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Jerry Lewis, pictured here in 2016, told Fresh Air that comics need a place where they can fail. "We had the [Borscht Belt] at the Catskill Mountains. We had Lakewood, N.J. We had vaudeville, burlesque. ... I mean, there were so many places for you to be bad. Today, kids don't have a hell of a chance." Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

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Bridget Everett says her live act is about "the power of owning your own body." Monica Schipper/Getty Images hide caption

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'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

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Author Max Brooks has done extensive research on preparing for widespread catastrophe. He's now a fellow at the Modern War Institute at West Point. Courtesy of Del Rey hide caption

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Novelist Max Brooks On Doomsday, Dyslexia And Growing Up With Hollywood Parents

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In her book The Virginia State Colony For Epileptics And Feebleminded, poet Molly McCully Brown explores themes of disability, eugenics and faith. Kristin Teston/Persea hide caption

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Poet Imagines Life Inside A 1910 Institution That Eugenics Built

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A Physician Explores 'A Better Path' To The End Of Life

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Women inspect filled boxes of Corn Flakes in the Kellogg Company factory in 1934. The U.S. National Archives hide caption

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How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast

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"There's a kind of a bridge between cognitive therapy and Buddhist practice in evolutionary psychology," says author Robert Wright. Veronica Grech/Getty Images hide caption

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Can Buddhist Practices Help Us Overcome The Biological Pull Of Dissatisfaction?

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Former Vice President Al Gore shared a Nobel Peace Prize in 2007 for his work on climate change. Claire Harbage/NPR hide caption

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Al Gore Warns That Trump Is A 'Distraction' From The Issue Of Climate Change

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Ariel Levy first wrote about the miscarriage she suffered in Mongolia in the Nov. 17, 2013 issue of The New Yorker. David Klagsbrun/Random House hide caption

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'I Was Somebody's Mother': Reflections On The Guilt And Grief Of Miscarriage

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Jeanne Moreau appeared in three different films in 1962: Orson Welles' The Trial, Joseph Losey's Eva and Francois Truffaut's Jules and Jim. Reg Lancaster/Getty Images hide caption

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Remembering Actress Jeanne Moreau, Icon Of French New Wave Cinema

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Tom Perrotta is the author of several novels, including Election and The Leftovers. Ben King/HBO hide caption

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In New Novel, Tom Perrotta Shares 'Post-Parental' Reflections From An Empty Nest

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Jessica Williams plays a struggling playwright who is trying to get over an ex-boyfriend in The Incredible Jessica James. Netflix hide caption

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Comic Jessica Williams On 'The Daily Show' And Learning To 'Never Be Average'

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Billy Bragg says he initially pursued songwriting as a way to escape working in the local car factory. Andy Whale/Courtesy of Faber & Faber hide caption

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Billy Bragg On Skiffle, The Movement That Brought Guitar To British Radio

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Inside The 'Shakespearean Irony' Of Trump And Bannon's Relationship

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Zombie movie master George Romero started making movies when he was growing up in the Bronx. Chris Carlson/Associated Press hide caption

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Remembering George Romero, A Filmmaker Who Brought The Dead To Life

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