Co-hosts Dinah Cardin and Chip Van Dyke present conversations and stories for the culturally curious. This is the official podcast of the Peabody Essex Museum.


  • PEMcast 017- Life at Sea

    PEMcast 017- Life at Sea

    07/05/2020 Duración: 10min

    Our series on creative constraints continues with maritime curator Dan Finamore's story of life at sea for a 19th century mariner. Learn how close quarters in a vast open seascape led to the popular marine art form known as scrimshaw.

  • PEMcast 016 - Creative Constraint

    PEMcast 016 - Creative Constraint

    03/04/2020 Duración: 16min

    When the museum closed on Friday, March 13, 2020, PEM staff needed to find new ways to come together as a community. It was in that moment that Siddhartha Shah, our Curator of Indian and South Asian Art, began to make a series of videos in order to guide his colleagues in daily meditation. In this episode of the PEMcast, we hear from Siddhartha and Dinah reports from the streets of Salem, MA to show how COVID-19 has altered our city. Music - "Trampled" by PC III [CC BY 4.0]

  • PEMcast 015 - The Struggle

    PEMcast 015 - The Struggle

    21/02/2020 Duración: 12min

    Shortly after Jacob Lawrence: The American Struggle opened at PEM, comments in the guest book for the exhibition sparked a conversation about how we do things here at the museum.   Music by Blue Dot Sessions (CC BY-NC 4.0)

  • PEMcast 014 - Be Here Now

    PEMcast 014 - Be Here Now

    26/12/2019 Duración: 10min
  • PEMcast 013 - #newPEM

    PEMcast 013 - #newPEM

    30/10/2019 Duración: 09min

    The PEMcast returns with an episode all about change. The Peabody Essex Museum has just opened a new 40,000-square-foot wing. A new director has just taken the helm for the first time in 26 years. Many are asking, "what's next?". It's a scene-setting moment for one of the oldest and fastest-growing museums in the country. PEMcast hosts, Dinah Cardin and Chip Van Dyke, are asking questions and want to hear your thoughts, too. Follow along on social using #newPEM

  • 012 - IMMERSIVE 03

    012 - IMMERSIVE 03

    28/09/2018 Duración: 07min

    Episode 3 of 3 on immersive art

  • 011 - IMMERSIVE 02

    011 - IMMERSIVE 02

    14/08/2017 Duración: 16min

    Tune into the most recent installment of the PEMcast -- conversations and stories for the culturally curious -- as we explore the immersive experience.

  • 010 - IMMERSIVE 01

    010 - IMMERSIVE 01

    25/04/2017 Duración: 15min

    Episode 10 of the PEMcast brings you something a little different - a mix of voices talking about immersion in art! This is the first in a series of episodes centered on immersion.

  • 009 - The Winter Caretaker

    009 - The Winter Caretaker

    20/12/2016 Duración: 08min

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

  • 008.3 – The Crushers

    008.3 – The Crushers

    09/11/2016 Duración: 11min

    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 an crumbling chateau in the French Pyrenees has taken her love of historic architecture to the next level. Check out the Chateau du Gudanes Instagram page for some incredible photos Additional music: @andrewsacco "IA 08" (CC BY 4.0)

  • 008.2 - Building Stories

    008.2 - Building Stories

    12/08/2016 Duración: 16min

    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. Music for this episode: John Luc Heffernan “Discovery” [CC by NC 3.0] David Szesztay “The Dance” [CC by NC 3.0] Please leave your comments in the show notes!

  • 008.1 - Historic House Crush

    008.1 - Historic House Crush

    28/06/2016 Duración: 14min

    50 years ago, Salem was saved from the wrecking ball thanks to one woman and her mighty pen. Please leave your comments in the show notes!  

  • 007 - Blue and White Magic

    007 - Blue and White Magic

    25/05/2016 Duración: 12min
  • 006 - Getting Outside

    006 - Getting Outside

    01/02/2016 Duración: 16min
  • 005 - Epic American

    005 - Epic American

    04/06/2015 Duración: 16min

    Examining the life of one of America's most famous 20th century painters who you may not know.

  • 004 - Good as Gould

    004 - Good as Gould

    09/04/2015 Duración: 12min

    On this episode of the PEMcast, we discover the hidden legacy of Salem funiture maker Nathaniel Gould.

  • 003 – Growing Up Curious

    003 – Growing Up Curious

    03/02/2015 Duración: 18min

    Are you, or were you a curious kid? Do museums fuel your curiosity? In this episode, Chip and Dinah talk with a 3-year-old who visits PEM daily. Then, the founder of Kids in Museums in the UK explains how her organization helps make museums more family friendly. Finally, PEM's own Paula Richter recalls her summer of living history at Sturbridge Village and how that set her on a career path for the culturally curious. Please leave your comments in the show notes! Music by Charles Chaussinand (exclusive punk cover of "Proliferate") and Podington Bear ("Inspiring" Collection / CC BY-NC 3.0:…

  • 002 - Makers

    002 - Makers

    18/07/2014 Duración: 31min

    Adam Savage and the and his 10 Commandments for Makers, PEM's Maker Lounge, Strandbeests! Are you a Maker? Do you know what a Maker is? On this episode, Dinah and Chip discuss Adam Savage's "Rules of Making" with Edie Schimel, who heads up the PEM Maker Lounge. Then, PEM's Curator of the Present Tense, Trevor Smith, talks about PEM's upcoming exhibition featuring Maker-extraordinaire Theo Jansen and his Strandbeests. Music - "Understand That This is a Dream" by Forrest James Photo - Theo Jansen's tiny Strandbeest. (Some assembly required) If you want to watch Adam Savage's complete keynote speech at Maker Faire 2014, you can find it at

  • 001 - Music

    001 - Music

    13/05/2014 Duración: 22min

    Music and PEM. We will look at the story of the most famous musician in Greek myth, Orpheus. Composer Matt Aucoin, in his 3rd concert at PEM, 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.