Map Corner

A podcast about maps and loving maps

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    In Glen's Steps: A Journey with Dementia is a deeply personal and heartfelt podcast series that explores the impact of dementia on Glenroy Brown, a man of remarkable character, and his family. Through candid conversations, personal reflections, and expert insights, we share the journey of his life, from his early years in Jamaica to his current experiences with dementia. This series offers an intimate look at the challenges, changes, and unexpected joys that come with living with this condition, providing support and understanding to families facing similar challenges.

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  • Racing Across Canada: Ladi and Monique the Stars of BBC's Race Across the World

    In this episode, the hosts, Roifield Brown from the wilds of Southern Ontario and Claire Astbury from Swindon, as they dive into an exhilarating discussion with Monique and Ladi the dynamic father-daughter duo from the latest season of the BBC's "Race Across the World." They've traversed Canada by land, facing the challenges of navigation without modern conveniences, and they're here to share their incredible stories.The duo delved into the story of how they joined the show, a journey sparked by Monique's love for adventure and her persuasive abilities that convinced her father to embark on this unique challenge. Their competitive nature and zest for life were key drivers in their decision to participate, aiming not just to compete but to embrace the experience of a lifetime, exploring the landscapes of Canada without the crutch of modern technology.Their adventure across Canada was nothing short of remarkable, navigating vast terrains solely with the aid of paper maps and limited resources. Monique and Larry traversed diverse landscapes, from bustling cities to remote wilderness, relying on their resourcefulness, local interactions, and each other's company. Their journey was a testament to the power of human connection and adaptability, as they engaged with local communities, tackled various jobs to fund their travels, and faced the unpredictable elements of nature. The absence of smartphones and credit cards added an authentic layer of adventure, pushing them to connect more deeply with their surroundings and fellow travellers.Throughout the interview, Monique and Larry shared insightful reflections on their experiences, revealing the highs and lows of their journey and the profound bond they forged along the way. Their adventure was not just about the physical journey across Canada but also an emotional voyage that brought them closer, teaching them invaluable life lessons and leaving them with unforgettable memories. Their story resonated with listeners, offering a glimpse into the essence of true adventure and the enduring appeal of exploring the world through the lens of curiosity and resilience.
  • Social Media Cartography with Alex the Map Nerd

    Guest: Alex, the Map NerdIn this episode, we're joined by Alex, the social media sensation known as the Map Nerd, who has taken the digital world by storm with his unique insights into maps and geography. From the bustling streets of Birmingham to the serene landscapes of Lille in Northern France, we journey through tales of passion, discovery, and the ever-evolving world of maps. Plus, don't miss our special audio postcard segment that brings the world closer to you.Episode Summary:Guest Spotlight: Alex, the Map Nerd, discusses his journey from a traditional career in entertainment to becoming a social media sensation with over half a million followers. He shares insights into the world of maps in the digital age, the power of social media in shaping map content, and the importance of engaging with a community of map enthusiasts.Notable Quotes from Alex:"It shows you when you really follow your passion. People start to notice.""People want to learn. They want to know something interesting. They don't just want to watch someone dancing or fall over.""We're in a new age of maps and geography and it's really exciting, but you also have to understand what people are intrigued by."Audio Postcard from Lille: Claire Astbury takes listeners on a virtual journey to Lille in Northern France. She highlights the city's rich history, its transformation as a tourist destination, and the fascinating "plan relief" or miniature model maps housed in the Palais des Beaux Arts.
  • Uncharted Horizons: Pallet Bo's Epic Journey Around the World

    Palle Bo a Danish radio producer and modern digital nomad who aims to visit all the countries in the world. In today's captivating conversation, Clare and Roifield have the pleasure of diving into the extraordinary journey of Palle, a Danish radio producer and intrepid explorer. For the first 51 years of his life, Palle found himself rooted in the same rural part of Denmark, dedicated to his children's education. However, a revelation struck him: he could work remotely from anywhere in the world. With this newfound freedom, Palle embarked on an ambitious quest to circumnavigate the globe.Originally planning to complete his global odyssey in just 80 weeks, Palle's wanderlust grew stronger, prompting him to extend his expedition to two years, then four years, and now an incredible five-year adventure. With no desire to halt his nomadic lifestyle, Palle shares his unwavering passion for travel and the endless possibilities it brings.In our intriguing conversation, Palle unveils the artistry behind his travel escapades, driven by his meticulous planning skills honed through his background as a graphic designer. Join us as we delve into the captivating narrative of Palle's globetrotting exploits and uncover the transformative power of embracing a life on the move.
  • Queer Spaces: An Atlas of LGBTQIA+ Places and Stories

    This month we look at the LGBTQIA+ community that has always found ways to exist and bond. Adam Nathaniel Furman and Joshua Mardell have brought together a team of authors to tell stories of spaces, from educational and institutional to re-appropriated and beyond, in their colorful and detailed book Queer Spaces. This book pays homage to the past, present, and future of the community, celebrating LGBTQIA+ life as powerful and deserving of its own place in history. It also looks ahead to the potential form these spaces may take in the coming years to continue promoting queer lives.
  • Ken Field

    Ken is an academic cartographer and geographer from the UK who lives in California since 2011 he teaches, talks and writes about cartography,and makes maps.
  • Simon Kuestenmacher - Random Maps: The World in Over 100 Unusual Maps

    Roifield and Claire speak to the map man himself about his new book