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Welcome to the PEMcast, conversations and stories for the culturally curious.

PEM launched the PEMcast in 2014 to connect stories from our staff and collection to the growing audience of podcast listeners. The audio storytelling renaissance has millions of people listening to news, interviews and entertaining audio shows as they jog, cook and commute.

Producers and hosts Chip Van Dyke and Dinah Cardin are committed to creating high-quality, thought-provoking storytelling.

PEM won a Silver Muse Award from the American Alliance of Museums for our podcast series. The judges commended us on conveying the warmth and vibrant curiosity of PEM's staff, while linking the museum and our offerings to broader cultural issues.

Find the PEMcast on Soundcloud,& iTunes or any podcast app and at PEM's blog Connected.

  • PEMcast 010: Immersive experiences

    Museums and artists have long played on people's sense of empathy and wonder. But now, more than ever, museums are incorporating all the senses in exhibition design and in the design of the whole museum.

  • PEMcast 009: The Winter Caretaker

    Please enjoy this interview with Alex de Steiguer about her work as a photographer and as the winter caretaker of Star Island.

  • PEMcast 008.3: The Crushers

    This episode of the PEMcast finishes our three part Historic House Crush series. It features a story about historic house crusher, Karina Waters . Karina is one crusher whose great vision for a crumbling chateau in the French Pyrenees has taken her love of historic architecture to the next level.

  • PEMcast 008.2: Building Stories

    The second of three episodes in promotion of our #historichousecrush campaign! In this episode, we talk with people who are pushing the envelope — to use a building term — on presenting historic houses to the public. They're changing the way these houses are run and the way we experience them.

  • PEMcast 008.1: Historic House Crush

    In this episode, we explore how almost exactly 50 years ago, Salem was saved from the wrecking ball thanks to one woman and her mighty pen. This is the first in a series of episodes we're producing about historic buildings around the world and the stories they tell. We're also relaunching our online campaign #HistoricHouseCrush. Join us!

  • PEMcast 007: Blue & White Magic

    Porzellankrankheit is a German term that means "porcelain sickness." It describes the obsessive behavior of a person smitten by porcelain's mysterious beauty. On this episode, we meet with some people who are very obviously obsessed with the blue and white magic of Chinese porcelain.

  • PEMcast 006: Getting Outside

    In this episode Chip and Dinah celebrate PEM's current public art initiative. We look at three artists and three exhibitions that took us outdoors beyond our walls.

  • PEMcast 005: Epic America

    In this episode of the PEMcast, we examine the life of one of America's most famous 20th century painters who you may not know.

  • PEMcast 004: Good As Gould

    Episode 4 of the PEMcast discovers the hidden legacy of Nathaniel Gould in furniture-maker Phil Lowe and collector Tim Leavy.

  • PEMcast 003: Growing Up Curious

    Are you, or were you a curious kid? Do museums fuel your curiosity? Chip and Dinah talk with a 3-year-old who visits PEM daily.

  • PEMcast 002: Makers

    Are you a Maker? Do you know what a Maker is? Dinah and Chip discuss Adam Savage's "Rules of Making" with Edie Shimel. Then, PEM's Curator of the Present Tense Trevor Smith talks about PEM's upcoming exhibition featuring Maker-extraordinaire Theo Jansen and his Strandbeests.

  • PEMcast 001: Music

    PEMcast 001 is all about music. We look at the story of the most famous musician in Greek myth, Orpheus. PEM Composer-in-Residence Matthew Aucoin explores the myth of Orpheus and his fateful journey to the underworld. From there we head to France to explore Jean Cocteau's Orphic trilogy and then back to Salem for some of PEM's most memorable audio moments.