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
3:08 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Jazz Guitarist John Pizzarelli On New Memoir, Visit To St. Louis

John Pizzarelli
Ariana Tobin / St. Louis Public Radio

John Pizzarelli is a world-renowned jazz guitarist and singer.

He has recorded dozens of albums and is now the author of a new memoir called, World on a String: A Musical Memoir.

Pizzarelli’s latest album is Double Exposure.  It is a collection of tunes by songwriters of traditional songs framed within traditional jazz arrangements.

Host Steve Potter talked with John Pizzarelli about his career and upcoming appearance in St. Louis.  Pizzarelli also performed live during the interview.

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Cityscape
12:40 pm
Fri November 30, 2012

Songbird Cafe Features Local Songwriters In Intimate Listening Environment

Songbird Cafe Performance, October 2012 (L to R: Brian Henneman, Kip Loui, Jason Hutto and Brian Curran)
Brad Blackburn

Songbird Café is a local St. Louis production which features songwriters playing and sharing stories about their own music and an audience intent on listening in an intimate environment.

Steve St. Cyr, a recently retired accountant, is the organizer and producer of Songbird Café, which for the past year, takes place at the Focal Point in Maplewood on an almost monthly basis.

St. Cyr got the inspiration for his project from the Bluebird Café in Nashville, Tennessee – a listening room which has launched the career of several well-known music artists.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:52 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

First Amendment Champion John Seigenthaler In St. Louis

John Seigenthaler
(Courtesy Photo)

John Seigenthaler is a journalist and champion of the First Amendment.  He was previously an editor and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville and was the founding editorial director of USA Today.  Prior, he served as a special assistant to Robert F. Kennedy during the 1960s, when Kennedy served as U.S. Attorney General. 

During his time as a special assistant, Seigenthaler was involved and injured while trying to protect some of the freedom riders in Alabama.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:31 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Calvin Trillin Analyzes The 2012 Election In Verse; We Promise You Our Poetry Is Worse

Author and Kansas City native Calvin Trillin
(Photo By: Richard Stamelman / Provided By: Random House)

The guest on today’s program was Calvin Trillin.  He’s a guest of top billin’.

He talked with host Don Marsh.  It was an interview, which despite the political climate, was not harsh.

Trillin is a journalist, humorist, and author of “Dog Fight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.”  It’s a volume of poetry, concise but not terse.

Trillin was born and raised in Kansas City.  Discussion of politics is witty, and focuses less on Obama than it does on Mitty.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:15 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Increasing Our Understanding Of The Brain

Brain Sculpture in Bloomington, IN
(via Flickr / Ali Eminov)

While it may be well established that our brains command our actions, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we can have greater control over the message.

Increasingly, research shows people can take steps to protect the health of their brain and as one aspect of that, may be able to sidetrack compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders.

The Missouri Eating Disorders Association is one agency which provides education, resources and advocacy to bring understanding and support to those treating or affected by the disease.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Legal Roundtable: St. Louis Firefighters, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Etc.

Saint Louis Historical Old Courthouse
(via Flickr/mike matney)

A group called Missourians for Equality is interested in gathering petition signatures for a ballot measure which would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Plus, St. Louis firefighters won a big decision in the Missouri Supreme Court.  The ruling allows them to live outside city limits if they’ve been with the department for at least seven years.

Those are just a couple of the topics for our monthly legal roundtable.  Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts including:

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Cityscape
3:06 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

St. Louis Native, Jazz Trumpeter And Vocalist Jeremy Davenport Performs At Jazz St. Louis

Jeremy Davenport
Theresa Cassagne

St. Louis native Jeremy Davenport is a jazz trumpeter and vocalist now based in New Orleans.

Davenport, 42, grew up in a family of musicians.  His mother was a music educator for nearly 50 years and his father recently retired from the St. Louis Symphony.

Davenport’s performances harken back to a time when Jazz was at its peak popularity though his unique style and mood of storytelling creates a modern edge.

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Cityscape
3:05 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Joel King Revisits "Real Life" In Return Of His St. Louis-Based Play

The cast of the play "Real Life," written by Joel P.E. King.
King Yella

Playwright Joel P.E. King knows a thing or two about real life.

He was born in Washington Park, Illinois as the seventh of eleven children, and watched as his community transformed from one that thrived on family and fellowship to a place of crime and fear.

The negative experiences he was aware of both as a child and an adult served as an inspiration for his aptly – titled play "Real Life."

The coming of age story centers around a young man who is conflicted between becoming a negative product of his environment versus the future that awaits him if he were to leave.

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Cityscape
3:03 pm
Fri November 23, 2012

Bach Society Christmas

Bach Society Christmas Candlelight Concert
Kris Bueltmann

A highlight of the Christmas season for many is the Bach Society of Saint Louis’ annual Christmas Candlelight Concert.  Music Director A. Dennis Sparger will conduct the Bach Society Chorus and Orchestra in this year’s concert on Sunday, December 2 in Powell Hall.  Also featured on the program is the Archdiocesan Children’s Choir, led by Horst Buchholz.

Sparger and Bach Society Principal Singer Melissa Payton joined host Steve Potter to discuss this year’s concert and sample three of the scheduled works. 

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St. Louis on the Air
12:16 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Holidays Present Opportunities To Preserve And Share Family Memories

Published Grannie Annie authors and artists who attended the annual author reading / art show / book signing at Left Bank Books this past June.
(Courtesy: The Grannie Annie)

Public radio listeners are familiar with weekly Friday segments from StoryCorps in which family members and close friends talk with one another, sharing memorable stories.


And as we head into the holiday season and families begin to gather, we’re reminded of opportunities to take full advantage of documenting and preserving family histories and stories.

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