Elizabeth Blair http://publicradioeast.org en With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles http://publicradioeast.org/post/humor-dead-and-breathing-dives-end-life-struggles The play <em>Dead and Breathing</em> begins boldly. Sixty-eight-year-old Carolyn takes off her towel and steps into a bathtub completely naked. She's bathed by her chatty nurse, Veronika.<p>The wealthy, cantankerous woman is dying of cancer. Carolyn, played by Lizan Mitchell, wants to die sooner rather than later, and tries to convince the nurse (N.L. Graham) to help her do that.<p>It's one of the most talked-about new plays at this year's <a href="http://catf.org/">Contemporary American Theater Festival</a> in Shepherdstown, W.Va., which runs through Aug. Sat, 19 Jul 2014 09:47:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 46778 at http://publicradioeast.org With Humor, 'Dead And Breathing' Dives Into End-Of-Life Struggles Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 http://publicradioeast.org/post/actress-elaine-stritch-her-own-greatest-character-dies-89 Elaine Stritch — one of Broadway's boldest and brassiest performers — has died. With that gravelly voice — and those long legs — and that utter command of the stage, Stritch was a bona fide Broadway star. Not as a classic leading lady, necessarily, but as the hardened-yet-vulnerable performer audiences couldn't forget. Stritch died of natural causes Thursday morning at her home in Birmingham, Mich. Thu, 17 Jul 2014 20:53:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 46653 at http://publicradioeast.org Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero http://publicradioeast.org/post/little-engine-could-some-see-early-feminist-hero "Chug, chug, chug. Puff, puff, puff. Ding-dong, ding-dong."<p>The beloved tale of the little blue engine — who helps bring a broken-down train of toys to the good little boys and girls on the other side of the mountain — has been chugging along for a very long time. Tue, 08 Jul 2014 20:13:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 45867 at http://publicradioeast.org In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf http://publicradioeast.org/post/think-you-clap-you-could-be-beat-deaf <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dZWa_LAfhNk</p> Tue, 24 Jun 2014 06:03:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 44697 at http://publicradioeast.org Think Before You Clap: You Could Be Beat Deaf In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization http://publicradioeast.org/post/fever-towns-teen-tic-epidemic-gets-chilling-novelization Sometimes real life is stranger than fiction, so it makes sense that novelists get some of their best stories from the headlines. That's what happened with mystery writer Megan Abbott. A few years ago, she was one of the millions of people captivated by news stories about a strange illness that seemed to consume a town in upstate New York. Now, Abbott has taken pieces of that true story and turned it into a chilling new novel.<p><em>The Fever</em> is Abbott's third mystery set in the emotional world of teenagers, a place she admits she's a little stuck in herself. Fri, 20 Jun 2014 07:36:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 44414 at http://publicradioeast.org In 'Fever,' Town's Teen Tic Epidemic Gets A Chilling Novelization The Return of 'Rectify,' A Critical Darling Sprung From Death Row http://publicradioeast.org/post/return-rectify-critical-darling-sprung-death-row Rectify is a dark, contemplative TV drama about a man released from prison after two decades on death row. It was also a critical favorite in its first season. For a glimpse into its creation, NPR's Elizabeth Blair talks to show creator Ray McKinnon and actors Aden Young and Abigail Spencer. Wed, 18 Jun 2014 20:32:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 44302 at http://publicradioeast.org 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is More Growly And Snarly (And Wise) Than Ever http://publicradioeast.org/post/how-train-your-dragon-2-more-growly-and-snarly-and-wise-ever The dragons are more fantastic. The stakes are higher. And protagonist Hiccup Horrendous Haddock III still wants humans and dragons to live together in peace. <em>How to Train Your Dragon 2</em> — one of the most anticipated family movies of the summer — opens Friday.<p>In the first movie, Hiccup managed to convert all of his fellow Vikings from dragon slayers into dragon lovers, just like him. Now, in the new movie, everything's copacetic on the Vikings' fictional homeland, the Island of Berk. "Dragons used to be a bit of a problem," says Hiccup, "but that was five years ago. Fri, 13 Jun 2014 07:02:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 43837 at http://publicradioeast.org 'How To Train Your Dragon 2' Is More Growly And Snarly (And Wise) Than Ever In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism http://publicradioeast.org/post/confronting-poverty-harvest-shame-reaped-praise-and-criticism <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yJTVF_dya7E</p> Sat, 31 May 2014 09:22:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 42805 at http://publicradioeast.org In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca http://publicradioeast.org/post/pfizer-drops-119-billion-bid-astrazeneca It would have been the biggest deal the pharmaceutical industry has seen in more than a decade. Tue, 27 May 2014 05:36:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 42388 at http://publicradioeast.org Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca Remembering The 'Father' Of G.I. Joe http://publicradioeast.org/post/remembering-father-gi-joe Transcript <p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>This is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED from NPR News. I'm Melissa Block. Now we're going to remember the man who was known as the father of G.I. Joe. Donald Levine was a toy industry executive in the early 1960s, when the iconic action figure stormed playrooms across the country. Levine died of cancer late last week. He was 86. NPR's Elizabeth Blair does this appreciation.<p>ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: Donald Levine served in the Army during the Korean War. Mon, 26 May 2014 21:17:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 42385 at http://publicradioeast.org Edgy Video Promotes Christie's Contemporary Art Sale http://publicradioeast.org/post/edgy-video-promotes-christies-contemporary-art-sale Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>NPR's business news starts with a new way of marketing high-end art.<p>Spring auction season has kicked off in New York City. Wed, 07 May 2014 09:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 40756 at http://publicradioeast.org Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS http://publicradioeast.org/post/colbert-plans-take-late-night-mic-cbs Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>The coveted spot held by David Letterman for 21 years will go to Stephen Colbert. CBS made the announcement today. Thu, 10 Apr 2014 20:08:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 38616 at http://publicradioeast.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] http://publicradioeast.org/post/fans-good-wife-rocked-spoiler-alert The CBS legal drama <em>The Good Wife</em> centers on smart, attractive Chicago lawyer Alicia Florrick. She's "the good wife" because she stood by her politician husband when he cheated on her.<p>But the show's most compelling story line has always been between Alicia and another lawyer, Will Gardner. Mon, 24 Mar 2014 20:44:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 37222 at http://publicradioeast.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director http://publicradioeast.org/post/smithsonian-institution-gets-new-director The new head of the Smithsonian Institution was announced Monday. <a href="http://www.cornell.edu/president/about.cfm">David Skorton</a> will leave his job as president of Cornell University to become the institution's 13th secretary since its founding in 1846.<p>Skorton becomes the first physician to lead the Smithsonian. He's a board-certified cardiologist and amateur <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UeuZY7uBSG4">jazz musician</a>. Most importantly for the Smithsonian, he's a skilled fundraiser. Mon, 10 Mar 2014 18:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 36086 at http://publicradioeast.org Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director With Teens And Social Media, Lack Of Context Is Everything http://publicradioeast.org/post/teens-and-social-media-lack-context-everything Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>You know, as I host this program, I'm on a social media platform - Twitter, as a matter of fact. There is no group that takes that new social media platform more than teenagers, and that's exactly what worries a lot of parents. Danah Boyd is a respected researcher in the world of social media. She spent years studying teenagers and how they interact online. Sat, 01 Mar 2014 12:56:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 35443 at http://publicradioeast.org Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They've Always Done http://publicradioeast.org/post/social-media-researcher-gets-how-teenagers-use-internet Researcher danah boyd is obsessed with how teenagers use the Internet. For the legions of adults who are worried about them, that's a good thing.<p>With a Ph.D from the University of California, Berkeley, and a masters from MIT, and as a senior researcher with Microsoft, boyd is something of a star in the world of social media. For her new book <em>It's Complicated</em>, she spent about eight years studying teenagers and how they interact online. She says she wrote the book in part to help parents, educators and journalists relax. Tue, 25 Feb 2014 10:15:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 35102 at http://publicradioeast.org Online, Researcher Says, Teens Do What They've Always Done For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://publicradioeast.org/post/top-flight-animators-gag-art-all-its-own Transcript <p>SCOTT SIMON, HOST: <p>The Lego Movie opened last night in theaters across the country. It's latest example of the magic of animation, filmmakers who bring plastic to life, make animals talk and send toys singing and dancing across a big screen. But animators also love to hurl our most beloved characters over cliffs. They blow them up with dynamite, flatten them with speeding trains. Sat, 08 Feb 2014 15:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 33885 at http://publicradioeast.org After Prison Stint, Pussy Riot Keeps Up Anti-Government Stand http://publicradioeast.org/post/after-prison-pussy-riot-members-keep-anti-government-stand Transcript <p>RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST: <p>This is MORNING EDITION from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.<p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>And I'm David Greene in New York City, where last night Madonna came onto a stage in Brooklyn. She was at a concert for Amnesty International introducing two heroes of the protest movement in Russia.<p>MADONNA: It is my privilege and my honor, ladies and gentlemen, to introduce Masha and Nadya from Pussy Riot. Thu, 06 Feb 2014 10:16:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 33678 at http://publicradioeast.org Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro http://publicradioeast.org/post/valery-gergiev-powerful-and-polarizing-maestro <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S-dpVISqPy4</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r71xgacQ3jI</p> Tue, 04 Feb 2014 20:57:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 33574 at http://publicradioeast.org Valery Gergiev, The Powerful And Polarizing Maestro Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://publicradioeast.org/post/philip-seymour-hoffman-uncanny-actor-stage-and-screen Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/02/270599816/philip-seymour-hoffman-oscar-winner-found-dead-at-46">found dead on Sunday</a> in his Manhattan apartment. He was 46.<p>Hoffman was steeped in his profession — in film, on stage, in the spotlight and behind the scenes.<p>In 2005, he won the Oscar for best actor for his portrayal of Truman Capote. Mon, 03 Feb 2014 00:06:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 33421 at http://publicradioeast.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen