Erica Smith

Online Producer

Erica Smith is an online producer of St. Louis on the Air and Cityscape. Erica has worked in newsrooms in Indiana, Washington and Missouri, including the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

A Missouri native, Erica has received local "best tweeter" honors, as well as national awards for design. She likes typewriters, craft beer and cat memes; eats M&Ms in Roy G Biv order; is a St. Louis Blues and Kansas City Royals fan; and often tweets about the weather.

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Cityscape
1:41 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Alarm Will Sound Premiering Two Pieces In St. Louis This Weekend

Alarm Will Sound
Credit Justin Bernhaut via Alarm Will Sound

Alarm Will Sound, which conductor Alan Pierson describes as “the orchestra of the 21st century,” will debut two pieces this weekend in St. Louis.

On Friday, the group will perform "Miles Re-Vision" by local composer Peter Martin at a concert at the Sheldon Concert Hall celebrating St. Louis' musical history.

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Cityscape
1:35 pm
Fri October 17, 2014

Former St. Louisan Returns With Cabaret Act

Karen Mason
Credit Courtesy of Karen Mason

Actress and singer Karen Mason may be best known for playing Norma Desmond in “Sunset Boulevard” on Broadway, but this weekend in St. Louis her focus is cabaret.

Mason, a former Florissant resident, will perform at the Gaslight Cabaret Festival on Friday and Saturday. In her show, “Secrets of the Ancient Divas,” Mason will pay homage to Judy Garland, Peggy Lee and Barbra Streisand.

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Cityscape
11:32 am
Fri October 17, 2014

Concert Pianist Inspires Through Music At Hospital, Symphony Gala

Concert pianist Lang Lang performs in the lobby of Mercy Children's Hospital St. Louis on Oct. 17, 2014. Lang was in St. Louis for a Saturday performance with the St. Louis Symphony.
Courtesy of Mercy Children's Hospital St. Louis

For pianist Lang Lang, Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 is special.

“Tchaikovsky’s piano concerto is a classical music workhorse — everybody plays it,” Lang Lang said Thursday. It’s also the first piece he played, at age 17, with the Chicago Symphony, and he credits it with making his career.

Lang Lang will play that piece again Saturday at the St. Louis Symphony’s Red Velvet Ball.

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12th Congressional District
2:09 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Illinois' 12th District Contenders Highlight Differences

State Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, appears on St. Louis on the Air on Thursday.
Rebecca Smith St. Louis Public Radio

While the leading candidates for one of the nation’s most competitive Congressional races agreed that the economy and jobs were the top issue facing the 12th Congressional District.

In back-to-back interviews Thursday on “St. Louis on the Air,” state Rep. Mike Bost, R-Murphysboro, and U.S. Rep. Bill Enyart, D-Belleville, made their cases for the seat, which encompasses portions of the Metro East and southern Illinois, but clashed on whether climate change is real.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:56 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Gandhi’s Grandson Weighs In On Nonviolence, Ferguson Protests

Arun Gandhi
Credit foradoeixo via Flickr

Indian-American activist Arun Gandhi is devoted to teaching his grandfather’s philosophy of nonviolence, whether he’s talking about conflicts in the Middle East or protests in the St. Louis area.

Nonviolence “is the only thing that is going to save this world, if it is going to be saved at all,” Gandhi said. His grandfather, Mahatma Gandhi, led nonviolent civil disobedience protests and inspired civil rights movements around the world.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:51 pm
Wed October 15, 2014

Author Discusses Race In America Following Death of Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown

"Suspicion Nation" by Lisa Bloom

A few months after the jury announced George Zimmerman was not guilty in the Florida shooting death of Trayvon Martin, NBC News legal analyst Lisa Bloom published a book examining the case, “Suspicion Nation: The Inside Story of the Trayvon Martin Injustice and Why We Continue to Repeat It.”

In “Suspicion Nation,” Bloom looks at what happened behind the scenes and why similar shootings continue to take place, including the August death of Michael Brown in Ferguson.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:30 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Digging Into The Life Of Priscilla Baltimore

Priscilla Baltimore
Credit Courtesy of the Illinois State Archeological Survey

For more than 150 years, people have told the tale of  "Mother" Priscilla Baltimore, a former slave who is said to have led 11 families of fugitive and free African Americans to establish a free community in what is now Brooklyn, Ill.

In September, members of the the Illinois State Archeological Survey set out see if they could find evidence to back up the story.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:21 pm
Mon October 13, 2014

Exploring The Life Of A For-Hire Abolitionist

'Ain't No Harm to Kill the Devil' by Jeffrey Copeland
Credit Courtesy of Jeffrey Copeland

Among abolitionists, John Fairfield was unique: He was brutal, not above a shootout; he created elaborate ruses to rescue slaves; and he charged for his work.

Fairfield was born in Virginia to a slave-owning family.

“John, as a very young man, had a very dear friend, one of the younger slaves, he grew up with,” said author Jeffrey Copeland . His book “Ain’t No Harm to Kill the Devil: The Life and Legend of John Fairfield, Abolitionist for Hire,” examines Fairfield’s life.

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Cityscape
4:53 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Saint Louis Art Museum Opens Polynesian Sculpture Exhibit

"I knew it wasn't the hair, and I knew it wasn't the eye," Michael Gunn, a senior curator at the National Gallery of Australia, said of a sculpture of Polynesian god A'a. "It became clear that it's that space between the eye and the eyebrow. I realized that's the part of us where our visual imagination is located. It just shows you the attention and the focus that the people had and the value they place on visual imagination."
Credit Courtesy of the Saint Louis Art Museum

The Saint Louis Art Museum's "Atua: Sacred Gods From Polynesia" exhibition takes a closer look at sculpture and religion, but it's not the first time the museum has explored art from the region.

"The museum's been collecting Pacific art since the 1900s," said Nichole Bridges, associate curator in charge of the arts of Africa, Oceania and the Americas at the museum. "Most of the permanent Pacific arts collection comes from Melanesia; we have very little that comes from Polynesia. This is a nice complement to our collection."

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Cityscape
2:36 pm
Fri October 10, 2014

Sound Bites: A Closer Look At The Modern Butcher

Andrew Jennrich, left, is the head butcher at The Butchery, Truffles Restaurant's new meat market. Brandon Benanck, right, is Truffles' executive chef.
Credit Meera Nagarajan / Courtesy of Sauce Magazine

Butcher shops are changing. Whole-animal butcher shops, using local farm-raised animals, are popping up in St. Louis. In this month's Sound Bites segment on "Cityscape," we talked to local butchers about the benefits of the new trend.

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