Elizabeth Blair

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Academy of American Poets Receives $4.5 Million Grant

Thursday, January 30, 2020

The grant, thought to be the largest-ever from a philanthropic institution for poetry, will enable the academy to fund its Poets Laureate Fellowship program for the next three years.


Jim Lehrer, Longtime PBS Anchor, Dies At 85

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Lehrer chronicled such weighty events as John F. Kennedy's assassination and the 1973 Senate Watergate hearings. For years, he and lifelong friend Robert MacNeil co-anchored The MacNeil/Lehrer Report.


A History Of 'Pettifogging' For The Pettifoggers Among You

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Chief Justice John Roberts trotted out an obscure term during impeachment proceedings yesterday; here's what it means.


A Profile Of Donna Rotunno, Harvey Weinstein's Attorney

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Chicago attorney Donna Rotunno is defending movie mogul Harvey Weinstein in what is expected to be a knock-down-drag-out trial. Rotunno has publicly disparaged the #MeToo movement.


One Director's Secrets To Success: Chaos, Confidence And 'Collective Genius'

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Tony-winning director Bartlett Sher is known for adding surprising twists to classic American musicals and dramas. He says when reviving productions you have to ask: "Why are you doing it right now?"


Screenwriter And Actor Buck Henry Dies At 89

Thursday, January 09, 2020

Screenwriter and actor Buck Henry has died at age 89 after suffering a heart attack. Among his many credits, he co-wrote the screenplay for The Graduate and hosted Saturday Night Live 10 times.


Encore: There Was 'No Chance Of Me Going Into The Arts,' Says Comedian Gina Yashere

Wednesday, January 01, 2020

When a teacher suggested Gina Yashere become an actor, her mom said: "Actor? No, no, no. You can act like a doctor when you become a doctor." Yashere is now a co-creator of Bob Hearts Abishola.


Highly Specific Superlatives: The Best Bits Of Stand-Up Comedy In 2019

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

All Things Considered's Best of 2019 lists are going highly specific. Up next: the best bits from stand-up comedy specials, from Best Joke about the Immigrant Experience to Best Bit about Pregnancy.


Year-End Book Picks: 'I Like To Watch' By TV Critic Emily Nussbaum

Monday, December 23, 2019

As we look back at books published in 2019, Elizabeth Blair is still thinking about one essay in particular from Nussbaum's collection I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution.


Kennedy Center Celebrates 2019 Honorees

Monday, December 09, 2019

Among the artists receiving Kennedy Center Honors Sunday night in Washington, D.C., were Linda Ronstadt, Earth, Wind & Fire and actress Sally Field.


Clive James, Writer, TV Host And Cultural Critic, Dies At 80

Thursday, November 28, 2019

"Fiction is life with the dull bits left out." That is just one of the many clever observations of the writer, TV host and cultural critic Clive James. He died Sunday in Cambridge, England.


Disney Animation Chief Jennifer Lee Is The Queen Behind Elsa And Anna

Thursday, November 21, 2019

Her credits include Frozen, Wreck-It Ralph and Zootopia. Now, Jennifer Lee is the first female chief creative officer of Walt Disney Animation Studios — oh, and she co-directed the Frozen sequel.


50 Years Of 'Sesame Street'

Sunday, November 10, 2019

When Sesame Street debuted 50 years ago, it was a game-changer for children's TV, with a multicultural cast and some wildly funny Muppets.


'The Best Part Of The First Amendment': Dave Chappelle Accepts Mark Twain Prize

Monday, October 28, 2019

Sarah Silverman, Tiffany Haddish and Jon Stewart were among the comedians who honored Chappelle as he received the annual American humor award in a music-filled ceremony at the Kennedy Center.


The War Behind 'The Current War'

Saturday, October 26, 2019

The Current War: Director's Cut, about the battle to develop the electrical grid, is one of the last movies associated with The Weinstein Company and endured its own battles.


Vietnam Bans Animated 'Abominable' Over Controversial Map Of South China Sea

Thursday, October 17, 2019

Vietnam and other countries bordering the South China Sea are angry about a map shown in the new movie Abominable. The movie is a co-production of DreamWorks and a Chinese animation studio.


News Brief: Ukraine Investigation, Iraq Protests, James Franco Sued

Friday, October 04, 2019

We have an update on the House Democrats' impeachment inquiry. Also, anti-government protests in Iraq continue and actor James Franco is accused of sexually exploiting female former students.


James Franco Sued By Former Students For Alleged Sexual Exploitation And Fraud

Thursday, October 03, 2019

A lawsuit has been filed against the actor and others, alleging unsafe and unnecessary sex and nudity at an acting school that he ran. The two plaintiffs spoke with NPR.


Disney CEO Bob Iger Has Lessons On Fostering Creativity — And Acquiring It

Thursday, September 26, 2019

The head of The Walt Disney Co. has a new book, The Ride of a Lifetime. It's a memoir of what he has learned in 15 years there — encompassing the purchases of Pixar, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox.


There Was 'No Chance Of Me Going Into The Arts,' Says Comedian Gina Yashere

Sunday, September 22, 2019

When a teacher suggested Yashere become an actor, her mom said: "Actor? No, no, no. You can act like a doctor when you become a doctor." Yashere is now a co-creator of the sitcom Bob Hearts Abishola.