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Meg Wolitzer: "The Interestings" (Rebroadcast)

Few people who show early talent go on to achieve stellar success. But their lives can be rich and wonderful nonetheless. That's one of the messages of a new novel that spans four decades. It all begins when six teenagers become friends at an artsy summer camp in New England's Berkshire Mountains. It's the summer that President Richard Nixon resigns and the teens declare themselves special. The future awaits them with all the promises and pitfalls a fully lived life has to offer. From the '70s to the present, the zeitgeist of each decade is woven into the story. A novel about love, luck, tragedy and talent.

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Excerpt from "The Interestings" by Meg Wolitzer. Copyright 2013 by Meg Wolitzer. Reprinted by permission of Riverhead Hardcover. All rights reserved.

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Remembering Robert Swanson, Advertising's 'King Of Jingles'

Robert Swanson revolutionized American advertising and wrote some of the most memorable ad jingles of the 1950s and '60s for products ranging from Campbell's Soup to Pall Mall cigarettes. He died at 95 July 17 at his home in Phoenix, Ariz.
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In Alaska's Remote Towns, Climate Change Is Already Leaving Many Hungry

Melting ice has made it harder to hunt walrus, a traditional staple for Native Alaskans. Warmer temps mean caribou aren't where hunters used to find them. It all adds up to more food insecurity.
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Democratic National Convention Day Two: Uniting The Party

An update on day two of the Democratic convention: Bill Clinton takes the stage and ongoing efforts by party leaders to build unity.

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How To Help Teens And Children Fight 'Tech Addiction'

Many parents and therapists say obsessive internet use is a very real problem for some teens and children. But the term “internet addiction” is controversial and not officially recognized as a disorder. How to help kids who compulsively use computers and mobile technology.

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