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Under The 'Nuclear Shadow' Of Colorado's Rocky Flats

Kristen Iversen spent her childhood in the 1960s in Colorado near the Rocky Flats nuclear weapons factory, playing in fields that now appear to have been contaminated with plutonium. In Full Body Burden, she investigates the environmental scandal involving nuclear contamination around her childhood home.
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Harissa: The Story Behind North Africa's Favorite Hot Sauce

Christopher Columbus and other explorers brought red peppers from the New World back to Europe, where they spread across the globe, each culture adapting a pepper paste or sauce to their taste. Harissa is North Africa's contribution.
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Norman Lear & Kathleen Turner

Producer Norman Lear made television history with "All in the Family." Actress Kathleen Turner is a star of the screen and stage. Their careers and shared political activism.

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Starbucks Order Gives Ohio Mug Maker A Jolt

Last time you slid into a booth at a diner or a local coffee shop, the waitress probably arrived with a standard-issue, thick, off-white mug. More than likely that mug came from East Liverpool, Ohio. The city's ceramics industry has faded, but an order from Starbucks has brought relief to workers at one factory there.
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The Old With The New: Generations Clash In New 'Dallas'

The reboot of the famous 1970s soap opera brings back many characters while also introducing the new generation of the Ewing family. It's a mix that TNT hopes will inspire the same passion as the original series, which had the whole country asking: "Who shot J.R.?"
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What Animals Can Teach Humans About Healing

A new book called Zoobiquity explores the diseases that humans and animals have in common. Dr. Barbara Natterson-Horowitz and journalist Kathryn Bowers explain how fainting fish, obese dragonflies, depressed gorillas and monkeys with heart failure can help inform human health.
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Book Party For One: A Loner's Summer Survival Guide

Summer is a trying time for introverts, what with the barbecues and the graduations and the picnics by the pool. If you'd always choose a good book over a good party, critic Maureen Corrigan has a list for you.
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Joan Rivers Hates You And Everyone Else

Comedian Joan Rivers hates a lot of things. Her new book I Hate Everyone, Starting with Me details the things Rivers can't stand, from her appearance to obituaries to younger comedians who steal her gigs.
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The Psychology Of The Honor System At The Farm Stand

People like using the honor till at farm stands because being trusted feels good. Still, it's not universal. Even if most people do the right thing, eventually someone's going to take all the money, researchers warn.

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