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What should museums do with their dead? (w/ Caitlin Doughty!)

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Many museums house significant numbers of human remains, many of which were acquired without the consent of the individual in question. So, our good friend Caitlin from Ask a Mortician stopped by the Field Museum to talk with us about it.

This is a humongous and complicated topic – we’d love to know what you think!

Caitlin’s channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/OrderoftheGoodDeath
Website: http://caitlindoughty.com/
Read her books they’re AWESOME: https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/7802044.Caitlin_Doughty

Info on NAGPRA: https://www.nps.gov/subjects/nagpra/index.htm

Here’s the paper from Science about the person from Spirit Cave and the genetic testing of that individual: https://science.sciencemag.org/content/362/6419/eaav2621

Mummy unwrapping parties:
https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/victorian-party-people-unrolled-mummies-for-fun

Origins of Exhibited Cadavers Questioned:
https://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=5637687

More on Grover Krantz, Sasquatch scientist and expert on human evolution: https://www.seattlepi.com/news/article/A-student-of-Sasquatch-Prof-Grover-Krantz-dies-1080702.php

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Executive Producer, Creator, Host:
Emily Graslie

Producer, Director, Editor:
Sheheryar Ahsan

Production Assistant, Content Developer:
Raven Forrest

Interview with:
Caitlin Doughty

Production Support/Stuntman:
Vinícius Penteado
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This episode is filmed on location at the Field Museum in Chicago, Illinois.
http://www.fieldmuseum.org

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