Inspiring conversations: museums, local history, nature, science and more

Folklife Stories
Aug 5 • 36 min
Folklife Stories with John Fenn – this episode includes some surprising stories and a peek into the life of a folklorist. Those stories range from a shootout in Texas to the work of preserving Native American language and cultural heritage materials. John…
Museum in the Land of Enchantment
Jul 16 • 37 min
This conversation ranges from dinosaurs, stars, drugs, personal computers, and much more…all in the Land of Enchantment. We are honored to talk with Margie Marino, Executive Director of the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.…
Stories from the High Desert
Jun 27 • 16 min
This episode is an interview with Dana Whitelaw, Executive Director of the High Desert Museum just south of Bend, Oregon. This Museum is all about wildlife and living history, a place that immerses visitors in the unique environment of Central Oregon’s…
A Life in Museums
Jun 24 • 29 min
Among many stories from today’s conversation with Alice Parman is the time she was in the ring with Muhammad Ali! Just one of the many events of note from her career with museums. Now as a consultant, she helps museums all over the country with their…
Conversation with a World Champion of Birding
May 29 • 26 min
This conversation with Noah Strycker covers his adventures as a young rock-star of birding, far from the birder stereotype and a leader of the resurgence of interest in birding by people of all ages. Noah is the author of the New York Times Editor’s…
First Around the World Flight
May 3 • 6 min
The first round-the-world airplane flight started where? Bob Hart, Executive Director of the Lane County History Museum describes the original Eugene Air Park, built at the urging of Mahlon Sweet, whose name was given to today’s main airport in Eugene.…
Intriguing Stories of Oregon’s History
Apr 30 • 29 min
Many surprising stories in this episode, from a conversation with Bob Hart, Executive Director of the Lane County History Museum. Find out more about the Museum at
Portland Beginnings and the Pittock Mansion
Mar 18 • 34 min
An intriguing interview with Patti Larkin, Curator and Programs Manager of the Pittock Mansion, about this home and museum that relates to so much of Portland’s early history.
So Why Did They Circle The Wagons?
Mar 18 • 38 min
This episode includes many remarkable and often surprising stories from a conversation with Bethany Nemec of the End of the Oregon Trail Interpretive Center.
The 10,000 Year Old Sandal
Mar 17 • 29 min
There are many wonderful surprises in this episode, a conversation with Dr. Tom Connolly, Director of Archeological Research at the University of Oregon. For example, the stories of the 10,000 year old intact sandals. And then learning that the archeology…
An Oregon Safe House
Feb 8 • 24 min
This interview with Eric Richardson tells the story of the Mims House, a ‘Safe House’ in Eugene. Many people are surprised to learn that blacks weren’t welcome to stay overnight, even into the 1960s. Eric grew up knowing the Mims family and is President…
Showdown at Opal Creek
Feb 3 • 26 min
Katie Ryan, Executive Director of Opal Creek Ancient Forest Center, describes the past, present and future of this special place, the largest low-elevation old growth forest left in Oregon.
The Anarchist and the Whiteaker
Jan 23 • 38 min
John Zerzan describes the history of the Whiteaker neighborhood and the many things that make Eugene unique.
Raptor Magic
Jan 13 • 28 min
Raptors are birds of prey, iconic, enchanting, historic and crucial parts of our world. Join this fascinating conversation with Louise Shimmel, Executive Director of the Cascades Raptor Center. You may be very surprised at what raptors can do.