Discussing the geographical significence of the current “uprisings” in the middle east this book came up on show 395. This ties in to the pipeline thesis and the simplifieing of geographical knowledge by the general public.
Adam has a interview with Ken Jennings on his BigBookShow
From the authors website:
Maphead: Charting the Wide, Weird World of Geography Wonks is Ken’s followup to his 2005 best-seller Brainiac. Much as Brainiac offered a behind-the-scenes look at the little-known demimonde of competitive trivia buffs, Maphead finally gives equal time to that other downtrodden underclass: America’s map nerds.