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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.
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Nichols directed such movies as The Graduate and Birdcage and Broadway musicals such as Spamalot. He won nine Tony Awards. Nichols died Wednesday at 83. He talked with Terry Gross in 2001.
This is the third time Cumming has starred in the musical. He talks about the new production — everything from his costume (which he calls a "Wonder Bra" for men) to the darker themes of the show.
In his short story collection, former Marine Phil Klay takes his experience in Iraq and clarifies it. On Wednesday, he won the National Book Award for fiction.
When journalist Alec MacGillis started looking into McConnell's early politics, he says he was "startled" by how moderate the Republican used to be. The book traces McConnell's shift to the right.