Susan Stamberg http://wesa.fm en Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://wesa.fm/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 22:39:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 24340 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 24343 at http://wesa.fm Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish http://wesa.fm/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 20227 at http://wesa.fm Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook http://wesa.fm/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 19956 at http://wesa.fm A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation http://wesa.fm/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 19589 at http://wesa.fm 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://wesa.fm/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 18658 at http://wesa.fm Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. http://wesa.fm/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 15866 at http://wesa.fm For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. This Fountain Of Youth Has A Little Extra Zing http://wesa.fm/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 13878 at http://wesa.fm Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas http://wesa.fm/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 13877 at http://wesa.fm Stories Of Race In America Captured On Quilt And Canvas At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases http://wesa.fm/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 12910 at http://wesa.fm At 90, Ellsworth Kelly Brings Joy With Colorful Canvases A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art http://wesa.fm/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 12173 at http://wesa.fm A Paris Vacation For Nashville Millionaires' French Art Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back http://wesa.fm/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 7835 at http://wesa.fm Friedkin, Who Pushed Film Forward, Looks Back Painting 'Renoir' In Finely Detailed Strokes http://wesa.fm/post/painting-renoir-finely-detailed-strokes <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UA4pRAZQY3g</p> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 07:21:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 7652 at http://wesa.fm Painting 'Renoir' In Finely Detailed Strokes For John Baldessari, Conceptual Art Means Serious Mischief http://wesa.fm/post/john-baldessari-conceptual-art-means-serious-mischief <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eU7V4GyEuXA</p> Mon, 11 Mar 2013 09:10:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 2442 at http://wesa.fm For John Baldessari, Conceptual Art Means Serious Mischief For Publicist Marvin Levy, It's All About Eyeballs http://wesa.fm/post/publicist-marvin-levy-its-all-about-eyeballs Steven Spielberg's film <em>Lincoln</em> has earned 12 Academy Award nominations, including best picture and best director. Another Spielberg film — the multi-Oscar winning <em>Schindler's List</em> — will be celebrating 20 years since its release. These films have at least two important things in common: Spielberg and publicist Marvin Levy.<p>Levy started his career in New York writing questions for quiz shows. He wound up in publicity for MGM radio and TV personalities, but was lured to Hollywood in the mid-1970s. Fri, 22 Feb 2013 05:03:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 1380 at http://wesa.fm For Publicist Marvin Levy, It's All About Eyeballs For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count http://wesa.fm/post/film-set-decorators-tiny-details-count Picture Rick's smoky cafe in <em>Casablanca</em>, Lincoln's office at the White House of the 1860s, or the Mos Eisley cantina on the desert planet of Tatooine: A production designer came up with the overall look of those movie sets. But the booze on Rick's bar or the pens on Lincoln's desk — it took a set decorator and a crew to make them look authentic and believable.<p>On a recent chilly winter day in the backyard of a pretty picket-fenced house in Los Angeles, one set decorator is making rosebushes bloom again. Thu, 21 Feb 2013 05:05:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 1312 at http://wesa.fm For Film Set Decorators, Tiny Details Count Hollywood's 'Hooray': Hardly A Happy Hymn http://wesa.fm/post/hollywoods-hooray-hardly-happy-hymn When the Oscars are handed out later this month, the ceremony will most likely be punctuated by music that has pretty much come to stand for movies and Movieland. Ironically, the composer grew up in Detroit, and the lyricist came from Savannah, Ga. — yet together they wrote the quintessential Tinseltown anthem.<p>"Hooray for Hollywood" was written for the Warner Brothers film <em>Hollywood Hotel</em>. It was a corny little "let's-go-to-Hollywood-and become-stars" movie from 1937, with some cute dialogue.<p>The movie didn't do much, box office-wise, but that song made it big. Mon, 11 Feb 2013 09:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 778 at http://wesa.fm Hollywood's 'Hooray': Hardly A Happy Hymn