A Podcast putting towns on the map
Each week These Parts takes you on a trip to the far-flung corners of the United States, visiting the captivating—and sometimes curious —small towns that make this country great. From culture to cuisine and everything in between, you'll learn more than you knew you wanted to know about a new destination every episode.
Joining you on your journey are your two intrepid hosts, Elliot and Vince McNally. Brothers, lifelong travel companions, and the great-great-grandsons of legendary map-making mogul Rand McNally, they're on a cross-country crusade to write an almanac that will return their family name to cartographical glory: Towns in Country: The McNally Brothers' Comprehensive Guide to Small Town America. Along the way they're bringing you a podcast from the road—often joined by area locals ranging from courtesan to common-folk, they immerse themselves in the past and present of every town to teach you a thing or two about These Parts.
Your Tour Guides
An intrepid explorer, adventurer, writer, philanthropist and idol of his great-great grandsons Elliot and Vince. More than a map-making legend, Rand is also speculated to be a founding member of the Almanerican Society—a secret cabal of cartographers shrouded in mystery, but dedicated to providing geographical, anthropological and historical information about America. Some say they created MapQuest. Rand's legacy lives on through his many beloved and foundational texts, ranging from almanacs, to atlases, to maps, and even to cookbooks and courtship manuals.
Vince and Elliot record remotely from Minneapolis, MN and Portland, OR, respectively, each week. Editing and music are done by Elliot, and social media is half-assed by both.
MAPP: THE MAP APP "THE APP THAT's A MAP!"
These Parts is proudly sponsored by Mapp: The Map App "The App that's a Map!" Front-runner in geolocation technology, Mapp helps our hosts get where they're going through the platform's state-of-the-art GPS capabilities and constant parade of new and exciting features, including an interface, pressable buttons, semi-visible screen and "terms and conditions."