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Stories by Krystal D'Costa

The Rise of Pumpkin Spice

Pumpkins hold no special status for Americans unless it’s fall. Where did the obsession with pumpkin flavors come from?

September 25, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

On My Shelf: Vita, Life in a Zone of Social Abandonment

This academic year, I'm using the AIP book review series, On My Shelf, to revisit the books in my personal library. Over the course of the next ten months, I rereading my collection of ethnographies and popular science books and to share some thoughts with you.

September 17, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

What Do Companies Mean by Culture?

Supportive. Curious. Unafraid. These are some of the words that advertising agencies use to describe their company culture. But do any of these words actually connect them with what culture actually is?

August 28, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

Labor Day: It's About Time

The first Monday in September is a U.S. federal holiday—Labor Day—a tribute to contributions made by American workers to the nation's growth and development (or at least those in a position to contribute without being exploited)

September 4, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa

The Hunt for the First Flower

All modern flowers are descendants of a single ancestor. We might finally have a sense of what that ancestor looked like

September 2, 2017 — Krystal D'Costa
Stories by Krystal D'Costa

Science for the Modern World