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Justice Stevens Reflects On The Court And Its Chiefs

After 35 years as a Supreme Court justice, John Paul Stevens retired last year. His newly released memoir is about his time on the bench and the five Supreme Court chief justices he personally knew. He details his views of those justices and how his viewpoints on various issues evolved over the years.
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The Man Who Tracks Viruses Before They Spread

Nathan Wolfe travels to the viral hot spots of the world, where viruses first jump from animals to humans. The scientist spends his days tracking emerging infectious diseases before they turn into global pandemics.
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Income Disparity And The 'Price Of Civilization'

The Occupy Wall Street movement has been criticized for lacking focus — but its main slogan seems to be resonating. That slogan, "We are the 99 percent," highlights the issue of income disparity. It's something economist Jeffrey Sachs has been tracking for a long time.
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Seth MacFarlane: TV's 'Family Guy' Makes Music, Too

MacFarlane is best known for creating the animated TV shows Family Guy, American Dad! and The Cleveland Show. But he's also a singer whose new album features songs from the Great American Songbook.
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For A Bilingual Writer, 'No One True Language'

Gustavo Perez Firmat is a Cuban-American who writes novels, memoirs, poetry, and academic works in both Spanish and English. "But I have the feeling that I'm not fluent in either one," he says. "Words fail me in both of them."
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Eating Healthy: Whose Choice Should It Be?

Restaurants are introducing calorie counts on menus and smaller portions to help consumers make healthier choices. But some consumers think that limits choice, and nutrition experts say we need to change the culture, not the menu.
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Ted Danson, On 'Crime' And 'Death' After 'Cheers'

Actor Ted Danson has been captivating audiences for over 20 years. This fall, the actor appears in two TV series, playing an aging hotshot in need of a little spice on the HBO series Bored To Death and a forensic analyst on the CBS series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.
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Twain Humor Award Honors Comedian Will Ferrell

Comedian Will Ferrell will receive the 14th annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor later this month at the Kennedy Center. The comedian became famous as a cast member on Saturday Night Live and went on to star in movies such as Old School and Elf.
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A Love That Turned Difference Into Intimacy

As love stories go, Mary Ann Allen and John Klein's relationship started in an unusual place. And they were something of an unusual couple, too. But as it turned out, none of that meant a thing.
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Rebuilding Soldiers Transformed By War Injuries

More soldiers are returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with wounds that would have been fatal a decade ago. The injuries have led to advances in combat medicine but have challenged the health care systems meant to help veterans back home. War reporter David Wood talks with Fresh Air about the hurdles facing these troops and their families.

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