Mary Edwards

Production Manager, Talk Show Producer, St. Louis Symphony Producer

Mary Edwards came to St. Louis Public Radio in 1974, just after finishing her Bachelor of Music degree at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.  She has served the station in a number of capacities over the years, and is currently Production Manager.  In addition to overseeing all the production activities at the station, she is the producer of St. Louis Public Radio’s two local talk/call-in shows, “St. Louis on the Air” and “Cityscape,” and the live Saturday night broadcasts of the St. Louis Symphony.  Mary also teaches an undergraduate class in radio production at Webster University and serves as Secretary of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Fine Arts and Communication Alumni Board. In her spare time, she enjoys playing the flute, participating in various music activities at her church, and water skiing.

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Cityscape
3:03 pm
Fri April 12, 2013

CHARIS Celebrates Twenty Years Of Music, Encouraging Women And The LGBTQ Community

Members of CHARIS
(Courtesy: CHARIS)

Members of CHARIS, the St. Louis Women’s Chorus, are celebrating the organization’s twenty year anniversary this month.

CHARIS is made up of a diverse group of women who are united in a mission “to perform music that celebrates and encourages women and the LGBTQ community.”

CHARIS’ Artistic Director Kourtney Strade and Vice-President Julie Lynch joined host Steve Potter to talk about this weekend’s upcoming performances.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Twenty Years Of Bosnian Identity In St. Louis And In The Homeland

A Bosnian family in St. Louis holds a picture of their home in Bosnia, now destroyed. On the mantle is a photograph of a son who was killed in the genocide.
Ben Moore

About 60,000 Bosnians live in St. Louis.  That’s estimated to be more Bosnians per capita than anywhere else in the world outside of Bosnia.

Bosnians settled in St. Louis during the 1990s, after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and ensuing war and genocide.  Bosnia, or Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of when Bosnians came to St. Louis and questions surrounding Bosnian cultural and national identities remain unresolved.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:32 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Reaction To Pope Francis, New Leader Of The Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis
(via Flickr/Christus Vincit)

The new pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first-ever Jesuit pope and the first non-European pope of the modern era.  He is the first to adopt the name Francis.

Pope Francis now leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Host Don Marsh spoke with a variety of guests to talk about the meaning behind Pope Francis’ selection and about some of the major controversial issues within the Church, including clergy sexual abuse, the role of women and same sex marriage.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:34 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Why Saying ‘I’m Not A Math Person’ Can Be Harmful, Efforts To Improve Math Literacy

The O'Fallon Township High School (IL) Robotics Team competes in a FIRST Robotics competition
(Courtesy: Eric O. Curry)

For years, the three R’s of a basic education have been reading, writing and arithmetic.

While there are some indications that American students are faltering in reading and writing, especially worrisome is arithmetic.

Among the world’s industrialized nations, the United States is far down the list on math proficiency and math literacy, well behind such countries as Liechtenstein and Slovakia.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness

Author David Sheff
Brent Nagel

David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. 

In 2008, he wrote a memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.

In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.  “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.

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Cityscape
4:01 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Local Teen Acts Compete For Scholarships

Fox Theatre
Chris Caldwell

On Friday, April 12th, a dozen acts in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will square off in the finals, competing for college scholarships, prizes and public appearance opportunities.

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation holds the event to “foster the emerging talent in the St. Louis performing arts community…and to present an adjudicated competition showcasing the splendidly talented teens of the St. Louis Metropolitan area.”

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Cityscape
2:28 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

St. Louis Poetry Center Celebrates Poetry Month With Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson
(via Wikimedia Commons)

April is national poetry month and as part of the commemoration, the St. Louis Poetry Center holds “The Belle of Blueberry Hill: Emily Dickinson at the Duck Room.”

While the St. Louis Poetry Center features the work of many poets and writers over the course of a year, the influential work of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is on focus at the organization’s upcoming event.

In 1862, Dickinson sent a letter containing four poems to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who would later write of her, a “wholly new and original poetic genius.”

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Cityscape
1:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

CultureGrrl: Museums Face Financial Uncertainty

The Missouri History Museum is one of many arts institutions in the St. Louis region.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Lee Rosenbaum is a cultural commentator who writes the award-winning blog, CultureGrrl.  Her work has been featured in numerous media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and NPR.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:19 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Engaging The Next Generation Of Leaders: Clinton Global Initiative University Comes To St. Louis

President Bill Clinton
UPI

In 2005, President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  The goal of the ongoing project is to “create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Caroline Kennedy On Poetry and Youth Literacy, Addresses Possible Diplomatic Appointment

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy and her brother John grew up in a culture of words and reading.  Their mother was particularly fond of poetry dating back to experiences as a child with her Grandfather.  On gift-giving holidays, she requested that her children select and recite a poem rather than purchase a gift, which helped them develop a sense of language and rhyme.

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