Continue the exploration. Listen to Season Three here from Salzburg, Austria.
In Psychogeography 101 we discuss contemporary urban exploration practices with cultural theorist and psychogeographer Tina Richardson. After tracing back to the mid-twentieth century work of the Situationist International, we outline what doing psychogeography looks like today and how it could—and should—be part of the practice of anyone seeking a better understanding of their own geographical imagination. Photo by Simon Bradley.
BLUE. For Points.
In EPISODE TWENTY SIX we set up a pub-style quiz game for you to play at home with your friends and family. Many of us have had our geographical imaginations informed by geographical information that comes from atlases and encyclopedias. Have you ever watched Jeopardy! or played Trivial Pursuit? Do your best on these Geography Olympiad questions. (Photo by Sonia Ibáñez)
Unconventional Worldmaps, Unconventional Worldviews
In EPISODE TWENTY SEVEN we explore alternatives to the conventional world map and question how much this standard image of the world frames and limits our own imaginations of the globe. We speak with Julia Mia Stirnemann about her World Map Generator, an online tool designed to help de-center the way we think about the conventional cartographic representations of the world.
Auf Deutsch Bitte
In Auf Deutsch Bitte we explore linguistic borrowings from German. Joining the show in conversation are Salzburg locals and Sprachgefüle Marie Damisch and Daniel Url. We discuss the word-concepts Weltanshauung, Heimat, Weltansichten and Welträtsel amongst others. Inevitably we come back to the question: how much does language shape our understanding of the world? Listen and broaden your geographical imagination here in Central Europe and/or beyond.
A Great American Pilgrimage
In A Great American Pilgrimage we walk 3500 kilometers from Maine to Georgia in the Eastern woods of the United States traversing the ridge-line of the oldest mountains in the world, the Appalachians. Join Sonia “Chulapa” Ibáñez and Kevin “Cow’s Head” Fox as they meet America face-to-face. We will look at what it means to thru-hike the Appalachian Trail and discuss this “other side of America.” Joining us are Harpo, Delta and the Big Galoot. (Photo by Sonia “Chulapa” Ibáñez)
Dances with Bees
In Dances with Bees we venture to the shores of Wolfgangsee to visit the apiary of Nobel Prize winner Karl von Frisch to see first-hand and explore how honeybees communicate their geographical (i.e. spatial) knowledge through dance. Joining us are Professors Jürgen Tautz and Randolf Menzel of Germany who have dedicated their scientific lives to better understanding spatial memory and navigation.
The World as Village: 100 People
In EPISODE THIRTY ONE we use statistics to bring the world closer to home and to inform how we think about our place within the milieu. Forget about trying to understand 7.5 billion people. What if the world was a village of 100–each member of that community representing 1% of the world population? Joining us is Lisa Frank of the 100 People Foundation as we talk about statistics and the impact they have on the geographical imagination.
Hasta La Habana Siempre
What comes to mind when someone says, “CUBA?” Classic automobiles, Buena Vista, Che? Maybe you envision a socialist utopia? Or a maybe a communist dystopia? In EPISODE THIRTY TWO we invite geographer Johnny Finn to discuss US American geographical imaginations of this large Caribbean island and unpack the various narratives that inform how we arrive to Cuba in our minds. (Photo by Johnny Finn)
Summer Reading Vol. 1
Welcome to our inaugural summer reading series. Listen to EPISODE THIRTY THREE as we explore C.C. Long’s 1894 classic primary school text. In “Home Geography,” Dr. Long tells us, “A knowledge of the home must be obtained by direct observation; of the rest of the world, through the imagination assisted by information. Ideas acquired by direct observation form a basis for imagining those things which are distant and unknown.”
Summer Reading Vol. 2
In EPISODE THIRTY FOUR we pick up from where we left off in C.C. Long’s classic text, “Home Geography for Primary Grades.” Starting with Lesson 18, “How Rivers Are Made,” and finishing with Lesson 32, “Useful Plants,” Long continues to impress upon us the need “to study that small part of the earth’s surface lying just at our doors.” Read along and design your own local expeditions.
Summer Reading Vol. 3
We finish our summer reading of C.C. Long’s “Home Geography” in EPISODE THIRTY FIVE. Lessons 33 through 45 round out this primer for developing our own geographical imaginations. Long reminds us, “All around are illustrations of lake and river, upland and lowland, slope and valley. These forms must be actually observed by the pupil, mental pictures obtained, in order that he may be enabled to build up in his mind other mental pictures of similar unseen forms.”
In “La Arquitecta” we explore the resonance of spaces and (other) feminist perspectives on urban design with German-born architect Chris Heidrich. The show returns to Cuba (see EPISODE 32) to raise questions about who designs the city. EPISODE THIRTY SIX marks the end of Season 3 and the close, for now, of the Mitteleuropa explorations. This episode will broadcast first from Radio Fabrik on October 28th at 7:06 PM Salzburg time (1:06 PM New York). Photo by Mileyra Pavel.