Episode Archive

78 episodes of Museum Archipelago since the first episode, which aired on April 3rd, 2015.

  • 54. Buzludzha Is Deteriorating. Brian Muthaliff Wants To Turn It Into A Winery.

    November 19th, 2018  |  14 mins 8 secs
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    High in the Balkan mountains, Buzludzha monument is deteriorating. Designed to emphasize the power and modernity of the Bulgarian Communist Party, Buzludzha is now at the center of a debate over how Bulgaria remembers its past.

    Architect Brian Muthaliff wants the building to evolve along with Bulgaria. His master’s thesis on Buzludzha describes a re-adaption of the site to subvert the original intention of the architecture, including installing a winery and a theater.

    Unlike architect Dora Ivanova’s Buzludzha Project, which we discussed at length in episode 47, Muthaliff’s plan only calls for a single, museum-like space. In this episode, we go in depth on what a museum means and what is the best path forward for this building and for Bulgaria.

  • 53. Tribal Historic Preservation Office Helps Students Map Seminole Life for the Ah-tah-thi-ki Museum

    November 5th, 2018  |  12 mins 31 secs
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    The Ah-Tah-Thi-Ki Seminole Indian Museum, on the Big Cypress Reservation in the Florida Everglades, serves as the public face of the Seminole Tribe of Florida. But the museum collaborates with the Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Tribal Historic Preservation Office(THPO) next door to preserve the tribe's culture, working for and with the community through various shared projects.

    One of the projects is called Are We There Yet: Engaging the Tribal Youth with Story Maps, which is now on display in the museum. Quentin Cypress, Community Engagement Coordinator at THPO, and Lacee Cofer, Geo Spatial Analyst at THPO, started the project with Juan Cancel, Chief Data Analyst at THPO. The team taught 11th grade students at the Ahfachkee School (the school on the Big Cypress Reservation) GIS mapping software and helped the students create their own maps about a Seminole or Native American topic.

  • 52. Paula Santos Dives Into The "How" of Museum Work on Cultura Conscious

    October 15th, 2018  |  10 mins 26 secs
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    By day, Paula Santos is Community Engagement Manager at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art. By night, she hosts the excellent Cultura Conscious podcast.

    On Cultura Conscious, which just celebrated its one-year anniversary, Santos interviews cultural workers on their work with justice and equity. The discussions dive deep into what Santos calls the "nuts and bolts" of museum work.

  • 51. Yulina Mihaylova Presents a Moral Lesson at the Sofia Jewish Museum of History

    October 1st, 2018  |  12 mins 42 secs
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    The Jewish Museum of History in Sofia, Bulgaria tells the full story of the Jewish people in Bulgaria from ancient Roman times to today. The museum takes on the complexities of the rescue of the Jews in Bulgaria from deportation to Nazi death camps during the Second World War.

  • 50. Allison Sansone Connects Writers and Readers at the American Writers Museum

    September 17th, 2018  |  9 mins 37 secs
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    When the American Writers Museum opened in Chicago in 2017, it became the first museum in the US to celebrate all genres of writing. Early in the planning phase, founder Malcolm O’Hagan made a couple of key decisions: no artifacts and no single curator.

    In this episode, the museum’s programs director Allison Sansone explains how these decisions continue to shape the museum, from a timeline of 100 significant authors of fiction and nonfiction to galleries honoring the craft of writing.

  • 49. Deyana Kostova Centers ‘The Little Man’ in War at the Bulgarian National Museum of Military History

    September 3rd, 2018  |  10 mins 13 secs
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    The campus of the Bulgarian National Museum of Military History in Sofia is defended on all sides by a garden of missiles and tanks. But as Director of Public relations Deyana Kostova points out, many of the exhibits inside focus on the consequences of war rather than the tools of warfare.

  • 48. Museums Are Really Sensitive To Critique. Palace Shaw & Ariana Lee Decided They Don’t Care.

    August 20th, 2018  |  12 mins 3 secs
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    Ariana Lee and Palace Shaw create The Whitest Cube, an excellent new museum podcast about people of color and their experiences with art institutions as artists, visitors, workers, activists, or casual admirers. The podcast interrogates the city of Boston and its cultural institutions through the lens of race.

  • 47. Buzludzha is Deteriorating. Dora Ivanova Wants To Turn It Into A Museum.

    July 23rd, 2018  |  9 mins 59 secs
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    High in the Bulgarian mountains, Buzludzha monument is deteriorating.

  • 46. Vessela Gercheva Directs Playful Exhibits at Bulgaria’s First Children’s Museum

    July 9th, 2018  |  10 mins 1 sec
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    There were no children’s museums in the Balkans before Muzeiko opened in Sofia, Bulgaria in 2015.

  • 45. Margaret Middleton Designs Museum Exhibits for All Ages

    June 25th, 2018  |  11 mins 6 secs
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    Margaret Middleton is an independent exhibit designer and museum consultant based in Providence, RI, USA.

  • 44. Vassil Makarinov Presents Technology and History at the Bulgarian Polytechnical Museum

    June 11th, 2018  |  11 mins 27 secs
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    The Bulgarian National Polytechnical Museum is a science museum that also tells the story of Bulgarian and world history.

  • 43. Blake Bradford Aims To Increase Number of Black Museum Professionals with Lincoln University Program

    May 28th, 2018  |  11 mins 36 secs
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    In episode 36 of this podcast, Bill Bradberry, Chair of the Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Area Commission, described encountering the glaring lack of cultural diversity within and around the museum industry, particularly in leadership.