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The Art of the Obituary
Dave Davies talks with New York Times obituary writers Bruce Weber and Margalit Fox. Each of them has written over a thousand obits for the Times. They are the subject of the new documentary Obit, by director Vanessa Gould. Weber is now retired and Fox is off the daily obit writing desk, and is now writing "prewritten" obits. The New York Times is now one of the few big papers in the country that still has an obituary department.
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The HBO series is now in its sixth season. Producer Frank Rich also writes a column for New York magazine about the intersection of politics and popular culture.
A new 10-part adaptation of Margaret Atwood's 1986 novel stars Elisabeth Moss as a woman living in a totalitarian state. Critic David Bianculli says the miniseries depicts a bleak and haunting future.
Fitzgerald, who died in 1996, had her first hits with Chick Webb's big band before going out on her own in the 1940s. Critic Kevin Whitehead says Fitzgerald at her best is as good as it gets.
Dr. Elizabeth Ford treated mentally ill inmates in New York City for more than a decade. It was almost universal, she says, that they had suffered abuse or significant neglect as children.
Ankiel entered the major leagues in 1999 as a gifted pitcher, but one day suddenly lost that gift. He talks about his pitching demons, his troubled childhood and his way back to baseball.