Tue, 10/04/2011 - 6:30pm

Event address: 

1224 Cornwall Avenue
The Leopold's Crystal Ballroom
98225-7015 Bellingham

The Chuckanut Radio Hour is a radio variety show that began in January 2007.  Each Chuckanut Radio Hour features a guest author and includes guest musicians, performance poet Kevin Murphy, Cascadia Weekly columnist Alan Rhodes, an episode of "The Bellingham Bean" serial radio comedy, and some groaner jokes by hosts Chuck & Dee Robinson and announcer Rich Donelly. The Chuckanut Radio Hour's first guest was Erik Larson and has since included William Dietrich, Elizabeth George, J.A. Jance, Sherman Alexie, Tom Robbins and Garrison Keillor, among many others. The Radio Hour airs every Saturday evening at 6pm and Sunday at 9pm on KMRE 102.3FM. This month's featured musician is Walt Burkett of The Walrus.

Our October guest will be author Ken Jennings for his new book Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks. It comes as no surprise that, as a kid, "Jeopardy!" legend Ken Jennings slept with a bulky Hammond World Atlas by his pillow every night. Maphead recounts his lifelong love affair with geography and explores why maps have always been so fascinating to him and to fellow enthusiasts everywhere. Jennings takes readers on a world tour of geogeeks from the London Map Fair to the bowels of the Library of Congress, from the pre-pubescent geniuses at the National Geographic Bee to the computer programmers at Google Earth. Each chapter delves into a different aspect of map culture: highpointing, geocaching, road atlas rallying, even the "unreal estate" charted on the maps of fiction and fantasy. He also considers the ways in which cartography has shaped our history, suggesting that the impulse to make and read maps is as relevant today as it has ever been. From the "Here be dragons" parchment maps of the Age of Discovery to the spinning globes of grade school to the postmodern revolution of digital maps and GPS, Maphead is filled with intriguing details, engaging anecdotes, and enlightening analysis. If you're an inveterate map lover yourself--or even if you're among the cartographically clueless who can get lost in a supermarket--let Ken Jennings be your guide to the strange world of mapheads.

Ken Jennings was born in Seattle but spent much of his childhood in Seoul, South Korea. A graduate of Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah, he worked as a computer programmer until becoming an unlikely celebrity due to his unprecedented record-breaking streak on the television quiz show Jeopardy! He lives outside Salt Lake City with his wife and son. For more information, visit

Tickets for the Chuckanut Radio Hour are $5 are available at Village Books and on Receive one free ticket with each pre-event, in-store purchase of Maphead. Doors open at 6:30pm, and you must be seated by 6:45pm as the show begins promptly at 7pm. Co-sponsored by the Leopold Residence, 12th Street Shoes, Fairhaven Village Inn, and Fairhaven Runners & Walkers. Tickets to this show will help support community radio station KMRE.


Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781439167175
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Scribner Book Company - September 20th, 2011

Ken Jennings's Trivia Almanac: 8,888 Questions in 365 Days Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345499974
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Villard Books - January 15th, 2008

Brainiac: Adventures in the Curious, Competitive, Compulsive World of Trivia Buffs Cover Image
ISBN: 9780812974997
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Villard Books - October 30th, 2007