Originally published on Tue October 16, 2012 2:43 pm
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The doctor is in the house. Now that the FOX TV show House has wrapped, the show's star Hugh Laurie revealed a softer side by showing his love for NPR. The actor stopped by NPR West to talk with Fresh Air host Terry Gross. We approve.
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