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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St. Louis on the Air
4:14 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Are Missouri Children Over-Diagnosed With ADHD?

(via Flickr/e-MagineArt.com)

Medication is often a routine treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

A recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control shows nearly 9 percent of Missouri’s children are diagnosed with ADHD and that about 80 percent of them receive prescription medication for the behavioral disorder, a rate second only to Mississippi.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:44 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Talking To Children About Sex And Teen Pregnancy Addressed In New One-Man Play

Solo Performer Tim Collins
(Courtesy: Tim Collins)

Talking about sex is often a difficult conversation for parents to have with their children.

A new one-man play, entitled The Big Talks, performed by solo theater performer Tim Collins seeks to demonstrate effective ways in which parents can communicate with their children about sexual health and teen pregnancy.

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Cityscape
5:03 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Comic Con Brings ‘Incredible Hulk’ Lou Ferrigno To St. Louis

Lou Ferrigno as the Incredible Hulk
Used With Permission (via Flickr / WWComicCon)

The St. Louis Comic Con takes place in Downtown St. Louis this weekend.

The event brings some of the biggest names in science fiction, comics and more. 

Host Steve Potter talked with actor, fitness trainer/consultant and retired professional bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.  He gained fame as a young world-class bodybuilder, at one point becoming Mr. Universe. 

He also played the Incredible Hulk in the CBS TV series.

Ferrigno was joined by Jerry Milani, a representative of Wizard World, which bills itself as the place where pop culture comes to life.

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Cityscape
4:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Classical Guitarist Rafael Aguirre Makes St. Louis Debut

Classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre
(Courtesy: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society)

Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre is not yet 30, but has already won first place honors in 12 of the world’s most prestigious competitions.  He has also performed in many of the greatest concert halls around the world, including New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, where he has performed twice. 

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Cityscape
2:26 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Longtime 'A Chorus Line' Director Reflects On Enduring Musical, Return To St. Louis

'A Chorus Line' Hats Up Finale
Phil Martin

A Chorus Line opened on Broadway in 1975 to critical acclaim, winning nine Tony Awards.  It became the longest running Broadway production, with more than 6,000 performances, until surpassed by Cats.

A touring revival of the musical is in St. Louis, currently at the Peabody Opera House.

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Cityscape
11:39 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Rap Tribute To ‘March Madness’ Billikens Created By Chaminade Coach

The Saint Louis University Men's Basketball Billikens following their win over New Mexico State in the NCAA tournament.
(Saint Louis Athletics)

Jason Kertz is a 2009 graduate of Saint Louis University.  He is now a middle school teacher as well as baseball and basketball coach at Chaminade College Prep.

A song he posted earlier this week on YouTube already has several thousand views.  The song, “Started from the Bottom (Bills on Top),” is a cover of singer Mike Posner’s cover of rapper Drake’s song, “Started from the Bottom.”

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St. Louis on the Air
7:11 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Clayton Native Finds A Career In The Circus

Duncan Wall
Sarah Fishbein

At one time or other, almost every young person has had a desire to run off and join the circus.  But in Clayton native Duncan Wall’s case, it wasn’t until he was a junior in college and was “blown away” by the contemporary circus he attended in Paris, that he got the circus bug. 

Wall's background included sports and theater and he was attracted by the combination of the two.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:23 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

A Revival Of St. Louis’ Streetcar System? Proponents Say It Could Happen By 2016

(Missouri History Museum)

St. Louis has a long had a special relationship with the trolley.  It’s a relationship immortalized by actor and singer Judy Garland in the film Meet Me In St. Louis

Currently, there are independent efforts in St. Louis to revive the presence of a trolley, or as some proponents say, streetcar. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

NPR's Andy Carvin Talks Revolutions: Journalism, Social Media And The Arab Spring

NPR's Andy Carvin
(via NPR)

NPR's senior social media strategist Andy Carvin was our sole guest today on "St. Louis on the Air." 

Carvin touched on his beginnings, his role as a "information DJ" and how he pieces together truth in real time.

How does he describe his job?

Carvin said one of the best ways he can think of to describe what he does is a "journalistic test pilot."

"I use the word storytelling because...not everything I do could be considered journalism."

"Someone once referred to what I do as 'information DJ-ing.'"

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St. Louis on the Air
8:34 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Water Availability and Global Agriculture

Dr. Roberto Lenton

Last summer’s drought in the United States, and particularly here in the Midwest, would lead one to ask if there is enough water to meet the world’s needs.  According to Dr. Roberto Lenton, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering and Executive Director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the answer is “yes.”

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