Elizabeth Blair

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Smithsonian Institution Names Lonnie Bunch III As Its New Secretary

Tuesday, May 28, 2019

The Smithsonian Institution has named Lonnie Bunch III as its new secretary. He will become the first African American to lead the institution and the first historian to be elected to the position.


MTV Hires 'Doyenne Of Documentaries,' Sheila Nevins, For Its New Division

Wednesday, May 08, 2019

MTV, a network known for its young audience, is starting a documentary division, helmed by 80-year-old Sheila Nevins, who is best known for running HBO's prestigious documentary division.


MTV Launches New Documentary Division Led By Producer Sheila Nevins

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

Nevins, 80, has some 1,500 credits to her name, and is best known for running HBO's prestigious documentary division. "At my age, most people would think that I would be out to pasture," she says.


Dave Chappelle To Be Awarded Mark Twain Prize For American Humor

Tuesday, May 07, 2019

The comic and actor, known for his boundary-pushing stand-up routines and his sketch comedy TV series Chappelle's Show, will receive the award in a gala at the Kennedy Center.


These High Schoolers Have A Passion For 'Poetry Out Loud'

Wednesday, May 01, 2019

The Poetry Out Loud contest is kind of like a poetry spelling bee. Kids from across the country compete at reciting their chosen poems, and the winner takes home a prize of $20,000.


Comedian Brian Regan Sees The Dinosaurs In Everyday Life

Friday, April 26, 2019

He's a favorite of other comics — a physical, observational and airtight performer who works "clean." All that helps explain why families make up a good portion of his massive audience.


Paint-By-Numbers Maestro Dan Robbins Dies At 93

Friday, April 05, 2019

Working at a paint company after World War II, Robbins used techniques he learned from Leonardo da Vinci to develop the system that let countless non-artists experience the pleasure of painting.


Newly Uncovered Georgia O'Keeffe Letters Shed Light On Her Greatest Paintings

Thursday, March 21, 2019

The correspondences between the artist and her friend, filmmaker Henwar Rodakiewicz — just acquired by the Library of Congress — capture her thoughts as her career takes off.


How 'This Land Is Your Land' Roamed And Rambled Into American Life

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Woody Guthrie was born into the Dust Bowl's devastation and displacement. His signature song, taught in classrooms and sung at protests, offers an expansive, inclusive idea of what home can be.


'Quiet': A Global Anthem For Victims Of Sexual Harassment And Abuse

Friday, March 08, 2019

Artist MILCK talks about "Quiet," her song that became an anthem for women's groups around the world. (This piece initially aired Jan. 14, 2019 on All Things Considered).


Michael Jackson Documentary 'Leaving Neverland' Airs Sunday

Sunday, March 03, 2019

Two men allege years of sexual abuse by Michael Jackson in HBO's documentary Leaving Neverland. The Jackson Estate is suing the network, calling the show a "posthumous character assassination."


Hollywood Diversity Report Finds Progress, But Much Left To Gain

Thursday, February 21, 2019

The annual UCLA study tallies box office numbers and ratings alongside diversity both on and off screen. Today's "increasingly diverse audiences prefer diverse film and television content," it finds.


'You Get Paid For Doing Therapy': Stand-Up Comedians On Anger

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

For centuries, people have turned to jesters for relief from the miseries of life. As it turns out, some stand-up performers turn pain and rage into their own coping and catharsis.


DJ Marshmello's 'Fornite' Concert Has The Music World Buzzing

Monday, February 11, 2019

What does DJ Marshmello's Fortnite concert mean for the future of music performance? The 10-minute virtual concert was one of the largest digital gatherings ever.


A Song Called 'Quiet' Struck A Chord With Women. Two Years Later, It's Still Ringing

Monday, January 14, 2019

Born as a vessel for one person's trauma, the song by MILCK became an anthem overnight after the 2017 Women's March. But it wasn't done growing.


As Shutdown Crawls On, Artists And Nonprofits Fear For Their 'Fragile Industry'

Wednesday, January 09, 2019

The partial government shutdown hasn't just shuttered museums in Washington, D.C. Across the U.S., and even beyond its borders, artists and the groups supporting them are grappling with the fallout.


The Fierce Female Characters Of Film In 2018

Thursday, December 27, 2018

This year, movies where women starred had Hollywood muscle behind them. So do this year's heroines — conceived before #MeToo, but landing in the moment — mark a change for the industry?


Nancy Wilson, Grammy Award Winning Singer, Dies At 81

Friday, December 14, 2018

Grammy Award winning singer Nancy Wilson has died at 81. She was known as a stylist and a storyteller and the host of the NPR series Jazz Profiles.


We Asked For Your Favorite Anthems. You Answered 'America'

Tuesday, November 13, 2018

When NPR asked listeners for their personal American anthems, many responded with Simon & Garfunkel's "America." We asked them to tell us why.


Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Of 'Veep,' 'Seinfeld' Fame, Receives Mark Twain Prize

Monday, October 22, 2018

The comic actress was presented with the humor award in a star-studded ceremony at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. on Sunday night.