Maps are a fundamental part of our daily lives. From GPS apps, to tracking the weather, to keeping up with the spread of Covid-19 around the world. So for this episode we’re going to talk about cartography and how it is deeply entwined with our lives and our history.

Our guest is John Cloud, a historian of cartography working for the Arctic Studies Center of the Anthropology Department at the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington D.C. Much of his work involves the history of mapping Alaska. 

ATMI producer Grady Cutchins spoke with him about the necessity of historic maps, the role of maps in pandemics, and what is lost when technological advancements change the way we interact with the world around us. 

Hosted by Tyler Felson.

Music by Devin Shreckengost and Kendrick Whiteman.


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