Elizabeth Blair

Elizabeth Blair is a Senior Producer/Reporter on the Arts Desk of NPR News.

On a daily basis, she produces, edits and reports arts and cultural segments that air on NPR News magazines including Morning Edition and All Things Considered. Her recent stories explored the rise of public humiliation in popular culture, consumers' changing media habits and the intersection of the arts and education.

In this position that she has held since 2003, Blair's varied work has included profiles of actor Neil Patrick Harris, rapper K'Naan, and the band Pearl Jam. She has written and produced long-form documentaries on such cultural icons as Paul Robeson and Billie Holiday. Blair oversaw the production of some of NPR's most popular special projects including "50 Great Voices," the NPR series on awe-inspiring voices from around the world and across time in, and the "In Character" series which explored famous American fictional characters.

Over the years, Blair has received several honors for her work including two Peabody Awards and a Gracie.

For three and a half years, Blair lived in Paris, France, where she co-produced Le Jazz Club From Paris with Dee Dee Bridgewater, and the monthly magazine Postcard From Paris.

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4:27pm

Fri August 14, 2015
Performing Arts

'Evan Hansen' Makes Music Out Of Teen Angst And Anxiety

Originally published on Fri August 14, 2015 6:08 pm

Laura Dreyfuss plays Zoe, Connor's bereaved sister, and Ben Platt is Evan in Dear Evan Hansen.
Margot Schulman Courtesy of Arena Stage

An anxious, awkward teenager, social media, suicide. These are the themes at play in a new musical at the Arena Stage in Washington, D.C. The production has garnered praise from both the New York Times ("sweet, sad and quite moving") and the Washington Post (which said it "radiates charm and wit)." They're not the only ones buzzing about it — this play about human behavior in the digital age will head to New York's Second Stage Theater next spring.

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5:12am

Wed July 22, 2015
Arts & Life

For More Than 30 Years, Comics Flock To Montreal Every July

Originally published on Fri July 24, 2015 4:55 am

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3:27am

Thu July 9, 2015
Pop Culture

As Plus-Size Fashion Gains Popularity, Retailers Play Catch-Up

Originally published on Thu July 9, 2015 9:30 am

Plus-size women have struggled in the past to find fashionable clothing options. But, with celebrities bringing plus size to the forefront, the fashion industry might wake up.
Mary McLain NPR

If you're a woman of a certain size, shopping for clothes can be a downer. Even though the average American woman is around a size 14, most department store racks are devoted to smaller bodies.

But that could be changing.

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3:30pm

Mon July 6, 2015
Remembrances

Burt Shavitz, Face Of Burt's Bees, Dies At 80

Originally published on Mon July 6, 2015 8:02 pm

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12:54pm

Thu June 11, 2015
The Two-Way

Ron Moody, Who Delighted Audiences As Fagin In 'Oliver!' Dies

Originally published on Thu June 11, 2015 1:10 pm

Ron Moody, as Fagin, is seen in a 1968 publicity portrait for the film Oliver!
Columbia/Getty Images

With a scruffy beard and devilish twinkle in his eye, Ron Moody's Fagin is one of the most memorable, musical theater villains of all time. Moody died Thursday at a hospital in London. He was 91.

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