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Was Bob Hope the 20th Century's Most Popular Entertainer?
"Thanks for the Memory" was Bob Hope's theme song, which he first sang in the 1938 film "The Big Broadcast." The film made him a star. The show talks with his biographer, Richard Zoglin, about Hope the singer, comic, film star, beloved USO performer and then an anachronism to a younger generation. Zoglin argues that Hope was the most popular entertainer of the 20th century.

Mon, Nov 24, 2014 -- 1:00pm


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Fresh Air Weekend: Norman Lear, A Review Of Basement Tapes, Jon Stewart

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Fresh Air Remembers Film And Broadway Director Mike Nichols

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