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On the latest episode of NPR’s Weekend Edition, comedy legend Bill Cosby and his wife Camille were featured as guest to talk about a collection of African art they’ve loaned to the Smithsonian. The interview was going along pleasantly until the end, when host Scott Simon asked Cosby about a series of rape allegations against him that recently resurfaced in the media and online. Things immediately got awkward. When Simon said, "This question gives me no pleasure, Mr. Cosby, but there have been serious allegations raised about you in recent days,” Cosby remained completely silent. Simon attempted to fill the dead air, saying,

You're shaking your head no. I'm in the news business, I have to ask the question, do you have any response to those charges? ... Shaking your head no... There are people who love you who might like to hear from you about this. I want to give you the chance. Alright.

The statement was met with more silence from Cosby. Numerous allegations of sexual assault and rape against him date back decades, and in 2006 he settled a sexual assault-related lawsuit in which several women provided affidavits. After the interview, Cosby canceled his scheduled appearance on The Late Show with David Letterman. In a statement, Cosby’s lawyer said that the comedian would not “dignify” the “decade-old, discredited allegations” with a comment ... Discuss

Noah’s Co-Writer Explains the Film’s Controversial Theology

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Think you’ve got what it takes to be the manager of social media for a brand like Pizza Hut? The food chain has announced that they’re going to be interviewing potential “social media mavens” and “masters of memes” next week in Austin during the SXSW festival. There’s one catch though: You’ll have to sell yourself in just 140 seconds. As a way to see how potential digital strategists handle brevity and cleverness, the interviewees are allowed the same number of seconds that Twitter allows for characters.

If you’re planning on trekking down to Austin, don’t worry, we’ve got a lot of experience on Twitter and have some sure-fire tips for you: Throw in the phrase YOLO as many times as possible (this always works). Somehow incorporate a picture of a recent meal you prepared (something everyone is interested in). Make sure to inform them of your gym schedule and running times (they will be impressed). These are the kind of things they will expect to see from you on social media … Discuss

A Conversation With David Sedaris

The author talks This American Life, living in Europe and his eclectic family. Read More

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Donald Miller Goes to the Movies

The author reveals how they brought Blue Like Jazz to the big screen—and why turning fact into fiction is harder than you'd think. Read More