Susan Stamberg http://wvxu.org en Sid Caesar, Who Got Laughs Without Politics Or Putdowns, Dies At 91 http://wvxu.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 23:12:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 23056 at http://wvxu.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://wvxu.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 23043 at http://wvxu.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish http://wvxu.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 19968 at http://wvxu.org Thanksgivukkah: A Mash Of Two Holidays That's Easy To Relish This Fountain Of Youth Has A Little Extra Zing http://wvxu.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 15486 at http://wvxu.org The Marlon Brando Of Screen Dance, 100 Years On http://wvxu.org/post/marlon-brando-screen-dance-100-years <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sCvh1l-2MHQ</p> Thu, 23 Aug 2012 07:16:00 +0000 Susan Stamberg 2932 at http://wvxu.org The Marlon Brando Of Screen Dance, 100 Years On