Elizabeth Blair http://apr.org en Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack http://apr.org/post/bolshoi-director-recovered-acid-attack-begins-us-tour <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GdahDCp5uww</p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:02:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 50031 at http://apr.org Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS http://apr.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 49963 at http://apr.org A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To Baltimore Museum http://apr.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 49167 at http://apr.org A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To Baltimore Museum Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] http://apr.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 48978 at http://apr.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director http://apr.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 48129 at http://apr.org Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything http://apr.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 47664 at http://apr.org Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They've Always Done http://apr.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 13:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 47411 at http://apr.org Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They've Always Done Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship http://apr.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 46854 at http://apr.org Shirley Temple And Bojangles: Two Stars, One Lifelong Friendship For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://apr.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 46461 at http://apr.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://apr.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 46089 at http://apr.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big http://apr.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 45576 at http://apr.org Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block http://apr.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 44898 at http://apr.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? http://apr.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 43872 at http://apr.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? Hollywood Holding On To Its Summer Love http://apr.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 43534 at http://apr.org Hollywood Holding On To Its Summer Love For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://apr.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 42349 at http://apr.org For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own