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Purists Sniff As Stink-Free Durian Fruit Seeks A Fan Base

A Thai scientist has been working for 25 years to breed the famous stink out of the tropical fruit so it can fly on airplanes and attract new markets. But breeding out the famous stink will diminish its appeal, say some fans.
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Sikh Community Reacts To Shooting

A gunman killed six and injured three at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin yesterday, stunning the Sikh community in the U.S. and abroad. We talk with a leader in the Washington Sikh community about the reaction among devotees of the faith.

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In Warhol's Memory, Soup Cans And Coke Bottles

While the cemetery that houses the artist's grave is conventional, the grave site itself is anything but. Fans and admirers regularly leave colorful mementos on his tombstone outside of Pittsburgh, and a local artist and Warhol historian even holds graveside birthday parties for the late pop art con.
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Author Peter James And Sidekick Track Seaside Crime

Working closely with a former detective, James still goes out with Brighton police to gather material for his work about an English city with a rich criminal history.
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'American Dream,' Betrayed By Bad Economic Policy

Journalists Donald Barlett and James Steele say a government commitment to free trade and an indifference to offshoring of jobs has crippled the middle class. And, they say, that situation is unlikely to change, no matter who wins this year's presidential election.
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Art Beat With Sean Rameswaram, Aug 6

Bond, James Bond, the almost unrehearsed Bard, and Jamaica’s jubilee.

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A Story Of Ancient Power In 'The Rise of Rome'

In the new book, The Rise of Rome, author Anthony Everitt tracks Rome's ascension from a small market town to the greatest empire in the ancient world. Along the way, he traces the rise of some of the ancient world's most powerful players.
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Marilyn Monroe As An 'All-Around' Comedian

Marilyn Monroe died 50 years ago Sunday at the age of 36. Host Linda Wertheimer speaks with film expert Murray Horwitz about Monroe's film legacy and her comedic skills.
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Murderous 'Thugs' From India To London

Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with Tabish Khair about The Thing About Thugs, his new novel about the myths of murderous Indian cult of "thugees."

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