Elizabeth Blair http://kbia.org en Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS http://kbia.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 51116 at http://kbia.org A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To Baltimore Museum http://kbia.org/post/tiny-renoir-stolen-50s-finally-comes-home-baltimore-museum It has the makings of a great mystery: artwork stolen from a prominent museum, plus the FBI, a beautiful woman and an intrepid reporter. But this isn't fiction; it's a strange, true tale of how a painting by Pierre-Auguste Renoir has now safely returned home to Baltimore.<p>At first it was known as the Renoir found at a West Virginia flea market — a woman took the painting to an auction house where they concluded that it was, indeed, <em>On the Shore of the Seine, </em>a Renoir that had been purchased in Paris in 1925 by American art collectors Herbert and Saidie May. Fri, 28 Mar 2014 12:33:48 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 50384 at http://kbia.org A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To Baltimore Museum Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] http://kbia.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 21:10:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 50154 at http://kbia.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director http://kbia.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 17:46:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 49330 at http://kbia.org Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://kbia.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 47865 at http://kbia.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://kbia.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 47549 at http://kbia.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big http://kbia.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 21:27:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 47108 at http://kbia.org Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block http://kbia.org/post/foundations-keep-detroit-art-auction-block Transcript <p>AUDIE CORNISH, HOST: <p>From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Audie Cornish.<p>MELISSA BLOCK, HOST: <p>And I'm Melissa Block.<p>A federal bankruptcy judge in Detroit has mediated a deal that could potentially solve two of the city's biggest problems. The plan would raise money for retirees' pension funds and keep masterpieces from the Detroit Institute of Art from being auctioned off. NPR's Elizabeth Blair reports.<p>ELIZABETH BLAIR, BYLINE: As part of bankruptcy, all assets are on the table. Mon, 13 Jan 2014 22:31:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 46604 at http://kbia.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? http://kbia.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 45800 at http://kbia.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'? http://kbia.org/post/what-do-we-mean-when-we-talk-about-latino-art When the Whitney Museum of American Art announced the <a href="http://whitney.org/Exhibitions/2014Biennial">artists for its 2014 biennial</a>, people took to the Internet to chime in about who's been included and who's been left out; the last biennial had been blasted for ignoring Latino artists. Mon, 25 Nov 2013 21:32:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 44336 at http://kbia.org What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'? Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results http://kbia.org/post/charity-watchdog-shakes-ratings-focus-results There's one area of the economy that's growing faster than business or government.<p>According to the <a href="http://www.urban.org/nonprofits/">Urban Institute</a>, in the 10 years between 2001 and 2011, the number of nonprofits increased 25 percent. But most of them aren't very good at measuring their effectiveness — at least, that's the conclusion of the nonprofit watchdog <a href="http://www.charitynavigator.org/">Charity Navigator</a>, which rates thousands of nonprofits to help donors make decisions on their giving.<p>Now, Charity Navigator is planning to change its ratings system. Tue, 22 Oct 2013 07:15:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 42481 at http://kbia.org Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut http://kbia.org/post/congressional-impasse-leaves-museums-empty-monuments-shut Federal bureaucracies aren't the only ones scaling back operations during the government shutdown. It's also meant that kids couldn't take field trips to the Smithsonian.<p>In fact most of the popular Washington attractions funded by the government are closed. That includes the Smithsonian's 19 museums and the National Zoo, plus Ford's Theatre and the National Gallery of Art.<p>Christy Agor is on maternity leave from her job at the State Department. She admits that as a federal worker she should have known the National Zoo would be closed Tuesday. Tue, 01 Oct 2013 21:15:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 41420 at http://kbia.org Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut Disney Experiments With 2-Screen Experience Involves iPads http://kbia.org/post/disney-experiments-2-screen-experience-involves-ipads Transcript <p>DAVID GREENE, HOST: <p>I don't know about you, but I'm a little troubled when I hear about people who watch multiple screens. You know what I'm talking about. Maybe you're watching a movie at home while live tweeting, or while keeping track at a ballgame. At least movie theaters are a sacred space, immune to these changes.<p>Or not - I guess this was bound to happen. Mon, 23 Sep 2013 10:12:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 40936 at http://kbia.org Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention http://kbia.org/post/latino-buying-power-gets-movie-studios-attention One of the surprise movie hits this past weekend was almost entirely in Spanish. <em>Instructions Not Included</em> made an enormous amount of money per screen, more than $22,000, playing in fewer than 350 theaters. The boys in One Direction had the number one film, but they pulled in less than $6000 per screen. That's a huge victory for star Eugenio Derbez, a household name in Mexico, and for Pantelion films, which has been trying to find a Spanish-language hit in the U.S. Wed, 04 Sep 2013 10:42:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 39913 at http://kbia.org Latino Buying Power Gets Movie Studios' Attention Comedian Hari Kondabolu On Diversity, Race And Burger King http://kbia.org/post/comedian-hari-kondabolu-diversity-race-and-burger-king Hari Kondabolu is a brainy comedian who cuts through the polite talk around race and gender. He's made a lot of key people laugh with his incisive anecdotes, including Jimmy Kimmel, Conan O'Brien and John Oliver.<p>A full-time writer on the FX show <em>Totally Biased</em> <em>with W. Kamau Bell</em>, he recently did a comedy bit on the National Spelling Bee, or "as I like to call it," he joked, "the Indian Super Bowl."<p>Kondabolu makes a fair point: For six years in a row, the winner has been Indian-American. Thu, 18 Jul 2013 07:20:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 37273 at http://kbia.org