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Sound Portraits: Museum of Jurassic Technology

Premiered December 6, 1996, on All Things Considered | Thursday, Oct 30, 2014

The Museum of Jurassic Technology is a small nondescript storefront on Los Angeles's Venice Boulevard. Inside, it is a museum like no other. Museum creator David Wilson, a man of prodigiously unusual imagination, has been mounting a series of unbelievable exhibits there for the last fifteen years. He has collected spore-inhaling ants, x-ray bats, human horns, peach-pit carvings, and novel theories of oblivion.

Lawrence Weschler investigated the natural and unnatural phenomenon Wilson has assembled at the museum in his book Mr. Wilson's Cabinet of Wonder, a finalist for both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Critics' Circle Award in 1995. In 1996 Weschler teamed up with producer David Isay to bring the Museum of Jurassic Technology to radio life.

Writer/Reporter: Lawrence Weschler / Producer: David Isay / Script Editor: Gary Covino / Supervising Engineer: Caryl Wheeler / Funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

Listen to the recording.