The MapMaker

This podcast will change the way you think about the past. We bring history to life by showing how technology, data, design, the “natural” world, the built environment, political intrigue, and personal drama shape places large and small. Join Dr. Kelly O'Neill to learn why "where" matters. 

Credits: Kelly O’Neill is creator and host. The podcast is produced by Paul Vădan, with special thanks to Sarah Blout Rosenberg and Yipeng Zhou. Our logo was designed by Julie Teninbaum and Genevieve Wallace. The MapMaker would not exist without the generous support of the Davis Center for Russian and European Studies at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In which we explore a map the size of a kitchen table showing a peninsula the size of Massachusetts. Crimea was the battleground between world empires in the 1850s: we explain why it mattered then and still matters now. (First of a trio of episodes.)

Abandoned grapes, dangerous goats, and the Crimean Tatar experience of empire.

Meet Thomas Best Jervis: polyglot, map thief, and architect of an information revolution.