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Monday, April 12, 2010 | 11:00 AM
Author Samuel Longhorne Clemens, better known under his pen name, Mark Twain, is seen in an undated photo. Twain died April 21, 1910. (AP)

Coming up on the centennial of Mark Twain’s death, we look at his late work, last years, and the woman in the middle of it all.

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Thursday, November 12, 2009 | 11:00 AM

Before Jon Stewart there was The Onion. We’ll talk with writers for the satirical news site about their brand of fake-news humor.

 
Thursday, August 6, 2009 | 11:00 AM
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We talk to actress and comedian Charlyne Yi about her new film, “Paper Heart,” and the quest to understand true love.

 
Monday, May 5, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Sunshine State humorist and novelist Carl Hiaasen knows a lot about Florida and human nature. What he didn’t know was just how ugly his own nature could get when he put it back on the golf course. Decades after Hiaasen laid down his golf clubs as a young father, he picked them up again at […]

 
Friday, April 11, 2008 | 11:00 AM

Man walks into a restaurant and asks: “How do you prepare your chickens?” And the cook responds: “Nothing special really. We just tell them they’re gonna die.” Bada boom. The human condition in a two-line joke about chickens. Thomas Cathcart and Daniel Klein see philosophy today all over the world of humor. A world where […]

 
Monday, January 7, 2008 | 10:00 AM

Only four days after the first votes, in Iowa, of Election ’08, and one day before the New Hampshire primaries, Americans are in the thick of one of the most amazing political seasons in years. But one thing’s been missing: the late-night laughs. Leno and Letterman sneaked back on last week. Tonight, Jon Stewart and […]

 
Monday, January 29, 2007 | 11:00 AM
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Satirist and humorist P.J. O’Rourke on freedom, free markets, Paris Hilton and Adam Smith’s “The Wealth of Nations.”

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006 | 11:00 AM
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Art Buchwald died in 2007, but his humor and spirit live on. Not long before his death, Buchwald and CBS’ Mike Wallace spoke with On Point about life, laughs, and second chances.

 
Friday, November 10, 2006 | 11:00 AM
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Comedian, playwright and actress Amy Sedaris takes on new turf: cookbook doyenne, entertainment maven, and all around guide to cheese balls and casseroles.

 
Friday, December 16, 2005 | 11:00 AM

Many consider Richard Pryor the greatest stand-up comedian in America. His unique mix of irreverent humor, candor, vulnerability, masterful story telling and grace on stage brought houses down. But life was never easy for Pryor, who died last Saturday at age 65 from a heart attack. He grew up in Peoria, Illinois in his grandmother’s […]

 
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Sep 1, 2014
This Friday, Aug. 22, 2014 photo shows a mural in in the Pullman neighborhood of Chicago dedicated to the history of the Pullman railcar company and the significance for its place in revolutionizing the railroad industry and its contributions to the African-American labor movement. (AP)

On Labor Day, we’ll check in on the American labor force, with labor activist Van Jones, and more.

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Aug 29, 2014
Beyoncé performs at the 2014 MTV Music Video Awards on Sunday, August 24, 2014 in Inglewood, California. (Getty)

Sex, power and Beyoncé’s feminism. The message to young women.

 
Aug 29, 2014
Ukrainian forces guard a checkpoint in the town of Mariupol, eastern Ukraine, Thursday, Aug. 28, 2014. Ukraine's president Petro Poroshenko called an emergency meeting of the nation's security council and canceled a foreign trip Thursday, declaring that "Russian forces have entered Ukraine," as concerns grew about the opening of a new front in the conflict.  (AP)

War moves over Syria, Ukraine. Burger King moves to Canada. Nine-year-olds and Uzis. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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Our Week In The Web: August 29, 2014
Friday, Aug 29, 2014

On hypothetical questions, Beyoncé and the unending flow of social media.

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Drew Bledsoe Is Scoring Touchdowns (In The Vineyards)
Thursday, Aug 28, 2014

Football great — and vineyard owner — Drew Bledsoe talks wine, onions and the weird way they intersect sometimes in Walla Walla, Washington.

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Poutine Whoppers? Why Burger King Is Bailing Out For Canada
Tuesday, Aug 26, 2014

Why is Burger King buying a Canadian coffee and doughnut chain? (We’ll give you a hint: tax rates).

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