On The Map

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10 LASTMaps Of The Mind20100402 (BBC7)
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20150626 (BBC7)
20150627 (BBC7)

10/10 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.

Mike Parker visits Ambridge, home of the Archers, to explore maps of the imagination.

0120121008

Simon Garfield starts his journey through maps in the Great Library of Alexandria.

Simon Garfield starts his journey through the story of maps in the Great Library of Alexandria where, for the first time, scholars began to plot the wider world.

Ptolemy's atlas of AD 150 was to provide a template of the world for more than a thousand years and it was a version of this that Columbus took with him when he set sail for Japan in 1492.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

0220121009

After the brilliant theories of Alexandria, the world fell into a cartographic dark age.

After the brilliant theories of Alexandria, the world appeared to fall into a cartographic dark age for about a thousand years.

Still the great maps of the middle ages, such as the Mappa Mundi in Hereford Cathedral, had their own different but lofty ambitions of metaphysical meaning - to provide a map-guide for a largely illiterate public to a Christian life.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

0320121010

Simon investigates why America was named after a man who got there a year after Columbus.

Simon Garfield's journey through the world of maps investigates why America was named after a man who got there a year after Christopher Columbus.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

0420121011

Simon Garfield continues his journey through the world of maps. Today, he shows how the plotting of a very special map of London led a Victorian doctor to the source of cholera and enabled him to conquer it.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.

Simon Garfield discovers how a map of London helped a Victorian doctor conquer cholera.

05 LAST20121012

Simon Garfield asks if the cliche that women are less good at navigating than men is true.

Is the old cliché that women are less good at navigating than men true? Or do they just have different ways of finding their bearings?

The last part of Simon Garfield's wander through the history of maps takes us down the routes of gender difference and sat nav.

Producer: Clive Brill

A Pacificus production for BBC Radio 4.