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
6:30 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

St. Louis Symphony Announces 2013-2014 Season Schedule

Powell Hall, home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(Alise O'Brien)

Our neighbor here in Grand Center, the St. Louis Symphony, has announced their performance schedule for the 2013-2014 season.

We'll also be continuing our partnership with the Symphony (don't miss our live broadcasts this season on select evenings).

Host Steve Potter talked with Fred Bronstein, President and Executive Director of the St. Louis Symphony, about the upcoming season.

Below is the calendar for the 2013-2014 season. Any favorites you're excited to see?

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St. Louis on the Air
6:02 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Washington, D.C. Update

U. S. Capitol
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

The 113th U.S. Congress has been in session for 5 weeks.  Host Don Marsh checked in with the St. Louis Beacon’s Washington correspondent Rob Koenig to get an update on the activities of the Missouri and Illinois delegations.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Discussion: Upcoming Illinois Legislative Session, Gov. Quinn State Of The State

Illinois Capitol
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

It's the start of Illinois' new legislative session, and Governor Pat Quinn laid out, yesterday, what he wants lawmakers to accomplish.  

In his fifth state of the state address since becoming governor, Quinn laid out a wide-ranging agenda which includes letting same-sex couples get married, raising the minimum wage, and prohibiting the sale of assault weapons.

Host Don Marsh talked with Illinois Public Radio/WUIS statehouse bureau chief Amanda Vinicky about the speech and politics in Illinois.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:26 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Update: Missouri Legislative Session - Right-To-Work, Voter I.D., Etc.

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Legislative action here on Thursday by Sen. Jason Crowell would refer the "right-to-work" issue to voters next year. (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

This year’s Missouri legislative session is well underway.

Among the topics up for consideration in Jefferson City are right-to-work legislation and voter-ID requirements.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin about those topics and others.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Catching The Number One Killer: Preventing And Treating Heart Disease

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Heart disease is the number one killer in the world.

It is the cause for roughly every one in four deaths, and because of this, doctors and researchers are struggling to discover early-warning symptoms and preventions.

One of the biggest problems for many suffering from heart disease is that they are not aware they have it. There are several examinations, the most common being stress tests, that can help determine how at risk a patient is for encountering a heart attack, but no such test is foolproof in diagnosing the heart condition and alerting patients of its severity.

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St. Louis on the Air
8:02 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Krista Tippett ‘On Being’

Krista Tippett
Alex Heuer

Krista Tippett challenges listeners each week to explore the questions at the center of human life with her program “On Being.”  While examining religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas, she talks with a wide variety of guests representing many faiths, cultures and professions.    

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St. Louis on the Air
8:03 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Restoring Household Financial Stability Post Recession

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Digging out of an economic crisis can be a lot more complicated than getting in to one and can take a lot more time, too.  While there are positive signs that we are climbing out of the recession, there is still considerable fallout, especially for young couples and recent college grads. 

Jobs are still hard to find for newcomers in the job market and college debt is overwhelming for many. The housing market decline, and resulting loss of wealth, was especially painful for young home owners. 

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St. Louis on the Air
11:17 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colors: UMSL Professor Researches Rare Condition

Some synesthetes see letters and numbers as colors
(via Flickr/jtbrennan)

Synesthesia is a complex and rare condition in which input from one sense is perceived through another sense.

The abilities of people to see what they hear or hear what they see are just two examples.

A significant amount of research into the condition is being conducted at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Host Don Marsh spoke with Professor of Philosophy Brit Brogaard of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and with Kristian Marlow, a graduate student of philosophy at UMSL who participates in the research.

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Cityscape
10:28 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Graphic Design As Communication

Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit
UnderConsideration

Graphic designer Bryony Gomez-Palacio’s world revolves around design.  She and her husband, Armin Vit, founded UnderConsideration—a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise all rolled into one.  They also created the influential design blog UnderConsideration and are the authors of four books on design.

Bryony Gomez-Palacio and University of Missouri-St. Louis Associate Professor of Design Jennifer McKnight were Steve Potter’s guests on “Cityscape.” 

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

First National Tour of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Comes To St. Louis

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical
© Joan Marcus

The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical has made its way to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

The musical features a trio of friends who take a road trip aboard a battered bus throughout the Australian outback.  Along the way, the three drag queens from Sydney encounter episodes of discrimination and heartbreak.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical opens with “It’s Raining Men” and has other disco favorites, as well as songs such as “Material Girl” and “MacArthur Park.”

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