90.9 WBUR - Boston's NPR news station
Top Stories:
PLEDGE NOW
Amazing Maps — And Those Who Love Them

We talk amazing maps and the people who love them —from “here be dragons” to Google Earth.

Abraham Ortelius (1527–1598) map. (Library of Congress)

Abraham Ortelius (1527–1598) map. (Library of Congress)

Ken Jennings was the winningest Jeopardy champ ever, with 74 game victories. He’s the biggest game show money winner in American history. A wiz. But Jennings’ real passion is not “What is sodium bicarbonate?”

It’s maps. Big maps. Old maps. Maps of fairy tale lands and maps of Ouagadougou. He’s not the only one. There’s a whole world of people in love with maps. Maps with sea monsters. Maps online. Now, in the age of GPS and Google Earth, he’s taking us into map mania.

This hour On Point: Ken Jennings and the great romance of the map.

-Tom Ashbrook

Guests

Ken Jennings, author of Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks. You can find an excerpt here.

From Tom’s Reading List

Politico “Earlier this year, Griffin was considered to be on the chopping block, a freshman Republican in a state where Democrats control the redistricting levers but are struggling to maintain power in what was once a Southern Democratic stronghold.”

The New York Times “In recent months, plenty of perfectly healthy businesses across the country have expired — sometimes for hours, other times for weeks — though only in the online realm cataloged and curated by Google. The reason is that it is surprisingly easy to report a business as closed in Google Places, the search giant’s version of the local Yellow Pages.”

Wall Street Journal “They list the geographic coordinates of the troves on a website devoted to geocaching. Hunters use global-positioning-system devices, such as a handheld GPS navigator or a smartphone, to find them.”

Some Great Maps

Here’s a blog we found with some great, quirky maps.

17th-century world map by Johan Blaue

The Road to Success

L'Europe Animale

Jeweled globe from the Iranian crown jewels

Please follow our community rules when engaging in comment discussion on this site.
ONPOINT
TODAY
Nov 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Nov 21, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

RECENT
SHOWS
Nov 21, 2014
Laura Ingalls Wilder, an American  writer and novelist, at age 27. Her "Little House" series is a beloved semi-autobiographical take on her childhood in the Western American plains. (South Dakota State Historical Society )

A big new look at the legacy of Laura Ingalls Wilder and the woman behind the Little House.

 
Nov 21, 2014
President Barack Obama announces executive actions on immigration during a nationally televised address from the White House in Washington, Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014.  (AP)

The president throws down the gauntlet on immigration. Bloodshed and new tensions in Israel. Keystone fails. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

On Point Blog
On Point Blog
The Explicast, Episode Six: What Does A White House Press Correspondent Do?
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We turn to White House Press Correspondents all the time for news, but we’ve never really wondered how they gather their information. Fortunately, our guest host Jessica Yellin had time to sit down with The Explicast to explain.

More »
Comment
 
Our Week In The Web: November 21, 2014
Friday, Nov 21, 2014

We offer a panel of hand-drawn digital sheep, and wonder how to best lead the rest of you to programs that matter.

More »
2 Comments
 
The Explicast, Episode Five: What Is Net Neutrality?
Friday, Nov 14, 2014

The Explicast dives into tech policy territory with a quick look at the real meaning of a complicated bit of tech policy known as ‘Net Neutrality.’

More »
2 Comments