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The Biology Of Extremes

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Cover detail, Matthew LaPlante's "Superlative"

Utah writer Matthew LaPlante is with us to talk about the world's biggest, tiniest and deadliest creatures. He says they survived the process of evolution, so they must have something to teach us.

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Wednesday, Utah writer Matthew LaPlante joins us to talk about the biggest, fastest, tiniest and deadliest creatures in the world. There's a lot scientists are learning by studying extreme evolution. They’re finding out new things about immunity, cellular regeneration and the biology of the planet to name a few. LaPlante says the take-away for him though was a sense of awe about the world and he hopes that readers come away seeing things differently than they had before. His book is called Superlative.

Matthew LaPlante is an associate professor of journalism at Utah State University. His new book is called Superlative: The Biology of Extremes [Indie bookstores|Amazon|Audible]

Friday, May 3 at 7 p.m., LaPlante will read from and sign his book at The King's English Bookshop, 1511 South 1500 East in Salt Lake City. The event is free and open to the public. 

Doug Fabrizio has been reporting for KUER News since 1987, and became News Director in 1993. In 2001, he became host and executive producer of KUER's RadioWest, a one hour conversation/call-in show on KUER 90.1 in Salt Lake City. He has gained a reputation for his thoughtful style. He has interviewed everyone from Isabel Allende to the Dalai Lama, and from Madeleine Albright to Desmond Tutu. His interview skills landed him a spot as a guest host of the national NPR program, "Talk of the Nation." He has won numerous awards for his reporting and for his work with RadioWest and KUED's Utah NOW from such organizations as the Society of Professional Journalists, the Utah Broadcasters Association, the Public Radio News Directors Association and the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
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