Woodrat Podcast 23: Mark Bonta on the geography of birding, tree cycads, and geophilosophy

Mark Bonta with books and cycads

Part I of a two-part conversation with my brother Mark, a professional geographer. It’s become fashionable for writers to use the term “geography” loosely (The Geography of Love, The Geography of Childhood, The Geography of Home, etc.) but what is geography, anyway? Turns out it’s really all about memorizing state capitals and principal imports and exports. Or not. Listen and find out.

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Theme music: “Le grand sequoia,” by Innvivo (Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike licence)


  1. Thanks, Dave. This was quite enjoyable.


  2. Fascinating and an eye-opener, as my last definition of “geographer” was supplied by University of Illinois students in the job-scrambling late 70’s. GEOGRAPHER: person who is guaranteed neat undergrad field-trips (drink outside!), and subsequent employment with an oil company (buy house, drink inside!).

    I’ll be back for Part II.


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