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
5:43 pm
Tue February 26, 2013

Bruce Feiler Shares Secrets Of Happy Families

Bruce Feiler

When Bruce Feiler set out to create a guide for happy families, he found that there is little research into what makes a family happy. 

What he found most useful didn’t come from the world of family studies.  Instead, he sought out those who know how to make groups and teams work more effectively and learned what they were doing with their families.  Then he took those things for a "test drive" with his own wife and twin girls, and articulated some things that work.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:57 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Monsanto Likely To Win Case, Gun Legislation, St. Louis Cards Rally Squirrel, Etc.

Old St. Louis County Courthouse
(via Flickr/mike matney)

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in a legal battle between St. Louis-based Monsanto and a 75-year-old farmer from Indiana named Vernon Hugh Bowman.

While some Supreme Court justices have already tipped their hat signifying Monsanto will likely win the case, the issue revolves around whether Bowman violated Monsanto’s patent rights when he planted soybean seeds from a grain elevator.

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Cityscape
9:42 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Second-Annual ‘Briefs: A Festival Of Short LGBT Plays’

Wendy Greenwood, Robert Lee Davis III, Beth Graveman in “Partners” from 1st "Briefs" Festival
John Lamb

For the second time, That Uppity Theatre Company and The Vital VOICE join forces to present a festival featuring 7 short LGBT plays.  Each play lasts just 10 minutes, so audience members can see all 7 works in just 90 minutes. 

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Cityscape
6:23 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Ricky Skaggs: Entertaining Audiences For More Than 50 Years

Ricky Skaggs

Ricky Skaggs got an early start in music.  At the age of 5, we woke up one morning to find that his parents had left a pint sized mandolin in his bed.  A year later, he played a show with Bill Monroe, the father of bluegrass  and appearances with Earl Scruggs and the Stanley Brothers followed. Before the age of 10, Scruggs was fortunate enough to have performed with three of his heroes.  “When you learn music from  masters like that at such an early age, that I did, those people stay with you,” Skaggs told St. Louis Public Radio’s Jim Althoff.

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Cityscape
5:33 pm
Fri February 22, 2013

Award Winning 'The Book of Mormon' Comes To St. Louis

Cast of the "The Book of Mormon" touring company
© Joan Marcus

“The Book of Mormon” has won nine Tony Awards including best musical and score.

Co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, of “South Park” fame, and Robert Lopez share the story of two Mormon missionaries who are assigned to Uganda.  They are tasked with baptizing people of the remote African village to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:23 pm
Thu February 21, 2013

Despite Delays, Taxes Still Due April 15: St. Louis Tax Expert Lance Weiss

(via Flickr/Tax Credits)

Last year, Congressional negotiations over the so-called fiscal cliff put year-end tax considerations in flux.

A deal was reached, and though the filing acceptance date was delayed a couple of weeks, the Internal Revenue Service is now accepting most 2012 tax returns.

The IRS did not, however, change the tax due date of April 15, 2013.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis-based tax expert Lance Weiss, CPA, of SFW Partners, LLC.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:21 am
Wed February 20, 2013

Covering Conflict: Journalists Share Stories Of Mo. National Guard Soldiers

St. Louis Post-Dispatch reporter Jesse Bogan and chief photographer J.B. Forbes
Courtesy: St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Military men and women who serve overseas encounter dangerous situations and often struggle with separation from family and friends.

The same is true of journalists who embed themselves with soldiers.

St. Louis Post-Dispatch chief photographer J.B. Forbes, who has worked at the newspaper since 1975, and reporter Jesse Bogan recently returned from Afghanistan.  They were embedded with about 100 members of the Missouri National Guard’s 1138th Engineer Company, covering and sharing the stories of soldiers who have temporarily left their civilian jobs.  

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Tue February 19, 2013

Brain On Fire: Wash U. Alum Describes Encounter With Rare Autoimmune Disease

Author and Washington University graduate Susannah Cahalan
Julie Stapen

In 2009, Susannah Cahalan, a graduate of Washington University in St. Louis, was a healthy 24-year old journalist at the New York Post.

One day that year, she found herself alone in a hospital room, strapped to her bed and unable to speak.

Cahalan had no memory, at the time, of her month long hospital stay, hallucinations and violent actions.

“(The doctors) became convinced I had bi-polar disorder,” she told host Don Marsh.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:50 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

Renowned Jazz Musician Portrays The Life Of A Prize Fighter In A New Opera

Terence Blanchard
Eric Woolsey

As a world-renowned jazz trumpeter, composer and band leader, Terence Blanchard has received five Grammy Awards and has written jazz pieces for small ensembles, symphonic settings, film and stage. But when he was contacted by Opera Theatre of Saint Louis Artistic Director James Robinson about writing an opera, his first question was “are you sure you have the right guy?”  Robinson knew exactly what he was doing.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Mon February 18, 2013

FLOTUS: New C-SPAN Series Spotlights Influence And Image Of Women In The White House

Julia Dent Grant (St. Louis) and Bess Truman (Independence) are Missouri's contribution to First Ladies who occupied the White House.
Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

Presidents’ Day honors the men who have lead the United States, though it’s clear not as much is known about the women who served with them.

The first of a thirty-five part, two-season C-SPAN series, “First Ladies: Influence and Image,” premieres tonight.  The goal, according to Executive Producer Mark Farkas, is to “reveal their personal challenges, accomplishments, and failures…and to provide a window into our nation’s history and the trajectory of women in our society.”

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