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The DepotCast

The DepotCast

By Durand Union Station
The podcast for the Michigan Railroad History Museum
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DepotCast 053: How the Railroad Created Baseball (and the Automobile Ruined It)
We were a little late with this one, but this episode is about Baseball and how the growth of transportation in America led directly to its National Pastime.
April 13, 2021
DepotCast 052: Oh Jeez.
Mike has big news, so we decided to get right into it and have an exit interview live on air.
April 02, 2021
DepotCast 051: How to Give 6 Tours Over The Internet in 3 Days
Mike, Mack, and Mary discuss the previous week wherein we gave 6 classrooms of 4th graders tours of the building online. There is some actual railroad content in this episode, as we discuss Fenton, Michigan!
March 26, 2021
DepotCast 050: How Weird is the Railroad Internet?
Mike and Mack do an arguably wise thing and search the internet for weird railroad stories. Mike's were too awful to read so he had to find a backup plan.
March 19, 2021
DepotCast 049: Detroit... Train City?
Mike and Mack take a imaginary trip down to Detroit this week to learn about three major train stations in their history: The Michigan Central Station, The Fort Street Union Station, and the Brush Street Station.
March 12, 2021
DepotCast 048: What is High Speed Rail?
Mike and Mackenzie discuss trains that go really, really, fast around the world. (Mackenzie says "zoomie!") Please enjoy our babbling! We learned alot.
March 05, 2021
The DepotCast 047: Inside Baseball? Inside Track? Whatever, We're Talking Merchandise!
Mike, Mary, and a weirdly echoey Mackenzie (whoops) discuss merchandise ideas for the coming year. If you've ever wondered what goes through our heads when deciding what to sell in the gift shop, this episode is for you!
February 26, 2021
DepotCast 046: Who Robbed These Trains?
Mike, Mack, and Mary tell some train robbery tales today, taking us from Nebraska in 1877 to Glasgow in 1963! Also our furnace kicks on in the middle of the recording and forces Mike to finally do some editing for once.
February 19, 2021
DepotCast 045: What is the GLC and the LSRC?
Mike and Mack dive into short lines this week, discussing the Great Lakes Central and the Lake State Railway!
February 12, 2021
DepotCast 045: What Are Some More Siblings of Durand Union Station (Part II)
It's a SNOW DAY, but Mike, Mary, and Mack all piled into a voice call to nerd out over some cool architectural siblings of our Depot. Included is the Gandy Dancer/MCRR Station in Ann Arbor!
February 05, 2021
DepotCast 044: Who are Durand Union Station's Siblings?
Mike, Mack, and Mary spend some time today discussing Spier and Rohns, the Architectural Fathers of Durand Union Station, and going into detail on the many siblings that were build around the same time around Michigan. There are so many that this became Part I of II. We'll continue next week!
January 29, 2021
DepotCast 043: What's the Railroad Scene in the Soo?
Mike and Mackenzie (live from her car) quickly break down the history of the rail in Sault Ste. Marie. We had to do this quickly because she only had half an hour to record. This sounds like a topic we'll come back to, but enjoy the history of the Soo Line, Wisconsin Central, Canadian Pacific, and Canadian National!
January 22, 2021
DepotCast 042: What's This Number Plate Doing in West Olive?
Mackenzie went back up north to school, so Mike shares a HISTORY MYSTERY he and Curtis recently solved for a gentleman. Along the way, we all learned a bunch about West Olive, the Michigan Central Railroad, and the Pere Marquette! That's right, our podcast about railroad history is actually talking about railroad history this week!
January 14, 2021
DepotCast 041: Who is President Mike Rexin?
Mike and Mack interview DUSI President Mike Rexin on his background, how Norma tricked him into working here, and what he's learned in 2020. Our Mike forgot to turn his own microphone on for 28 minutes, because he is a fool.
January 07, 2021
DepotCast 040: What Did We Learn in 2020?
Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary reminisce over the year that was in 2020, what we learned, and what that means for us and Durand Union Station in 2021.
December 31, 2020
DepotCast 039: Story Time II - Christmas Tales
Mike and Mackenzie read a couple of train-related children's books for Christmas! They are "The Trains of Christmas" by Rick and Michael Roll, and "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsburg. Merry Christmas!
December 27, 2020
DepotCast 038: Do We Have Any More Hobo Stories? (Yes)
Mike and Mackenzie dive into the Library collection to pull some stories about living on the rails by a collection of hobos, including Steam Train Maury. 
December 17, 2020
DepotCast 037: What are Some Depot Dreams, Vol. I
Mackenzie decides to get in on the "reading passages of a book on the podcast" fun with some narratives directly from the 2005 Anthology "Depot Dreams!" Mike largely goes on some weird tangents.
December 10, 2020
DepotCast 036: The 2016 Women in Railroading Panel Discussion
This expansion to Episode 35 is the 2016 Panel Discussion held at the Depot during Railroad Days. It features four woman railroaders: Jessica Hensley, Pat Post, Judy Cunningham, and Sue Hatherill. Each one tells their own story of how they got their start on the railroad and what their unique roles were. Ms. Post has since left us, so we are particularly glad we were able to get her story on tape. Please enjoy. Chances to get history on recording are hard to come by and this was one of the most fun afternoons we ever had!
December 03, 2020
DepotCast 035: How Do Women Work on the Railroad?
Mackenzie, Mary, and Mike discuss a recent virtual tour we gave to 4th grade Girl Scouts and the topic of how women work on the railroad. They also get sidetracked a lot. That part isn't surprising. Happy Thanksgiving!
November 26, 2020
DepotCast 034: Story Time I: Thomas the Tank Engine
This episode is recorded specifically for children as Mike reads a short selection of stories from Thomas the Tank Engine, by Rev. W. Awdry. Enjoy!
November 24, 2020
DepotCast 033: What is GTW 5632?
Mike records a very short episode this week about local engine GTW 5632. This is what happens when you're busy working on Christmas stuff and don't remember to prep for a podcast until Wednesday night!
November 12, 2020
DepotCast 032: What Are These Cool Articles You Found?
Mike and Mackenzie dive into a couple of neat old articles about the origins of the railroad in Durand and the 1923 Knights Templar Train Wreck.
November 05, 2020
DepotCast 031: Is the Depot Haunted?
Mike, Mary, Mackenzie, Mallory, Maria, Autumn, and Daniel pile into a voice call to discuss ghosts and whether they hang out at the Depot. We also discuss many other things that may or may not pertain to ghosts, spirits, or hauntings. This one was a lot of fun, but maybe not the most organized, or on topic, or educational. Enjoy!
October 27, 2020
DepotCast 030: How Did The Fall Raffle Go?
Mike and Mary do a longer than initially planned recap of the Fall Raffle, and discuss what they learned in the 40th attempt at it. Never complacent!
October 22, 2020
DepotCast 029: What is a Caboose?
Mike and Curtis discuss a variety of topics but try to focus on what the railroad used the Caboose for, why they don't use them anymore, and what's special about the Caboose on display near the Depot.
October 08, 2020
DepotCast 028: Was My House on the Underground Railroad and if not, What is this Fake Room in My Cellar?
Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary tackle the often-asked question about whether houses in Durand were used for the Underground Railroad or whether they were used to smuggle illegal alcohol during Prohibition.
October 01, 2020
DepotCast 027: How Do We Make Money, Here?
A Full House of Mike, Mary, Tim, and Dan discuss how on earth we've made enough money to keep this place going for the last 45 years. Also, the phone rings constantly. We didn't edit this at all.
September 24, 2020
DepotCast 026: Who are Museums For?
Mike breaks down his and the museum's position on how to be accessible and inclusive to all people. Museums are for everyone, and we hope this episode helps you understand our line of thinking more closely!
September 17, 2020
DepotCast 025: In Which We Have a Meeting About Christmas
Mike, Mary, and Mackenzie discuss ideas and options for a COVID-impacted Christmas at the Depot. This is more or less a conversation that we decided to record.
September 10, 2020
DepotCast 024: What is an Interurban?
Mike and Actual Expert Curtis discuss what an Interurban railroad was, how it was different from a standard railroad, and why they were a phenomenon for only 40 years!
September 03, 2020
DepotCast 023: What is a Diner Car?
Mike and Mary break down how one would eat on their rail journey from 1830 to 2020!
August 27, 2020
DepotCast 022: Who is our New Co-Host?
Mike introduces our new co-host! We then discuss what their life is like in the wonderful city of Sault Ste. Marie, on the campus of Lake Superior State University. Can you guess who it is?
August 20, 2020
DepotCast 021: What is Operation Lifesaver?
Mike and Curtis discuss the history, mission, and activities of Operation Lifesaver, a nonprofit that specializes in educating people on rail safety. Stay alert! Stay alive!
August 13, 2020
DepotCast 020: What is a Hobo?
Mike and Mary lament the loss of their co-host and discuss Hobos and life on the rails. They also provide two recipes for Hobo Stew!
August 06, 2020
DepotCast 019: What is Christmas in July and Why is Mackenzie Leaving?
In our Season 1 finale, Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary discuss Christmas at the Depot, make strong points about Santa Claus and Ohio State Football (Mike), and finally say goodbye to Mackenzie as she heads off to college.
July 30, 2020
DepotCast 018: Who is Local Author Elizabeth Wehman?
Mike and Mackenzie have it super easy this week as Mary takes the helm and interviews Elizabeth Wehman, author of the brand-new "The Year the Stars Fell."
July 23, 2020
DepotCast 017: What?! A Train Robbery in Calumet?!
Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary discover a train robbery from 1893! In the Upper Peninsula!
July 16, 2020
DepotCast 016: What is a Railroad Tunnel?
Mike and Mackenzie, not content to figure out how to go over the water by train, have decided to go under it as well! Mike almost cusses twice, but gets a handle on it before disaster!
July 09, 2020
DepotCast 015: What is a Carferry?
Mike, Mackenzie, and returning guest Jerry Becker break down Carferries and why and how you would move a train across the Great Lakes!
July 02, 2020
DepotCast 014a: What Did We Do on Saturday?
Mike, Mackenzie, and Curtis briefly discuss what the day was like for them working a Saturday at the Depot, as well as reaffirm their eternal grudge against the hated pigeons.
June 27, 2020
DepotCast 014: What is the Orphan Train?
Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary are LIVE IN THE STUDIO recording a podcast about the Orphan Trains that sent kids from New York into the prairies in the late 1800s. By "Studio," we mean "the Boardroom."
June 25, 2020
DepotCast 013: What did you do on your Summer Vacation?
Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary discuss what it was like opening the museum again after 12 weeks and what they did during their time away.
June 11, 2020
DepotCast 012: What were Some Other Train Wrecks?
Mike and Mackenzie look into some other Michigan Railroad Disasters from the early 1900s!
June 04, 2020
Depotcast 011: What is a Production Meeting?
Mike, Mackenzie, Mary, and Tim pitch ideas and decided this was a good podcast idea. We had fun, at least!
May 27, 2020
DepotCast 010: What is a Museum Exhibit?
Mike, Mackenzie, Mary, and Tim discuss how they make museum exhibits at the Depot. The short answer is "strangely." The long answer is "strangely, but everything works out!"
May 20, 2020
DepotCast 009: What is a Whistle Stop?
A rare episode in which Mike doesn't ruin the audio, but does discuss presidential whistle stops with Mackenzie and Mary. Special Guest: DUSI founding member Dan Brooks!
May 13, 2020
DepotCast 008: What are the Library and Archives!
Mike, Mackenzie, and special guests Curtis and Jerry discuss what goes on in our Library and Archives. This podcast also contains a technical screw up that is almost assuredly Mike's fault.
May 06, 2020
DepotCast 007: What is a Fireable Offense (in 1899)?
Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary dive into personnel records of the late 1800s to find out how you could get fired on the railroad back then. Turns out: destroying the engine is a very good way!
April 29, 2020
DepotCast 006: What was the Wallace Circus Wreck?
Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary discuss the 1903 Wreck of the Wallace Circus Train, which killed 26 humans and a dozen animals.
April 24, 2020
DepotCast 005: What is the Modern Depot?
Mike, Mackenzie, and Mary discuss how the Depot went from decrepit ruin to restored jewel!
April 24, 2020
DepotCast 004: What is the Internship Program?
Mike, Mackenzie, and former interns Daniel and Mallory discuss what the internship program is like at Durand Union Station and why Mike wasn't as bad of a boss as he thinks he is.
April 24, 2020
DepotCast 003: What is Railroad Days?
Railroad Days 2020 was canceled but that doesn't mean Mike and Mackenzie can't talk about what the event is and why Durand has it!
April 24, 2020
DepotCast 001: What is a Podcast?
Mike and Mackenzie were bored during quarantine and decided to try something new at work.
April 24, 2020
DepotCast 002: What is the Grand Trunk?
Mike (alone) discusses the history of the Grand Trunk Railway up to present day.
April 24, 2020