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From Civilian To Spy: How An Average Guy Helped Bust A Russian Agent

You'd think spying on the Russians would require some training, but Naveed Jamali had none. "Probably some Magnum P.I. episodes and a few movies here and there," he says. "That was about it."
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The Man Behind 'The Most Interesting Man' Is Interesting, Too

He drove a garbage truck in LA and fibbed his way into Hollywood westerns. But Jonathan Goldsmith's big break was getting cast in Dos Equis beer commercials as "The Most Interesting Man in the World."
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'Lester, You Changed Our Lives': Channeling Bangs In 'How To Be a Rock Critic'

Husband-wife team Erik Jensen and Jessica Blank talk about their play based on the life and writings of legendary rock scribe Lester Bangs.
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Not My Job: Mindy Kaling Gets Quizzed On Do-It-Yourself Projects

Since Kaling was the star of The Mindy Project, we're going to ask her to play a game called "The Home Improvement Project."
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HBO's 'The Brink' Puts The Situation Room In Situation Comedy

The show is a response to the notion that sitcoms have generally ceded political satire to fake news programs. It opens with a certifiably crazy general taking control of Pakistan's nuclear arsenal.
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Survival Is Insufficient: 'Station Eleven' Preserves Art After The Apocalypse

In Emily St. John Mandel's novel, Station Eleven, a Shakespearean troupe clings to scraps of civilization after a deadly pandemic. Mandel and NPR's Scott Simon talk about art at the end of the world.
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Cat Wins 'Hero Dog' Award

Tara body-slammed the neighbors' dog to save her then-4-year-old owner. When a Los Angeles shelter prepared to present its annual trophy, no dog's heroics could match the cat's.
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After Verses Turn To Versus, Poet Emerges With Renowned Oxford Post

If you didn't know better, you might mistake the hubbub for American politics. But amid the fickle endorsements and dust-ups, poet Simon Armitage won election as the newest Oxford professor of poetry.
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Jacqueline Woodson On Growing Up, Coming Out And Saying Hi To Strangers

Woodson, the author of the young adult novel Brown Girl Dreaming, says that growing up in South Carolina, she knew that the safest place was with her family. Originally broadcast Dec. 10, 2014.
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Pixar's 'Inside Out' Is A Mind-Opening Masterpiece

Director Pete Docter had the idea for this movie a little over five years ago after he saw his own 11-year-old daughter become sad and tried to imagine how the world looked through her eyes.

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