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Dan Fagin: "Toms River: A Story of Science and Salvation"

For two generations, chemical companies in Toms River, N.J., dumped toxic waste. For this month’s Environmental Outlook, Diane and her guest discuss the life of a small town ravaged by industrial pollution.

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A New Chapter In The Story Of Henrietta Lacks

Henrietta Lacks was an African American tobacco farmer and mother of five. She died in 1951, but her cells were kept and studied by scientists without the knowledge of her family. The cells have been genetically sequenced once again without consent. Renee Montagne talks to Rebecca Skloot, the author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, about an Op-Ed she wrote in Sunday's New York Times examining this development.
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In A World That's Always On, We Are Trapped In The 'Present'

In Present Shock: When Everything Happens Now, Douglas Rushkoff cautions against living in the perennial, virtual now. "It's very hard for us to orient ourselves," he says, "to look forward to things, to join movements with goals, to invest in the future."
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Remembering Chinua Achebe And The Importance Of Struggle

To remember Chinua Achebe who died last Thursday, Fresh Air listens back to an interview with the great African writer that originally aired on May 10, 1988. In it, Achebe talks about the literary trope of the white explorer or missionary living amongst the savages, and the importance of struggle.
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How And Why The Hollywood Star Machine Made 'Gods Like Us'

In a new book about movie stardom and fame, Boston Globe film critic Ty Burr looks at the evolving history of the relationship between movie stars and the people who love them, as well as at how changing technology influences the kinds of stars the public wants.
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Love, Roughhousing And Fifth Position In 'Brothers Emanuel'

Ezekiel Emanuel, elder brother to Chicago mayor Rahm and Hollywood superagent Ari, has written a new memoir about his family and growing up Jewish in inner-city Chicago. It's called Brothers Emanuel, and yes, he does discuss middle brother Rahm's talent for ballet.

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