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Jim Lehrer: "Top Down: A Novel Of The Kennedy Assassination"

Jim Lehrer, the former longtime anchor of PBS NewsHour, was a young reporter in Dallas when President Kennedy was assassinated. On that fateful November day in 1963, Lehrer was at Love Field. He had been assigned to cover JFK's arrival at the airport and his departure after a motorcade trip through Dallas. Lehrer draws on that experience for his latest novel. He imagines what happens to the Secret Service agent who made the decision to take the bubble top off the president's limo. Diane speaks with Jim Lehrer on the "what if's" 50 years after Kennedy was shot, and his thoughts on politics and the media today.

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Excerpted from TOP DOWN by Jim Lehrer. Copyright © 2013 by Jim Lehrer. Excerpted by permission of Random House, a division of Random House, Inc. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.

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Dick Van Dyke: "Keep Moving"

Actor Dick Van Dyke is beloved for his roles in movie classics such as Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the TV series, The Dick Van Dyke Show. In a new memoir he shares his tips aging well and the value of living in the moment.


If Big Food Buys Your Favorite 'Natural' Food Brand, Will You Trust It?

Many alternative food brands have been swallowed by big food companies. Recently, Perdue bought Niman Ranch, which sells "natural" meat. But after a sale, will shoppers feel the product is the same?

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