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lightning strike
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In 1988, Elizabeth Krohn had an experience so unlikely, so dramatic and trippy, that for 30 years she didn’t tell anyone about it — she was struck by lightning and had a profound near-death experience. When she recovered, her life was transformed.

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8:26
Crossing the plains of the Gnostic Gospels
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The religion scholar Elaine Pagels introduced the world to the ancient Gnostic Gospels. 25 years later, she's finally ready to talk about how her own grief — after the deaths of her young son and husband — shaped her religious imagination.

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16:15
"Prairie fires of the great west"
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Laura Ingalls Wilder insisted that every detail in her beloved "Little House" books was true. But Caroline Fraser, her biographer, says Wilder heavily edited the story of her family's life on the Great Plains. And in the process, created an American myth based on a lie or two.
 

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14:07
A poison garden
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Amy Stewart is a serious gardener with a side gig – writing about all the plants that could kill you.

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06:38
Poison tea
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Kathryn Harkup is a chemist with an expertise in poison. She’s made a close study of a famous poisoner that employed everything from arsenic to cyanide to knock off close to 300 (fictional) victims: Agatha Christie, the mystery writer.

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12:05

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