Elizabeth Blair http://wkar.org en Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS http://wkar.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 52001 at http://wkar.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] http://wkar.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 21:02:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 51145 at http://wkar.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director http://wkar.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 50425 at http://wkar.org Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://wkar.org/post/top-flight-animators-gag-art-all-its-own 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 15:05:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 49106 at http://wkar.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://wkar.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 48809 at http://wkar.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big http://wkar.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 22:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 48403 at http://wkar.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? http://wkar.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 47152 at http://wkar.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'? http://wkar.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 22:08:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 45809 at http://wkar.org What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'? Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut http://wkar.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 21:44:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 43176 at http://wkar.org Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut Disney Experiments With 2-Screen Experience Involves iPads http://wkar.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 10:12:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 42708 at http://wkar.org Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention http://wkar.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 41746 at http://wkar.org Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Diversity, Race And Burger King http://wkar.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 39316 at http://wkar.org Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91 http://wkar.org/post/toshi-seeger-wife-folk-singer-pete-seeger-dies-91 <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7pzic4mf7o</p> Thu, 11 Jul 2013 21:55:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 38997 at http://wkar.org Toshi Seeger, Wife Of Folk Singer Pete Seeger, Dies At 91 As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White http://wkar.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 38124 at http://wkar.org As Demographics Shift, Kids' Books Stay Stubbornly White Plans For Smithsonian Museum 'Bubble' May Have Burst http://wkar.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 36535 at http://wkar.org Plans For Smithsonian Museum 'Bubble' May Have Burst 'Venus And Serena': An Extraordinary Story, Told On Film http://wkar.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 21:36:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 36055 at http://wkar.org 'Venus And Serena': An Extraordinary Story, Told On Film In D.C., Art Program Turns Boys' Lives Into 'Masterpieces' http://wkar.org/post/dc-art-program-turns-boys-lives-masterpieces <em>This is the third in a three-part series about</em> <em>the intersection of education and the arts.</em><p>Life Pieces to Masterpieces is an arts program that's not entirely about the art. It's an after-school program based in a struggling neighborhood in Washington, D.C., that teaches black boys and young men what they call "the four C's": "Connect, create, contribute, celebrate." From ages 3-25, they learn to express themselves by conceiving their paintings together. And those paintings will often reflect what's going on in their lives.<p>Maurice Kie, 26, is a mentor with Life Pieces. Thu, 18 Apr 2013 18:41:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 34503 at http://wkar.org In D.C., Art Program Turns Boys' Lives Into 'Masterpieces' More Than 50 Years Of Putting Kids' Creativity To The Test http://wkar.org/post/more-50-years-putting-kids-creativity-test <em>This is the second in a three-part series about</em> <em>the intersection of education and the arts.</em><p>Let's start with a question from a standardized test: "How would the world be different if we all had a third eye in the back of our heads?"<p>It's not a typical standardized question, but as part of the Next Generation Creativity Survey, it's used to help measure creativity a bit like an IQ test measures intelligence. And it's not the only creativity test out there.<p>So why bother measuring creativity? Wed, 17 Apr 2013 21:07:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 34448 at http://wkar.org More Than 50 Years Of Putting Kids' Creativity To The Test Familiar Folks Make Up A Play's 'Good People' http://wkar.org/post/familiar-folks-make-plays-good-people How we end up in life has a lot to do with where we came from. That theory gets a good workout in the play <em>Good People,</em> from Pulitzer Prize-winner David Lindsay-Abaire. When the show was on Broadway two years ago, the trade magazine <em>Variety </em>proclaimed that "If <em>Good People</em> isn't a hit, there is no justice in the land."<p>As it turns out, justice has been served:<em> Good People</em> is the most produced play in America this theatrical season. Mon, 18 Mar 2013 04:48:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 32822 at http://wkar.org Familiar Folks Make Up A Play's 'Good People' In Moscow, Scandals Shake A Storied Ballet http://wkar.org/post/moscow-scandals-shake-storied-ballet It's a story right out of the movies: The artistic director of one of the most prestigious ballet companies in the world is violently attacked. His attacker and the motive are shrouded in mystery. But behind these sensational headlines is a ballet company that is both legendary and plagued with scandals and infighting.<p>Last month in Moscow, Sergei Filin, the Bolshoi Ballet's artistic director, was attacked by a masked man who threw acid in his face, causing severe burns and nearly blinding him. Tue, 05 Feb 2013 00:58:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 30596 at http://wkar.org In Moscow, Scandals Shake A Storied Ballet For Super Bowl Ads, More Social-Media Savvy http://wkar.org/post/super-bowl-ads-more-social-media-savvy <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NfCm9P8naDQ</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NmIGTTy8pI0</p> Fri, 01 Feb 2013 21:10:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 30477 at http://wkar.org For Super Bowl Ads, More Social-Media Savvy For Would-Be Sundancers, Kickstarter Can Fuel Films http://wkar.org/post/would-be-sundancers-kickstarter-can-fuel-films If you want to make a movie, you generally need a lot of money. And filmmakers have to be creative about raising it.<p>Just ask the filmmakers at the Sundance Film Festival, taking place this week in Park City, Utah. Fri, 25 Jan 2013 07:46:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 30084 at http://wkar.org For Would-Be Sundancers, Kickstarter Can Fuel Films World War II Exhibit Asks Visitors, 'What Would You Do?' http://wkar.org/post/world-war-ii-exhibit-asks-visitors-what-would-you-do For many, the stakes and the scale of World War II are hard to fathom. It was a war fought around the world, against powerful, determined regimes in Europe and the Pacific; some 65 million people died. Sat, 12 Jan 2013 10:34:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 29508 at http://wkar.org World War II Exhibit Asks Visitors, 'What Would You Do?' Remembering Fontella Bass, Voice Of A Soul Classic http://wkar.org/post/remembering-fontella-bass-voice-soul-classic Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The voice of a great soul classic has died. Fontella Bass sang the 1965 hit "Rescue Me." She was 72 years old and died from complications caused by a recent heart attack. NPR's Elizabeth Blair has this appreciation.<p>ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: It's a perfect song with a perfect voice.<p>(SOUNDBITE OF SONG, "RESCUE ME")<p>FONTELLA BASS: (Singing) Rescue me. Take me in your arms. Rescue me. I love your tender charms. I'm rather lonely and I'm blue. I need you and your love, too. Fri, 28 Dec 2012 21:18:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 28898 at http://wkar.org Etsy Crafts A Strategy For Staying Handmade And Profitable http://wkar.org/post/etsy-crafts-strategy-staying-handmade-and-profitable Etsy has gotten very big, very fast. This year, sales are at about $800 million.<p>"Their growth on all the major metrics you want to look at has accelerated really consistently," says journalist Rob Walker.<p>Walker recently wrote a story for <a href="http://www.wired.com/design/2012/09/etsy-goes-pro/"><em>Wired Magazine</em></a> with the headline, "Can Etsy Go Pro Without Losing Its Soul?" Here's why: Etsy makes money from its sellers: 20 cents every time they list an item and 3.5 percent of every sale. Thu, 13 Dec 2012 08:21:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 28210 at http://wkar.org Etsy Crafts A Strategy For Staying Handmade And Profitable Hispanics Call For Kennedy Center Honors http://wkar.org/post/hispanics-call-kennedy-center-honors This weekend, some big names are coming to Washington for a red-carpet event. Dustin Hoffman, David Letterman, ballerina Natalia Makarova, blues guitarist Buddy Guy and the British rock band Led Zeppelin will be receiving the annual Kennedy Center Honors.<p>It's a prestigious award given to only a handful of performers each year. But over the past few months there's been controversy surrounding the awards. Sat, 01 Dec 2012 10:43:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 27702 at http://wkar.org Hispanics Call For Kennedy Center Honors Impersonating The President: From Will Rogers To Obama's 'Anger Translator' http://wkar.org/post/impersonating-president-will-rogers-obamas-anger-translator Political commentators will be working overtime in the countdown to the presidential election. So will political comedians, including the candidates' impersonators.<p>Impersonators have been part of the political landscape for so long, it's hard to imagine a time without them: Rich Little, Dana Carvey, Will Ferrell, Dan Aykroyd, Darrell Hammond, Tina Fey and other comedians have all famously done their turns as candidates. Remember "I can see Russia from my house"?<p>But if you go back further in history, you won't find much. At one time, impersonating the president was a no-no. Mon, 29 Oct 2012 09:14:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 26076 at http://wkar.org Impersonating The President: From Will Rogers To Obama's 'Anger Translator' Hilary Mantel First Woman To Win Booker Prize Twice http://wkar.org/post/hilary-mantel-first-woman-win-booker-prize-twice Writer Hilary Mantel has won her second Man Booker prize. She was recognized for her book, Bring Up The Bodies. Mantel is the first British writer and woman to win the award more than once. Tue, 16 Oct 2012 21:44:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 25493 at http://wkar.org Delta Rae: Modern Folklore Music http://wkar.org/post/delta-rae-modern-folklore-music Love songs are like the meat and potatoes of most rock and pop music, but sometimes you need something different. For the band <a href="http://www.npr.org/artists/162217488/delta-rae">Delta Rae</a> from Durham, N.C., inspiration for new material comes from stuff like graveyards and being stuck in the wrong job.<p>Delta Rae is a six-piece band that includes three siblings: Ian, Eric and Brittany Holljes. Wed, 03 Oct 2012 21:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 24885 at http://wkar.org Delta Rae: Modern Folklore Music Anti-Islam Film May Be Connected To Libya Attack http://wkar.org/post/anti-islam-film-may-be-connected-libya-attack Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>We're going to hear more now about the film that was, at least in part, the catalyst for the violence in Libya, as well as protests in Egypt. Some news outlets are saying the filmmaker has gone into hiding.<p>As NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, very few people have actually seen the supposed two-hour movie, if it exists at all.<p>ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: The film that has circulated on the Internet is about 12 minutes long, and it's said to be the trailer. Wed, 12 Sep 2012 21:58:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 23830 at http://wkar.org