Elizabeth Blair http://kacu.org en Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 http://kacu.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 40885 at http://kacu.org Actress Elaine Stritch, 'Her Own Greatest Character,' Dies At 89 In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero http://kacu.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 40467 at http://kacu.org In 'Little Engine That Could,' Some See An Early Feminist Hero Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca http://kacu.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 38669 at http://kacu.org Pfizer Drops $119 Billion Bid For AstraZeneca Remembering The 'Father' Of G.I. Joe http://kacu.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 21:16:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 38663 at http://kacu.org Colbert Plans To Take Up The Late Night Mic For CBS http://kacu.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 36744 at http://kacu.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] http://kacu.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 36031 at http://kacu.org Fans Of 'The Good Wife' Rocked By [Spoiler Alert] Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director http://kacu.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 35415 at http://kacu.org Smithsonian Institution Gets A New Director For Top-Flight Animators, The Gag Is An Art All Its Own http://kacu.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 34346 at http://kacu.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen http://kacu.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 34100 at http://kacu.org Philip Seymour Hoffman: An 'Uncanny' Actor Of Stage And Screen In The Super Bowl Ad Game, One Small Business Will Win Big http://kacu.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 33752 at http://kacu.org Foundations Keep Detroit Art Off The Auction Block http://kacu.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 33372 at http://kacu.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? http://kacu.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 32719 at http://kacu.org Detroit Needs Money. Can A 'Grand Bargain' Save The City's Art? What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'? http://kacu.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 31587 at http://kacu.org What Do We Mean When We Talk About 'Latino Art'? Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results http://kacu.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 30172 at http://kacu.org Charity Watchdog Shakes Up Ratings To Focus On Results Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut http://kacu.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 21:12:00 +0000 Elizabeth Blair 29357 at http://kacu.org Congressional Impasse Leaves Museums Empty, Monuments Shut