Elizabeth Blair http://wuis.org en Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack http://wuis.org/post/bolshoi-director-recovered-acid-attack-begins-us-tour <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdahDCp5uww</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 22839 at http://wuis.org Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS http://wuis.org/post/colbert-plans-take-late-night-mic-cbs Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The coveted spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert. CBS made the announcement today. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 22743 at http://wuis.org Breaking Up Corcoran Gallery Takes More Time Than Expected http://wuis.org/post/breaking-corcoran-galley-takes-more-time-expected The Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college in Washington, D.C., will be taken over by a university and another gallery. The Corcoran is cherished by many but has had years of financial trouble. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 22522 at http://wuis.org A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To Baltimore Museum http://wuis.org/post/tiny-renoir-stolen-50s-finally-comes-home-baltimore-museum It has the makings of a great mystery: artwork stolen from a prominent museum, plus the FBI, a beautiful woman and an intrepid reporter. But this isn't fiction; it's a strange, true tale of how a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has now safely returned home to Baltimore.<p>At first it was known as the Renoir found at a West Virginia flea market — a woman took the painting to an auction house where they concluded that it was, indeed, <em>On the Shore of the Seine, </em>a Renoir that had been purchased in Paris in 1925 by American art collectors Herbert and Saidie May. Thu, 27 Mar 2014 20:36:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 21769 at http://wuis.org A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To Baltimore Museum Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] http://wuis.org/post/fans-good-wife-rocked-spoiler-alert The CBS legal drama <em>The Good Wife</em> centers on smart, attractive Chicago lawyer Alicia Florrick. She's "the good wife" because she stood by her politician husband when he cheated on her.<p>But the show's most compelling story line has always been between Alicia and another lawyer, Will Gardner. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 21:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 21542 at http://wuis.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director http://wuis.org/post/smithsonian-institution-gets-new-director The new head of the Smithsonian Institution was announced Monday. <a href="http://www.cornell.edu/president/about.cfm">David Skorton</a> will leave his job as president of Cornell University to become the institution's 13th secretary since its founding in 1846.<p>Skorton becomes the first physician to lead the Smithsonian. He's a board-certified cardiologist and amateur <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeuZY7uBSG4">jazz musician</a>. Most importantly for the Smithsonian, he's a skilled fundraiser. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 20542 at http://wuis.org Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything http://wuis.org/post/teens-and-social-media-lack-context-everything Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>You know, as I host this program, I'm on a social media platform - Twitter, as a matter of fact. There is no group that takes that new social media platform more than teenagers, and that's exactly what worries a lot of parents. Danah Boyd is a respected researcher in the world of social media. She spent years studying teenagers and how they interact online. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 19983 at http://wuis.org Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They've Always Done http://wuis.org/post/social-media-researcher-gets-how-teenagers-use-internet Researcher danah boyd is obsessed with how teenagers use the Internet. For the legions of adults who are worried about them, that's a good thing.<p>With a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masters from MIT, and as a senior researcher with Microsoft, boyd is something of a star in the world of social media. For her new book <em>It's Complicated</em>, she spent about eight years studying teenagers and how they interact online. She says she wrote the book in part to help parents, educators and journalists relax. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:11:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 19641 at http://wuis.org Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They've Always Done Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship http://wuis.org/post/shirley-temple-and-bojangles-two-stars-one-lifelong-friendship When Shirley Temple Black died earlier this week, many of the tributes mentioned one of the most iconic scenes in American movie history: the staircase dance that Temple performed with Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in the 1935 movie <em>The Little Colonel. </em> They were the first interracial couple to dance onscreen. But their partnership was more than just a movie milestone.<p>He was in his 50s. She was 6. He called her darlin'; she called him Uncle Billy.<p>Robinson taught Temple his joyful, elegant tap-dancing routines. Fri, 14 Feb 2014 23:32:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 19016 at http://wuis.org Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://wuis.org/post/top-flight-animators-gag-art-all-its-own-0 Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Lego Movie opened last night in theaters across the country. It's latest example of the magic of animation, filmmakers who bring plastic to life, make animals talk and send toys singing and dancing across a big screen. But animators also love to hurl our most beloved characters over cliffs. They blow them up with dynamite, flatten them with speeding trains. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:16:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 18579 at http://wuis.org Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro http://wuis.org/post/valery-gergiev-powerful-and-polarizing-maestro <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-dpVISqPy4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r71xgacQ3jI</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 21:45:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 18299 at http://wuis.org Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://wuis.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-uncanny-actor-stage-and-screen Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/02/270599816/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-at-46">found dead on Sunday</a> in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.<p>Hoffman was steeped in his profession — in film, on stage, in the spotlight and behind the scenes.<p>In 2005, he won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 18176 at http://wuis.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big http://wuis.org/post/super-bowl-ad-game-one-small-business-will-win-big Super Bowl suspense is building — for the game and the commercials. With an audience of over 100 million people, advertisers covet this space, but at a reported $4 million a spot, only the mightiest corporations can afford Super Bowl exposure. This year, though, there's an exception. One lucky little business will get one of those primo slots — free.<p>Intuit, the company that sells software tools including Quicken and TurboTax, is sponsoring a promotion called <a href="https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/" target="_blank">Small Business, Big Game</a>. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 22:22:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 17598 at http://wuis.org Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block http://wuis.org/post/foundations-keep-detroit-art-auction-block Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>A federal bankruptcy judge in Detroit has mediated a deal that could potentially solve two of the city's biggest problems. The plan would raise money for retirees' pension funds and keep masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Art from being auctioned off. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.<p>ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: As part of bankruptcy, all assets are on the table. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:12:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 16856 at http://wuis.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? http://wuis.org/post/detroit-needs-money-can-grand-bargain-save-citys-art Can wealthy art lovers help save Detroit's pension funds — and one of its museums?<p>The city is struggling to find ways to emerge from bankruptcy. One idea: sell the city's art to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=248779484">save the pensions</a> of city retirees. The Detroit Institute of Arts, or DIA, has faced serious financial difficulties over the years, and yet it holds the city's most valuable assets: a world-class art collection that includes works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Matisse. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 15685 at http://wuis.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? Hollywood Holding On To Its Summer Love http://wuis.org/post/hollywood-holding-its-summer-love <em>As we near the end of 2013, NPR is taking a look at the numbers that tell the story of this year. Numbers that, if you really understand them, give insight into the world we're living in, right now. Over the next two weeks, you'll hear the stories behind these numbers, which range from zero to 1 trillion.</em><p>You can understand a lot about how Hollywood works if you understand the number 17. That's the number of big, super-expensive movies that came out in the May to July summer movie season. Wed, 18 Dec 2013 22:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 15291 at http://wuis.org Hollywood Holding On To Its Summer Love For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://wuis.org/post/top-flight-animators-gag-art-all-its-own <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-Esh4W3dfI</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYG5lft0dlQ</p> Wed, 27 Nov 2013 21:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 13914 at http://wuis.org For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own Fans Boo 'Family Guy' Dog Death, But Will It Bring Bryan Back? http://wuis.org/post/fans-boo-family-guy-dog-death-will-it-bring-bryan-back Fans of the animated comedy Family Guy got a shock Monday. Some wailed about it on Twitter and Facebook. Spoiler alert: The episode was about the death of Brian, the family dog. One fan started a petition to insist that Fox bring back Brian. It reached 30,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. But the internet has made petitions so easy, they may have lost their power. Tue, 26 Nov 2013 21:51:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 13821 at http://wuis.org What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'? http://wuis.org/post/what-do-we-mean-when-we-talk-about-latino-art When the Whitney Museum of American Art announced the <a href="http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2014Biennial">artists for its 2014 biennial</a>, people took to the Internet to chime in about who's been included and who's been left out; the last biennial had been blasted for ignoring Latino artists. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 22:24:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 13746 at http://wuis.org What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'? The Dallas Cowboy Behind The Real 'Buyers Club' http://wuis.org/post/dallas-cowboy-behind-real-buyers-club Feisty. Stubborn. A real cowboy. According to people who knew him, the real Ron Woodroof was very much like the character played by Matthew McConaughey in the new movie <em>Dallas Buyers Club</em>.<p>Bill Minutaglio — who wrote about Woodroof for <em>The Dallas Morning News</em> — describes him as "salty."<p>"I kinda liked him. He cursed like four sailors," says Minutaglio.<p>Chicago attorney Michael Cascino represented Woodroof in a case against the Food and Drug Administration.<p>"Ron was full of life. ... Fri, 01 Nov 2013 20:44:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 12192 at http://wuis.org The Dallas Cowboy Behind The Real 'Buyers Club' Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results http://wuis.org/post/charity-watchdog-shakes-ratings-focus-results There's one area of the economy that's growing faster than business or government.<p>According to the <a href="http://www.urban.org/nonprofits/">Urban Institute</a>, in the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent. But most of them aren't very good at measuring their effectiveness — at least, that's the conclusion of the nonprofit watchdog <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/">Charity Navigator</a>, which rates thousands of nonprofits to help donors make decisions on their giving.<p>Now, Charity Navigator is planning to change its ratings system. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:15:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 11410 at http://wuis.org Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results 'Carrie' Had The Power, But Mom Had The Scary Going On http://wuis.org/post/carrie-had-power-mom-had-scary-going Just in time for Halloween comes a new movie version of Stephen King's horror novel <em>Carrie</em>. While the teenaged Carrie White is clearly at the center of the story, I think her mother is the more fascinating character.<p><em>Carrie</em> — about a shy misfit whose coming of age collides with her mother's fearful religious fundamentalism and her schoolmates' pack-animal cruelty, with combustible results — scared the bejesus out of me when I was a teenager. Carrie turned out to be dangerous, sure. But it was her mother, Margaret White, who made my heart stop.<p>"Eve was weak. Fri, 18 Oct 2013 07:23:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 11175 at http://wuis.org 'Carrie' Had The Power, But Mom Had The Scary Going On Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut http://wuis.org/post/congressional-impasse-leaves-museums-empty-monuments-shut Federal bureaucracies aren't the only ones scaling back operations during the government shutdown. It's also meant that kids couldn't take field trips to the Smithsonian.<p>In fact most of the popular Washington attractions funded by the government are closed. That includes the Smithsonian's 19 museums and the National Zoo, plus Ford's Theatre and the National Gallery of Art.<p>Christy Agor is on maternity leave from her job at the State Department. She admits that as a federal worker she should have known the National Zoo would be closed Tuesday. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:53:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 10070 at http://wuis.org Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut Disney Experiments With 2-Screen Experience Involves iPads http://wuis.org/post/disney-experiments-2-screen-experience-involves-ipads Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>I don't know about you, but I'm a little troubled when I hear about people who watch multiple screens. You know what I'm talking about. Maybe you're watching a movie at home while live tweeting, or while keeping track at a ballgame. At least movie theaters are a sacred space, immune to these changes.<p>Or not - I guess this was bound to happen. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 09:54:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 9445 at http://wuis.org Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention http://wuis.org/post/latino-buying-power-gets-movie-studios-attention One of the surprise movie hits this past weekend was almost entirely in Spanish. <em>Instructions Not Included</em> made an enormous amount of money per screen, more than $22,000, playing in fewer than 350 theaters. The boys in One Direction had the number one film, but they pulled in less than $6000 per screen. That's a huge victory for star Eugenio Derbez, a household name in Mexico, and for Pantelion films, which has been trying to find a Spanish-language hit in the U.S. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:51:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 8319 at http://wuis.org Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Diversity, Race And Burger King http://wuis.org/post/comedian-hari-kondabolu-diversity-race-and-burger-king Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender. He's made a lot of key people laugh with his incisive anecdotes, including Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien and John Oliver.<p>A full-time writer on the FX show <em>Totally Biased</em> <em>with W. Kamau Bell</em>, he recently did a comedy bit on the National Spelling Bee, or "as I like to call it," he joked, "the Indian Super Bowl."<p>Kondabolu makes a fair point: For six years in a row, the winner has been Indian-American. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 5906 at http://wuis.org Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91 http://wuis.org/post/toshi-seeger-wife-folk-singer-pete-seeger-dies-91 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7pzic4mf7o</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 22:04:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 5610 at http://wuis.org Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91 As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White http://wuis.org/post/demographics-shift-kids-books-stay-stubbornly-white When it comes to diversity, children's books are sorely lacking; instead of presenting a representative range of faces, they're overwhelmingly white. How bad is the disconnect? Tue, 25 Jun 2013 06:59:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 4775 at http://wuis.org As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White Plans For Smithsonian Museum 'Bubble' May Have Burst http://wuis.org/post/plans-smithsonian-museum-bubble-may-have-burst Call it the Smithsonian's bubble problem. One of the Smithsonian museums — the Hirshhorn museum for contemporary art — came up with an ambitious new design to add more space: Why not build <a href="http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/The-Real-Deal-With-the-Hirshhorn-Bubble-204127181.html" target="_blank">a giant, inflatable structure</a> that would be big enough for people to walk around in?<p>But some of the Smithsonian's trustees in Washington, D.C., haven't been blown away by the bubble.<p>Some say the windowless Hirshhorn museum on the National Mall looks like a concrete bunker. Tue, 28 May 2013 07:39:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 3325 at http://wuis.org Plans For Smithsonian Museum 'Bubble' May Have Burst 'Venus And Serena': An Extraordinary Story, Told On Film http://wuis.org/post/venus-and-serena-extraordinary-story-told-film It's Cinderella plus Jackie Robinson times two. When Venus and Serena Williams burst onto the lily-white world of tennis, they changed the game and made history: They were sisters. From a poor neighborhood. Who brought unprecedented power to the game. And both reached No. 1.<p>Their journey is the subject of a new documentary called <em>Venus and Serena</em>, showing in select theaters around the country.<p>"It's not just about sports," says co-director Maiken Baird. "I think of it as the great American story. It's rich with family, sisterhood, race, hard work and tenaciousness."<br /> Fri, 17 May 2013 21:48:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 2858 at http://wuis.org 'Venus And Serena': An Extraordinary Story, Told On Film