Elizabeth Blair

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'Evan Hansen' Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst And Anxiety

Friday, August 14, 2015

A new musical by Tony-nominated songwriters Benj Pasek and Justin Paul, Dear Evan Hansen is a comedic drama that deals with teen suicide in the age of social media.


Many Comedians Have 'The Daily Show' To Thank For Their Thriving Careers

Monday, August 03, 2015

As Jon Stewart's final week hosting The Daily Show gets underway, we examine the show's legacy and the many careers and spinoffs it's launched.


Nearly 200 Comedians, All Playing The Same City

Friday, July 24, 2015

Just For Laughs, the biggest and oldest comedy festival in the world, is underway in Montreal. We'll find out who's new, who's returned and learn about some surprise hits.


You Might Not Know Kenny Ortega, But You Probably Know His Choreography

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Ortega is one of the most sought after choreographers in showbiz. He has worked with everyone from Michael Jackson to Zac Efron and is responsible for some of Hollywood's most memorable dance scenes.


For More Than 30 Years, Comics Flock To Montreal Every July

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Montreal is home to the biggest and oldest international comedy festival in the world. Dave Chappelle, Mike Myers, Wanda Sykes and Kevin Hart are among the performers this year.


After 20 Years, New Orleans Band Galactic Lifts Off With New Voices

Sunday, July 19, 2015

The band might not have a permanent lead singer, but on the new album Into The Deep, the musicians show just how well they've learned to play with others.


#NPRreads: Wisconsin's First Lady And Syria's Dueling 'Godfathers'

Friday, July 10, 2015

Also this week, an interview with John Lydon (you may know him as Johnny Rotten), race and Instagram filters, and the cost of living in Los Angeles.


As Plus-Size Fashion Gains Popularity, Retailers Play Catch-Up

Thursday, July 09, 2015

Celebrities like Rebel Wilson and Melissa McCarthy are helping bring plus-size clothing into the mainstream. But most retailers lag behind, making it difficult for women to find clothes in stores.


Burt Shavitz, Face Of Burt's Bees, Dies At 80

Monday, July 06, 2015

Burt Shavitz, the eccentric co-founder of Burt's Bees skin care products, has died at age 80. His bearded face is on your lip balm.


Ron Moody, Who Played Fagin In 'Oliver!' Dies At 91

Friday, June 12, 2015

Moody was defined by the role of Fagin in Oliver!. He played it on stage in London and New York and in the Oscar-winning film version of the Dickens story. Moody died Thursday at 91.


Ron Moody, Who Delighted Audiences As Fagin In 'Oliver!' Dies

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Throughout his career, Moody played a variety of parts on stage and screen. But in the villainous Fagin, he found the role of a lifetime.


It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

Monday, May 25, 2015

"I take these pictures so that we can look; we can see what we're not supposed to see," says photographer David Jay. "And we need to see them because we created them."


Looted By The Nazis, Matisse's 'Seated Woman' Finally Finds Her Way Home

Friday, May 15, 2015

The painting belonged to renowned art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who fled the Nazis in 1940. The story of its recovery reads like a historical crime novel.


1921 Matisse, 'Seated Woman,' To Be Reunited With Rosenberg Heirs

Friday, May 15, 2015

In Germany, a Matisse painting is being returned to Paul Rosenberg's family. It was one of more than 400 paintings stolen by the Nazis from the "first family" of art in Paris in the '20s and '30s.


Just How Do 'Thomas & Friends' Drive Sodor's Economy?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On the 70th anniversary of the books that spawned Thomas The Tank Engine, NPR's Elizabeth Blair considers the economic model of Thomas's home island of Sodor, and its elaborate railway system.


Ben E. King, Soul Singer Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies

Friday, May 01, 2015

Ben E. King, best known for the classic soul song "Stand By Me," has died at 76.


Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It's Made Of

Friday, April 24, 2015

It has been two years since more than 1,100 workers were killed in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. "Ethical fashion" is gaining momentum — though what that means depends on whom you ask.


Teaching Students To Hear The Music In The Built World

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cooper Union architecture professor Diana Agrest has influenced generations of accomplished architects. Agrest was one of the first women to teach in the largely male-dominated field.


Who Gets To Dance In 'Swan Lake'? The Answer Is Changing

Thursday, April 09, 2015

For the first time, two black dancers will star in a major American production of Swan Lake. NPR's Elizabeth Blair peeks behind the curtain to see why it has been so hard for ballet to diversify.


The 2 Filmmakers Behind The Who

Thursday, April 02, 2015

In 1960s London, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp approached a young band to be the subjects of their first film. As a new documentary explains, they ended up managing rock royalty.