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
2:12 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Trio Of Restaurants Impacting Urban Renewal In Botanical Heights

Olio Wine Bar
Aaron Bunse

A successful urban neighborhood is made up of several components, some of which are schools, restaurants and residential housing.

During the 1970s, when business owner Joe Edwards opened Blueberry Hill in The Loop, University City experienced a certain measure of renewal.  The well-known restaurant remains an anchor for that stretch of Delmar Boulevard.

Current examples of urban renewal through new restaurants include Cherokee Street and the Carondelet neighborhood in South City.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

NPR’s Ari Shapiro On Politics, Pink Martini And Dinner Parties With Nina Totenberg

Ari Shapiro
Stephen Voss for NPR

Ari Shapiro is a White House correspondent for NPR.

His stories about ongoing political negotiations in Washington, D.C. are familiar to public radio listeners as is his recent guest hosting of Talk of the Nation.

Shapiro, a graduate of Yale University, began his journalism career in 2001 in the office of NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.  He would go on to cover the Justice Department and serve reporting stints in Atlanta, Miami and Boston.  The award-winning journalist was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age thirty.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

‘Women Can Be Heroes’ – The Role of Women In Politics And Public Life

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her career and possible future involvement in politics was talked about during the show.
(via Flickr/marcn)

Earlier this year, the 113th Congress was sworn in and as part of that, there are now a record-breaking 20 female senators.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California told ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, "I think that until we get to 50, we still have to fight because it's still a problem.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:34 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Growing Up Catholic In Webster Groves, KMOX’s Kevin Killeen Recounts Childhood Experiences

Never Hug A Nun
(Courtesey: Kevin Killeen)

Since 1995, Kevin Killeen has worked as a reporter for KMOX.  He began his career with St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU. 

In his current role, he produces the station’s morning feature “A Whole ‘nother Story” and has written KMOX’s original holiday show for about the last 15 years.  Now, he’s written a book, “Never Hug A Nun,” a semi-autobiographical novel about his experiences growing up and going to a Catholic school in Webster Groves during the 1960s.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Regional Arts Commission Announces $20,000 Artist Fellowships, Releases Results Of Artists Survey

Regional Arts Commission

More than 3,000 St. Louis area artists filled out a survey called Artists Count, which helped inform the Regional Arts Commission’s (RAC) strategic plan.

The RAC has not previously funded individual artists, rather opting to fund nonprofit organizations and consortiums since 1985, when the organization was created.

Jill McGuire, Executive Director of the Regional Arts Commission, said “After reading this survey we made a commitment that the results of the study will affect our policies.”

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Arts & Culture
11:25 pm
Sat March 2, 2013

Tasmin Little Plays Elgar With The St. Louis Symphony

Tasmin Little at St. Louis Public Radio
Mary Edwards

British violinist Tasmin Little was the soloist in Elgar’s Violin Concerto in B minor, Op. 61 with the St. Louis Symphony under the direction of guest conductor Sir Andrew Davis in concerts on March 1 and 2 in Powell Hall.  On Thursday, February 28, Little came to St. Louis Public Radio to record an interview for the intermission of STLPR’s live broadcast of the March 2 concert.

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Cityscape
8:36 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gitana’s ‘Faces Of Love’ Features Al-Andalus

Tarik Banzi's Oud

For 15 years, Gitana Productions has presented an annual “Faces of Love” concert in an effort to bring people together through the power of music, dance or theater.  This year’s concert features Al-Andalus, an ensemble that performs music that originated in the Southern part of Spain at a time when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together peacefully, creating beautiful music together.

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Cityscape
5:12 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Prominent Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling Performs In St. Louis

Kurt Elling
Anna Webber

Kurt Elling is a prominent American jazz vocalist.  Each of his ten albums have been nominated for a Grammy award and he has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:42 pm
Thu February 28, 2013

Food Insecurity Prevalent In St. Louis, Throughout The Country

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers hosts a food drive
(via Flickr/USACEpublicaffairs)

The number of people who do not have enough food in the United States is a serious problem.

Information from the United States Department of Agriculture in 2011 shows:

  • 50.1 million people in the United States live in food insecure households
  • 33.5 million are adults
  • 16.7 million are children
  • 14.9% of all U.S. households are food insecure

Host Don Marsh talked with guests about the food crisis nationally as well as locally.

His guests were:

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St. Louis on the Air
6:09 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

D.C. Update As Sequestration Looms

U.S. Capitol
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

Don Marsh called upon the St.

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