Susan Stamberg http://ktep.org en Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation http://ktep.org/post/denied-stage-she-sang-nation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAONYTMf2pk</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 07:34:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 38294 at http://ktep.org Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation Soprano Alyson Cambridge Among Those Honoring Marian Anderson http://ktep.org/post/soprano-alyson-cambridge-among-those-honoring-marian-anderson A special concert this weekend will commemorate Marian Anderson's historic performance on Easter Sunday 1939 at the Lincoln Memorial. Soprano Alyson Cambridge will be among those performing. Tue, 08 Apr 2014 10:37:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 38227 at http://ktep.org Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So http://ktep.org/post/girls-are-taught-think-pink-wasnt-always-so With sleet, snow and freezing temperatures extending through March, the National Cherry Blossom Festival — which recently kicked off in Washington, D.C. — is decidedly less pink this year. In a few weeks the Tidal Basin will be ringed by rosy, pink blossoms, but until then, we traveled north to Boston, where a show at the Museum of Fine Arts called "<a href="https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/think-pink" target="_blank">Think Pink</a>" explores the history and social impact of the color.<p>Pink has always been with us, though it was not always as gender-entrenched as it is today. Tue, 01 Apr 2014 07:08:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 37763 at http://ktep.org Girls Are Taught To 'Think Pink,' But That Wasn't Always So Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art http://ktep.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 36865 at http://ktep.org Japanese Tea Ritual Turned 15th Century 'Tupperware' Into Art Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth http://ktep.org/post/re-released-recordings-reveal-literary-titans-their-youth You can listen to plenty of actors performing the works of William Shakespeare. But imagine if you could hear the voice of the young playwright himself — or the older one, for that matter — reading his own writing aloud.<p>Well, we can't take you back that far. But in the early 1960s, when recorded readings by authors were rare, a young couple in Boston decided to be literary audio pioneers.<p>The idea was hatched in 1962. Lynne Sharon Schwartz, who is a respected novelist today,<strong> </strong>was working on a magazine at the time. Thu, 06 Mar 2014 08:00:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 36074 at http://ktep.org Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus http://ktep.org/post/keen-eyes-uncanny-instincts-keep-films-sharp-focus You won't believe it — I didn't — but the person responsible for keeping each and every shot of a movie in focus never looks through a camera lens.<p>"No," says focus puller Baird Steptoe. "We do not look through the camera at all."<p>Steptoe has worked as a first assistant cameraman on films from <em>The Sixth Sense</em> to <em>Thor</em> to last year's <em>Grownups Two.</em> He says he's learned to judge distances — precise distances — with his naked eye alone.<p>"I mean, I can tell you roughly from you to me right now," he says. "I would say about 2-11."<p>Two feet 11 inches, that is. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 08:20:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 35696 at http://ktep.org Keen Eyes, Uncanny Instincts Keep Films In Sharp Focus 'Clap!' On Set, The Signature Sound Of The Slate http://ktep.org/post/clap-set-signature-sound-slate More than the roar of the MGM lion, more than the 20th Century Fox fanfare, the iconic sound of moviemaking is the sharp clap of a slate — although film folks have a language of their own to describe it.<p>"Miki's hitting the sticks on this one," says assistant cameraman Larry Nielsen, pointing to <em>his </em>assistant.<p>Take after take, day after day, some Miki or other on a movie set "hits the sticks" — to synchronize the sound with the pictures. In the silent-film days, it wasn't an issue. Thu, 27 Feb 2014 08:28:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 35597 at http://ktep.org 'Clap!' On Set, The Signature Sound Of The Slate Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://ktep.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 22:13:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 34682 at http://ktep.org Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 Sid Caesar, One Of TV's Earliest Stars, Dies At The Age Of 91 http://ktep.org/post/sid-caesar-one-tvs-earliest-stars-dies-age-91 The comic actor Sid Caesar died on Wednesday at the age of 91. He starred in the popular 1950s program, Your Show of Shows, television's first live comedy show, featuring skits and musical numbers. Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:29:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 34690 at http://ktep.org 'Life' Photographer Showed Africa Through A New Lens http://ktep.org/post/life-photographer-showed-africa-through-new-lens Before World War II, many Americans got exaggerated ideas about Africa from movies like <em>Tarzan the Ape Man — </em>movies that were filmed on Hollywood sound stages<em>. </em><p>It took time to change that view. But after the war, <em>Life</em> magazine photographer Eliot Elisofon sought to shed a new light on the vast and variegated continent.<p>An exhibit of Elisofon's work is currently <a href="http://africa.si.edu/exhibits/africa-reviewed/index.html" target="_blank">on display at the Museum of African Art</a> in Washington, D.C. Mon, 10 Feb 2014 08:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 34488 at http://ktep.org 'Life' Photographer Showed Africa Through A New Lens Portrait Show Brings Photographer-Subject Encounters Into Focus http://ktep.org/post/portrait-show-brings-photographer-subject-encounters-focus When someone takes our picture, we usually deliver a mile-wide grin, but there's not a smile in the room at the Phillips Collection's photography show in Washington.<p>The exhibit mostly consists of portraits of inner lives, taken by various photographers, and it's about the encounter between the two participants. Susan Behrends Frank curated the small show, called "<a href="http://www.phillipscollection.org/exhibitions/2013-10-24-exhibition-shaping-modern-identity-lichtenberg.aspx">Shaping a<strong> </strong>Modern Identity</a>," which is running through Jan. Thu, 26 Dec 2013 08:16:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 31602 at http://ktep.org Portrait Show Brings Photographer-Subject Encounters Into Focus Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish http://ktep.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 29502 at http://ktep.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook http://ktep.org/post/young-brit-takes-american-songbook <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qoyfCPWvG64</p> Sun, 17 Nov 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 29197 at http://ktep.org A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation http://ktep.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 28741 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 27632 at http://ktep.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://ktep.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 26517 at http://ktep.org A Hint That J.D. Salinger Kept Writing, From A Story He Didn't Write Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings http://ktep.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 25332 at http://ktep.org Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. http://ktep.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 24245 at http://ktep.org For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. Haunting Images Chronicle 165 Years Of A World At War http://ktep.org/post/haunting-images-chronicle-165-years-world-war D-Day soldiers landing on Omaha Beach. A naked Vietnamese girl running from napalm. A Spanish loyalist, collapsing to the ground in death. These images of war, and some 300 others, are on view at the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., in an exhibition called <a href="http://www.corcoran.org/warphoto" target="_blank">WAR/PHOTOGRAPHY: Images of Armed Conflict and Its Aftermath</a>. Mon, 12 Aug 2013 06:56:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 22820 at http://ktep.org Haunting Images Chronicle 165 Years Of A World At War How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy http://ktep.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 22116 at http://ktep.org How Andrew Carnegie Turned His Fortune Into A Library Legacy This Fountain Of Youth Has A Little Extra Zing http://ktep.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 21881 at http://ktep.org Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas http://ktep.org/post/stories-race-america-captured-quilt-and-canvas Artist Faith Ringgold is best known for what she calls her story quilts — large canvases made in the 1980s, on which she painted scenes of African-American life: sunbathing on a tar roof, a mother and her children, a quilting bee. Sun, 28 Jul 2013 10:15:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 21871 at http://ktep.org Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas Naked Or Nude? Wesselmann's Models Are A Little Bit Of Both http://ktep.org/post/naked-or-nude-wesselmanns-models-are-little-bit-both Sixties pop artist Tom Wesselmann liked women, and saluted them on his canvases — or, sometimes, just parts of them: perfect glossy red mouths with lips parted to reveal pink tongues; nipples, even on the oranges he paints. Wed, 17 Jul 2013 06:54:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 21145 at http://ktep.org Naked Or Nude? Wesselmann's Models Are A Little Bit Of Both At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases http://ktep.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 20703 at http://ktep.org At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art http://ktep.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 08:04:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 19739 at http://ktep.org A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art In 'Shocked,' Patricia Volk Honors Two Formative Femmes http://ktep.org/post/shocked-patricia-volk-honors-two-formative-femmes If you walked into New York's Morgen's Restaurant in the 1950s, you'd be greeted at the door by a perfectly dressed and powdered blonde who'd smilingly show you to your table and hand over a menu. That hostess, Audrey Elaine Morgen Volk, is at the center of her daughter Patricia Volk's new memoir, <em>Shocked: My Mother, Schiaparelli, And Me</em>. Mon, 10 Jun 2013 06:53:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 18596 at http://ktep.org In 'Shocked,' Patricia Volk Honors Two Formative Femmes Modern Movement: How The Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance http://ktep.org/post/modern-movement-how-ballets-russes-revolutionized-dance If your idea of ballet is a flurry of tutus and toeshoes, a new exhibition at the National Gallery of Art in Washington will expand your vision. Thu, 30 May 2013 07:03:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 17872 at http://ktep.org Modern Movement: How The Ballets Russes Revolutionized Dance How One Family Built America's Public Palaces http://ktep.org/post/how-one-family-built-americas-public-palaces <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UJETeJk93vE</p> Mon, 29 Apr 2013 07:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 15720 at http://ktep.org How One Family Built America's Public Palaces Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back http://ktep.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 14808 at http://ktep.org Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back In NPR's New Building, Everything Will Be Better ... Again http://ktep.org/post/nprs-new-building-everything-will-be-better-again <em>Starting Saturday, </em>Weekend Edition<em> is broadcasting under the fourth roof that's sheltered National Public Radio. NPR special correspondent Susan Stamberg has worked in all of the locations since NPR went on the air in 1971, and once again she shepherds us to our new home.</em><em> </em><p>Our very first, temporary offices were at 1625 I Street, in Northwest Washington, D.C., just down the block from the Christian Science Church. No furniture at first, so we sat on the floor. Sat, 13 Apr 2013 09:11:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 14751 at http://ktep.org In NPR's New Building, Everything Will Be Better ... Again