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Jerry Lewis, pictured here in 2016, told Fresh Air that comics need a place where they can fail. "We had the [Borscht Belt] at the Catskill Mountains. We had Lakewood, N.J. We had vaudeville, burlesque. ... I mean, there were so many places for you to be bad. Today, kids don't have a hell of a chance." Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

In 2005, Lewis told Fresh Air about his partnership with singer Dean Martin and how he honed his comic skills while working as a busboy. The comedian, actor and director died Sunday at the age of 91.

Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

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South Africa granted diplomatic immunity to Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe after she was accused of assaulting a young woman at a Johannesburg hotel. Above, Mugabe addresses a youth rally in June. Jekesai Njikizana/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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South Africa Grants Grace Mugabe Diplomatic Immunity, To Critics' Dismay

An opposition party called the government's decision "a complete disgrace." Zimbabwe's first lady is accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model with an extension cord at a Johannesburg hotel.

Damage to the portside is visible as the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain steers toward Changi naval base in Singapore following a collision with the merchant vessel Alnic MC on Monday. Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Joshua Fulton/AP hide caption

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Search For 10 Missing Launched Off Singapore After U.S. Destroyer, Tanker Collide

The Navy says the guided missile destroyer sustained "significant damage" in the collision east of the Strait of Malacca, one of the busiest shipping lanes in the world.

South Korean soldiers participate in an anti-terror and anti-chemical terror exercise Ulchi Freedom Guardian exercise last year. Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images hide caption

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Fresh Threats From Pyongyang As Joint Military Exercise Begins

The annual drill between U.S. and South Korean troops comes in the wake of a bitter back-and-forth between North Korea and President Trump.

Fresh Threats From Pyongyang As Joint Military Exercise Begins

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Lillie Pete sifts the juniper ash before adding it to her blue corn mush. Laurel Morales/KJZZ hide caption

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To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash

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Most American Indians are lactose intolerant, which means they need to find nutrients outside of dairy sources. It turns out that a return to traditional cooking methods can be key to good health.

To Get Calcium, Navajos Burn Juniper Branches To Eat The Ash

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Rosendo Gil, a family support worker with the Imperial County, Calif., home visiting program, has visited Blas Lopez and his fiancée Lluvia Padilla dozens of times since their daughter was born three years ago. Heidi de Marco/Kaiser Health News hide caption

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Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children

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A program that provides $400 million in federal funds for the visits expires next month. Advocates and providers hope it will be reauthorized and even expanded, saying it's money well spent.

Ferrari race cars are lined up at dawn on Pebble Beach Golf Links' 18th green at during the 67th Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. California's Monterey Peninsula is home to the renowned car show that displays the most exotic, rare, and the most expensive cars in the world. Bruce W. Talamon for NPR hide caption

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PHOTOS: Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance Showcases Most Exotic, Rare, Expensive Cars

This year's Concours features 204 of the best cars that have ever been made. The 67th annual event caps off a week of intensive, obsessive car love in Monterey Peninsula, Calif.

Crews worked to remove the statue of Supreme Court judge and segregationist Roger Taney from the front lawn of the Maryland State House late Thursday night. Taney wrote the 1857 Dred Scott decision that defended slavery and said black Americans could never be citizens. Baltimore Sun/TNS via Getty Images hide caption

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Confederate Statues Were Built To Further A 'White Supremacist Future'

President Trump hasn't mentioned it as he's defended the memorabilia over the past week, but historians say the statues were originally built to send a clear message to black Americans.

For 30 years, Daryl Davis has spent time befriending members of the Ku Klux Klan. He says 200 Klansmen have given up their robes after talking with him. Courtesy of Daryl Davis hide caption

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How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

One by one, Daryl Davis has befriended KKK members over the past 30 years. The more they got to know the African-American musician, the more they realized the Klan was not for them.

How One Man Convinced 200 Ku Klux Klan Members To Give Up Their Robes

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Dick Gregory, known for his sharp commentary on race relations during the 1960s civil rights movement, was considered a pioneer in using satire to address social issues. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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Comedian And Civil Rights Activist Dick Gregory Dies At 84

Gregory was known for his sharp satire, political activism and health advocacy. He went on multiple hunger strikes to protest issues like the Vietnam War and police brutality.