Curiousities

Culture, ideas and society.

The Library Book

Feb 26, 2019
Public domain

Tuesday, we’re talking about libraries and their place in today’s digital world. Our guide is the writer Susan Orlean, whose latest book tells the story of a devastating fire that swallowed the Los Angeles Central Library in 1986.

RaMell Ross / Idiom Film

In his film Hale County This Morning, This Evening, director RaMell Ross abandons the traditional documentary form, opting for a kind of lyrical and and vivid portrait of life in the modern South.

A blurred crowd of people
Sergio Boscaino, via Flickr/ CC 2.0

The journalist Johann Hari traveled around the world to find out why people are so depressed these days. He found evidence for nine causes of depression and anxiety, and he says he has some ideas for fixing them.

Missionary Phone Home

Feb 19, 2019
Used with permission.

Instead of twice a year, LDS missionaries can now call, video chat, message or text once a week. Tuesday, we’re talking about it and we want to hear from you. Do you think the change is good?

The Last Cowboys

Feb 15, 2019
JOSH HANER / THE NEW YORK TIMES / REDUX / WW NORTON

Friday, we're talking about the Wright family of ranchers and championship buckle-winning bronc riders in central Utah. They're working to keep a foot in the West’s past while trying to navigate its new realities.

A.J. Russell/Yale University Libraries

How much can a photograph tell us about our past? Historian Martha Sandweiss says images like the one of the railroads meeting at Promontory Summit “can describe, but they rarely explain.”

Why We Kill Ourselves

Feb 12, 2019
Loonatic, via CC/Flickr https://bit.ly/2GlRKrE

Why we do we kill ourselves? It's a tough question, but the science writer Jesse Bering says that if we can answer it, we stand a better chance of thwarting a tragic act.

Justin Metz / Pablo Delcan / The Atlantic

Young people these days are having less and less sex. It’s actually kind of a problem, and the reasons behind the so-called sex recession aren’t all that wholesome.

 


Adventurer Craig Childs' latest book is a unique travelogue. It’s about his journeys across the country and back in time to the Ice Age to learn about the lives of the first people in North America.

Andrew Dallos / CC via Flickr

Rolling Stone reporter Matt Taibbi has new a book that he describes as an “insider’s guide to the pressures at work in media." He says we’re exploiting people’s desire to root for their own team and hate the rest.

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