The GLaD Podcast

The GLaD Podcast

From the creators of the Spatial Analytics + Data interview and seminar series, we bring you the GLaD Podcast—Geography, Life + Data. A little geography, a little (academic) life, a little ”geography life”, and LOTS about data, mostly spatial. Join your hosts, Dani Arribas-Bel, Rachel Franklin, and Levi Wolf for conversations, interviews, and even a few hot takes.


February 14, 2024 77 mins

For this episode, we’re joined by David O’Sullivan to talk about his forthcoming book, Computing Geographically: Bridging GIScience and Geography.

We talk about how the book came together, what's in it, and also how "computing geographically" fits into the bigger picture of geography, (David's) life, and data. There's lots about David's disciplinary origin story, career trajectory, and how geographical analysis and computation ali...

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Today, we have a second “a day in the life of…” conversation, where we interview GLaD folks to get the scoop and the behind-the-scenes view on what it is like to live their life.

This time, we’re chatting with Dr Darla Munroe. Darla is director of research at the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, leading efforts to support and coordinate the collective body of knowledge produced through the Institute’s work and fostering research ...

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In this episode your GLaD team gets into the holiday spirit with an energetic conversation about how we're feeling about cities in 2023—because, let's face it, cities have had a bit of a hard time these past few years. Maybe their purpose is changing? Maybe it's a blip? Or maybe cities are just as awesome as they've always been.

For this extra special holiday episode, Rachel, Dani, and Levi are joined in their virtual studio by thr...

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Today, we’re trialing a new episode format: “a day in the life of…”, where we’ll be interviewing GLaD folks to get the scoop and the behind-the-scenes view on what it is like to live their life. As inaugural guest, we have the pleasure of welcoming to the studio a rock star of maps: Professor James Cheshire. Join us for a conversation spanning from James' origins and first steps into mapmaking all the way his current dual life as t...

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November 13, 2023 64 mins

Today, we're reaching back "into the vault" to our Spatial Analytics and Data (SAD) interview series to bring you one of our past guests: Luc Anselin is the Stein-Freiler Distinguished Service Professor of Sociology at the University of Chicago, where he founded and directs the Center for Spatial Data Science. 

In this conversation, we'll talk about his life, times, and career, and also learn a little bit about who he would invite ...

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September 20, 2023 79 mins

It sure feels like we're living through an academic "quitting" moment, with social media abounding with tales of folks departing universities for greener professional pastures. What's going on?! In this episode Dani, Levi, and Rachel try to find out. Joined by three academic "upgraders", Frances Darlington-Pollock, Carson Farmer, Seth Spielman, who share a bit of their professional journeys and their reasons for shifting out of aca...

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Today, we're reaching back "into the vault" to our Spatial Analytics and Data (SAD) interview series to bring you one of our past guests: Danny Dorling, the Halford Mackinder Professor of Geography at the University of Oxford. In this conversation, we'll talk about his life, times, and career, and also learn a little bit about who he would invite to a SAD dinner party! And: if you're curious about the SAD interviews, check out our ...

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July 20, 2023 45 mins

(15minute) cities are hot again! The idea that you should be able to walk (or bike) to most amenities and services you rely on daily has taken a new life of its own in the last few years. In this episode, we introduce the initial notion of a 15minute city and trace its origins in urban planning and other urban disciplines, at least several decades back. We then open the "hot take" door for Rachel, Levi and Dani to discuss whether t...

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July 1, 2023 45 mins

To an academic, doing something for “work”  can mean so many different things. Sometimes, it’s our academic hobbies—the passion projects we take on alongside our usual work—that can really shape how we view our selves and how others view us.

In this episode, we discuss the projects, perspectives, and ideas we’re passionate about as academics: not just our work hobbies but our hobby horses. Join us for a wide ranging conversation ab...

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April 5, 2023 52 mins

When we did our #SAD cocktail party, we were so excited about every bit of our lists that we never made it to one of the final questions we always ask: #SAD books. We more than make up for it in this episode, where we (Rachel, Levi and Dani) discuss our favorite picks for books that discuss Geography (Life) and Data. Along the way, we talk about the role books have, why we think they're (still!) important today, and how their role ...

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March 18, 2023 118 mins

In our third episode, Rachel, Dani, and Levi talk conferences: what they're for, tips for managing the seemingly inevitable stress that accompanies a conference, and what we like about them. 

To make sure we're getting a range of perspectives, we've got three guests in this episode (a GLaD podcast innovation!). Levi talks to Trisalyn Nelson, geography professor at the University of California, Santa Barbara; Dani chats with Michael...

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The flowers are blooming. The days are getting longer.

Equally as exciting: there are so many things in the Geography, Life and Data world that we are looking forward to. Join your co-hosts, Levi, Dani, and Rachel for a whirlwind discussion of some of the stuff we're most excited about for the Spring of 2023.

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March 17, 2023 77 mins

A callback for our original Spatial Analytics + Data (SAD) listeners who loved the part of the Interviews where we got to the SAD Dinner Party segment.

In this, our second GLaD episode, Dani, Levi, and Rachel answer the Dinner Party questions they used to ask SAD interviewees: whom would you invite? What would you talk about?

This one's a long one, so pull up a chair, go for a long walk, or maybe string it out over a few days. 


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March 16, 2023 3 mins

"So hey... it's been a while".

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