Elizabeth Blair

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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.


Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Turns out, the history of Kraft's dull-orange cheese spread says a lot about the processed food industry — and where it might be headed as Kraft and Heinz merge.


Elton John Declares Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sir Elton John says he will boycott fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana over comments they made about gay adoption and in vitro fertilization.


Documentary Filmmakers Worry About Being Squeezed Out Of PBS Prime Time

Monday, March 16, 2015

Some feel increasingly marginalized by PBS. They say hard-hitting news and public affairs programs are being overshadowed by the likes of Downton Abbey and Antiques Roadshow.


Legendary Jazz Producer Orrin Keepnews Dies At 91

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jazz producer and record label found Orrin Keepnews died on Sunday at the age of 91. Keepnews was behind landmark recordings by jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Cannonball Adderley.


Acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky Dies At 58

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Sinofsky and his longtime co-director, Joe Berlinger, are perhaps best known for Paradise Lost, a trilogy of films about three teenagers convicted of killing three little boys in West Memphis, Ark.


Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel might take place in a fictional world, but Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was there to make it feel authentic.


For Three Comedians, Valentine's Day Makes For One Big Joke

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Whether they find Valentine's Day "icky," or the "Christmas of love," stand-up comics Jim Gaffigan, Marina Franklin and Ted Alexandro all find plenty of funny material in romance — or the lack of it.


Miniseries Explores The Ugly Fallout Of A Disciplinary 'Slap'

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In The Slap, NBC takes on the touchy issue of corporal punishment. The show begins at a Brooklyn barbecue with a dad hitting another parent's out-of-control 5 year old.


One Of Sam Smith's Grammys A Win For Tom Petty, Too

Monday, February 09, 2015

The four Grammys awarded Sunday night to Sam Smith are good news not just for Sam Smith, but for Tom Petty, too. Petty and another songwriter will get a quarter of the royalties from the hit, "Stay With Me." It's not the first time a pair of songs have striking similarities to one another.


'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.