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Hugh Hefner at his Playboy Mansion home in 2006. Hector Mata/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Hugh Hefner On Early 'Playboy' And Changing America's Values

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Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Candy, a prostitute who hopes to get out of the trade by learning to make porn films, on the HBO series The Deuce. Paul Schiraldi/HBO hide caption

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'Deuce' Creators Capture The Birth Of America's Billion-Dollar Porn Industry

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President Barack Obama speaks at the 2014 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner in Washington, D.C. Speechwriter David Litt, who helped craft the president's comedy routine that night, says, "Some of the joke is always that it's the president telling a joke." Olivier Douliery/Getty Images hide caption

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A Former Speechwriter Looks Back On His 'Hopey, Changey' Years With Obama

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In 'Vietnam War,' Ken Burns Wrestles With The Conflict's Contradictions

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Clinton Won't Rule Out Questioning 2016 Election, But Says No Clear Means To Do So

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Katy Tur is now an anchor for MSNBC and a reporter for NBC News. Elena Seibert/Harper Collins hide caption

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Reporter Katy Tur Shares Her 'Front-Row' View Of The Trump Campaign

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Firefighters work beneath the vertical struts of the World Trade Center's twin towers, in Lower Manhattan, following the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Mark Lennihan/Associated Press hide caption

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Sept. 11 First Responder Fights On Behalf Of Others Who Rushed To Help

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In Brad's Status, a father (Ben Stiller, right) takes his son (Austin Abrams) on a college tour and starts thinking about his own college friends, who are much more successful that he is. Jonathan Wenk/Amazon Studios hide caption

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Director Mike White Unpacks The Impulse To Compare In 'Brad's Status'

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Novelist John Le Carré Reflects On His Own 'Legacy' Of Spying

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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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How The 'Battling' Kellogg Brothers Revolutionized American Breakfast

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