The Upside: Maps 10.24.18

We're talking about a different kind of storytelling this week: with maps and data. I speak with Noah Ahles and Kendall Fortney about mapmaking, visualizations, and how looking at our world from up above and far away can help communities, inspire creativity, and change our view of our role in the world. Music will have geographic inspiration, with songs from They Might Be Giants, Fleet Foxes, and The Angel.


Noah Ahles works at the UVM Spatial Analysis Laboratory as a Research Specialist where he creates high-resolution land cover maps across the United States. On a volunteer basis, he started the UVM Humanitarian Mapping Club in 2015 in response to the Ebola Outbreak in West Africa. Learn more at

Kendall Fortney has always been fascinated by the intersection of design, data and maps. For the last 8 years he has worked in software in a variety of industries, was the first Data Innovation Fellow for the Vermont Center of Geographic Information and will be starting at Social Sentinel as an Insights Analyst. Kendall also serves as an organizer for the Burlington Data Scientist Meetup, the geospatial and data science conference GeoDatSci, and is part of Code for BTV, a civic hacking group. For more info:

  • 8:59am Tokyo/Vermont Counterpoint by Steve Reich on Triple Quartet (Nonesuch Records)
  • 9:20am High Up by Peter Bjorn and John on Breaking Point (PBJ Musik AB)
  • 9:43am Maps by Yeah Yeah Yeahs on Fever To Tell (Interscope)
  • 9:59am Mountain Child by Interpol on Marauder (Matador Records)
  • 10:02am Blue Ridge Mountains by Fleet Foxes on Fleet Foxes (Sub Pop)
  • 10:06am Geography by Thao & The Get Down Stay Down on We Brave Bee Stings And All (Kill Rock Stars)
  • 10:09am Trans-Continental Hustle by Gogol Bordello on Trans Continental Hustle (Columbia)
  • 10:18am Istanbul by They Might Be Giants on Flood (Elektra)
  • 10:20am I'm Gonna Be (500 miles) by The Proclaimers on Finest (Parlophone Records)
  • 10:23am Around the World by Daft Punk on Musique Vol. 1 (Parlophone / Warner Music France)
  • 10:27am Baltimore (feat. Mystic) by The Angel on No Gravity (Supa Crucial Recordings)
  • 10:36am This Town by Balkan Beat Box on Shout It Out (Digital Monkey)
  • 10:40am Africa (feat. K'NAAN) by Amadou & Mariam on Welcome to Mali (Because Music)
  • 10:46am In God's Country by U2 on Joshua Tree (Island Records)
  • 10:49am Every Ghetto, Every City by Lauren Hill on The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (Columbia)
  • 10:53am This Must Be The Place by Talking Heads on Speaking in Tongues (Sire)
  • 10:58am This Land Is Your Land by Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings on Naturally (Daptone)
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