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Leiister Soon poses while holding an alocasia silver dragon plant in his Kuala Lumpur home.

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Leiister Soon poses while holding an alocasia silver dragon plant in his Kuala Lumpur home.

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Food plays an important role in how we connect with our friends and family, our heritage and the world around us.

Michelle Zauner is someone who knows this. Many know her better as an independent Japanese Breakfast musician.

But she has a new project – a dissertation, called Crying in H Mart– which tells the story of the death of his mother. In it, Zauner spends time thinking about how to remember his mother, especially when it comes to the food they ate and their Korean heritage. It is based on an essay for which she wrote The New Yorker.

During this time, plants can also be therapeutic.

It’s no surprise that people have been trying to find ways to make their space in the pandemic as pleasant as possible. For many, that meant purchasing indoor potted plants, among other things.

And while they can certainly do a lot for home decorating, a new book claims they have a lot to teach us as well.

Beronda L. Montgomery is Professor of Biochemistry at Michigan State University and she has a lot to say about how plants experience the world in her new book Lessons from plants.

What can our leafy green friends teach us?

We spoke to Zauner and Montgomery during the conversation.

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