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
2:15 pm
Mon December 31, 2012

Update On Fiscal Cliff Negotiations

Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

On this last day of 2012, Congress and the President have yet to reach a deal about how to avert going over the fiscal cliff.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Beacon Washington D.C. Correspondent Rob Koenig for a brief conversation about the latest news on the negotiations.

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Cityscape
4:05 pm
Fri December 28, 2012

'A Good Year' For The Arts In St. Louis

The arts community in St. Louis offers a wide variety of performances and venues with music, art, theater, dance, and more.

As we continue our “A Good Year” series, host Steve Potter talked with Vince Schoemehl, President of Grand Center, Inc., and Cynthia Prost, President of the Arts and Education Council of Greater St. Louis, about why it was a “good year” for the arts.

In addition to a wide ranging discussion with guests, we asked our listeners to contribute their highlights. 

Some of that feedback is below.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:55 pm
Thu December 27, 2012

Urban Parks Explored In Landscape Architect Olmsted’s Biography

Frederick Law Olmsted
(Courtesy: DA CAPO PRESS)

St. Louis is home to one of the country’s great urban parks.

Forest Park encompasses more than 1,300 acres and in addition to walking, running and bike trails, it includes institutions such as The Muny, Missouri History Museum, Saint Louis Zoo and Saint Louis Science Center.

While he didn’t design Forest Park, landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted did design New York City’s Central Park, Stanford University in California and the Capitol Grounds in Washington, D.C.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:16 pm
Wed December 26, 2012

‘Akin’s Name Was All Over The World’ – 2012 Politics Reviewed

Representative Todd Akin
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

According to a survey of Associated Press newspaper editors and broadcast news directors in Missouri, the top news story in the state was Republican Representative Todd Akin’s controversial and unscientific remarks about “legitimate rape.”

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St. Louis on the Air
10:24 am
Wed December 26, 2012

St. Louis Public Radio Holiday Special

(via Flickr/AndrewEick)

The holiday season abounds with well-known Christmas stories and cherished family traditions.

In this St. Louis Public Radio holiday special, we asked our listeners and some members of our staff to share with us their favorite holiday memories, stories and gifts.

We included those stories and well-known stories such as a staff-reading of “A Visit from St. Nicholas,” “Yes Virginia, There is a Santa Claus,” and part of “A Christmas Carol.”

We also featured music by the Ambassadors of Harmony of St. Charles and Bach Society of Saint Louis.

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Cityscape
9:52 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Compton Heights Concert Band Celebrates the Holidays

Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano
Ellwyn Kauffman

The renowned Marchiachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano joins the Compton Heights Concert Band in its 15th Annual Holiday Spectacular on Saturday, December 23 in the Peabody Opera House. 

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Cityscape
9:33 pm
Fri December 21, 2012

The Saint Louis Chamber Chorus Explores The Wonder Of Christmas

Saint Louis Chamber Chorus
William Bascomb

Philip Barnes conducts the Saint Louis Chamber Chorus in "Wonder Upon Wonder Will Arrive to Me,"
the third concert of the ensemble's 57th season, on Sunday, December 23.  The a cappella chorus will perform three major works to explore the wonder of the mystery of Christ's birth including Spanish Renaissance composer Tomas Luis de Victoria's "Missa O Magnum Mysterium," a series of motets for the Nativity and the Epiphany by French composer Francis Poulenc and another setting of "O Magnum Mysterium" by Sir Maxwell Davies. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:47 pm
Thu December 20, 2012

The Midwest: 'God’s Gift To Planet Earth'

(Courtesy: RAYGUN)

The Midwest sometimes gets short shrift from people on both ends of the country.  They often call it “flyover country.”  In other words, they ask, “Why would anyone want to stop in the Midwest?”

Native Midwesterners or transplants might take exception to the term, “flyover country.”

One man who certainly takes exception to the term is Mike Draper.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Former U.S. Senator Kit Bond, WTC’s Tim Nowak Support Increased Trade With China

Seated l-r: Tim Nowak, World Trade Center St. Louis, and Chung Tam, chief rep., Greater China Amer. Society of Transp. & Logistics...standing l-r: former Sen. Kit Bond and Ricardo Pelaez from US Consulate Gen.'s Shanghai office
Jason Van Eaton, Kit Bond Strategies

Earlier this month, Missouri and St. Louis-area leaders wrapped up a trade mission to China.  The trip was designed, in part, to revive the so-called China Hub project.

Members of the Midwest-China Hub Commission and the American Society of Transportation and Logistics signed an agreement in Shanghai to pursue expanding trade between the U.S. and China, and in particular adding new airfreight routes between the Asian nation and St. Louis. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 pm
Wed December 19, 2012

Arming Teachers: St. Louis County Police Chief Responds To Support And Opposition

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch
Bill Raack, St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis County Police Chief Tim Fitch says arming school personnel should be considered when discussing ways to improve school safety.

Host Don Marsh talked with Fitch about his proposal, which he made a couple of days after the school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. 

Fitch acknowledged that there are serious concerns about his proposal but said he hasn’t heard any other ideas for how to address the lag time when someone starts shooting and police can respond.    

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