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Giving Dangerfield a Little Respect

Comic Rodney Dangerfield's death this week at 82 ends a one-of-a-kind career that started late but rarely failed to amuse. Hear New York Times critic Elvis Mitchell and NPR's Scott Simon.

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Scott Simon is one of America's most admired writers and broadcasters. He is the host of Weekend Edition Saturday and is one of the hosts of NPR's morning news podcast Up First. He has reported from all fifty states, five continents, and ten wars, from El Salvador to Sarajevo to Afghanistan and Iraq. His books have chronicled character and characters, in war and peace, sports and art, tragedy and comedy.