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The Competing Interests Behind Smokey Bear And The Crying Indian

The company behind iconic public service campaigns like Smokey Bear and McGruff the Crime Dog has been around since the 1940s. But how much is really known about the Ad Council? Guest host Celeste Headlee speaks to author Wendy Melillo about her book How McGruff and the Crying Indian Changed America.
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Dad To Son: 'I Was Not Going To Let You Drop'

Josh Lampert's parents helped him through a rough period and, in his opinion, saved his life. "You do that for your kids," says his father, Chuck.
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The Last Tweets From An American Jihadist In Somalia

Omar Hammami was a bright Alabama kid who turned into a self-described terrorist in Somalia. In the months preceding Hammami's sudden death, journalist J.M. Berger struck up a conversation with him on Twitter.
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Soderbergh's Liberace, 'Behind The Candelabra'

In his HBO film, the acclaimed director examines the five-year relationship between the flamboyant entertainer and Scott Thorson, who was 40 years Liberace's junior and still a teenager when they met. Michael Douglas plays Liberace and Matt Damon plays Thorson.
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Forging A Different Parenting Path

Dan Miller's father struggled to support a large family and buckled under the conditions of poverty. That experience led Miller to choose to be a better father than the one who raised him.
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Meet Armando, Sesame Street's Newest Neighbor

Armando, also known as Mando, is played by Puerto Rico-born actor Ismael Cruz Cordova. The young actor speaks with host Michel Martin about his role on Sesame Street and the show's new focus on Hispanic heritage.
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Fresh Air Weekend: Snowden Leaks, Billie Jean King And Jonathan Lethem

Journalist Barton Gellman recounts how he began corresponding with whistle-blower Edward Snowden, a new documentary looks at King's legacy as both a tennis champion and the leader of a female player uprising, and Lethem's new novel was inspired by his own family story.
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Mindy Kaling Loves Rom Coms (And Being The Boss)

The actress played Kelly Kapoor on The Office, a role she also wrote and produced. Now she runs a new Fox comedy, The Mindy Project, in which she stars as an obstetrician whose personal life is a mess. Kaling tells Fresh Air that her late mother inspired her character's career.
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'Totally Biased' Comic On Race, Politics And Audience

Comic W. Kamau Bell's new show, produced by Chris Rock, mixes standup, sketches and interviews. Bell tells Fresh Air about the origins of his political humor and why it's important for him to have a multiracial audience.
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How One Man Continues To 'Just Pass It On'

Thomas Weller would have died in a snow bank in 1966 had a stranger not helped him. Weller has been helping strangers in the same way ever since.

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