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Posts Tagged ‘Morning Edition’

In Astoria, Steinway Pianos Are Still Built to Last

JeffLundenNPRBrooklyn-based freelance arts reporter Jeff Lunden (pictured) cranked out a tuneful item today for NPR’s Morning Edition. It was all about the history of piano maker Steinway & Sons and concerns in musician circles that a recent ownership change will affect product quality.

Lunden got assurances that all will remain the same. He also summarized the intricate, old-school process responsible at a factory in Astoria for each Steinway grand:

It takes 11 months to build a Steinway grand, which features 12,000 separate parts. The factory is a beehive of activity. In one area, thin laminates of wood are glued together and put in a press, to create the distinctive form of a grand piano. In another area, so-called belly men, put the sound boards into the case.

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Liz Smith Remembers The Good Old Days Of Gossip Columns

This week, NPR‘s “Morning Edition” is featuring conversations with press agents and gossip columnists. Today features an interview with the “Grand Dame of Dish,” Liz Smith.

In this preview, Smith recalls the beginning of her gossip column writing days in the 1950′s. “There were just wonderful, silly things happening,” she said. “And, you know, then society was slopping over into show business. It wasn’t just society, or what was left. It was also these big movie stars.”

Previously: Liz Smith’s Long Goodbye: ‘I Will Go Bravely On!’