When I hear the word "diorama," the first thing I think of is Mr. Mack’s fifth grade class and painting hills and grass and clouds and a fence into a shoebox and making little cardboard cut outs of Lassie and the boy she loved. God, I hated that stuff.
The second thing I think of is a place like the Peabody Museum in New Haven and their incredibly, obsessively, over-the-toply detailed dioramas of the plant and wildlife of Connecticut.
But that’s not all there is to dioramas.
There are 70-year-old dioramas that are used for forensics training. There are brand new, futuristic, post-apocalyptic dioramas that are photographed and then disposed of.
- Michael Anderson – Preparator at Yale’s Peabody Museum of Natural History
- Bruce Goldfarb – Executive Assistant to the Chief Medical Examiner for the State of Maryland
- Emily Graslie – Chief Curiosity Correspondent at The Field Museum and writer and host of The Brain Scoop
- Lori Nix – Photographer and sculptor
Colin McEnroe and Chion Wolf contributed to this show, which originally aired on November 24, 2015.