Susan Stamberg

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Meryl Streep's First Acting Gig: Becoming Pretty And Popular In High School

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

In a new biography called Her Again, author Michael Schulman says that at 14, Streep decided to reinvent herself — and before she was an Oscar winner, she was homecoming queen.


Gardens Don't Tend Themselves: Portraits Of The People Behind LA's Luxury

Monday, April 11, 2016

Behind every gleaming bathroom or expertly manicured lawn is a person tasked with its upkeep. These workers are the stars of Ramiro Gomez's art — he's a former nanny and the son of Mexican immigrants.


For 19th Century French Artists, 'Noir' Was The New Black

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

After the Industrial Revolution, artists started getting creative with some newly available black materials. An exhibit at LA's Getty museum celebrates their exploration of the shadows.


A Retirement Community Where Hollywood Takes Care Of Its Own

Tuesday, March 08, 2016

The Motion Picture and Television Fund is home to 200-plus residents who once worked on screen, behind cameras and in production rooms and secretarial pools.


Directors Know: When Child Actors Are On Set, The Studio Teacher Is In Charge

Friday, February 26, 2016

All sorts of laws govern the use of children in movies, and studio teachers like Lois Yaroshefsky are in charge of enforcing them. As Jungle Book director Jon Favreau puts it, "Lois is the boss."


Avant Guard: At LA's Broad Museum, A New Approach To Protecting Art

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Contemporary art isn't easy, and the new museum's creators wanted first-time visitors to feel welcome. So The Broad's guards act as friendly ambassadors — ready to engage with visitors about the art.


This House Is A Work Of Art, So The Owner Is Donating It To A Museum

Thursday, February 18, 2016

This dramatic home — which you might recognize from The Big Lebowski — clings to the side of a canyon above Los Angeles. It's being given to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art.


Portraits Of LA's Female Artists Send A Powerful Message: 'You Are Here'

Monday, February 01, 2016

Rebecca Campbell's portrait series documents the female artists who go unnoticed or underrepresented. "I made it so that they didn't disappear," she says.


400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

Monday, January 04, 2016

The First Folio is the first printed collection of all of Shakespeare's plays, assembled by two of his buddies after he died. Without it, plays like Macbeth and Twelfth Night might not have survived.


Prepare For Takeoff: Smithsonian Celebrates The Art Of The Airport Tower

Monday, December 21, 2015

Photographer Carolyn Russo says these beacons of the landscape serve as "cultural greeters." Her dramatic photographs are on display at the Air and Space museum in Washington, D.C.


An Artist Grows Into His Talent: Revisiting Sinatra's Radio Years

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

"It's these fresh vocal cords that haven't been abused yet, broken in yet." Susan Stamberg dives into Frank Sinatra: A Voice on Air, a box set of rare radio broadcasts.


For Expats In Afghanistan, A Cranberry Dish To Relish Far From Home

Friday, November 20, 2015

In 2011, about 100 Americans living and working in Kabul gathered for a Thanksgiving feast a long way from family. But a dish familiar to many NPR listeners helped bring them a taste of home.


For Irving Penn, Perfect Portraiture Wasn't Just For Fashion Models

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Penn created many of the stark, glossy pictures of stick-thin fashion models that appeared in Vogue. He also made portraits of nudes, celebrities and also everyday objects, like cigarettes.


Remembering Harold Arlen, The Mystery Man Behind 'Over The Rainbow'

Saturday, November 07, 2015

Any fan of the Great American Songbook could hum a few bars of "Over the Rainbow," "Stormy Weather" or "That Old Black Magic" without having to think too hard. And yet, the composer of those songs remains little known. Harold Arlen had major hits, won an Oscar and ...


Vermeer's 'Woman In Blue' Returns To D.C., Hoping For Better Luck This Time

Thursday, October 29, 2015

During the National Gallery's first Vermeer exhibit 20 years ago, the federal government shut down twice, and a major blizzard hit the East Coast. But The Woman in Blue Reading a Letter is undeterred.


Frank Gehry's Lifelong Challenge: To Create Buildings That Move

Thursday, September 10, 2015

With sculptural swoops and sweeps, Gehry, now 86, changed the course of architecture. Paul Goldberger, who has known the architect for 40 years, has written a new biography called Building Art.


Peek Inside The 'Little Black Books' Of Some Famous American Artists

Friday, August 28, 2015

Mary Savig, curator at the Archives of American Art in Washington, D.C., says the contact lists reveal a lot about the artists' personal and professional networks.


Durand-Ruel: The Art Dealer Who Liked Impressionists Before They Were Cool

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Parisian art dealer Paul Durand-Ruel acquired some 5,000 impressionist works long before others were buying them. Claude Monet said he and his artist friends "would have died of hunger" without him.


The Anxious Art Of Japanese Painter (And 'Enemy Alien') Yasuo Kuniyoshi

Thursday, August 13, 2015

After moving to the U.S. in 1906, Kuniyoshi became a prize-winning artist. But with World War II, things changed. "When he walked down the street," says one curator, "he looked like the enemy."


Remembering Alan Cheuse, Our Longtime Literary Guide

Friday, July 31, 2015

For some 30 years, Alan Cheuse was our guide to the best and worst of the written word. He passed away today at 75, after a car accident two weeks ago. NPR's Susan Stamberg has an appreciation.