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Playboy Mansion For Sale, Bunnies Not Included

One might think the Playboy Mansion is all fun and games, but for $200 million, it might not be worth the cost, says NPR's Scott Simon.

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Springtime For Hitler: With 'Mein Kampf' Back In Stores, Germany Turns A Page

NPR's Scott Simon asks what a new publication of Mein Kampf says about modern Germany.

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Twain's 'Letter From Santa Claus,' A Gift For All Ages

In 1875, Mark Twain wrote a letter to his 3-year-old daughter from Santa Claus. NPR's Scott Simon reflects on a father's love for his daughter at Christmas time.

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Trick-or-Treating With Princesses, Superheroes And The Pope

NPR's Scott Simon will head out with a princess and a goddess for Halloween. Batman, Minnie Mouse and Minions are also popular costumes.

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War, Lace And A Lift From 'Playboy': One Man's Life In Lingerie

Host Scott Simon remembers bra expert Milton Schwartz, who made decades of women feel beautiful.

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Hello, Barbie! What Do You Want To Talk About Today?

It's Barbie, but not as you know her. NPR's Scott Simon wonders what the new Hello Barbie might say to kids, and what will happen when the kids talk back.

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Pope Francis Moves Believers And Skeptics Alike

Pope Francis is popular, both among Catholics and more generally. "You don't need to agree" with the pope's words, says NPR's Scott Simon, "to feel his open heart."

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