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A Philosopher's 'Afterlife': We May Die, But Others Live On

Samuel Scheffler, a philosophy professor at New York University, presents a secular interpretation of life after death. In his book Death and the Afterlife, Scheffler argues that our belief that humanity will outlive us — our faith in the existence of future generations — gives meaning to our lives.
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In 'Dallas 1963,' A City Of Rage, Seized By 'Civic Hysteria'

Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis have written a portrait of the city that saw John F. Kennedy's death firsthand. In those years, they say, Dallas was a roiling stew of superpatriotism and Communist paranoia — and, above all, distrust of the president.
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Fish For Dinner? Here Are A Few Tips For Sea Life Lovers

Shopping for wild-caught fish can be ethically fraught for sustainability-minded consumers, because some fishing methods can result in large amounts of bycatch: the dolphins, seals and other marine life that can get snared and killed in the process.
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Actor Christine Lahti

Actor Christine Lahti is best known for playing a doctor in TV’s "Chicago Hope." She joins Diane to talk about the work that earned her an Emmy, Golden Globe and Oscar -– and her starring role in a new play.

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Sweet. Tart. Crunchy: How To Engineer A Better Apple

Over the past six years, an estimated 130 new apple varieties have hit markets around the globe. And behind every crisp, tasty bite, there's a world of plant breeding — and decades of painful trial and error.
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'Raising McCain': Not Your Mother's Talk Show

The daughter of Arizona Sen. John McCain has made a name for herself with her very own brand of politics. Now Meghan McCain is hosting a new TV show that explores her Generation Y perspective.
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Rebecca Eaton: "Making Masterpiece: 25 Years Behind The Scenes At Masterpiece Theatre And Mystery! On PBS"

The executive producer of TV's "Masterpiece Theatre" series talks about her decades-long career and why she first turned down "Downton Abbey."

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Amid Big Salmonella Outbreak, USDA Says It's On The Job

An estimated 278 people in multiple states have been sickened by an outbreak of antibiotic-resistant salmonella linked to raw chicken. Despite stories suggesting otherwise, USDA says its work on the outbreak hasn't been hampered by the federal government shutdown. CDC is calling back about 30 furloughed staffers to help with its response.
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Elizabeth Smart Says Kidnapper Was A 'Master At Manipulation'

Smart, who was held captive for nine months at age 14, describes the 2002 ordeal in a new memoir called My Story. She's now an advocate for children's safety education and says "the best punishment" she can give her abusers is to move on with her life and be happy.
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Food Truck Pioneer Battles Food Deserts With High Cuisine

Los Angeles chef Roy Choi helped launch the food truck movement. Now he wants to blend high and low cuisine to combat food deserts. He's challenging the tyranny of junk food in the inner cities, and is pushing other chefs to think about how they can contribute to food justice in their communities.

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