifying someone’s worst day. Total pervert behavior

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