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Episode 36 (2/24/2020): Get to know the world magnetic model - Today, we’re talking about something that’s kind of a big deal, but most people have never heard of it. Here’s a few hints. It’s embedded in thousands of systems, including more than a billion smartphones for mobile navigation apps. It’s critical for the military and commercial uses around the world and is the standard for the U.S. Department of Defense, the U.K. Ministry of Defense, the North Atlantic Treaty Organization and the International Hydrographic Organization.

Episode 35 (12/10/2019): Cuban Missile Crisis Perspectives from NGA's Historian - Bundle up. We're heading back to the Cold War to reflect on the Cuban Missile Crisis - a pivotal moment for our NGA heritage organization, the National Photographic Interpretation Center or NPIC. This episode of Geointeresting will also feature remarks given by NGA historian, and "friend of the pod," Dr. Gary Weir, Ph.D., at an NGA agency commemmoration event this past October at NGA in Springfield, Virginia.
Episode 34 (11/12/2019): A maritime achievement 150 years in the making - It’s not often that you get to celebrate a sesquicentennial, but that’s just what the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency did this fall at its Springfield, Virginia, campus. For 150 years, the Notice to Mariners has kept navigators and shipmasters informed with the most current navigational information.
Episode 33 (9/04/2019): A conversation with former NGA Director Letitia A. Long- On this episode of the Geointeresting Podcast, we're talking about the current state of women in the IC, taking mentorship to the next level and what is most exciting about where the geospatial industry is heading.
Episode 32 (8/15/2019): Perspectives on the St. Louis geospatial ecosystem with T-REX's executive director -
Tune into the latest episode of the Geointeresting podcast featuring T-REX Executive Director Patty Hagen. We take a look at the exciting geospatial transformation happening in St. Louis and answer one of our most burning questions -- just how did T-REX get its name? Spoiler alert: It's not what you think!
Episode 31 (6/24/2019): A conversation with NGA Research Director - Today on the podcast you will hear from two women in NGA’s Research directorate — one running the research and development portfolio for NGA and a scientist discovering the latest in hyperspectral signatures. NGA’s Director of Research Cindy Daniell and research scientist Jennifer Durdall might be at different stages of their career but are strong advocates for women in the STEM field.
Episode 30 (7/17/2018): President, general, surveyor and NGA employee number one — George Washington -NGA explores the cartographic legacy of president, general and surveyor George Washington through an interview with Joseph Stoltz, Ph.D., digital historian at the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington at Mount Vernon.
Episode 29 (6/15/2018): Civil applications of intelligence data - How NGA supports disaster relief and more -   Space-based GEOINT capabilities help provide U.S. defense officials and policymakers understanding of adversaries and world events. But the user base for these capabilities goes far beyond the military and intelligence community.
Episode 28 (3/29/2018): NGA & NASA Map the Moon Following the end of World War II, the United States was in the midst of an intense Space Race with the Soviet Union. The American people were inspired to support the Apollo mission - to be the first to land a man on the moon. This goal to reach uncharted territory required Americans to push the boundaries of scientific knowledge and live up to their pioneering heritage. Many of those pushing the scientific envelope worked for the Air Force’s Aeronautical Chart and Information Center and the Army Map Service, both NGA predecessor organizations.
Episode 27 (2/19/2018): NGA's Olympic LegacyThe 2018 Winter Olympics are nearly here - and we couldn't be more excited to cheer on Team USA. Even before the Opening Ceremony kicks off the Games, Team NGA works behind the scenes to provide GEOINT to the host country, helping ensure the safety of the global athletes and spectators. And - hear the inspiring story of NGA's own Helen Stephens - Olympic athlete and then, librarian at NGA predecessor organization, the Aeronautical Chart and Information Center in St. Louis.
Episode 26 (11/20/2017): Director of Intelligence, United States Marine Corps, Brig. Gen. Dmitri Henry - Director of Intelligence, United States Marine Corps, Brig. Gen. Dimitri Henry, sits down with Geointeresting to discuss national security, cyberwarfare and leadership from his perspective and experience; Henry is the Marine Corps’ top intelligence official whose career spans 36 years.
Episode 25 (10/31/2017): Ghost stories at the Arsenal - The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's 2nd Street campus in St. Louis is headquarters to the majority of NGA West employees. And some say there are other ... inhabitants roaming the halls.
Episode 24 (9/19/2017): Dr. Stacey Dixon, deputy director, IARPA - Dr. Stacey Dixon, talks about her efforts in advancing women in STEM, the future of technology in the IC and what she believes are characteristics of a good leader.
Episode 23 (7/3/2017): Vint Cerf - Innovator, risk taker, Internet Pioneer - ​Vint Cerf, one of the “fathers of the Internet” discusses his role in its creation and the impact it has had on the world.
Episode 22 (6/15/2017): NGA LGBT members talk intersectionality across communities - June is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month. At NGA, team members constantly intersect - comparing work notes across the team, relaying information across the agency and discussing what they did over the weekend. A successful workplace relies on multiple identities interconnecting positively and productively to ensure mission success.
Episode 21 (5/15/2017): One NGA employee's journey from political refugee to U.S. civil servant (Part Two) - After escaping Vietnam, and surviving six days and six nights on a tiny boat, Christine Staley and her family arrive in the Philippines.
Episode 20 (5/1/2017): One NGA employee's journey from political refugee to U.S. civil servant (Part One) - Christine Staley, an assistant inspector general for audit at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, describes her experience as one of the estimated 700,000 'boat people' who escaped Vietnam in the 1970s.
Episode 19 (2/7/2017): Journalist, author Yudhijit Bhattacharjee on a little known tale of espionage - Recently, author and journalist Yudhijit Bhattacharjee, visited NGA's Springfield, Virginia, campus and told the story of Brian Regan, a former signals intelligence officer who stole over 20,000 pieces of classified information.
Episode 18 (1/12/2017): Mapping the Arctic - Paul Morin, director of the Polar Geospatial Center at University of Minnesota, talked with Geointeresting about the advances in mapping the Arctic and Alaska through the creation of digital elevation models, and with the help of NGA and the National Science Foundation.
Episode 17 (12/14/2016): Dayton Peace Accords -This episode of Geointeresting celebrates the work done by the Defense Mapping Agency, an NGA legacy organization, during the Dayton Peace Accords.
Episode 16 (11/17/2016): Mapmaking behind the Iron Curtain - Alex Kent, Ph.D., professor of cartography and geographic information at Canterbury Christ Church University, and John Davies, a lifelong map lover and collector, recently sat down with NGA’s Geointeresting podcast team to talk about Cold War-era Soviet mapmaking and its impact on modern-day cartography.
Episode 15 (10/28/2016): U.S. Air Force Gen. Darren McDew, commander U.S. Transportation Command - At NGA's distinguished speaker series, McDew spoke about leadership and the importance of thanking colleagues for their work.
Episode 14 (6/20/2016): A historical look at Matthew Maury, pathfinder of the seas - Former "Navy Times" Managing Editor John Grady visited the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency earlier this year to discuss a 19th-century pioneer in the study of ocean and modern navigational techniques, Matthew Fontaine Maury.
Episode 13 (9/1/2016): What is it like to be an intern at NGA? - Geointeresting sits down with two National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency interns from this past summer to discuss their unique experiences as interns in the intelligence community.
Episode 12 (8/26/2016): Agency leaders reflect on Women's Equality DayNGA Deputy Director Sue Gordon and NGA’s Director of Operations, U.S. Air Force Maj. Gen. “UV” Linda Urrutia-Varhall, sat down with the agency’s Geointeresting podcast to talk about women's equality, leadership and some of their personal experiences.
Episode 11 (7/20/2016): How the intelligence community is combating wildlife trafficking - Geointeresting talks to Terry Ford, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, National Intelligence Manager - Africa, and Dr. Odean Serrano, Office of the Director of National Intelligence, intelligence community lead for combating wildlife trafficking.
Episode 10 (6/1/2016): Former director of the CIA and NSA, Michael V. Hayden - In this podcast, Gen. Hayden discusses innovation, leadership and transparency in the intelligence community.
Episode 09 (6/1/2016): Pentagon Press Secretary Peter Cook - Cook was previously a correspondent for Bloomberg Television, where he covered Congress, the White House , the U.S. Treasury and the Federal Reserve. Now for the Department of Defense he conducts daily press conferences and frequently uses information from NGA to keep the public informed.
Episode 08 (1/15/2016): Jack O'Connor, author of "NPIC: Seeing the Secrets and Growing the Leaders" Listen to learn about the National Photographic Interpretation Center culture, the day-to-day lives of imagery analysts, and about the leaders who helped mold the NGA legacy organization and whose leadership values are still followed, today.
Episode 07 (10/15/2015): Lt. Gen Russel L. Honore & Adm. Thad Allen - Lt. Gen. Russel L. Honoré and U.S. Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen led response and recovery operations for Hurricane Katrina and Rita.
Episode 06 (9/21/2015): Sue ShumateNGA's talent acquisition lead, to help demystify the intelligence community's recruiting process and talk about some of the open jobs at NGA.
Episode 05 (9/11/2015): Cleo Loi & Steven Tingay - Ms. Cleo Loi and Professor Steven Tingay discuss the Murchison Widefield Array (MWA) — a radio telescope located in the Western Australian desert — and Loi’s discovery of the existence of tubular plasma structures in the inner layers of the magnetosphere surrounding the Earth.
Episode 04 (6/24/2015): Justin Poole & Carter Christopher - Mr. Justin Poole is the Director of NGA’s Xperience Directorate, where he is charged with enhancing the user’s experience through online, on-demand GEOINT services that provide access to content, expertise, and applications. Dr. Carter Christopher is currently part of the Core Leadership Team of the GEOINT Services Initiative – responsible for developing and executing the agency’s GEOINT Services Strategy.
Episode 03 (6/22/2015): Chris Rasmussen - Chris Rasmussen drove the initiative that made NGA the first intelligence agency to open source software on GitHub and place apps into iTunes and Google Play.
Episode 02 (5/20/2015): Ben Balter - Ben Balter is the Government Evangelist at GitHub — the world’s largest software development network — where he leads the efforts to encourage adoption of open source philosophies, making all levels of government better, one repository at a time.
Episode 01 (4/23/2015): Mark Anderson - Mark Anderson is the founder and publisher of the Strategic News Service newsletter, long a must-read for industry leaders and venture capitalists, and founder, chair and host of Future in Review, an annual gathering for tech leaders, investors, and policymakers The Economist called “the best technology conference in the world.”