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"Veep" Creator Armando Iannucci

Armando Iannucci once harbored dreams of an academic career dedicated to studying poets like John Milton. The Scottish-Italian satirist gave up that career path for one in comedy, and he's spent the past several years lampooning Washington's political culture. Kojo chats with Iannucci about the humor and absurdity of daily life in Washington, and what American political culture looks like from the outside looking in.

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Armando Iannucci, creator of the HBO comedy series "Veep," talks about why Washingtonians, particularly those involved in politics, are so welcoming to the entertainment industry. "D.C. is such an enclosed environment. They call it the 'echo chamber.' I think it must come as a sense of relief that someone from outside is coming to look at them," he says.

Trailer For HBO's "Veep"


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The Krispy Kreme Challenge Children's Specialty Clinic gets its name from a student-run charity race in Raleigh, N.C., that has already raised $1 million for kids. Still, some find the name unhealthy.

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Decades after Rosa Parks changed history, a new generation faces the challenge of remaking the civil rights movement for the next century. What can they learn from the past to build for the future?

Someday A Helicopter Drone May Fly Over Mars And Help A Rover

NASA is building a 2-pound helicopter drone that would help guide the vehicle on the Red Planet's surface. That way, the rover wouldn't need to wander as much to find its way around.

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