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Double Take 'Toons: Mandela and Kalashnikov RIP

It's been a tumultuous and exciting year. To mark its end, NPR Double Take will be recapping the biggest news events — including 2013's losses.

The life works of Nelson Mandela (b. 1918) and Mikhail Kalashnikov (b. 1919) transcend nations and spanned decades. Clay Bennett honors Mandela for choosing reconciliation over retribution, while Arend Van Dam noted that the inexpensive and robust AK47 assault rifle did some of its deadliest work on the African continent.

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