A Roundup of Geospatial Podcasts

Caitlin Dempsey


Every few months it seems like a new GIS or geospatial podcast is being launched.  Here’s a roundup of what’s available.

Africa GeoConvo
Africa GeoConvo is a podcast about geospatial innovations and people doing great things with geospatial technology in Africa. Visit: Africa GeoConvo

The Bounding Box
Geo-related podcast that “discusses geo development, web development, and everything in between“. Visit: The Bounding Box

Directions Magazine Podcasts
Directions Magazine has been one of the longest running GIS web sites and has been hosting a weekly podcasts for quite some time.  Visit: Directions Magazine Podcasts

Esri Science of Where
The podcast series Esri & The Science of Where currently has dozens of downloadable episodes that focus on high-level executive conversations with thought leaders from several industries. Visit: Science of Where

Eyes on Earth
This recently launched podcast features topics on remote sensing, Earth observation, land change and science from the staff of USGS Earth Resources Observation and Science (EROS) Center. Visit: Eyes on Earth

A light-hearted yet serious perspective on the life and interests of a geomatics professional. Visit: Geoholics Podcast

The Geomob podcast is hosted by Ed Freyfogle, co-founder of OpenCage, and Steven Feldman, of KnowWhere Consulting. We discuss themes from the geo industry, interview Geomob speakers, and provide regular updates about our own projects. Visit: Geomob

Geospatially Africa Podcast 
This podcast explores the fascinating geospatial industry and the creative ways in which people are using the technology to create and address issues. The podcast covers the latest trends and developments in the geospatial world in Africa and across the world.
Visit: Geospatially Africa Podcast 

GIS Directions
Join your hosts Wayne Lee-Archer, Ta Taneka, and Josh Venman as they chat with inspiring GIS users, discuss new industry trends, and dish out plenty of practical pointers. Podcast from Esri Australia. Visit: GIS Directions

Isn’t That Spatial
A podcast about “casual geography, urban planning, and the spatial component of whatever.” Visit: Isn’t That Spatial

The MapScaping Podcast
This weekly podcast features interviews from the geospatial industry.  Visit: The MapScaping Podcast

Project Geospatial
Project Geo is a web series and blog dedicated to increasing awareness of Geospatial Technology, industry best practices, and GIS resources. The podcast team is made up of experienced geospatial enthusiasts with a combined 35 years of experience in the industry: Andrea Simmons, Adam Simmons, and Mason Rothman.  Visit: Project Geospatial

Scene From Above
Hosted by Andrew Cutts and Alastair Graham, Scene From Above is a podcast dedicated to discussing modern remote sensing and Earth observation.  Visit: Scene From Above

Thinking Spatially
Undeniably, one of the most enthusiastic geographers around, Esri’s Education Manager, Joseph Kerski, hosts a weekly podcast entitled, “Spatially Thinking”.  Visit: Thinking Spatially

urhere is a maps-focused podcast hosted by two expert cartographers (Gretchen Peterson and Vanessa Knoppke-Wetzel) who love to chat about maps. The podcasts is aimed at an audience from all kinds of backgrounds who just want to learn more about maps. Visit: urhere

Very Spatial
The original and longest-running GIS podcast.  The hosts recently relaunched VerySpatialTV, hosted via YouTube.  Visit: Very Spatial

Defunct Geospatial Podcasts

These geospatial podcasts are no longer actively producing new episodes but you can listen to archived episodes.

A Conversation with Tim O’Reilly
Podcast featuring an interview from 2005 with Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, a maker of GIS software. Visit: A Conversation with Tim O’Reilly

Geointeresting is the official podcast of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency. Geointeresting features conversations with innovators, explorers and pathfinders. Visit: Geointeresting

JB’s ‘Bits & Bobs’
Launched at the beginning of 2018 by Joe Bob Penor, the podcast summarizes recent geospatial items of interest  gathered from web sources, videos, podcasts, and blogs.  Penor has been active in the geospatial industry for over two decades and he also hosts the Every Day Geo blog.  Visit: JB’s ‘Bits & Bobs’

Map Shack
A newly launch geospatial podcast from MapsPeople podcast focused on chatting to mapping industry experts, geeks, colleagues, and thought leaders within the mapping technology field to spread the word about innovation throughout the business of maps. Visit: Map Shack

Nodes and Ways
Nodes & Ways features OpenStreetMap (OSM) related news & interviews. The monthly podcast featured conversations and interviews about OSM with the people who make and use it. Visit: Nodes and Ways

Speaking of GIS
Launched at the beginning of 2018, Speaking of GIS is hosted by Kurt Towler who’s been working in the GIS industry for 19 years.  His podcasts features discussions with others working in the geospatial field such as Christina Boggs-Chavira and a discussion about Women in GIS, Smart Cities with James Fee, and Lance Watkins, Center Lead for NASA DEVELOP.  Visit: Speaking of GIS

The Mappyist Hour
This weekly podcasts features geospatial professionals Silas Toms and Todd Barr and occasionally includes guest hosts.   Visit: The Mappyist Hour

Texas URISA: More Than Just Maps
The Texas URISA chapter hosted this podcast series that interviewed GIS professionals “who know a thing or two about how to find your way from student to professional and beyond, while also chatting about some neat tools, tricks, and trends.” Visit: More Than Just Maps

This article was originally published on March 24, 2018 and has been updated to  include more recent GIS and geospatial podcasts that have been launched and to remove podcasts that are no longer active.

This geospatial podcast roundup was originally published on September 7, 2019 and is periodically updated.

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Caitlin Dempsey
Caitlin Dempsey is the editor of Geography Realm and holds a master's degree in Geography from UCLA as well as a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) from SJSU.

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