The team reflects upon the creation of the podcast and considers its development for the future. In order to achieve this, Jacob and Gray interview several figures who made the podcast possible.
More episodes from "Kalamazoo Valley Museum Interpretive Hour"
Enola Gay Revisited
34:03In 1945, the American B-29 bomber “Enola Gay” deployed an atomic weapon on the city of Hiroshima. The history and memories surrounding this event are continually contentious, so much so, that in the 1990s, a Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum exhibit saw a media frenzy due to its representation. In this episode, Jacob and Gray revisit this interpretive issue. They consider the controversy, multiple perspectives, personal opinions, and how those in interpretation can learn from it.
1:06:28The team reflects upon the creation of the podcast and considers its development for the future. In order to achieve this, Jacob and Gray interview several figures who made the podcast possible.
American Children's Museums
41:50Jacob and Gray learn by play. They look at different children’s museums in Brooklyn, Indianapolis, Boston, and Philadelphia. These institutions have great social impact, educational benefits, and engagement - all of which Jacob and Gray consider.
American Living History Museums
38:32Jacob and Gray investigate the American living history museum through four case studies. From these examples, they ponder upon the pros and cons of the practice, and how it can grow.
Planetariums: Interpreting the Universe
53:48Jacob and Gray explore the global history of planetariums, the Adler Planetarium in Chicago, and the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. Following this, they interview the Kalamazoo Valley Museum’s planetarium technologist Steven Crawford and presenter/interpreter Tamara Bakr. Finally, they consider various innovations and changes in the practice.
Approaches in Difficult Histories
52:46Jacob and Gray confront difficult memories at historic sites across the globe. They provide information and opinions on how to approach these tumultuous and traumatic histories.
Cryptids, Ghouls, and the Unknown
55:29Jacob and Gray interpret the unknown and mysterious. Interpretation Specialist, Garrett Sander, joins the team for a spooky quickfire. The team then observes current practices and considers the field’s development.
Interpreting American Environmentalism and Ecology
44:02Jacob and Gray explore American environmental and ecological issues both historically and presently. Interpretation specialist, Wesley VanderWeg, talks about interpreting pollution and oil spills on the Kalamazoo River.
History and Theory of Interpretation
39:43Jacob and Gray introduce the podcast, explore early interpretation, and outline some of its core guiding theories for practice.