Commentaries http://news.stlpublicradio.org en Editor's Weekly: Truth And Politics http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-truth-and-politics <p><em>"I caution people all the time that when you're dealing with public policy not to be completely driven by logic."</em><strong>—Taxi commission chairman Louis Hamilton</strong></p><p>That burst of candor, <a href="http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/taxi-commission-clears-path-uber-black-st-louis" target="_self">reported by St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann</a>, helped to illuminate what was really going on this week as the commission grappled with questions that will determine whether Uber and Lyft operate here.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 04:33:03 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 38318 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Truth And Politics On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/chess-hall-fame-exhibit-peeks-inside-complex-mind-bobby-fischer <p>The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus.&nbsp; His is a uniquely American success story that nearly everyone has heard - even if they can’t tell a rook from a bishop.</p><p>So what makes Fischer so captivating?</p> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 03:53:23 +0000 Shannon Bailey 38252 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer Commentary: Collaboration Makes The Arts Better http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-collaboration-makes-arts-better <p>I recently joined a group of arts leaders at the Nine Network to discuss how organizations in Grand Center could collaborate more effectively. As part of the meeting, they asked us to name some of the ways collaborations have created value in the community. This question took me back to my first day of business school at Washington University, when we talked about the concept of value: how the benefits an organization produces are greater than the costs of the organization. It is a classic case of one plus one equals three.</p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 02:14:38 +0000 Gene Dobbs Bradford 38066 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Collaboration Makes The Arts Better Editor's Weekly: Three Facts You Might Not Know About Public Radio http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-three-facts-you-might-not-know-about-public-radio <p>With changes underway in programming on St. Louis Public Radio and in NPR’s national news operation, you may be wondering who decides what and why. Even if you’re an NPR junkie, you may not know how it all works.</p><p>I certainly didn’t before making the transition from avid listener to St. Louis Public Radio staff member seven months ago. Here are three important organizational facts I’ve learned. They may seem arcane, but over time they shape the content you hear.</p> Fri, 18 Jul 2014 03:08:38 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 38130 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Three Facts You Might Not Know About Public Radio Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-has-definition-sculpture-changed <p>The standard definition of sculpture in almost any dictionary says that sculpture is the art of modeling, welding or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio or in the round.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 21:11:57 +0000 Nancy Kranzberg 37928 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed? Editor's Weekly: St. Louis Websites Show The Strengths Of Citizen Journalism http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-st-louis-websites-show-strengths-citizen-journalism <p>We celebrate America’s birth on July 4. But 238 years after the Declaration of Independence, our democracy, like any living thing, still needs care and feeding. Part of that responsibility falls to journalists, and this Editor's Weekly often focuses on our role. But there’s more to the news ecosystem than professional journalists.</p><p></p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:10:43 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 37729 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: St. Louis Websites Show The Strengths Of Citizen Journalism Commentary: Don't Be Dissuaded From Finding Your Own Arch http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-dont-be-dissuaded-finding-your-own-arch <p></p><p>The St. Louis Gateway Arch is this city’s signature monument. It defines the city’s place in American history and for nearly half a century has stood as one of the nation’s architectural points of pride and engineering ingenuity.</p> Fri, 04 Jul 2014 02:09:26 +0000 Benjamin Ola Akande 37436 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: Don't Be Dissuaded From Finding Your Own Arch Analysis: Supreme Court Unanimous Decisions Do Not Equal Agreement http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/analysis-supreme-court-unanimous-decisions-do-not-equal-agreement <p>The era of unanimity on the U.S. Supreme Court lasted about four days.</p><p>When the U.S. Supreme Court issued three important decisions last week with unanimous votes, a flurry of legal and media commentary talked about Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. having engineered a new era of consensus on the court, with nearly two-thirds of this year's decisions decided without a dissent. Some contended that this new consensus court had rejected President Barack Obama's extremism and bolstered House Speaker John Boehner's threatened lawsuit against the president.</p><p></p> Mon, 30 Jun 2014 16:38:53 +0000 William H. Freivogel 37640 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Analysis: Supreme Court Unanimous Decisions Do Not Equal Agreement Editor's Weekly: Funding With Integrity http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/editors-weekly-funding-integrity <p>The grant-funded project that St. Louis Public Radio recently announced is ambitious.</p><p>It’s big — more than $170,000 from the Missouri Foundation for Health for our news organization and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. And it addresses a big question — how to reach people whose voices and views are often left out of public policy discussions that directly affect them.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 10:43:04 +0000 Margaret Wolf Freivogel 37502 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Editor's Weekly: Funding With Integrity Commentary: What Will The State Do For Normandy Students? http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/commentary-what-will-state-do-normandy-students <p>The St. Louis area has had more than its share of education headlines this past year. St. Louis schools are trying to regain accreditation amid much turmoil. Normandy and Riverview Gardens lost their accreditation. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has taken over the Normandy School District and announced that all teachers must reapply for their jobs. Riverview Gardens is in a holding pattern as it has enough resources to continue school for a while, but uncertainty remains and its academic record is poor.</p><p></p> Wed, 25 Jun 2014 03:50:52 +0000 Susan Uchitelle 37445 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Commentary: What Will The State Do For Normandy Students?