Veteran Hollywood stuntman Hal Needham — who turned director for the 1977 hit Smokey and the Bandit — lines up a shot with Burt Reynolds, Jerry Reed and Happy the dog. Universal Studio/Getty Images hide caption

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A 'Stuntman!' Discusses His Death-Defying Feats

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Before she took the helm at Gourmet magazine, Ruth Reichl won two James Beard Awards for her work as restaurant critic for The New York Times. Courtesy Ruth Reichl hide caption

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Ruth Reichl: Dining In Disguise And Going 'Gourmet'

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'Kitchen Science': The Dinner Is In The Details

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Bananas: The Uncertain Future Of A Favorite Fruit

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"Can something be called chicken or pork if it was born in a flask and produced in a vat?" asks Michael Spector. "Questions like that have rarely been asked and have never been answered." iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Tube Burgers: The World Of In Vitro Meat

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A K-9 police officer and his partner, "Bart," patrol New York's Grand Central Terminal in 2003. Less visible are the clandestine security measures the government has implemented since 2001. Joe Kohen/AP hide caption

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The 'Top Secret America' Created After Sept. 11

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Patton Oswalt is the voice behind Remy the rat, hero of Ratatouille, who likes his cheese avec des oeufs. Disney/Pixar hide caption

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Brad Bird, Patton Oswalt On Cooking Up 'Ratatouille'

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Alinea's version of pheasant, served with shallot, cider gel and burning oak leaves. Lara Kastner/Alinea hide caption

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Grant Achatz: The Chef Who Couldn't Taste

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Holy Days Sermons Get A Little Help From Hollywood

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Jerry Leiber (right) looks over Elvis Presley's shoulder at the sheet music for "Jailhouse Rock" in Los Angeles in 1957. His songwriting partner Mike Stoller stands to the left. Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images hide caption

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Jerry Leiber: Remembering One Of Rock's Great Songwriters

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Comic book nerd Graeme Willy (Simon Pegg) encounters an alien (voiced by Seth Rogen) after traveling to America for Comic-Con. Double Negative/Universal Pictures hide caption

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Two Slackers, A Roadtrip And An Alien

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Robin Weems' son Jason (left) teaches kindergarten across the hall from his parents' first-grade class in Baltimore. StoryCorps hide caption

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A Family That Teaches Together Talks Shop

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After The Rapture, Who Are 'The Leftovers'?

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In 1938, A&P had more than 13,000 stores from coast to coast, like this one in Somerset, Ohio. Over the next four years, the company's transition to a new supermarket format would cut that store count in half. Ben Shahn/Library of Congress hide caption

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How The A&P Changed The Way We Shop

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Alice Waters is the author of eight books, including The Art of Simple Food: Notes and Recipes from a Delicious Revolution. Platon/courtesy of the author hide caption

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Alice Waters: 40 Years Of Sustainable Food

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