Elizabeth Blair

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Bolshoi Director Makes First U.S. Visit Since Acid Attack

Friday, April 11, 2014

Bolshoi Ballet artistic director Sergei Filin is in the U.S. for the first time since he was injured last year. He says he hopes ballet will help soothe international tensions.


Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS

Thursday, April 10, 2014

CBS announced that comedian Stephen Colbert will replace David Letterman as a late night host on the network. Letterman, who turns 67 on Saturday, announced his retirement last week.


Breaking Up Corcoran Gallery Takes More Time Than Expected

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

The Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college in Washington, D.C., will be taken over by a university and another gallery. The Corcoran is cherished by many but has had years of financial trouble.


A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To Baltimore Museum

Thursday, March 27, 2014

On the Shore of the Seine was stolen in 1951. It resurfaced in 2012 when a woman claimed she found it at a flea market. A Washington Post reporter investigated and found the story wasn't so simple.


Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert]

Monday, March 24, 2014

Fans of the TV program The Good Wife are reeling from a shocking episode — one that saw one of its most beloved characters exit the scene suddenly and with finality.


Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director

Monday, March 10, 2014

Cornell University President David Skorton has been named the Smithsonian's next secretary. Skorton, a cardiologist and amateur jazz musician, will be the first physician to lead the nation's attic.


With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything

Saturday, March 01, 2014

Social media star Danah Boyd's new book on teens, It's Complicated, argues that most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of young people. (This story originally aired on Feb. 25, 2014.)


Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They've Always Done

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

In the world of social media research, danah boyd is a star. She says most adults misread and overreact to the online lives of teenagers. But as the title of her new book suggests, It's Complicated.


For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

Saturday, February 08, 2014

In the animated world, just about anything goes: Toys talk, mice are chefs, and pandas do kung fu. In animation, the sky's the limit. In this encore broadcast, we learn about the hundreds of people working on big studio features who spend their days figuring out how to manufacture this silliness from the ground up. (This story originally aired on All Things Considered on Nov. 27, 2013.)


For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

In movies like Toy Story, Despicable Me and the new fairy tale Frozen, elaborate sight gags are critical to the cartoon humor. And the process of getting the laughs from storyboard to screen is more complicated than you might think.


Fans Boo 'Family Guy' Dog Death, But Will It Bring Bryan Back?

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Fans of the animated comedy Family Guy got a shock Monday. Some wailed about it on Twitter and Facebook. Spoiler alert: The episode was about the death of Brian, the family dog. One fan started a petition to insist that Fox bring back Brian. It reached 30,000 signatures in less than 24 hours. But the internet has made petitions so easy, they may have lost their power.


The Dallas Cowboy Behind The Real 'Buyers Club'

Friday, November 01, 2013

The film Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of Ron Woodroof, a man with AIDS in the 1980s who smuggled in experimental treatments to fight his disease. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports that the real Ron Woodroof was just as colorful as the Hollywood version.


Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Charity Navigator's ratings system currently looks at how much a nonprofit spends on its programs versus its overhead. Beginning in 2016, the rating will also factor in a group's effectiveness. But some nonprofits argue that results can be hard to measure — especially if you're working in a war zone.


'Carrie' Had The Power, But Mom Had The Scary Going On

Friday, October 18, 2013

Stephen King's novel Carrie gets a big-screen update, complete with prom pranks, buckets of blood and a mother you might not want to take anybody home to meet. NPR's Elizabeth Blair takes a look at a character she remembers being terrified by when Piper Laurie played her in the 1976 film.


Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention

Wednesday, September 04, 2013

The Spanish language film Instructions Not Included was No. 5 at the box office over the Labor Day weekend. Movie studios are paying attention to Latino audiences because they buy a quarter of the movie tickets sold in the U.S.


With Modern Makeovers, America's Libraries Are Branching Out

Sunday, September 01, 2013

Library or Apple store? The Digital Commons at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in Washington, D.C., has more screens than it does books. It's just one example of the many ways libraries are remodeling to meet the needs of 21st century users.


Beyond Books: Libraries Lend Fishing Poles, Pans And People

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Librarians have to get creative to reach out beyond their faithful fans and engage with more members of their communities. So some libraries have started lending out tools like fishing poles, and others offer "human books" — volunteers with special expertise or interesting experiences.


Oprah's TV Channel Says It's In The Black

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

More than two years after it started, OWN, the cable channel that is a partnership between Oprah Winfrey and Discovery Communications, announced it is turning a profit.


Big Summer Movies Go Belly Up At The Box Office

Thursday, July 25, 2013

There have been a lot of big flops at the movie box office this summer, most notably The Lone Ranger.


Emmy Nods for Netflix, The New Kid On The Block

Thursday, July 18, 2013

The nominations for this year's Emmy awards were announced on Thursday. House of Cards, Netflix's venture into producing original content, was recognized with several nominations.