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
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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Cityscape
5:02 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Local Quilter Shares Her Designs

Susan Marth's Abraham Lincoln Tribute Quilt

Susan Marth designs quilts for all occasions.  But her favorite ones are not bed covers.  Instead, they include wall hangings, table runners, lap quilts and even quilted jackets.  One of her creations pays tribute to Abraham Lincoln, the favorite son of her native state of Illinois, while another immortalizes the Missouri writer, Mark Twain.

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Cityscape
3:51 pm
Fri February 15, 2013

Larger-Than-Life Production Of ‘Carmina Burana’ At The Touhill

Nashville Ballet's "Carmina Burana," Lady Fortune and Ensemble
Marianne Leach

When a symphony orchestra performs Carl Orff’s “Carmina Burana,” it’s always something of a spectacle.  The stage is packed to the brim with a large orchestra including two pianos and celeste, vocal soloists, a chorus and children’s chorus.  But Nashville Ballet Artistic Director Paul Vasterling’s vision of “Carmina Burana” employing 120 singers, 60 orchestral musicians and 40 dancers takes the work to new proportions. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:39 pm
Thu February 14, 2013

Al Gore Considers The Future

Don Marsh and Al Gore
Dave Moore

Former Vice-President Al Gore appeared at the St. Louis County Library on Saturday, February 9 to open the Buzz Westfall Great Authors Series.  He spoke to a sell-out crowd of 800 about his new book, "The Future: Six Drivers of Global Change." Host Don Marsh introduced Gore and engaged in a discussion with him following the talk.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:46 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Missour-ee Or Missour-uh? Talking About Talking In St. Louis And Beyond

Kelsey Proud / St. Louis Public Radio

Is it Missour-ee or Missour-uh?

Those two pronunciations of the state, according to linguist John Baugh of Washington University in St. Louis, peacefully co-exist and are “indicative of all of the linguistic collisions from the rest of the country that happen in our wonderful city.”

Baugh and linguist Cindy Brantmeier of Washington University joined host Don Marsh to talk about how language forms, evolves, and is spoken differently throughout the United States.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:40 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Goals, Vision For New Teach For America St. Louis Director

Brittany Packnett is an alumna of Teach for America and, four months ago, started a new job as executive director of Teach For America – St. Louis.

Packnett was born and raised in St. Louis and returned to the city after spending five years in Washington D.C.  Beginning in 2007, her commitment to Teach for America brought her to Martin Luther King Elementary in Southeast D.C.  She later went to work for Congressman Lacy Clay and as director for TFA’s Government Affairs team.

"The reason why I came home is because this is my city - it's deeply personal," Packnett said.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:24 pm
Tue February 12, 2013

Activist Sandra Fluke Discusses Women’s Rights, Year-Long Journey

Sandra Fluke
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Sandra Fluke is an attorney and women’s rights activist.

One year ago this month, Fluke was a law school student at Georgetown University and found herself immersed in a contentious national debate over the role of contraceptive coverage and whether coverage should be mandatory.  Opponents of mandatory coverage cited religious objections.

Sandra Fluke testified about the issue before Democrats in Congress.  After that, conservative radio talk show host Rush Limbaugh called her a “slut” and made other derogatory comments.

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St. Louis Mayoral Race
9:24 am
Mon February 11, 2013

Live Special Event: St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum

An audience member asks a question of the candidates during today's St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.
(Sean Sandefur/St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated 12:45 p.m. following forum - more to come.

Today, "St. Louis on the Air" hosted its St. Louis Mayoral Primary Forum.

(For a full report of the event, see our Chris McDaniel's story here)

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Cityscape
5:39 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Comedian Paula Poundstone Returns To St. Louis

Michael Schwartz

Comedian and frequent Wait Wait … Don’t Tell Me panelist Paula Poundstone returns to St. Louis this weekend to perform at the Sheldon Concert Hall on Saturday, February 9th.

Armed with nothing but a stool, a microphone and a can of Diet Pepsi, Poundstone is known for her improvisation and ability to create humor on the spot.

Host Steve Potter talked with Poundstone about her foray into rock climbing, her 16 cats, and more. 

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Cityscape
5:29 pm
Fri February 8, 2013

Soundbites: Rook Cooks

Lou Rook III is Executive Chef at Annie Gunn’s restaurant in Chesterfield, Missouri.  He’s also the author of a new cook book, Rook Cooks.

For our monthly Soundbites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine, host Steve Potter talked with Rook and Sauce Magazine Associate Editor Julie Cohen.

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