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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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Unemployment: Arab Spring Not Springing Back

Many people saw the Arab Spring as a sign of hope for youth in the area. But unemployment numbers there reflect the opposite. Host Michel Martin speaks with The Wall Street Journal economics reporter Sudeep Reddy and Shadi Hamid, director of research at the Brookings Doha Center, about the economic realities of the post-Arab Spring world.
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Monday Night Marked By Redskins Name Debate

The Oneida Nation wants the Washington Redskins to change their name and mascot - and they're hoping sports fans will help sway team owners. Host Michel Martin talks with Oneida Nation representative Ray Halbritter.
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Angry Asian Man Not So Angry

The Angry Asian Man isn't always angry. Mostly he just wants to catch people's attention. Host Michel Martin speaks with blog creator Phil Yu about the blog's unexpected growth and some of the biggest issues facing Asian-Americans today.
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Fresh Air Weekend: John Zorn, Superchunk And 'Cat Sense'

The New York City composer turns 60, Fresh Air critic Ken Tucker says Superchunk's latest album is full of typically superlative moments and anthrozoologist John Bradshaw explains cats' mysterious nature.
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Oklahoma's Master Meteorologist Retires

For more than four decades, KWTV's Gary England guided Okies through heat waves, droughts, flooding and tornadoes. Host Scott Simon talks to England, a local legend who became national news.

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