pop records

by kimberly springer, phd / archival union

History buffs, music geeks, and pop culture enthusiasts, unite! Pop Records is the podcast that takes you on a captivating journey through the archives of our world.

Join a lively crew of archivists, curators, and pop culture aficionados as they delve into the fascinating records that document our past, shape our present, and hint at the future.

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Podcast episodes

  • Season 1

  • Pop Records: Decoding the messages we leave behind

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    Pop Records: Decoding the messages we leave behind

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    Imagine the future: archaeologists sifting through the remnants of our time. what stories will they find in the records we leave behind? Pop Records isn't just about vinyl or dusty files. It's about everything we create and document – from music and social media posts to historical archives and the very things we build. This season, join us as we explore the fascinating world of these records, Both human-made and maybe even a little unexpected. Get ready to: uncover hidden meanings in everyday records explore the future through the lens of the past question what gets archived and why consider the perspective of non-humans interpreting our records Pop Records is your passport to a deeper understanding of the world around you. Season one premieres soon! Subscribe or bookmark now and don't miss out!

  • Pop Records: Who Gets Away With Murder? The Archive Tells All

    Pop Records: Who Gets Away With Murder? The Archive Tells All

    Ever wonder how history gets documented? Think it's just dusty old documents? Think again! Pop Records explores the fascinating intersection of pop culture and archives, the hidden world that shapes our understanding of the past. Join host Kimberly Springer, a curator and pop culture enthusiast, as she unpacks the world of archives with a twist. From Nick Cage's epic National Treasure heists to the dystopian archives of Margaret Atwood, Pop Records reveals how pop culture reflects the power (and pitfalls) of record-keeping. This episode features a conversation with David Wallace, a brilliant researcher-archivist, a vinyl collector, and a fan of The Grateful Dead and Star Trek's archiving capabilities. Together, Kimberly and David dive into the forces shaping what gets documented and who gets held accountable. Plus, a sneak peek into the upcoming season: learn the secret language of archives! This episode also explores: The impact of record-keeping on public health crises. How pop culture references archives (you might be surprised!) Why archives matter in the digital age. Pop Records: It's not as dope as your grandma's archives, but this podcast comes close. Ready to unlock the secrets of the past hidden in plain sight? Subscribe to Pop Records today and check out the show annotations! You'll never look at the your receipts and records the same way again.

  • Pop Records: To Digitize or Not to Digitize? That is the Archival Question!

    Pop Records: To Digitize or Not to Digitize? That is the Archival Question!

    Do you ever feel like you're constantly hitting delete? Archival curator Kimberly Springer does – especially when it comes to the pressure to digitize everything! But what happens when we run out of storage space? Who gets to decide what stays and what goes? This episode of Pop Records dives deep into the digital dilemma facing archives today. Our guest, Paul Conway, Associate Professor Emeritus of Information Studies, joins Kimberly to explore: The risks and rewards of digitization The ethical considerations of putting archival materials online How to preserve cultural heritage in the digital age Lessons from folk music's ethos of "gifting" for a more expansive approach to access Feeling overwhelmed by the "delete key of the future"? Tune in for a hopeful discussion about evolving archives and keeping our cultural treasures alive! Plus, a healthy dose of the heebee-jeebies as we confront The Ghost of Information Loss! Don't miss this episode of Pop Records! And visit our show annotations for interesting deep cuts. Available wherever you get your podcasts.

  • Pop Records: Is Therapy Going Pop? Diagnoses in Your Playlist and the Body as an Archive

    Pop Records: Is Therapy Going Pop? Diagnoses in Your Playlist and the Body as an Archive

    Is therapy leaking into your Spotify? This episode of Pop Records explores the curious trend of music fans using pop lyrics to explain their mental health struggles. We're diving deep with Dr. Brittany Heins, a practicing psychiatrist, to explore: Pop culture's portrayal of mental health (spoiler alert: it's often wrong!) The secret archive hidden within a psychiatric diagnosis Why normalizing mental health talk might not be enough How our bodies hold the stories of our mental health journeys Dr. Heins will also dissect some cringe-worthy pop culture therapy scenes, and also we'll spotlight some that might move the conversation forward! This episode is NOT your typical therapy session, but it will make you rethink mental health, music, and the archive we all carry within us. And visit the show annotations for free--no co-pay!. Pop Records: Available wherever you get your podcasts!