About This Show
Our museums are not only repositories for artwork and artifacts that define humanity, they are also archives of stories that enrich our lives. Narratives accompany every exhibit. Every acquisition has an anecdote. "Special Collections: Radio Tours to All the Cool Places" connects us to those wonderful tales so that we can broaden our perspectives in an entertaining way.
This is a show dedicated to museums, parks, archives, historic homes, or other interesting places with distinctive cool stuff. Each week, host Mark Burns interviews two museum or collection professionals about what their objects mean and how they got where they are. New episodes air on Saturdays at 7 p.m. Eastern; 4 p.m. Pacific on BYUradio, Sirius XM, channel 143. Some new episodes may be preempted by sports coverage.
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Our next episode will feature Crystal Bridges and the Museum of Bad Art!
Most Recent Episode
Burnt Food and Oz Museum
The Burnt Food Museum
You might think the pancakes you burned or the truly spectacular failure of a turkey you tried to fry might be good for one thing: the trash bin. But at the Burnt Food Museum in Arlington, Massachusetts, you’ll get a different perspective on culinary disaster. With titles like “Thrice Baked Potato,” and “Sure, You Can Bake Quiche In The Microwave,” the authentically accidental charred remains of snacks and meals from across the US beg the question: is there a deeper, philosophical meaning behind the food we burn? Listen in on our conversation with museum curator and founder Deborah Henson-Conant to find out. Museum website: http://www.burntfoodmuseum.com/
Deborah's entertaining and enlightening TED talk can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/EOtEkRtk5IA
Learn more about Deborah's music here: https://www.hipharp.com
The Oz Museum
Although L. Frank Baum didn’t think his 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” would be a success, its persistent endurance over a century has proved him soundly wrong. “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz” has spawned film adaptations, theater adaptations, prequels, sequels, and generations of little children waltzing around in glittering slippers. The Oz Museum, in Wamego, Kansas, pays homage to “all things Oz,” from the original novel to movies to plays to board games. Come with us as we stay very much in Kansas and talk to the Executive Director of the Oz Museum, Clint Steuve, about the history and contents of the museum and the story that inspired it. Museum website: https://ozmuseum.com/