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.

Premiered December 6, 1996, on All Things Considered.

This documentary comes from Sound Portraits Productions, a mission-driven independent production company that was created by Dave Isay in 1994. Sound Portraits was the predecessor to StoryCorps and was dedicated to telling stories that brought neglected American voices to a national audience.