Elizabeth Blair http://nhpr.org en In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero http://nhpr.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 51549 at http://nhpr.org In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero The Return of 'Rectify,' A Critical Darling Sprung From Death Row http://nhpr.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 20:22:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 50453 at http://nhpr.org In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism http://nhpr.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 49480 at http://nhpr.org In Confronting Poverty, 'Harvest Of Shame' Reaped Praise And Criticism Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca http://nhpr.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 49204 at http://nhpr.org Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca Remembering The 'Father' Of G.I. Joe http://nhpr.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 49201 at http://nhpr.org Edgy Video Promotes Christie's Contemporary Art Sale http://nhpr.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 48045 at http://nhpr.org Maintaining The IMAX Experience, From Museum To Multiplex http://nhpr.org/post/maintaining-imax-experience-museum-multiplex <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpqTF7y-zzM</p> Fri, 02 May 2014 20:26:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 47815 at http://nhpr.org Maintaining The IMAX Experience, From Museum To Multiplex Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS http://nhpr.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 46551 at http://nhpr.org Breaking Up Corcoran Gallery Takes More Time Than Expected http://nhpr.org/post/breaking-corcoran-galley-takes-more-time-expected The Corcoran Gallery of Art and its college in Washington, D.C., will be taken over by a university and another gallery. The Corcoran is cherished by many but has had years of financial trouble. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:35:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 46373 at http://nhpr.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] http://nhpr.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 45554 at http://nhpr.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director http://nhpr.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 44808 at http://nhpr.org Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://nhpr.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 43243 at http://nhpr.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://nhpr.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 42875 at http://nhpr.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big http://nhpr.org/post/super-bowl-ad-game-one-small-business-will-win-big Super Bowl suspense is building — for the game and the commercials. With an audience of over 100 million people, advertisers covet this space, but at a reported $4 million a spot, only the mightiest corporations can afford Super Bowl exposure. This year, though, there's an exception. One lucky little business will get one of those primo slots — free.<p>Intuit, the company that sells software tools including Quicken and TurboTax, is sponsoring a promotion called <a href="https://www.smallbusinessbiggame.com/" target="_blank">Small Business, Big Game</a>. Fri, 24 Jan 2014 21:56:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 42394 at http://nhpr.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? http://nhpr.org/post/detroit-needs-money-can-grand-bargain-save-citys-art Can wealthy art lovers help save Detroit's pension funds — and one of its museums?<p>The city is struggling to find ways to emerge from bankruptcy. One idea: sell the city's art to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=248779484">save the pensions</a> of city retirees. The Detroit Institute of Arts, or DIA, has faced serious financial difficulties over the years, and yet it holds the city's most valuable assets: a world-class art collection that includes works by Van Gogh, Rembrandt and Matisse. Wed, 25 Dec 2013 08:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 40738 at http://nhpr.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art?