Museum Studies

Book Review: Your Museum Needs a Podcast

Your Museum Needs A Podcast: A Step-By-Step Guide to Podcasting on a Budget for Museums, History Organizations, and Cultural NonprofitsYour Museum Needs A Podcast: A Step-By-Step Guide to Podcasting on a Budget for Museums, History Organizations, and Cultural Nonprofits by Hannah Hethmon

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Hannah Hethmon’s book Your Museum Needs a Podcast is a must read for any cultural organization or individual thinking about jumping into the world of podcasting.

Hethmon herself is a podcasting veteran but came by her knowledge piecemeal and with a struggle. She aims to bridge the gap between idea and product by helping those with little to no understanding of how to create a podcast. She covers equipment, mapping an episode, recording, editing, and more in her short guide. Hethmon has simplified everything from start to finish and presents it in a practical guide in a way that is not overwhelming.

Make sure you visit her site to grab the workbook which is referenced several times. My only qualm with the guide is that the workbook is not included in an appendix. You’ll definitely want to get it since it’s invaluable in the course of planning and carrying out the tips Hethmon neatly outlines for the reader.


Godspeed, America.

It might surprise some people to learn that I spent many years planning to join the army.  I would work out in my room every night before bed doing 1000 sit-ups, 1000 push-ups, 1000 jumping-jacks, and running in place for 30 minutes.  Even my plans for veterinary school tied in with my dream of becoming an officer with the Army Corps of Veterinarians.  Unfortunately, celiac disease crushed those dreams.

Now, I spend my time researching the best ways to protect the cultural heritage of the Middle East, particularly in Iraq and Syria.  I’m working towards a graduate degree in Museum Studies and Non-Profit Management.  My entire future is looking towards preventing war and working with our allies, and even our enemies, to protect our human heritage.

I consider myself to be extremely patriotic though I’m sure many Republicans would argue with me on that.  On the eve of an inauguration that threatens everything I have worked for and everything I believe in, I am afraid for my country.  I am hoping beyond hope that Trump will succeed, certainly not in fulfilling his campaign promises, but in leading America through a storm of his own creation.

At this time, I implore everyone to reach across the aisle and work together in every way.  We need each other desperately right now.  We cannot be men, women, conservatives, liberals, Christian, Jewish, or Muslim any longer.  We must go forward as humans and do what is best for humanity.


Ivy Leave Bound and Broke as F***

Today I learned that I’ve been accepted to graduate school at Johns Hopkins University.  It was my first choice and I didn’t think I’d make it.  I’ll be pursuing a dual program with a Masters in Museum Studies with a focus in digital curation and a certificate in Non-Profit Management.  I am beyond thrilled that I will be able to pursue my passion for museums and education.

Yet here I am, a student at this prestigious university, and I have no way to fund it.  I’ve been job hunting since before my graduation from the University of Minnesota in May.  I’ve had no luck in finding permanent employment so I’ve taken temp jobs where I can.   I’m $3916 short of the tuition payment due by August 22nd.  I’ve got student loan payments fast approaching along with my other bills.  The debt is piling up and my opportunity is slipping away.

I’ve set up a campaign via GoFundMe to help me in my quest for my graduate degree.  I know money is tight for everyone these days.  However, if you have a few dollars to spare, I’d be beyond grateful.  Even if you don’t have any extra money to donate, I’d love it if you would just pass the word along.

Thank you,