Entertainer Bill Cosby gestures during a Nov. 6 interview about the an upcoming Smithsonian exhibit featuring the extensive African-American art collection of Bill and Camille Cosby. Later in the interview, and in a subsequent NPR interview, Cosby refused to comment on the recently renewed attention given to rape allegations against him. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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Mike Nichols was an ultimate Hollywood insider who won every major show business award directing for stage, film and TV. But his life in America began as an immigrant from Germany. Nichols was honored with an AFI Life Achievement Award in June 2010. Kevin Winter/Getty Images for AFI hide caption

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Comedian and actor Bill Cosby, seen here performing in September, is facing several new allegations of sexual assault. Ethan Miller/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan greets supporters on election night in Anchorage. The as-yet-undecided race between Sullivan and Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich was the hottest in the state. Ted S. Warren/AP hide caption

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BJ Leiderman is the composer of the theme music heard on NPR's Morning Edition, Weekend Edition and Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! Courtesy of Cole Rian: Jen Haynes & Mel Wils hide caption

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Tom (right) and Ray Magliozzi grew up great friends despite a 12-year age gap between them. Both graduated from MIT before going into the car repair business. Courtesy of Car Talk hide caption

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