Curiosities

Culture, ideas and society.

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Take a breath. Like, right now. Did you use your nose or your mouth? Turns out, that matters.

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One of Utah’s many oddities is its state bird: the California Gull. But did you know that the humble gull is the hero in its own miracle tale?

The Joy Of Walking

Jul 17, 2020
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Summer is usually a time of travel and exploration, but the age of COVID-19 has brought our adventures closer to home. Instead of traveling, many of us are walking the hills and our neighborhoods, the movement and outdoors our solace.

Provided by Vintage & Anchor Books

In March, as the COVID-19 pandemic started sweeping the world, plague fiction soared onto bestseller lists, with Albert Camus’ 1947 novel The Plague leading the pack.

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We are not letting a pandemic get in the way of our favorite bi-annual show, even though, this time around, we won’t have the pleasure of seeing our studio filled with books and book people. 

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The writer Bill Buford wanted to learn the secrets of French haute cuisine. So, he went native. Buford and his family moved to Lyon, France, where he undertook a rigorous, enlightening and delectable education.

A Fish Story

Apr 24, 2020
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In 1906, an earthquake destroyed scientist David Starr Jordan’s collection of newly discovered fish. His life’s work was utterly ruined. But he tried, very literally, to put the pieces back together.

The Joys Of Walking

Apr 16, 2020
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For a society that is currently homebound, there seems no greater pleasure at this time than a simple walk. A month ago, we would go out to eat, to a concert or to see friends. These days, we walk the hills and our neighborhoods, the movement and outdoors our solace.

Renee Bright / KUER

We know we’re not the first civilization to face a paralyzing pandemic – the history of plagues and pandemics is a long one when you look back over time. 

Nate Balli

In 2015, ecologist Nalini Nadkarni fell 50 feet from the top of a tree. As she fought to regain her strength over the next year, Nalini realized that due to her earlier research on a theory she termed “disturbance and recovery,” she had the tools she needed to help her get well.

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