GeoCurrents Casts are a series of podcasts that profile “The History and Geography of Current Global Events.” Each regionally-focused podcast features dozens of richly detailed and illustrated maps accompanied by a poignant lecture from Stanford University Senior Lecturer Martin Lewis.
The key players, motivations, and geographic influences on world affairs are all profiled in depth in each Cast.
Episode 1: Iraq: The Disputed Zone (Note: Links out to Stanford.edu site)
Heated regional geopolitics in Northern Iraq and Kurdistan, focusing on the interests of the lesser known minorities of Iraq, including its Shabak and Yazidi populations.
Episode 2: Hungary v. Slovakia (Note: Links out to Stanford.edu site)
A cartographical illustration of the historical source of tensions between Slovakia and Hungary, and a look at the rise of ultra-nationalism across Eastern Europe.
Episode 3: China Burma (Note: Link Coming Soon)
An illustrated analysis of ethnic tensions between Burma and China, in the wake Chinese Military action the Shan plateau.
Episode 4: Pakistan’s Swat Valley (Note: Link Coming Soon)
From key node in the Eurasian Ecumen to War-Torn Periphery.
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Episode 5: Afghanistan (Note: Link Coming Soon)
A deep look at the geopolitics of the US military engagement in Afghanistan through the lens of the region’s recent and ancient history.
Episode 6: Iraq in 2010 (Note: Link Coming Soon)
A thorough review of regional geopolitics in Iraq, the upcoming census, new developments in the US campaign, and a detailed history of Iraq through today. A must watch for anyone interested in the intricacies of the country’s delicate ethnic geography.
Episode 7: Latin America (Note: Link Coming Soon)
A tour of Latin American electoral geopolitics. This lecture profiles the ‘who’s who’ in politics across the region, including Zelaya, Evo Morales, and Hugo Chavez.
Episode 8: The Democratic Republic of the Congo & Central Africa (Note: Link Coming Soon)
A comprehensive look at modern Central African history, ethnography, and linguistic geography, using the Democratic Republic to the Congo as focal point. This lecture spans from the terrors of King Leopold and the Rwandan genocide to the Rumble in the Jungle and all you’ve ever wanted to know about Chad.