Maya Angelou's most recent autobiography, Mom & Me & Mom, looked back on her complicated relationship with her mother. Doug Mills/AP hide caption

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Stephen Cave: Should We Be Afraid Of Death?

Philosopher Stephen Cave delves into the simple question: Why are human beings afraid to die?

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Chris Hadfield: How Do You Deal With Fear Versus Danger?

Astronaut and retired colonel Chris Hadfield discusses how to prepare your mind for the unexpected, and the worst.

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