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The Man Who Jump-Started Presidential Debates

Four years before the famous Kennedy-Nixon face-off, a student at the University of Maryland wanted to see whether the nominees in 1956 — Dwight Eisenhower and Adlai Stevenson — might want to engage with students. His effort failed, but ultimately set in motion the televised debates we know today.
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Fresh Air Weekend: J.R. Moehringer, Mindy Kaling

In his first novel, Sutton, J.R. Moehringer writes from the point of view of the "greatest American robber." Mindy Kaling, who was on The Office stars in a new Fox show she also runs called The Mindy Project.
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Steve Martin: From Standup To Movie Star And Writer

Steve Martin went from performing in an empty San Francisco coffee house to hosting the Oscars. In between, he spent 18 years as a stand-up comic — four of them, by his account, successful years. His early standup routines, TV specials and other TV appearances have been released in a new DVD box set.
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Finding Health After Letting Go Of Hate

After he was told his brother had been murdered, Charlie Morris was filled with hatred. When he sought medical help for mysterious medical symptoms 10 years later, he realized it was his rage that plagued his body. When he started to forgive, he says his nightmares stopped, and his ailments went away.
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From Sweet To Steely: Amy Adams In 'The Master'

The Oscar-nominated actress plays the forbidding wife of a cult leader in Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master. She tells Fresh Air it was an opportunity to play a character type she'd never played before.
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Rare Specimens: An Unusual Match-Up In Entomology

She studies moths. He studies butterflies. But entomologists Alma Solis and Jason Hall, despite their differing research interests, have been married for nine years. Until recently, they were the only moth-butterfly couple in the field.
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Kelly Macdonald: Strong Woman On The 'Boardwalk'

The Scottish actress plays Margaret Thompson, a young Irish widow who marries a corrupt politician on HBO's Boardwalk Empire. Macdonald, who got her start in Trainspotting, tells Fresh Air that she enjoys playing a "strong character" for a change.

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