California as an Island Hits the KZSU airwaves!

May 18, 2017
Mr. Stace D Maples
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How is it that for hundreds of years California was depicted as an island on maps? The Stanford University Library's cartographic experts know...

In addition to my work through the Stanford Geospatial Center (SGC) at Branner Earth Sciences Library, I'm also a DJ at Stanford's college radio station, KZSU 90.1 FM. My show (cheekily titled "The Library") runs on Wednesdays, just before the Stanford Storytelling Project's weekly podcast, State of the Human. It's a fantastic show, on par with RadioLab and This American Life, and produced entirely by Stanford students. 

So, I was delighted this week when one of the State of the Human producers showed up with the new episode and announced that it was about "Navigating," which is part of what we deal with at the SGC. 

I was even more delighted that the first story revolved around Glenn McLaughlin's "California as an Island" Map Collection, now held at the David Rumsey Map Center.

But, the best part was that Stanford Library's own Julie Sweetkind-Singer was the main interviewee for the story!

You can browse selections from McLaughlin's California as an Island Collection in the online exhibit, here:

You can listen to this episode of State of the Human, and others, here:

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