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February 05 2014


Dig Set Spike

Posted In: Episodes Subscribe to the Podcast | View all EPISODES >> Episode 18:Dig Set Spike PublishedAug 28,2009 Click the image to listen to this episode... Other Episodes: ← Plummeting Approval Dam! → Music, Footnotes & Ephemera Start off with a piece from the creepy-ass soundtrack to the creepy-ass movie, The Descent. Move onto the intro to Caledonia by Crogmagnon (a favorite record of 1969 psychedelic nonsense of mine). Then, coincidentally, also from 1969, Gilberto Gil’s “Volks, Volkswagen Blue.” Then a couple things smushed together from Elmer Bernstein’s score for The Great Escape (why not). Then a nice piece from the score to whatdyacallit, that Errol Morris/Robert MacNamara documentary. Then Tuba Concerto II (which you can totally follow even if you didn’t see the first Tuba Concerto) by James Gourlay on the British Tuba Concertos album, but I don’t need to tell YOU that. Couple of notes: first, this escape inspired the movie The Great Escape. They of course, made it an allied escape. And, having produced this episode, I can relate: not only does no one want to sit through an hour and a half about clever Nazis, I found it a little weird empathizing (for the purposes of writing the podcast) with homesick members of the Third Reich–but I just love the thing about the river. I love that they screw themselves. Other thing: the captain in the story was eventually caught in Phoenix, though he lived successfully on the lam for some time. The kicker, however, is if you drank a St. Pauli beer back in the heyday of their questionable/skeezy “you never forget your first girl” ad campaigns with the buxom german barmaid, you helped pay Captain Wattenberg’s salary. He was the head of the St. Pauli brewery for decades. Duration [ 5:02 ] Play Now | Play in Popup | Download Tags: 20th Century, Arizona, Cartography, Nautical, P.O.W., Southwest, Submarines, war, WWII 11 Comments | Leave a Comment 11 Comments on Dig Set Spike ward says: Ah, excellent! As soon as I heard “Gila R.” I knew what to expect… I’ve been by there on many a childhood road trip. Did you know that the German POWs in TX, upon seeing armadillos, were baffled by the creatures that they then named “panzer schwein”? Pretty good stuff. Keep up the good work! Posted on August 31, 2009 at 12:33 pm Colin says: Just wanted to let you know you have some fans. Always checking the site for any updates. Posted on September 2, 2009 at 8:59 am Eremita says: This is wonderful. Thank you. Looking forward to future postings — so will be checking back often. Posted on September 2, 2009 at 3:41 pm blackhawkmath says: My daughter and I love these. She wanted to hear the Kitty Cat Spy and the Messrs. Craft again and again. She is in 8th grade. I am a school teacher and I seek to teach my math classes using history and stories told in the way you do it. Keep up the good work. Posted on September 4, 2009 at 9:46 pm Susie Gubengar says: Arrggh!! I wish I knew what happened afterwards with those POW’s just for closure!! Posted on September 9, 2009 at 12:04 pm admin says: Hi Susie, You can click on over to “music footnotes ephemera” page for a little bit of the “what happened next.” thanks for righting in nate Posted on September 9, 2009 at 12:10 pm humberto says: what you do is great thank you Posted on September 10, 2009 at 8:09 am Pingback: Listen to the Gears: 10 | newcurator kayentelve says: The rest of the story!http://home.arcor.de/kriegsgefangene/usa/camps_usa/papago_park.html Posted on September 19, 2009 at 2:51 pm Cecille says: your stories are absolutely lovely! Posted on September 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm StevenG says: Great podcast, as someone who is currently living in southern California, the ephemeral nature of the bodies of water during the summer months. Unfortunately, however, the movie “The Great Escape” was not based on this incident but on the book of the same name by Paul Brickhill documenting an escape by British officers from Stalag Luft III (near Sagan, Poland) in March, 1944. As in the film, most everyone was re-captured and 50 were shot by the SS. Posted on August 8, 2013 at 6:48 pm Leave a Reply Cancel reply Other Episodes: ← Plummeting Approval Dam! → http://thememorypalace.us/2009/08/episode-18-dig-set-spike/

December 08 2010


Arthur C. Clarke, Alvin Toffler, Margaret Mead

What does the future look like from the past? This exciting program with three people that could not better represent the intelligentsia of futurism circa 1970. This recording is from a radio program called “Sound on Film”, a series on films and the people who make them. This episode is entitled “2001–Science Fiction or Man’s Future?” Recorded May 7th, 1970. Joseph Gelman is the moderator. At the time of this recording Arthur C. Clarke had recently collaborated on the movie 2001: A Space Odyssey with Stanley Kubrick. Alvin Toffler’s mega-influential book, Future Shock, is about to be published. And Margaret Mead is the world’s foremost cultural anthropologist. An intriguing conversation that still has relevance today. 2001–Science Fiction or Man’s Future? Length–54:18

December 04 2010


The New Mapping Revolution

The internet is fuelling dramatic and dynamic changes in the way we map our world. Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist for Google Maps and Steve Chilton from OpenStreetMap discuss these developments. Recorded in the Conference Centre on 7 September 2010 http://www.bl.uk/whatson/podcasts/type/talks/

September 30 2010


Mapping Britain: Maps and Empire

An early projection of the British Empire attempted to show the shape of the globe on paper to assist navigators. From http://podcast.open.ac.uk/oulearn/social-sciences/podcast-dd100-social-science-04#

June 16 2010


On The Map 10: Maps of the Mind

The most powerful maps aren't found on paper or a computer screen. They're the maps we hold in our memories and imaginations. Mike Parker visits a primary school in his home town to compare the pupils' maps with his own, drawn from childhood recollection. And he takes a trip to Ambridge, home of the Archers, to meet Eddie Grundy and ask him for directions around the village.

June 15 2010


On The Map 9: Digital Maps

Who needs traditional paper maps any more when you can download all the maps you need from the internet? Mike Parker looks at cartography in the digital age and asks whether internet mapping and satellite navigation are actually destroying good map-making and map-reading.

June 14 2010


On The Map 8: Whose Map is it Anyway?

Thanks to Ordnance Survey, the landscape of the British Isles is probably the most comprehensively mapped of any in the world. But pressure is growing for OS to waive their copyright and make their cartographic data free to use for all-comers. Mike Parker asks whether the UK's mapping agency can maintain its hold on the national topography - and its reputation.

June 13 2010


On The Map 7: Off the Map

The first step to success in any military campaign is a good map. During the Second World War, intelligence officers prepared meticulously detailed maps for the D-Day landings using a combination of aerial photography, old tourist guides and holiday snaps. Mike Parker discovers how Germany, and later the Soviet Union, compiled maps of Britain often more detailed than our own. And he visits a Cold War nuclear bunker, one of the many sites that until recently were simply blank spaces on Ordnance Survey maps.

June 10 2010


On The Map 6: World View

Mike Parker considers the picture that maps and atlases give us of the wider world and our place in it. He discovers how cartographers always have to keep one eye on the map and the other on the news as territorial disputes rage, borders change and new countries emerge. And he visits Jan Morris to look through a collection of maps and atlases accumulated over sixty years of travel writing.

June 04 2010


On The Map 5: The Lie of the Land

There are lies, damned lies, statistics - and then there are maps. Borders can be moved and countries expanded, shrunk or even left off the map altogether. We'd like to believe that maps are a purely factual representation of the world with no bias or agenda, but in fact every cartographer decides what to include on their map and what to exclude. Mike Parker discovers how maps can be used as tools of power, politics and propaganda.

June 02 2010


On The Map 4: Social Mapping

There's no more effective way of representing our lives than a map: social and political conditions, health trends and the movements of goods and ideas have far greater impact when they're plotted in multicoloured cartography. Mike asks how society is now being analysed online in cartographic mash-ups and crowd-sourced data. He also discovers how mapping the human condition, its needs and habits, its highs and its lows, goes back to way before the digital age.
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