Curiosities

Culture, ideas and society.

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In his latest book, the writer and adventurer Craig Childs writes that he dreams of canyons and was born to deserts — deserts ruled by a god of drought who leaves them dry on purpose.

Derek Kitchen

Before he was a Utah State Senator, Derek Kitchen was part of an important lawsuit that challenged the state’s ban on same-sex marriage. But while he was open about his homosexuality, he chose not to talk about the polyamorous part of his life, because…it’s complicated.

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When the U.S. Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage in 2015, many conservatives worried that the law opened the door for polgamists and polyamorists to also have their unions sanctioned by law.

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Theoretical physicist Brian Greene has a special talent: He can explain complicated scientific principles in a way that makes them comprehensible to the layperson. 

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How much can you know about someone just from hearing their voice? According to journalist John Colapinto, more than you might think.

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In 2020, former Utah State legislator Steve Urquhart founded a religion. Their sacrament? Magic mushrooms.

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There’s a community of former members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who believe they’ve found healing and discovered a new sense of spirituality in magic mushrooms. 

Illustration of the angel Moroni with a broken trumpet with with psychedelic colors coming out of the trumpet bell.
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Late last summer, Steve Urquhart, a lawyer and former Utah state legislator, announced that he was forming his own church. Urquhart was once a highly conservative lawmaker, which was in line with his background as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints from Washington County.

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For the new year, we’re sharing our conversation with psychologist Wendy Wood, who told us that changing habits and keeping goals isn’t about willpower — it’s about tapping into our unconscious selves.

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How can a simple column of metal capture the world’s imagination? Easy: Put it in Utah’s Red Rock Country and suggest it’s the work of extraterrestrial beings.

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