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"I just stick it in my ear and drive," says Emily Vigney (of the Poway-Bernardo Mortuary featured on A&E's Family Plots) about wearing headphones. She owns a 40 GB iPod. "Some people think you're on the phone. I put my hair over it, so they don't get mad at you. It's kind of dangerous maybe."

Family Plots, the reality series that follows the staff at Poway-Bernardo Mortuary, returned for a second season, which began Sunday, 8 p.m. The show features three sisters: head mortician Shonna Smith, assistant funeral director Melissa Wissmiller, and office manager Emily Vigney. Also featured in the series is their father, Chuck Wissmiller, a former boxer who picks up bodies and delivers them to the funeral home.

"My boyfriend got two [iPods] for Christmas, and he gave me one of them," says Emily, who has a playlist entitled "Country Music I Can Handle." She also listens to 1970s funk.

"I keep it in one ear and then I'll answer the phone, but I keep it real low so I can still hear what people are saying."

While driving in the hearse, Chuck listens to rap, "Tool and Limp Bizkit, Rage Against the Machine...2Pac, of course, I liked him right from the get-go."

Shonna said she listens to the music while preparing bodies for a viewing. "I was going to be a music major in college, and then I decided to go into undertaking."

-- Pat Sherman

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