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'American Sniper' Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War

Friday, January 23, 2015

American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been a surprise hit at the box office. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, some say the movie misrepresents Kyle and glorifies war.


A Rare Bird: After 120 Years, Audiences Still Flock To 'Swan Lake'

Monday, January 19, 2015

Despite being long, convoluted and sometimes sleep-inducing, Swan Lake is a reliable ticket seller for dance companies. The version most often performed today premiered in Russia in 1895.

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And The Moral Of The Story Is ... Kids Don't Always Understand The Moral

Thursday, January 08, 2015

"Research among U.S. populations of kids indicates that this ability to articulate a moral theme develops fairly slowly, emerging only around age 9 or 10," says researcher Seeta Pai.


'Charlie Hebdo' Laughed In The Face Of Violence; Will Future Satirists?

Thursday, January 08, 2015

The French magazine responded to a 2011 firebombing of its offices with a cover that showed a Muslim and an editor making out. Its lead editor, described by a peer as fearless, was killed Wednesday.


Banish 2014's Woes With Our Stand-Up Comedy Picks

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

NPR's Elizabeth Blair polled comedy-industry insiders to find out their favorite jokes of 2014. The results range from supermarket-checkout observations to a historically hysterical take on Oprah.


In 'The Honorable Woman,' There's No One You Can Trust

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Maggie Gyllenhaal says she had reservations about taking on the role of Nessa Stein in the Sundance series. The conflict in the Middle East is "really complicated and it goes back so far," she says.


Studios Hope Holiday Family Movies Will Grab Slice Of Shrinking Box Office

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

So far Disney's Big Hero 6 is a winner and DreamWorks' Penguins of Madagascar is not. Studios look closely at opening weekend. In December, Night at the Museum 3 will compete with Annie, just before Into The Woods enters the race on Christmas Day.


Revisiting The Stories Told In Murrow's 'Harvest of Shame'

Friday, November 28, 2014

Elizabeth Blair visits Belle Glade, Fla., where Edward R. Murrow's film crew recorded migrant farm workers. (This piece was originally broadcast on Weekend Edition Saturday on May 31, 2014.)


Lighten Your Thanksgiving Trek With These Audiobooks, Comedy Albums

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

An estimated 46 million Americans will take to the road this Thanksgiving. We survey some of the best recorded comedy and audiobooks so you can laugh away the tension if you're stuck in traffic.


Despite The Dope, 'High Maintenance' Is About More Than Potheads

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Vimeo's first foray into original Web TV follows a nameless pot delivery dude who engages in oddly intimate business transactions.


Whether Green With Envy Or Tickled Pink, We Live In A Color-Coded World

Monday, November 10, 2014

Red means stop; green means go. You live in a red state or a blue state. Elizabeth Blair kicks off NPR's color series with a look at the way color organizes our lives — in ways we don't even realize.


'Grand Bargain' Will Help Save Detroit — And Its Art

Friday, November 07, 2014

A federal judge in Detroit ruled favorably on the city's "grand bargain" on Friday, approving the city's exit from Bankruptcy. We look at the role foundations played in bringing it about and the Foundation for Detroit's Future, which will be set up in the wake of the verdict.


The Challenge Of 'Big Hero 6': How To Make A Huggable Robot

Friday, November 07, 2014

Baymax, the lovable robot in the new Disney movie, was inspired by inflatable robots being developed at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University.


Sotheby's Has Record Auction With Works By Giacometti, Van Gogh

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

On Tuesday night, Sotheby's brought in its highest total yet for a single auction: more than $422 million dollars. The record total owed a lot to the sale of two works — a Giacometti sculpture that went for $101 million and Van Gogh's "Still Life with Daisies and Poppies" fetched $61.8 million.


At 83, Dancer Carmen De Lavallade Looks Back At A Life Spent Onstage

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

De Lavallade's husband of 59 years, dancer Geoffrey Holder, died on Oct. 5. "He was my biggest fan and I was the same way with him," she says. De Lavallade's one-woman show is called As I Remember It.


Elizabeth Peña Remembered As An Actress With Range

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Peña's fans, lamenting her death on Latino social media, expressed frustration that such a talented actress could not break away from stereotypical roles.


Lessons From Ebola School: How To Draw Blood, Wipe Up Vomit

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Think of the routine jobs health workers do in a hospital: Sticking a needle in a patient's arm. Cleaning up vomit. Escorting a patient to a bed. Now imagine doing those tasks for someone with Ebola.


From VMI To James Island, Hollywood Battles To Get The Civil War Right

Sunday, October 12, 2014

The new film Field of Lost Shoes follows a group of VMI cadets who fought at the Battle of New Market. The film is one in a long history of Civil War movies, many of which have been problematic.


Play, Ball: A Theatrical Look At The 'Beauty And Brutality' Of Football

Thursday, October 09, 2014

In the new play Colossal, a former football player, paralyzed after taking a bad hit during a game, reflects on his glory days and his struggles as a gay man in the macho culture of football.


Tony Award Winner Geoffrey Holder Dies At 84

Tuesday, October 07, 2014

A legend of the dance world has died. The multi-talented Geoffrey Holder was also an actor and a visual artist. He died Sunday of complications from pneumonia. He was 84.