12: Live from CGS/Davis Rock City



We couldn’t decide which title we liked more, and to be honest, there’s a huge amount of time to write this week’s spiel unfortunately. But what we will say is that the 66th Annual California Geographical Society meeting was a blast this past weekend. Memories, networking, and geospatial things and cultural scientific…stuff galore. Bret and Tyler piled into a hatchback (as you’ll hear them whine about in the episode) and drove the many hours up to the serene NorCal burg of Davis for the meeting, and got the chance to record a few choice convos with a few conference VIPs. Dig in right here.


  1. Bret loves his CA Pistachios, and he reads why on the back of the bag.
  2. Bret, Tyler, and their erstwhile companions Kat and Inky (David, according to the IRS) say hello from scorched desert on the way back down to SoCal.
  3. SONG: el Trono de Judas – “Txoko Bizirik!”
  4. Bret and Tyler interview Anita, a proud Basque-American from NorNev (Northern Nevada…I’m never going to use that shorthand again) about her research about the Basque People’s history and current places in the United States. Interesgarri!
  5. SONG: La Polla Records – “Revolucion”
  6. Bret and Tyler chat with the righte honourable Dr. Steve Graves, the organizer of the feast, aka this year’s CGS President about the conference and his own recent research. Spoiler: it involves weed.
  7. SONG: Tad – “Just Bought the Farm”
  8. “The Arctic Circle Circle” – Tyler sits down with David and Ashley, both of the CSU system and quite knowledgeable about that area in the great white north that some countries are totally gonna be fighting over in a few years or something.
  9. SONG: Tortoise – “Glass Museum”
  10. Bret and Tyler chat with Dr. Ray Sumner about her chance visit to the world’s most freakishly environmentally sustainable university in the self-named Kaust, Saudi Arabia.
  11. SONG: Artie Shaw – “April in My Heart”
  12. We say goodbye. Tear.
How awesome does this episode sound, seriously? If you aren’t already jamming this one in your ears now, we don’t know what to tell you. Actually, we do. You should listen, because we had fun and maybe you’ll have fun listening to the sounds of it, and perhaps learn something.

Produced by Tyler S. for TDC Productions
Theme Song: “The Face of the Earth” by The Dismemberment Plan
Other Music Included:
See the breakdown above, since they were appropriate to their segments (generally).