Isn't That Spatial?

a podcast dedicated to casual geography and the spatial component of whatever

ITS019: OK, Let’s Talk About This Amazon HQ2 Thing…

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Isn’t That Spatial is the podcast dedicated to casual geography and the spatial component of whatever. On this episode, let’s dive into the hype of the Amazon HQ2 selection process that is driving hundreds of cities (and many of us) into a frenzy. We’ll take a look at likely selection criteria, incentives cities are doling out, and what all this is worth anyway.


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ITS018: The Wild World of Logistics!

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Isn’t That Spatial is the podcast dedicated to casual geography and the spatial component of whatever. On this episode, we’re exploring the wild world of logistics – from the original Amazon (the US Postal Service) to the, well, actual Amazon. We’re taking a peek behind these “hidden” infrastructures and seeing how they impact our urban areas.


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ITS017: Martin Luther King Streets


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Isn’t That Spatial is the podcast dedicated to casual geography and the spatial component of whatever. On this episode, we’re exploring the geography of streets named after Martin Luther King Jr. and their legacy since the designation.

The New MLK Drive, a photo by Sean Davis on Flickr.

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ITS016: Bibelot-graphy #1 | Me Love Rambo


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This episode is the podcast equivalent of a little holiday cocktail chatter. It’s the first installment of our new series Bibelot-graphy, where we explore an odd urban curio.

Bibelot-graphy #1 documents the infamous “Me Love Rambo” billboard graffiti in Brooklyn, NY. This is one of my favorite unlikely urban landmarks and, whether you know it well or it’s new to you, I’m sure you’ll love this little weirdo as much as I do.

me love rambo

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ITS015: The Geography of Activism


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On this episode, we’re taking it to the streets and exploring the geography of activism – where its hotbeds are, how the built environment helps or hampers activism, and how geography influences who participates.


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ITS014: Electrification of Cities

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On Episode 14, we’re telling the story of how America got electrified, from Edison to Tesla to a new little thing called “nightlife” and much more.

There was so much drama in how electric power came to be in America and how it became the hottest utility in all the land.


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ITS013: Geography of Breweries

We’re back! Welcome to Season 2 of Isn’t That Spatial!

Today’s episode covers the geography of breweries… from the beginnings of the homebrew movement, through that pesky Prohibition, to the rise of the major American brewing monoliths, to the more recent microbrewing and neolocalism trends across the entire country.

The US Census has crunched the numbers and found that the number of US breweries DOUBLED between 2007 and 2012 – that’s a phenomenon worth exploring! Plus, we kind of have a thing for kicking off each season with an imbibing-themed episode. Hmm…

This episode also marks Isn’t That Spatial’s first field trip and first interview! We went to Warren, Ohio to talk with our friend Adam of Modern Methods Brewing Company to check out a real microbrewery in the making and discover the spatial components of Adam’s operation. It’s a great community development story and a fun history lesson to boot

Anyway – show notes below! Enjoy! Er, Cheers!

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ITS012: The Geography of Sex Work

Hey, it’s the last episode of Season 1 of Isn’t That Spatial! Awwwwww! Thanks for sticking with me through this first season – I hope it was good for you, because it was really fun for me.

On this episode, we’re looking at the spatial component of the sex work industry, that “oldest profession in the world”. First, we touch on zoning of the sex-related businesses in general. Then, we dive into the history of the treatment of sex work (still known as “prostitution” to many) and its geography in public and private realms. Of course, we’ll also talk about Red Light Districts and sex work tourism.

How we’ve treated sex work over the centuries has much to do with the “where and why there” and the difference between empowered spaces for sex workers and oppressive ones.

This is such a good one! Plus, new music from Daniel Kirschenbaum!

See you next season, with new topics, new segments, new music, and same me!

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ITS011: Great Moments In Environmental Justice

On this episode, we’re collecting stories from the some of the great environmental justice victories in the US.

By environmental justice, we mean local efforts to overturn practices that have caused environmental degradation on a vulnerable population – often thanks to local organizing, the courts, and some help from the EPA.

Topics include the Cuyahoga River, which caught fire over a dozen times throughout the mid-20th century, due to industrial sludge being dumped there; the Love Canal in Niagara Falls, which was one of the first EPA Superfund sites; the strange killer pollution cloud that formed over Donora, PA; and the Bronx River project, which helped reverse almost 100 years of environmental neglect.

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