Susan Stamberg http://nhpr.org en Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art http://nhpr.org/post/japanese-tea-ritual-turned-15th-century-tupperware-art Eight hundred years ago, tea was rare in Japan. It arrived from China in simple, ceramic storage jars. Chinese ceramists churned these jars out with little care or attention; they stuffed tea leaves into them and shipped them off.<p>The jars were "the Chinese version of Tupperware," says <a href="https://www.princeton.edu/artandarchaeology/faculty/watsky/">Andrew Watsky</a>, a professor of Japanese art history at Princeton.<p>But once the workaday storage jugs reached Japan, they became objects of aesthetic contemplation and, often, reverence. Tue, 18 Mar 2014 09:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 45224 at http://nhpr.org Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://nhpr.org/post/sid-caesar-who-got-laughs-without-politics-or-putdowns-dies-91 Comedian Sid Caesar, one of early network TV's biggest stars, died Wednesday morning at his home in Beverly Hills. He was 91.<p>Caesar didn't do smut, putdowns or smarmy remarks. Instead, he did <em>skits:</em> grown-up, gentle comedy for the whole family.<p>In one skit, Caesar was the smarter-than-anyone German "professor." Carl Reiner played a movie executive with money problems. The professor's solution? Make a musical — and get the greatest composer in the world. He is shocked to discover that his top choice won't be available.<p><blockquote><p>"Beethoven, dead? Ludwig is gone. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 22:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 43469 at http://nhpr.org Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish http://nhpr.org/post/thanksgivukkah-mash-two-holidays-thats-easy-relish It's that time of year again. Time for Mama Stamberg's Cranberry Relish. Every year since 1972, around Thanksgiving, I've shared my mother-in-law's famous cranberry relish recipe on the radio. It's appallingly pink, like Pepto Bismol — but it tastes terrific.<p>This year, I bring my relish recipe to Thanksgivukkah. Next week, Thanksgiving and the start of Hanukkah fall on the same day. It's a rare convergence.<p>How unusual is it? Well, the last time Thanksgiving and Hanukkah shared a start date was 125 years ago — and it won't happen again for another 76,000 or so years. Fri, 22 Nov 2013 07:57:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 38949 at http://nhpr.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation http://nhpr.org/post/1913-new-york-armory-filled-art-stunned-nation One hundred years ago in New York City, nearly 90,000 people came to see the future of art. The 1913 Armory Show gave America its first look at what avant-garde artists in Europe were doing. Today these artists are in major museums around the world, but in 1913, they were mostly unknown in America.<p>Boasting 1,400 works — from artists such as George Braque, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, and many, many more — it was the biggest art show New York had ever seen. Mon, 11 Nov 2013 08:22:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 38288 at http://nhpr.org In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden http://nhpr.org/post/pen-pal-young-jerry-salinger-may-have-been-first-meet-holden Fans of the reclusive J.D. Salinger are in their element these days. Thu, 24 Oct 2013 07:17:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 37308 at http://nhpr.org Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden A Hint That J.D. Salinger Kept Writing, From A Story He Didn't Write http://nhpr.org/post/hint-jd-salinger-kept-writing-story-he-didnt-write With J.D. Salinger in the news three years after his death (and the new documentary and biography must have that obsessively private author spinning in his grave), I'm reminded of my conversations in the 1970s about Salinger with the editor of <em>The New Yorker</em>, William Shawn.<p>For a few years, as host of <em>All Things Considered</em>, I'd phone Mr. Shawn with one question or another, on background (like Salinger, he never spoke to the press). I have no idea why Mr. Shawn took my calls. Mon, 07 Oct 2013 14:15:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 36320 at http://nhpr.org A Hint That J.D. Salinger Kept Writing, From A Story He Didn't Write An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals) http://nhpr.org/post/insiders-view-19th-century-paris-even-urinals A city under construction — and destruction — is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 35850 at http://nhpr.org An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals) Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings http://nhpr.org/post/exhibit-explores-how-diors-designs-echo-impressionist-paintings When it was time to create a new collection, Christian Dior had a ritual: He went to his garden and sat down among the flowers.<p>Fashion historian Florence Muller gathered drawings, photographs and paintings by Manet, Monet, Renoir and others for an exhibition on Dior and Impressionism, at the <a href="http://www.musee-dior-granville.com/c/287/p/1fd6391d9917f4fe23afde0b888f4837/Christian-Dior-Museum-temporary-exhibition-Granville.html">Dior Museum</a> in Granville, the designer's hometown. Thu, 19 Sep 2013 07:18:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 35245 at http://nhpr.org Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. http://nhpr.org/post/f-scott-and-zelda-fitzgerald-dark-chapter-asheville-nc Asheville, a mountain town in North Carolina, is known for at least two important native sons: writers Thomas Wolfe, whose 1929 novel <em>Look Homeward, Angel</em> eviscerated some locals, and Charles Frazier, whose 1997 civil war novel <em>Cold Mountain</em> is set in the nearby hills. But there is also a little-known story of another writer — F. Scott Fitzgerald — who, along with his wife Zelda, had devastating connections to the town.<p>Fitzgerald spent two bumpy summers in Asheville, at the Grove Park Inn. Tue, 03 Sep 2013 07:01:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 34247 at http://nhpr.org For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy http://nhpr.org/post/how-andrew-carnegie-turned-his-fortune-library-legacy Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. Coming as a dirt poor kid from Scotland to the U.S., by the 1880s he'd built an empire in steel — and then gave it all away: $60 million to fund a system of 1,689 public libraries across the country.<p>Carnegie donated $300,000 to build Washington, D.C.'s oldest library — a beautiful beaux arts building that dates back to 1903. Inscribed above the doorway are the words: Science, Poetry, History. Thu, 01 Aug 2013 07:00:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 32332 at http://nhpr.org How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy This Fountain Of Youth Has A Little Extra Zing http://nhpr.org/post/fountain-youth-has-little-extra-zing Transcript <p>ORSON WELLES: Of course, there are all sorts of fountains. Some are beautiful, some are purely mythological. Some are silly fountains. Of course, the silliest of all, is the fountain of youth. Old Ponce de Leon thought that one was somewhere down in Florida.<p>SUSAN STAMBERG, HOST: <p>Well, actor Orson Welles never found it, but lots of Floridians claim that the Fountain of youth is in their town - Punta Gorda, for instance. Margaret Baumhardt, who lives nearby in Charlotte Harbor, may not be totally convinced, but she is a big fan of the Punta Gorda fountain. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 11:07:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 32096 at http://nhpr.org At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases http://nhpr.org/post/90-ellsworth-kelly-brings-joy-colorful-canvases American artist Ellsworth Kelly turned 90 in May, and there's been much celebration. On Wednesday, President Obama presented Kelly with the National Medal of Arts. Meanwhile, museums around the country are showing his work: Kelly sculptures, prints and paintings are on view in New York, Philadelphia and Detroit. Thu, 11 Jul 2013 06:59:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 31080 at http://nhpr.org At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art http://nhpr.org/post/paris-vacation-nashville-millionaires-french-art To say that Nashvillean Spencer Hays is crazy for French art is an understatement. "French art just quickens our step, fires our spirit and touches our heart," he says.<p>Hays' passion began when he was in his 30s. By then he was already a millionaire; Forbes estimated his worth at $400 million in 1997, money earned from book-selling and clothing businesses. Hays had humble beginnings.<p>"When Marlene and I grew up in a little old town in Texas, even visiting France was far beyond our expectations," Hays says. Thu, 27 Jun 2013 06:54:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 30203 at http://nhpr.org A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art How Jean Stapleton And Eleanor Roosevelt Saved An Evening At The Theater http://nhpr.org/post/how-jean-stapleton-and-eleanor-roosevelt-saved-evening-theater <em>Jean Stapleton, who won three Emmys for playing Edith Bunker on </em>All In The Family,<em> died Friday. NPR's Susan Stamberg offers this remembrance of her encounter with Stapleton.</em><p>I had the privilege and joy of sharing a stage in Washington, D.C., with Jean Stapleton in the 1980s. She played Eleanor Roosevelt. I played a pushy reporter (!). The Smithsonian put us together for a one-night-only appearance before an audience in one of the museum auditoriums.<p>Our scripts were in big black binders, and each of us stood in front of a podium — Ms. Mon, 03 Jun 2013 16:30:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 28709 at http://nhpr.org How Jean Stapleton And Eleanor Roosevelt Saved An Evening At The Theater Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back http://nhpr.org/post/friedkin-who-pushed-film-forward-looks-back As a kid in Chicago, director William Friedkin liked to frighten little girls with scary stories. When he grew up, he scared the rest of us <em>with</em> a little girl — Regan MacNeil, who is possessed by the devil in his horror classic <em>The Exorcist.</em><p>And in <em>The French Connection,</em> he put knots in our stomachs with one of the great movie chases in American cinema.<p>When Friedkin directed these films in the 1970s, he was breaking all the rules. Mon, 15 Apr 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 25526 at http://nhpr.org Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back