Season 2, Episode 7 – September 7, 2016

September 7, 2016

Celebrate with us as we honor the Tomaquag Museum, a NEMA member which was awarded a 2016 IMLS National Medal. Dan sits down with executive director Loren Spears as she shares her joys and challenges in running a Native American museum, how indigenous populations feel alienated in their own homeland, and her hopes for the future. Marieke chats with Diana Montano of renegade tour company Museum Hack and hears how they are changing the visitor experience.

Music credits: “Two Fingers of Rum,” AdmiralBob,


Season 2, Episode 6 – August 31, 2016

August 31, 2016

The future is ours! Special guest Elizabeth Merritt, founding director of the Center for the Future of Museums, takes us on a glimpse into the world of futurism, how she selects subjects for the annual Trendswatch publication, and what jobs to stay away from in the coming years. Dan's colleagues in the Council of Regional Associations weigh in on what issues museums are facing nationally.

Music credits: “More, More, More,” Reiswerk,


Season 2, Episode 5 – August 24, 2016

August 24, 2016

Happy 100th Birthday National Park Service! In honor of the anniversary on August 25, Marieke tells about her experiences with the NPS in Alaska and Boston. Dan talks with Laurel Racine, curator at the Lowell National Historical Park, about how parks impact communities, her career path in the NPS, and what the next 100 years will bring to the system.

Music credits: “Unfriendly Me,” Martijn de Boer,


Season 2, Episode 4 – August 17, 2016

August 17, 2016

Marieke and Dan chat about summer museum fun, Pokémon Go,and innovation. Marieke interviews software guru Rich Sheridan, author of Joy, Inc., about his transformational museum experiences, how he is creating a joyful workplace culture, and how museums can become more inspirational places for workers and visitors.

Music credits: “Too Broken,” Admiral Bob,


Season 2, Episode 3 - August 10, 2016

August 10, 2016

Special feature: Dan and Marieke interview emerging professionals Scarlett Hoey, Alli Rico, and Adrienne Turnbull-Reilly about why they love museums, museum studies programs, the importance of mentorships, navigating internships, and their futures in the museum field.


Season 2, Episode 2 - August 3, 2016

August 3, 2016

The NEMA board tells us their greatest wish for the museum field. Exhibit designer and museum activist Margaret Middleton speaks out on diversity, worker rights, uncomfortable conversations using inclusive language,and the social responsibility of museums in a changing society. Dan and Marieke explore teamwork between boards and executive directors, biases, and whether Dan is a feminist.

Music credits: “I Dunno,” Grapes,


Season 2, Episode 1 - July 27, 2016

July 27, 2016

Dan and Marieke on location at the 2016 AAM Annual Meeting in Washington, DC. Dan interviews attendees about “conference buzz” and what’s at stake in the presidential election. AAM President & CEO Laura Lott talks about strategic plans, work/life integration, and the state of the museum field.

Music credits: “Paint the Sky,” Hans Atom,


Episode Eight – Advocacy and Disaster

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,


Episode Seven: Museums Studies Programs

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,


Episode Six: Fear in Museum Practice

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,