Susan Stamberg http://nwpr.org en Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation http://nwpr.org/post/denied-stage-she-sang-nation <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mAONYTMf2pk</p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 22:09:56 +0000 Susan Stamberg 44211 at http://nwpr.org Denied A Stage, She Sang For A Nation Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth http://nwpr.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 18:19:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 42450 at http://nwpr.org Re-Released Recordings Reveal Literary Titans In Their Youth Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://nwpr.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 22:24:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 41367 at http://nwpr.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://nwpr.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 41371 at http://nwpr.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish http://nwpr.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 37687 at http://nwpr.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook http://nwpr.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 37439 at http://nwpr.org A Young Brit Takes On The American Songbook In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation http://nwpr.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 37094 at http://nwpr.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://nwpr.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 36192 at http://nwpr.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://nwpr.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 35415 at http://nwpr.org A Hint That J.D. Salinger Kept Writing, From A Story He Didn't Write An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals) http://nwpr.org/post/insiders-view-19th-century-paris-even-urinals A city under construction — and destruction — is currently on view at the National Gallery of Art in Washington. Mon, 30 Sep 2013 07:31:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 34945 at http://nwpr.org An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals)