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Games & Humor

Mel Brooks Says It's His Job 'To Make Terrible Things Entertaining'

Brooks, 91, has made a career of poking fun at topics that normally wouldn't make you laugh. "The comedy writer is like the conscience of the king," Brooks says. "He's got to tell him the truth."

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Mel Brooks Says It's His Job To 'Make Terrible Things Entertaining'

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Yawkey Way, outside Fenway Park, was named for the late, former Boston Red Sox owner, Tom Yawkey, who was known for his philanthropy, but also for what was a racist ball club. Tovia Smith/NPR hide caption

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Boston Changes 'Yawkey Way' To 'Jersey Street' After Concerns Over Racist Legacy

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Michael Cohen, President Trump's personal attorney, center, leaves federal court in New York earlier this month. Mary Altaffer/AP hide caption

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Michael Cohen Says He Will Take The Fifth In Stormy Daniels Suit

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Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson's proposal calls for increased rent payments by millions of people receiving housing subsidies. Matt Rourke/AP hide caption

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HUD Unveils Plan To Increase Rent On Millions Receiving Federal Housing Assistance

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt, accompanied by EPA Chief Financial Officer Holly Greaves, testifies before a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee on Capitol Hill on Thursday. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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EPA Chief Pruitt Faces Tough Questions On Capitol Hill

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Being in rural places means potential patients may often be isolated, low-income and not have easy access to transportation — and therefore difficult to serve. Christina Chung for NPR hide caption

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In A Border Region Where Immigrants Are Wary, A Health Center Travels To Its Patients

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