Episode 208: De-Extinction

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The final episode of Season Two travels to Wyoming, New York to find perhaps the world’s tiniest Natural History Museum. There we visit a time capsule of the United States at the turn-of-the-twentieth century, and find the origins of modern taxidermy, contemporary anxieties about extinction, and wonder what comes next.

Show notes

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  • This episode was made by the Executive Producers of Hear UR, Tom Fleischman, who researched and wrote it, and Steve Roessner, who engineered and produced it.


works cited

Elizabeth Kolbert, “The Lost World,” The New Yorker, December 8th, 2013, accessed at https://www-newyorker-com.ezp.lib.rochester.edu/magazine/2013/12/16/the-lost-world-2

Elena Songster, Panda Nation: The Construction and Conservation of China’s Modern Icon, (New York: Oxford University Press, 2018)

Sarah Knapton, “Half of world’s animals have disappeared since 1970,” The Telegraph, September 30, 2014, accessed https://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/earth/wildlife/11129163/Half-of-worlds-animals-have-disappeared-since-1970.html

Neda Ulaby, “Smithsonian Taxidermist: A Dying Job Title,” NPR.com, April 16, 2010, accessed https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=125914878

Max Kutner, “Museum Taxidermists are as Endangered as the Animals They Contain,” Newsweek Magazine, August 8, 2015, accessed https://www.newsweek.com/2015/08/14/museum-dioramas-endangered-american-museums-358943.html

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Thanks to Bill Neal and Doug Norton for inviting us to the Village Hall

Music by Small Signals, Saxon Shore, Yndi Halda, and Joshua Copperman

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