Susan Stamberg http://upr.org en Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://upr.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 36945 at http://upr.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://upr.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 36949 at http://upr.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish http://upr.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 33564 at http://upr.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish In 1913, A New York Armory Filled With Art Stunned The Nation http://upr.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 33044 at http://upr.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://upr.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 32227 at http://upr.org Pen Pal Of Young 'Jerry' Salinger May Have Been First To Meet Holden An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals) http://upr.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 31100 at http://upr.org An Insider's View Of 19th-Century Paris (Even The Urinals) Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings http://upr.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 30641 at http://upr.org Exhibit Explores How Dior's Designs Echo Impressionist Paintings For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. http://upr.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 29879 at http://upr.org For F. Scott And Zelda Fitzgerald, A Dark Chapter In Asheville, N.C. This Fountain Of Youth Has A Little Extra Zing http://upr.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 28143 at http://upr.org Naked Or Nude? Wesselmann's Models Are A Little Bit Of Both http://upr.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 27603 at http://upr.org Naked Or Nude? Wesselmann's Models Are A Little Bit Of Both