Scuttlebutt and a Cup o’ Joe

By Tricia Menke, NMAS Curator of Education

Do you love podcasts? Are you the kind of person who watches DVD commentary? Have you always wondered what a curator does? If you answered yes to any of these questions, NMAS’ new video podcast, “Scuttlebutt and a Cup o’ Joe,” is for you!

We take you behind the scenes to discover the history and heritage of the Navy’s enlisted sailor. Each month, NMAS education staff interviews historians and active duty sailors to discover the work behind the exhibits and the people who strive to share the Navy’s history.

Episode 1: Underwater Archaeology “Scuttlebutt and a Cup o’ Joe” kicked off in May 2021 aboard the Naval History and Heritage Command’s Underwater Archaeology research vessel. We traveled to the Patuxent River in Maryland and heard how the underwater archaeologists search for shipwrecks and aircraft wrecks. Watch now to learn about the work of these real life academic treasure hunters.

Episode 2: RTC Looks Back at COVID-19 It’s safe to say 2020 was a historic year for everyone, but a pandemic couldn’t stop the “Quarterdeck of the Navy” from training new sailors. In June, we spoke with HM3 Ryan Labita, who was stationed at Recruit Training Command throughout the pandemic. HM3 Labita discusses his role as a Hospital Corpsman Dental Technician and how RTC was forced to adapt in the midst of COVID-19 in episode 2.

Episode 3: America’s Ship the USS Constitution In July, we celebrate Independence Day with the NHHC historian of America’s ship of state, the USS Constitution. Margherita Desy, an NHCC historian at the Constitution, plays “Six Degrees of Constitution,” linking the historic ship to eras you may not expect. She also shares how she researches the lives of enlisted sailors and recounts her experiences sailing aboard Constitution. Watch now!

Later this year, “Scuttlebutt” takes you into the office of Naval Station Great Lakes’ Executive Officer, Captain Kenneth Williams, chats with artifact conservators in Washington DC, and recounts the experiences of a Navy historian stationed near the Pentagon on 9/11. Watch all episodes of “Scuttlebutt and a Cup o’ Joe” on NMAS’ YouTube page.

Do you have a burning question for our “Scuttlebutt” team? Leave your suggestions for future episodes in the comments!

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