Frequently Asked Questions

Why

We see how excited people are to hear a great story that also connects with their sense of place. The MapCast mission is to make those stories easier to find.

Quality

MapCast is carefully curated so the stories you select from the map have been reviewed by a real person! You can be part of the MapCast community to help bring these great stories forward. Just reach out to contact@mapcast.fm.

Quantity

Of the 30 million+ podcast episodes, around 5-10% are related to a place. Apple has 19 podcast categories, so MapCast is like adding a whole new category. So think News, History, Sports….and now MapCast! Plus add to those numbers public radio stories (see next item).

Radio

Shorter public radio pieces are typically not released as podcast episodes. We think that’s a loss to listeners since those stories are consistently interesting, important, of high quality and often relate to a place that can be put on a map. Public radio reporters have spent years in study and honing their craft. We love their work and much of it is timeless.

Add

You are welcome to contribute more stories to MapCast. To start, please just send the URL or the story, either podcast episode or radio piece. Click here to submit your story.

About

MapCast started with some folks in Oregon who love podcasts, public radio and…maps. We’re having a lot of fun putting those things together. If you’d like to learn more, and perhaps be a part of the team, please let us know at parker@mapcast.fm.

Cost

MapCast is FREE. There are fees for organizations with high usage presenting MapCast on their own sites. Contact parker@mapcast.fm for more information.

StoriesHere

We were drawn to MapCast through our StoriesHere podcast. We came to that from volunteer work at museums and nature centers. StoriesHere episodes are conversations with leaders of museums of all kinds, and more.

Next

Our mission is to map the world’s great audio stories so that it’s easy for you to ‘listen by location*’. We’re looking for partners, contributors, editors and others to help. Contact Wayne Parker at parker@mapcast.fm for more information.

* Credit KLCC radio for the ‘Listen by Location’ phrase. Thanks Jason!