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
5:22 pm
Thu September 20, 2012

Poverty and Homelessness in St. Louis

Credit (via Flickr/Jim Belford)

There is good and bad news when it comes to the latest government figures on poverty in America.  The good news is that the poverty rate has more or less stabilized for the first time in three years, while the bad news is that the number of people living in poverty in the St. Louis area is well above the national average.  Join host Don Marsh for a discussion about poverty and its ripple effects in the region. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:43 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

City Museum co-founder Gail Cassilly & Exploration Day

Neil Armstrong on the moon
NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org

The City Museum is a popular tourist destination in St. Louis and its co-founder, Gail Cassilly, says founding it along with her late ex-husband was one of her life’s highlights though it was also a life that had “crushing sorrows.”  Host Don Marsh talks with sculptor and writer Gail Cassilly about her new memoir, Saltwater.  Then, Don talks with a couple of St. Louisans who are mounting a national effort to officially change the name of Columbus Day to Exploration Day.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:52 pm
Tue September 18, 2012

Empty Nest Syndrome

(via Flickr/butterfingers laura)

It can be emotional when children leave home to start life on their own.  Parents are often saddened by the new arrangement but can also relish returning to life as they lived before children.  Host Don Marsh talks with guests this hour about coping with the empty nest.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:01 pm
Mon September 17, 2012

Legal Roundtable

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

Some legal rulings leave us scratching our head but for widely different reasons.  Don Marsh hosts our monthly legal roundtable.  We wonder what a judge was thinking when she left important court decisions to her clerks, why a judge approved a sex change operation for a convicted murderer serving a life sentence, and other legal issues. 

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St. Louis Symphony
6:00 pm
Fri May 11, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Encore - More from 'Rach Fest'

Composer Sergei Rachmaninoff.
(via Wikimedia Commons/US Library of Congress)

The St. Louis Symphony concluded its 2011-2012 subscription series season with “Rach Fest” featuring Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concertos 1, 2 and 3 with Stephen Hough as soloist in six concerts over two weekends. 

The programs on Fridays, April 27 and May 4 featured the first Rachmaninoff concerto.  Hans Graf conducted the St. Louis Symphony on April 28 and 29 in a program including Rimsky-Korsakov’s “Skazka,” Op. 29, Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 1 in F minor, Op. 10 and Rachmaninoff’s Piano Concerto No. 2, in C minor, Op 18.

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St. Louis Symphony
3:29 pm
Thu April 19, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Encore - more Rachmaninoff, Ravel and 'Scythian Suite'

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

David Robertson conducted the St. Louis Symphony in concerts April 14 and 15 in Powell Hall in a program including Rachmaninoff’s Symphonic Dances, Op. 45, Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand in D Major featuring pianist Leon Fleisher, and Prokofiev’s “Scythian Suite,” Op. 20.

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St. Louis Symphony
3:58 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Encore - Behind the scenes of Bach's Mass in B Minor

A closer view of a statue of composer Johann Sebastian Bach in Leipzig, Germany. in
(via Flickr/Seabamirum)

Did you catch our St. Louis Symphony broadcast on March 31? Well, whether you did, or didn't, we have a few fascinating interviews for you from behind the scenes of that performance of Bach's Mass in B Minor.

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St. Louis Symphony
5:25 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Encore - a glimpse of Carnegie Hall

An exterior view of Carnegie Hall in New York City.
(via Flickr/cliff1066™)

We know, we know. No St. Louis Symphony broadcast this weekend. We'll miss it Saturday night, too. But, we're not leaving you completely void of your Symphony fix!

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St. Louis Symphony
2:16 pm
Wed February 8, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Encore - more from violinist David Halen

Violinist David Halen.
(Courtesy St. Louis Symphony)

Stanislaw Skrowaczewski conducted the St. Louis Symphony in concerts February 3 and 4 in Powell Hall in a program including Weber's Oberon Overture, Mendelssohn's Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 with St. Louis Symphony concertmaster David Halen as soloist, and Schubert's Symphony No. 9 in C major, D. 944, The Great.

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St. Louis Symphony
3:58 pm
Mon January 30, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Encore - more from Warren-Green, Cohen

Did you tune in to our live broadcast of the St. Louis Symphony on Saturday? Well - if you did, thanks for joining us, and, even if you didn't catch it that evening, you can still experience some of the fun from that evening. We have an encore for you, if you'll excuse the play on musical words.

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