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One recent example of a musician prominently mentioning a brand in a song: Kendrick Lamar with a jar of Grey Poupon in the music video for "Humble." YouTube hide caption

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From Rolls-Royce To Grey Poupon, A Look At Brand Mentions In Chart-Topping Songs

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Ted Kaczynski is flanked by federal agents as he is led from the federal courthouse in Helena, Mont., on April 4, 1996. Kaczynski is now serving a life sentence in prison for the bombings. John Youngbear/Associated Press hide caption

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FBI Profiler Says Linguistic Work Was Pivotal In Capture Of Unabomber

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Pamela Adlon plays plays Sam, a single mom raising three daughters (from left, Olivia Edward, Hannah Alligood and Mikey Madison) in the FX comedy series Better Things. Pamela Littky/FX hide caption

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Pamela Adlon Started Working At Age 9, But 'Better Things' Happened At 50

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Despite Different Styles, Dick Gregory And Jerry Lewis Inspired Generations Of Comics

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Jerry Lewis, pictured here in 2016, told Fresh Air that comics need a place where they can fail. "We had the [Borscht Belt] at the Catskill Mountains. We had Lakewood, N.J. We had vaudeville, burlesque. ... I mean, there were so many places for you to be bad. Today, kids don't have a hell of a chance." Rich Fury/Invision/AP hide caption

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Jerry Lewis On His Borscht Belt Childhood And The Lonely Work Of Comedy

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Social Satirist Dick Gregory Was The 'First To Have A Crossover Market'

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Dean Martin (left) and Jerry Lewis in 1953. They met in 1945, and over the next decade went on to become the highest-paid comedy act in the U.S. Express Newspapers/Getty Images hide caption

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Jerry Lewis, Comic Icon And Titan Of Telethons, Dies At 91

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Dick Gregory, known for his sharp commentary on race relations during the 1960s civil rights movement, was considered a pioneer in using satire to address social issues. Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images hide caption

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How Late Night TV Addressed Charlottesville And This Week In Politics

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In Netflix's new show The Defenders, Jessica Jones and her superhero friends patrol the grim and gritty streets of a Hell's Kitchen that no longer exists in today's New York. Sarah Shatz/Netflix hide caption

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Marvel Comics Meet Reality On The Not-So-Mean Streets Of Hell's Kitchen

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Snark Aside, Julie Klausner Says 'Difficult People' Is Inspired By Love

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Billy Eichner Makes A Career Out Of Love/Hating Celebrity Culture

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Bridget Everett says her live act is about "the power of owning your own body." Monica Schipper/Getty Images hide caption

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'Cabaret Hurricane' Bridget Everett Moves To The Big Screen In 'Patti Cake$'

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Solar eclipses like this one have inspired filmmakers as far back as 1907. R. Baer, S. Kovac/AP hide caption

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In Movies, A Solar Eclipse Means Change Is Coming

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Charlie Cox plays a lawyer by day and the costumed Daredevil by night in the Netflix superhero series The Defenders. Netflix hide caption

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In 'Defenders,' Netflix Enlists Marvel Superheroes In Quest For TV Domination

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