Susan Stamberg

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Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation

Wednesday, April 09, 2014

Seventy-five years ago, Marian Anderson made history when she sang to crowd of 75,000 at the Lincoln Memorial. The Daughters of the American Revolution had denied her the use of Constitution Hall.


Soprano Alyson Cambridge Among Those Honoring Marian Anderson

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

A special concert this weekend will commemorate Marian Anderson's historic performance on Easter Sunday 1939 at the Lincoln Memorial. Soprano Alyson Cambridge will be among those performing.


Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

After World War II ended, Rosie the Riveter traded in her factory blues for June Cleaver's pink apron. A new exhibit traces pink back to the beginning — when plenty of boys wore it, too.


Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Eight hundred years ago, tea traveled to Japan from China in simple, ceramic storage jars. These ancient jugs, now on display in Washington, D.C., helped launch Japan's tea culture.


Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth

Thursday, March 06, 2014

In the early 1960s, a young couple in Boston set out to make audio recordings of relatively young, up-and-coming writers — like James Baldwin, Philip Roth and John Updike — reading their own works.


Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus

Friday, February 28, 2014

Believe it or not, the person responsible for keeping each and every shot of a movie in focus never looks through a camera lens. NPR's Susan Stamberg explains the role of the focus puller.


'Clap!' On Set, The Signature Sound Of The Slate

Thursday, February 27, 2014

On a movie set, every scene and every take gets "slated" during filming, and there's that distinctive clap sound we all know. But what's it for? The job of the clapper, revealed.


Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish

Friday, November 22, 2013

This year, Thanksgiving and Hanukkah fall on the same day. NPR's Susan Stamberg explores how to combine the best dishes for the double holiday, which won't happen again for another 70,000 or so years. And of course, she shares the recipe for her famous Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish.


In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation

Monday, November 11, 2013

The 1,400-work exhibition gave many Americans their first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were up to. It was the biggest art show New York had ever seen and challenged ideas about artistic "progress."


Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden

Thursday, October 24, 2013

From 1941 to 1943, J.D. Salinger exchanged letters with a young, aspiring writer in Toronto named Marjorie Sheard. The letters predate Catcher in the Rye, but Sheard may have been one of the first people to learn about its eventual protagonist, Holden Caulfield. Sheard's letters from Salinger are on display at the Morgan Library in New York.


For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C.

Tuesday, September 03, 2013

The Golden 1920s couple didn't fare as well in the 1930s, and the North Carolina mountain town was host to a particularly sad time. NPR's Susan Stamberg discovered a little-known story of the Jazz Age darlings and their devastating connections to Asheville.


Haunting Images Chronicle 165 Years Of A World At War

Monday, August 12, 2013

Images from conflicts in 28 countries are now on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. "The more you've seen of death and inhumanity, the more it turns you into someone who really can't stand the sight of war," says photojournalist David Burnett.


How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy

Thursday, August 01, 2013

At the start of the 20th century, the ruthless, self-made steel industrialist paid $60 million for 1,689 public libraries to be built in communities around the U.S. "The man who dies rich dies in disgrace," Carnegie wrote.


This Fountain Of Youth Has A Little Extra Zing

Sunday, July 28, 2013

The Fountain of Youth at Punta Gorda, Fla., was so popular 40 years ago, residents remember waiting in line to get a drink. But in the 1980s, testing found high levels of radium in the well. In other words, the water is radioactive — but it might still prolong your life.


Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Artist Faith Ringgold is best known for her story quilts which depict scenes of African-American life. But a new exhibit highlights the provocative paintings she made 20 years earlier — documenting the racial and political tumult of the 1960s.


Naked Or Nude? Wesselmann's Models Are A Little Bit Of Both

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Female bodies sprawl across canvases in a retrospective of work by pop artist Tom Wesselmann, now on view at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts in Richmond. If the images make you blush, that's just part of a long artistic tradition.


At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases

Thursday, July 11, 2013

The nonagenarian artist recently received the National Medal of Arts, and museums around the world are still celebrating his May birthday. The Phillips Collection, in Washington, D.C., is displaying seven "exuberant" pieces: layered or lined-up canvases painted in bold, solid colors.


A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art

Thursday, June 27, 2013

The Hays Collection, born of two Tennessee millionaires' love for French art, has come back to its home country: The pieces are currently on display at the Musee d'Orsay in Paris. NPR's Susan Stamberg speaks to the American lenders and the French borrowers about why these works inspire such passion.


In 'Shocked,' Patricia Volk Honors Two Formative Femmes

Monday, June 10, 2013

Both Elsa Schiaparelli and Audrey Morgen Volk loved clothing. They were also strict, impatient and volatile. In her memoir, Patricia Volk describes how an iconoclastic, Italian fashion designer and a loving, perfectionist mother helped her move into adulthood.


How Jean Stapleton And Eleanor Roosevelt Saved An Evening At The Theater

Monday, June 03, 2013

Susan Stamberg remembers an evening onstage with Jean Stapleton.