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
3:12 pm
Fri July 12, 2013

St. Louis Shakespeare Begins New Season, One Step Closer To Producing All 38 Shakespeare Plays

"Timon of Athens" (from L to R) Kim Sansone, Betsy Saule, Maggie Murphy, Michael Brightman
Kim Carlson

St. Louis Shakespeare’s 29th season begins July 19th with “Timon of Athens,” a story about a wealthy man who falls on hard times and, in doing so, determines his true friends.

“Timon of Athens” is one of William Shakespeare’s most obscure plays.

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St. Louis on the Air
8:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Colleen Starkloff Continues Advocating For Rights For People With Disabilities

Colleen Kelly Starkloff

Colleen Kelly Starkloff has been on the forefront of the disability rights movement ever since she met her late husband, Max Starkloff, in the nursing home where he was confined due to a disabling car accident. Still a young man, Max was determined to live independently and help others in his situation do the same. 

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St. Louis on the Air
6:54 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Paraquad: Empowering People With Disabilities For Four Decades

Paraquad CEO Aimee Wehmeier

When Aimee Wehmeier took the helm of Paraquad this past January, she was only the third CEO in the organization’s four decade history. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, she has used a wheel chair since the age of four and even served for a number of years as the MDA St. Louis Poster Child.  At age eighteen, she was able to go to school in Columbia and live independently for the first time. She feels that her life epitomizes the story of Paraquad, one of the country’s largest and oldest centers for independent living and is in awe of her new position.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:06 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Why Is Talking About And Planning For Death Important?

(via Flickr/Jamiesrabbits)

Some of the most important decisions one can make in life are about death.  They are legacy decisions which require advance preparation about how end-of-life wishes should be carried out.

Many of the decisions involve terms such as probate, will, trust, medical directive and power of attorney.   According to Stephanie Payne and Melissia Riddle roughly 70 percent of the population does not have all of their end-of-life paperwork in place.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:05 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Medical Advice For Living A Lengthier And Happier Life

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Modern medical science has brought us closer than ever to the so-called Fountain of Youth.  Advances in our understanding of what it takes to live a lengthier and happier life have allowed us to do just that.

Host Don Marsh talked with Dr. John Morley, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University.

Among other things, they discussed work Morley recently authored about everyone older than seventy getting screened for frailty, a problem that affects between 5 and 10 percent of those in that age group.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:42 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

High School Films Screened At Cinema St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Pentimento - St. Louis Story Mapping Project Training Session
Dan Parris

Dan Parris believes that filmmaking is a great activity because it incorporates every kind of art.  He shares his passion for film with high school students in his role of Project Director for Pentimento: The St. Louis Story Mapping Project.  An initiative of the Midwest Center for Media Literacy in cooperation with Speakup Productions and Studio STL, the project enables inner city high school students to learn the art and business of filmmaking. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Cultural Leadership’s 9th Transformational Journey

Cultural Leadership Class 9 with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, D.C.

When Karen Kalish founded Cultural Leadership, one of her goals was to create “trouble makers of the best kind.”

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Cityscape
6:52 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Gateway Festival Orchestra Begins Its 50th Season

James Richards Conducts the Gateway Festival Orchestra

The Gateway Festival Orchestra was founded in 1964 by Washington University Music Professor and concert pianist William Shatzkamer along with a number of musicians and community leaders. Its motivation was to fill a void of summertime classical music in the St. Louis region.  At that time, the St. Louis Symphony season was only six months long, so the Gateway Festival Orchestra’s summer season of outdoor concerts provided an opportunity for Symphony and other professional musicians to practice their craft while providing St.

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Cityscape
4:18 pm
Fri July 5, 2013

Art Saint Louis Plans Gallery/Café Hybrid In Downtown St. Louis

Art Saint Louis Gallery/Cafe
artfarmstl.com

Art Saint Louis is a nonprofit organization which seeks to highlight contemporary visual art in the area.

The group is in the final stages of creating a gallery/café hybrid in the historic Park Pacific building in downtown St. Louis.  The goal is to create a place “our community will repeatedly visit to enjoy dynamic exhibitions of local art and an inviting atmosphere in which to meet, study and relax.” 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:05 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

‘We The People…’ UMSL Professor’s New Book Highlights What The Framers Were Really Thinking

A painting of the George Washington leading the Constitutional Convention in 1787
Painter Junius Brutus Stearns, 1856 / via Wikimedia Commons

Encore Presentation: This program's original broadcast was on March 19, 2013.

Having existed and endured for more than 225 years, the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who created it continues to be a hotly contested topic.

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