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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"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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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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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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Texas Gov. Rick Perry prays at The Response, his call to prayer for a nation in crisis, on Aug. 6 in Houston. The event was organized, in part, by members of the New Apostolic Reformation. David J. Phillip/AP hide caption

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The Evangelicals Engaged In Spiritual Warfare

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Catcher Brad Ausmus (left), with the L.A. Dodgers in May 2009, is at the ready as the Colorado Rockies' Todd Helton bats during a game in Denver. David Zalubowski/AP hide caption

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Covering The Plate: A Baseball Catcher Tells All

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A trader reacts after the close of trading in the Nasdaq 100 Index pit on the floor of the CME Group on Aug. 8 in Chicago. Stocks plummeted after Standard & Poor's downgraded U.S. debt. M. Spencer Green/AP hide caption

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Rating The Wall Street Ratings Agencies

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A pair of flies mate on a leaf. Male damsel flies use all sorts of tricks to get females to use their sperm — and not the sperm of another male damsel fly — to fertilize their eggs. Alex Wild hide caption

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'Sex On Six Legs': When Insects Go Wild

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