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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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Karl Marlantes shipped off to Vietnam as a 23-year-old second lieutenant in 1968. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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'Matterhorn' Author On What It's Like 'To Go To War'

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Bananas: The Uncertain Future Of A Favorite Fruit

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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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Remembering Russia's Dark Past: Tom Rob Smith's crime novels follow Soviet security agent Leo Demidov through 1950s Moscow, when Josef Stalin ruled the Kremlin and simply associating with the wrong people could land you in jail. And all that Malarkey via Flickr hide caption

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Moscow, In A Time Of Fear

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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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Forensic anthropology applies the study of the human skeleton to the legal process. iStockphoto hide caption

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College Freshmen Learn From 'Henrietta Lacks'

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Author Susan Straight and her daughters in Central Park in November 2010. From left to right: Gaila Sims, Delphine Sims, Rosette Sims and Susan Straight. Courtesy Of The Author hide caption

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