Museum People
season One

Podcast hosts Marieke Van Damme and Dan Yaeger and in the “studio” at the Cambridge Historical Society.

Museum PeopleWelcome to Museum People, a NEMA-produced podcast that celebrates individuals connected with the museum field by highlighting their work, passions, opinions, and personalities. In each episode, you’ll hear stories and viewpoints from a variety of museum people, from unsung workers to executive directors, volunteers to trustees, as they help change the world one visitor at a time. NEMA Executive Director Dan Yaeger and Marieke Van Damme, director of the Cambridge Historical Society, are hosts. The first series of Museum People features eight episodes released weekly.

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Season 1, Episode 8 – March 2, 2016

Dan interviews Alyssa Lozupone of the Newport Mansions and explores the language of advocacy. Barnum Museum Executive Director Kathy Maher tells what it’s like to recover from multiple disasters of biblical proportions. Marieke and Dan reflect on what they’ve learned producing the podcast and unveil plans for another Museum People season.

Episode Eight music credits: “I Never Give In,” Scomber, ccmixter.org

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Season 1, Episode 7 − February 24, 2016

Museum studies programs take the spotlight. Marieke lets us know what’s important when she’s hiring at her museum. Harvard professor Mary Malloy talks authenticity, controversy, and a world without museums. Sheila Hoffman, museum studies PhD candidate, tells why she’s going through torture, the big data/collections connection, and the future of curation.

Episode Seven music credits: “Dawn’s Battle,” Ivan Chew, ccmixter.org

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Season 1, Episode 6 − February 17, 2016

Marieke and Dan check out the shout outs in the Museum People mail bag. Museum consultant Linda Norris talks to Marieke about fear, failure, and fantasy side-projects. Dan and Marieke speculate on the nature of museum innovation and independent professionals. Emily Robertson describes her career journey through museums, getting an MBA, Corporate America, and voiceovers.

Episode Six music credits: “Funky Deep (Headphone),” fourstones, ccmixter.org

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Season 1, Episode 5 − February 10, 2016

Dan goes to Maine with the mic and asks about first museum memories. Marieke reveals her own early transformative experience. Jim Duffey of the New England Aquarium describes his career in project management and design, how technology has impacted the visitor experience, and when “cool guys” from the Aquarium changed his life.

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Episode Five music credits: “Waste of TV,” Hans Atom, ccmixter.org


Season 1, Episode 4 – February 3, 2016

Marieke queries “What is the value of museums?” Dan riffs on terrorism and political footballs. Jessica Bitely of the Northeast Document Conservation Center talks preservation, disaster, and how to deal with moldy cash that’s been buried in your yard.

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Episode Four music credits: “Amanita Muscaria,” Jeris, ccmixter.org


Season 1, Episode 3 – January 27, 2016

Dan and Marieke get into the big museum issues and debate whether we’re stodgy or boring. “What do you wish people knew about museums?” Marieke asks her museum peeps. Bob Burns of the Mattatuck Museum describes the challenge of running a museum in an industrial city, how he’s helping drive downtown development and acting as a community resource.

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Episode Three music credits: “Blues for Birds Without Wings,” Martijn de Boer, ccmixter.org


Season 1, Episode 2 – January 20, 2016

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Marieke questions museum workers about their greatest obstacles. Dan and Marieke ponder why museums are here and whether they deserve more money. Laurie Lamarre of the Institute for American Indian Studies talks about authenticity, empathy, diversity, and museums as social leaders.

Episode Two music credits: “One Step,” CSoul, ccmixter.org


Season 1, Episode 1 – January 13, 2016

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Dan and Marieke introduce themselves and the podcast. Marieke asks “Why do you love working with museums?” Alex Dunn of the Trustees of Reservations tells us why he’s optimistic about the future of museums.

Episode One music credits: “Café Connection,” morgantj, ccmixter.org



Thanks and Credits

Museum People voiceover: Emily Robertson

Sound engineering for voiceover: Joe Rivers

Theme music: “Café Connection,” morgantj, ccmixter.org