Program 585: Pilgrim Trails of Italy; Wayfinding

Release Date: 11-30-2019


What is relying on GPS doing to your brain? We'll explore our innate "Wayfinding" abilities with a science reporter who's investigated how some people are able to navigate with only natural features as their guide. Plus, enthusiasts of hiking Europe's medieval footpaths share what it's like to walk Italy's pilgrim trails to Rome.


  • Rev. Sanford "Sandy" Brown, author of "The Way of St. Francis" (Cicerone)
  • Erinn Zavaglia, president of American Pilgrims to Italy
  • Journalist M. R. O'Connor, author of "Wayfinding: The Science and Mystery of How Humans Navigate the World" (St. Martin’s Press)

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Program Extras

More with M. R. O'Connor - Rick and M. R. O'Connor discuss how using a GPS may be affecting your brain, and Rick shares a secret about his ability to find his way around Europe. (runs 3:09)