Where ‘Postnatural’ Organisms Find a Home

12:05 minutes

Good luck finding a BioSteel™ Goat, a transgenic chestnut tree, or an alcoholic rat at your local natural history museum. For that, you’ll need to head to Pittsburgh’s Center for PostNatural History, where modified organisms aren’t just the norm—they’re the star attraction. Museum Director and artist Rich Pell joins Ira to talk about why we need a “postnatural” history museum, and to share the stories behind some of the Center’s most intriguing denizens.

Segment Guests

Rich Pell

Rich Pell is the director of the Center for PostNatural History and an associate professor of art at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Meet the Producer

About Annie Minoff

Annie Minoff is a producer for The Journal from Gimlet Media and the Wall Street Journal, and a former co-host and producer of Undiscovered. She also plays the banjo.