Elizabeth Blair

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'This Book Is Banned' introduces little kids to a big topic

Friday, October 06, 2023

In Raj Haldar's new picture book, a lot of random stuff gets banned: giraffes, avocados, old roller skates. Haldar hopes kids have fun with This Book Is Banned but also learn about censorship.


Adults have a lot to say about book bans — but what about kids?

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

We've heard from parents, authors, activists and other adults about banned books. But we haven't heard much from kids. We asked four young readers to share their thoughts about book bans.


Oh Bother! Winnie, poo and deforestation

Thursday, September 28, 2023

Now that Winnie-the-Pooh is in the pubic domain, it's a free-for-all. In Winnie-the-Pooh: The Deforested Edition, the trees have are all gone. The book is by toilet paper company Who Gives A Crap.


Remembering Tony Award-winning costume designer Franne Lee

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

From SNL's Coneheads to Killer Bees, Broadway's Sweeney Todd and Candide, we remember Tony Award-winning costume designer Franne Lee who died on Aug. 27.


Franne Lee, who designed costumes for 'SNL' and 'Sweeney Todd,' dies at 81

Wednesday, September 06, 2023

From SNL's Coneheads to Killer Bees, Broadway's Sweeney Todd and Candide, we remember Tony Award-winning costume designer Franne Lee who died on Aug. 27.


Far from the internet, these big, benevolent trolls lure humans to nature

Monday, September 04, 2023

Thomas Dambo's gigantic trolls made out of recycled wood are turning up throughout the Pacific Northwest after making appearances all over the world.(Story aired on Morning Edition on May 16, 2021.)


Rare painting bought for $4 at a thrift store may fetch a quarter million at auction

Friday, September 01, 2023

A $4 thrift store purchase turned out to be a rare painting by American artist N.C. Wyeth.


Should you stand or sit at a concert? Adele fan ignites debate

Wednesday, August 30, 2023

When security told Juan Lastra to sit down, Adele told them to leave him alone. The incident sparked a debate about concert etiquette. Stand when others are sitting? Tell a fan to sit down?


When concert security told a fan to sit down, Adele told them to leave him alone

Tuesday, August 29, 2023

A fan at an Adele concert stood, sang and filmed himself during her show, even though many of the people in his section were seated. A security guard — and Adele herself — got involved.


An ode to Harvey Milk for Smithsonian Folkways' 75th birthday

Sunday, August 27, 2023

For Smithsonian Folkways' 75th anniversary, Cass McCombs and preschool teacher Greg Gardner wrote a collection of new folk songs for children. One of them is a tribute to gay activist Harvey Milk.


Major artists are reportedly ditching their A-list manager Scooter Braun

Wednesday, August 23, 2023

Justin Bieber and Post Malone are some of the artists associated with entertainment mogul Scooter Braun. But it appears Braun is losing some major talent — including Ariana Grande and Demi Lovato.


Major artists are reportedly ditching their A-list manager. Here's what's going on

Tuesday, August 22, 2023

Entertainment mogul Scooter Braun discovered Justin Bieber and has managed the careers of Ariana Grande and K-pop star Psy. Now some of his biggest stars are reportedly parting ways with him.


Encore: Movie theaters are hot again

Saturday, August 19, 2023

In what's being called the "Barbie boost," people are going out to the movies again. But can brick & mortar theatres sustain that momentum against the pressures of the Hollywood strikes?


Can movie theaters sustain the 'Barbie boost'?

Tuesday, August 15, 2023

Going to the movies is hot again thanks to the so-called "Barbie boost." Barbie, Oppenheimer and other movies continue to rev up the summer box office. But can theaters sustain the momentum?


Six takeaways from Disney's quarterly earnings call

Wednesday, August 09, 2023

In a fickle media market, Disney's overall revenue grew 4%. Despite declining ad revenue and uncertainty over the Hollywood writers and actors strikes, CEO Bob Iger sees growth opportunities.


Paramount sells Simon & Schuster to private investment firm

Monday, August 07, 2023

Paramount Global has sold Simon & Schuster to the private equity firm KKR. The deal comes nearly a year after the Department of Justice blocked Penguin Random House from acquiring Simon & Schuster.


The 75th Emmy Awards show has been postponed

Friday, July 28, 2023

The ceremony, scheduled for Sept. 18, has been cancelled due to the writers and actors' strikes. This year's nominees include Succession and Ted Lasso.


The streaming model is cratering — here's how that's hurting actors, writers and fans

Monday, July 24, 2023

Streamers have been removing content from their platforms lately — and they're canceling series after just one season. "It's soul-crushing," says one creator. "There is nothing we can do."


A new development in the investigation into the murder of Tupac Shakur

Wednesday, July 19, 2023

More than 25 years after Tupac Shakur's death, there's been a development in the investigation into his murder. The Las Vegas Police Department says it has issued a search warrant in Nevada.


'This Land Is Your Land' is a celebration of the American landscape, with an edge

Tuesday, July 04, 2023

"This Land Is Your Land" isn't just a campfire song for school kids. It's a celebration of the American landscape — but it's a celebration with an edge.