Saturday, December 24, 2011

Episode 5: Catalina Island

Ho Ho Ho, fellow casual geographers. Merry Christmas. We trust that you've all been good this year, and because you have, we've got an extra special, extra serene episode here for you. We think you'll enjoy it! And even if you don't, I think anyone would agree it's better than coal.

What's it about? We're glad you asked. About twenty-five miles off the shore of Los Angeles County, there exists a majestic island, full of breathtaking views, amazing beaches, tiny isolated towns, extraordinarily rich people, and buffalo (yes, that kind of buffalo). Our guests this week, our good friends Robert Cisneros and Julia Urcis, joined us to chat about their unforgettable experiences with this island. Robert is, in fact, one of the finest cartographers we know. Evidence below:

That's right: he charted his own hike across the island and mapped it so you don't have to. But that doesn't mean you should deprive yourself of experiencing this wonderful place. If you're in the LA area, head down to the Port of Los Angeles and hop on a ferry, or if you're a hardcore ironman, swim out (it's been done a bunch of times). But don't just take the Descendents' advice, tune in to this week's episode and hear what our guest have to say about it. You may learn more about it than you bargained for. And that, my friends, is the greatest Christmas gift of all. Hope you enjoy it, and have a safe, fun, happy New Year!

The Casual Geographer

Episode Info
Produced by Tyler
Theme Song by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music includes
"Swimming in Sand" by Buck-o-Nine
and "Catalina" by The Descendents (of course)
All Photos and Maps here by Rob A. Cisneros


Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Episode 4 Posted! Motorcycle Ride!

This week on the show, Tyler, Bret, and Abel are joined by renowned (some day...) anthropologist Ryan Moritz, who cast it all to the wind, joined his good friend on a cross-country motorcycle trip, and lived to tell the stories. And he's got great ones, too!

Listen to it right here or download it via iTunes right HERE.

Don't forget to check out their site for more information and photos from their trip, including a podcast they did during the journey, hitting all 50 states (f'real)...

... meeting tons of amazing people all over the USA, and narrowly avoiding serious injury on multiple occasions! And then coming back home to SoCal, and in Ryan's case, getting seriously injured! (Spoiler alert: he didn't die).

We hope you love the show, and learn a little something about life on the road, how to dig into local cultures, and above all, safety! See you next time with a special episode about Catalina Island (oooooooooh...aaaaaahhhhh).

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC
Theme Song is "The Face of the Earth" by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Featured Music: "Kickstart my Heart" by Motley Crue (damn American keyboard with no umlaut key!), and "Motorcycle Ride" by Rancid.

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Monday, November 21, 2011


Well, hello there, thanks for being here once again, and thanks for being you. But mostly, thanks for being here, with the full intent of listening to episode 3: Intersection Songs!

This week, we took a handful of great songs by some great artists that describe particular intersections and talk about their individual stories, and how those intersections have evolved since the songs were published. Sounds neat, huh?
Have a listen here, and it should be on iTunes very soon!

Songs in today's show.
1. The Ramones - "53rd & 3rd" - City: NEW YORK - Street View
2. Tom Waits - "9th & Hennepin" (1985) - City: MINNEAPOLIS/TOM'S BRAIN - Street View
3. Good Riddance - "Queen & John" (1999) - City: TORONTO - Street View
4. The Afghan Whigs - "Fountain & Fairfax" (1993) - City: LOS ANGELES - Street View
5. The Dismemberment Plan - "13th & Euclid" (1993) - City: WASHINGTON DC - Street View

We hope you enjoy it! Once again, The Casual Geographer in socialmedialand:

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and to our friends abroad, a great rest of the week. It's almost December!

Monday, November 7, 2011

Episode Two: "Diving with Dennis"

Abel, Bret, and Tyler are joined by their friend and local master diver Dennis, who gives us the low-down on just what it takes to master the fine art of spending quality time under the sea. Everything you needed to know about the geography of Scuba, but were afraid to ask. Or, just hadn't had a reason to, yet.

Listen to it below, and subscribe on iTunes here.

And don't forgot to add us on Facebook.

Extra Details:
Produced by Tyler
Theme song by The Dismemberment Plan
Closing Music by Dio

Some Diving Links to check out.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Episode One Posted! The Obligatory Scattershot Pilot

Hey, the Casual Geographer himself was so excited he needed to repowder his wig, and he told me to make the announcement. Ladies and Gentlemen, the wait is over. Episode one of The Casual Geographer has now been posted. Join Bret, Abel, and Tyler as we introduce ourselves and attempt to explain why we're doing this. Listen here:

We'll be hitting iTunes and KBeach Radio in Long Beach very soon. It's going to keep getting better, we promise.

Some details:
Produced by Tyler
Theme Song by the Dismemberment Plan
Misc. Music by Mike Watt and the band of Nothing
Comedy Clip by Kumail Nanjiani