Elizabeth Blair

Elizabeth Blair appears in the following:

It's Not Rude: These Portraits Of Wounded Vets Are Meant To Be Stared At

Monday, May 25, 2015

"I take these pictures so that we can look; we can see what we're not supposed to see," says photographer David Jay. "And we need to see them because we created them."


Looted By The Nazis, Matisse's 'Seated Woman' Finally Finds Her Way Home

Friday, May 15, 2015

Missing for nearly 75 years, a painting by Henri Matisse is being returned to the family of its rightful owner Friday. Seated Woman belonged to renowned art dealer Paul Rosenberg, who fled the Nazis in 1940.

The story of the painting's recovery reads like a historical crime novel.

In ...


1921 Matisse, 'Seated Woman,' To Be Reunited With Rosenberg Heirs

Friday, May 15, 2015

In Germany, a Matisse painting is being returned to Paul Rosenberg's family. It was one of more than 400 paintings stolen by the Nazis from the "first family" of art in Paris in the '20s and '30s.


Just How Do 'Thomas & Friends' Drive Sodor's Economy?

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

On the 70th anniversary of the books that spawned Thomas The Tank Engine, NPR's Elizabeth Blair considers the economic model of Thomas's home island of Sodor, and its elaborate railway system.


Ben E. King, Soul Singer Best Known For 'Stand By Me,' Dies

Friday, May 01, 2015

Ben E. King, best known for the classic soul song "Stand By Me," has died at 76.


Slow Fashion Shows Consumers What It's Made Of

Friday, April 24, 2015

It has been two years since more than 1,100 workers were killed in a garment factory collapse in Bangladesh. "Ethical fashion" is gaining momentum — though what that means depends on whom you ask.


Teaching Students To Hear The Music In The Built World

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Cooper Union architecture professor Diana Agrest has influenced generations of accomplished architects. Agrest was one of the first women to teach in the largely male-dominated field.


Who Gets To Dance In 'Swan Lake'? The Answer Is Changing

Thursday, April 09, 2015

For the first time, two black dancers will star in a major American production of Swan Lake. NPR's Elizabeth Blair peeks behind the curtain to see why it has been so hard for ballet to diversify.


The 2 Filmmakers Behind The Who

Thursday, April 02, 2015

In 1960s London, Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp approached a young band to be the subjects of their first film. As a new documentary explains, they ended up managing rock royalty.


Cheez Whiz Helped Spread Processed Foods. Will It Be Squeezed Out?

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Will Cheez Whiz survive the merger?

We don't need major business news to think about snack foods here at The Salt, but Warren Buffett's announcement this week that he and 3G Capital will merge Kraft and Heinz gave us a great excuse. Turns out, the story behind Cheez Whiz ...


Elton John Declares Boycott Against Dolce & Gabbana

Monday, March 16, 2015

Sir Elton John says he will boycott fashion designers Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana over comments they made about gay adoption and in vitro fertilization.


Documentary Filmmakers Worry About Being Squeezed Out Of PBS Prime Time

Monday, March 16, 2015

Some feel increasingly marginalized by PBS. They say hard-hitting news and public affairs programs are being overshadowed by the likes of Downton Abbey and Antiques Roadshow.


Legendary Jazz Producer Orrin Keepnews Dies At 91

Monday, March 02, 2015

Jazz producer and record label found Orrin Keepnews died on Sunday at the age of 91. Keepnews was behind landmark recordings by jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Bill Evans and Cannonball Adderley.


Acclaimed Documentary Filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky Dies At 58

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Peabody and Emmy Award winning filmmaker Bruce Sinofsky has died at age 58.

Sinofsky and his longtime co-director, Joe Berlinger, made such acclaimed documentaries as Some Kind of Monster, about the heavy metal band Metallica and Brother's Keeper, about four brothers in rural upstate New York. They are perhaps best ...


Composing The Folk Music Of A Made-Up Country

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The Grand Budapest Hotel might take place in a fictional world, but Oscar-nominated composer Alexandre Desplat was there to make it feel authentic.


For Three Comedians, Valentine's Day Makes For One Big Joke

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Love relationships have long been fodder for comedians. So on this Valentine's Day, a few of them explain why romance — or the lack of it — is so funny.

Marina Franklin, who's African-American, finds humor in the different nationalities and races of the guys she's dated.

"Whenever I date ...


Miniseries Explores The Ugly Fallout Of A Disciplinary 'Slap'

Thursday, February 12, 2015

In The Slap, NBC takes on the touchy issue of corporal punishment. The show begins at a Brooklyn barbecue with a dad hitting another parent's out-of-control 5 year old.


One Of Sam Smith's Grammys A Win For Tom Petty, Too

Monday, February 09, 2015

The four Grammys awarded Sunday night to Sam Smith are good news not just for Sam Smith, but for Tom Petty, too. Petty and another songwriter will get a quarter of the royalties from ...


'American Sniper' Exposes Unresolved Issues About The Iraq War

Friday, January 23, 2015

American Sniper, based on the life of Navy SEAL Chris Kyle, has been a surprise hit at the box office. But as NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports, some say the movie misrepresents Kyle and glorifies war.


A Rare Bird: After 120 Years, Audiences Still Flock To 'Swan Lake'

Monday, January 19, 2015

Despite being long, convoluted and sometimes sleep-inducing, Swan Lake is a reliable ticket seller for dance companies. The version most often performed today premiered in Russia in 1895.

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