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The Spot: Compasses, Maps, & Monsters

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Image from the Nuremberg Chronicle, the most extensively illustrated book of the 15th century.

This week on KALW's showcase for the best stories from public radio podcasts and independent radio producers...

"How NOT to get lost," produced by Steve Zind for Vermont Public Radio, originally aired in June 2010.

We're going to learn some basics on how to navigate new lands without digital interference. This piece originally aired as part of their “Cool How-Tos” series. You can subscribe to Vermont Public Radio’s News Podcast at their website.

"Maps, they don't love you like I love you." from the podcast 99% Invisible, December 2010.

As we learned in that last story, there are ways to find out where you are, and how to go back to where you came from without a smart phone or a map. But, if you want to share the places you’ve discovered, a map can be a really helpful and beautiful way to show others how to get there too.

In this early episode of 99% Invisible, Roman Mars speaks with Author Rebecca Solnit about her book of maps, Infinite City: A San Francisco Atlas, which tells strange and surprising stories about our Bay Area. Navigate to 99pi.org to hear their latest episodes, and also take a peek at Rebecca Solnit’s “Death and Beauty” map.

"Of Maps and Monsters," produced by Jeff Emtman for the podcast Here Be Monsters, August 2012.

The podcast Here Be Monsters boldly explores the dark corners of the human mind, and new frontiers in science, art and philosophy. In this episode, they go looking to solve a mystery regarding the monsters you find in map margins. You can find out how to subscribe to Here Be Monsters at their website, hbmpodcast.com.

This week's episode featured music from: Black Moth Super Rainbow, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Your Favorite Book, Corduroi, Broken Social Scene, and Mulatu Astatke.

If you have a suggestion for a podcast or an audio project we should feature, please drop us a line at thespot@kalw.org.

Tune in next week for another episode of The Spot, only on KALW San Francisco.