November 29, 2012 In 1951, Leslie Caron arrived in California a malnourished and anemic ballerina. After spending the war in occupied Paris, Tinseltown was a revelation, and she soon took it by storm, appearing with the likes of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly in more than 40 films.
November 16, 2012 In yet another installment of a long-standing NPR tradition, Susan Stamberg sneaks her (in)famous family recipe for cranberry relish on the air. This year, she talks to Lynne Rossetto Kasper, host of The Splendid Table — who isn't fooled for a second.
October 15, 2012 Roy Lichtenstein is best known for his dotted, angst-filled comics featuring beautiful ladies in distress. But a major retrospective at the National Gallery shows that the painter found inspiration beyond the comic-book world; he also paid his respects to the masters — Picasso, Monet and more.
September 25, 2012 Newsprint is both the medium and the message in the "Shock of the News" exhibit currently on display at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. The show examines a century's worth of interaction between artists and the journals of their day.
August 20, 2012 The Columbus Museum of Art in Ohio has been home to Edward Hopper's Morning Sun painting for more than 50 years. But if you visit Columbus, there's no guarantee you'll be able to see it; the painting spends much of its time on loan to other museums.
August 4, 2012 The power outage in India this week, which darkened the lives of nearly 700 million people, brings to mind the time I spent there. It was nearly 50 years ago, when India was still a young democracy and power outages were as common as enjoying a cup of dark, sweet Indian tea.
August 4, 2012 Thanks to one trailblazing industrialist, more than 60 of Columbus' buildings — including schools, churches and even a jail — were designed by a veritable who's who of modern masters. As one local tour guide puts it, "We don't build anything that isn't attractive."
June 26, 2012 Swarovski crystals and chicken wire are just two ingredients of landscape artists Xavier Perrot and Andy Cao's work. Their installations at a one-time leprosarium outside Paris and in D.C.'s Dumbarton Oaks are informed by the history and space that surrounds them.
May 25, 2012 Not sure what to read this summer? NPR's Susan Stamberg asked three booksellers to share their top five picks for the books you shouldn't miss. They recommend tales of con artists, grade-school spies, refugees and ranchers — plus an exploration of why stories make us human.
May 17, 2012 At Washington, D.C.'s Kreeger Museum, seniors and students are paired together to enjoy the art — and each other's company. "The goal is to make people feel better and to give them a pleasant experience in the moment. That's all there is, really," says program head Derya Samadi.
May 3, 2012 For three decades, the Smithsonian Institution has been collecting work by African-American artists, work that is now on display at the American Art Museum in Washington, D.C. The exhibition offers a wide-ranging and colorful view of African-American life.