Elizabeth Blair http://wuis.org en With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles http://wuis.org/post/humor-dead-and-breathing-dives-end-life-struggles The play <em>Dead and Breathing</em> begins boldly. Sixty-eight-year-old Carolyn takes off her towel and steps into a bathtub completely naked. She's bathed by her chatty nurse, Veronika.<p>The wealthy, cantankerous woman is dying of cancer. Carolyn, played by Lizan Mitchell, wants to die sooner rather than later, and tries to convince the nurse (N.L. Graham) to help her do that.<p>It's one of the most talked-about new plays at this year's <a href="http://catf.org/">Contemporary American Theater Festival</a> in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which runs through Aug. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:47:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 29591 at http://wuis.org With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 http://wuis.org/post/actress-elaine-stritch-her-own-greatest-character-dies-89 Elaine Stritch — one of Broadway's boldest and brassiest performers — has died. With that gravelly voice — and those long legs — and that utter command of the stage, Stritch was a bona fide Broadway star. Not as a classic leading lady, necessarily, but as the hardened-yet-vulnerable performer audiences couldn't forget. Stritch died of natural causes Thursday morning at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 29486 at http://wuis.org Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero http://wuis.org/post/little-engine-could-some-see-early-feminist-hero "Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."<p>The beloved tale of the little blue engine — who helps bring a broken-down train of toys to the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain — has been chugging along for a very long time. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 28850 at http://wuis.org In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf http://wuis.org/post/think-you-clap-you-could-be-beat-deaf <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZWa_LAfhNk</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 27880 at http://wuis.org Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization http://wuis.org/post/fever-towns-teen-tic-epidemic-gets-chilling-novelization Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction, so it makes sense that novelists get some of their best stories from the headlines. That's what happened with mystery writer Megan Abbott. A few years ago, she was one of the millions of people captivated by news stories about a strange illness that seemed to consume a town in upstate New York. Now, Abbott has taken pieces of that true story and turned it into a chilling new novel.<p><em>The Fever</em> is Abbott's third mystery set in the emotional world of teenagers, a place she admits she's a little stuck in herself. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 27628 at http://wuis.org In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization The Return of 'Rectify,' A Critical Darling Sprung From Death Row http://wuis.org/post/return-rectify-critical-darling-sprung-death-row Rectify is a dark, contemplative TV drama about a man released from prison after two decades on death row. It was also a critical favorite in its first season. For a glimpse into its creation, NPR's Elizabeth Blair talks to show creator Ray McKinnon and actors Aden Young and Abigail Spencer. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 27517 at http://wuis.org 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is More Growly And Snarly (And Wise) Than Ever http://wuis.org/post/how-train-your-dragon-2-more-growly-and-snarly-and-wise-ever The dragons are more fantastic. The stakes are higher. And protagonist Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III still wants humans and dragons to live together in peace. <em>How to Train Your Dragon 2</em> — one of the most anticipated family movies of the summer — opens Friday.<p>In the first movie, Hiccup managed to convert all of his fellow Vikings from dragon slayers into dragon lovers, just like him. Now, in the new movie, everything's copacetic on the Vikings' fictional homeland, the Island of Berk. "Dragons used to be a bit of a problem," says Hiccup, "but that was five years ago. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:02:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 27147 at http://wuis.org 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is More Growly And Snarly (And Wise) Than Ever In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism http://wuis.org/post/confronting-poverty-harvest-shame-reaped-praise-and-criticism <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTVF_dya7E</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 26315 at http://wuis.org In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca http://wuis.org/post/pfizer-drops-119-billion-bid-astrazeneca It would have been the biggest deal the pharmaceutical industry has seen in more than a decade. Tue, 27 May 2014 05:36:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 25954 at http://wuis.org Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca Remembering The 'Father' Of G.I. Joe http://wuis.org/post/remembering-father-gi-joe Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. Now we're going to remember the man who was known as the father of G.I. Joe. Donald Levine was a toy industry executive in the early 1960s, when the iconic action figure stormed playrooms across the country. Levine died of cancer late last week. He was 86. NPR's Elizabeth Blair does this appreciation.<p>ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: Donald Levine served in the Army during the Korean War. Mon, 26 May 2014 20:59:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 25948 at http://wuis.org Edgy Video Promotes Christie's Contemporary Art Sale http://wuis.org/post/edgy-video-promotes-christies-contemporary-art-sale Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a new way of marketing high-end art.<p>Spring auction season has kicked off in New York City. Wed, 07 May 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 24573 at http://wuis.org Maintaining The IMAX Experience, From Museum To Multiplex http://wuis.org/post/maintaining-imax-experience-museum-multiplex <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpqTF7y-zzM</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 24302 at http://wuis.org Maintaining The IMAX Experience, From Museum To Multiplex 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