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
4:39 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Helping Veterans Transition Back To Civilian Life

(via Flickr/KurtClark)

Memorial Day is one of just a couple days a year in which attention is brought specifically to veterans.

While the remembrance earlier this week is a reminder of veterans’ service to the country, the issues and needs associated with returning veterans is an ongoing issue.  Many veterans struggle with health and emotional issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), have difficulty finding jobs and trouble finding a new normalcy in civilian life.

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Cityscape
8:47 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis’ Festival Season Opens With ‘Pirates Of Penzance”

Pirates of Penzance
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

The tents are up on the lawn of the Loretto Hilton Performing Arts Center as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis prepares to open its 2013 Festival Season with Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance. Directed and choreographed by Sean Curran and conducted by Ryan McAdams, Pirates is the first of four productions that will be staged in repertory from May 25 until June 30.

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Cityscape
5:57 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Celebrates ‘Twelfth Night’

Kimiye Corwin (Viola) and Joshua Thomas (Orsino) in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of "Twelfth Night"
Davy Levy

Each spring, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis transforms an area of Forest Park just east of Art Hill into an outdoor Shakespearean theatre and provides St. Louis audiences with an entire evening of activities related to one masterpiece by The Bard.  This year’s offering is Twelfth Night.

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Cityscape
3:32 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Black Rep Presents ‘The Wiz’

Sarah Stephens rehearses the song, "Home"
Heather Beal

The various iterations of Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are wide-ranging and diverse.

One retelling, The Wiz, shares the story from an African-American perspective.  The musical won seven Tony Awards in 1975.

The St. Louis Black Repertory Company closes its season with The Wiz, with performances from May 29th – June 30th.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:56 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Lawsuits Against Schnucks, Sharia Law, Monsanto, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

Legal issues are never far from the headlines and in many cases, they are the headlines.

The Missouri Legislature recently ended its session and passed some bills worth considering from a legal perspective.  One bill bars the implementation of Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan which promotes sustainable development.  Another would bar Sharia law in Missouri.

Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain those issues and more. 

The panelists included:

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St. Louis on the Air
6:26 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

New Jobs Initiative Helps At-Risk Youth In St. Louis Help Themselves

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The City of St. Louis and local organizations and businesses are teaming up to try to alleviate the problems of poverty and crime in the community.

The new initiative is called STL Youth Jobs, a summer pilot program aimed at high risk youth between the ages of 16 and 23.

St. Louis Public Radio reported on the initiative when it was first announced.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Do Companies Have A Responsibility To Give Back To The Community?

Panera Bread's shared meal of responsiblity, a turkey chili
(Courtesy: Panera Bread)

It’s not uncommon for companies to have a policy concerning corporate social responsibility.  But, do companies have an obligation to help communities?  If so, is it just certain types of businesses?  Plus, how do you factor in a company’s desire to help and, at the same time, benefit the bottom line?

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St. Louis on the Air
4:04 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Minimizing The Risk Of Participating In Youth Sports

Toronto vs. Kansas City
(via Flickr / Brian Hillegas)

Engaging in sports can be beneficial to young athletes.  They provide the opportunity to be physically fit, learn discipline and build character in a fun environment.

The fun stops, however, when a sudden and unexpected injury or surprise medical condition intervenes.  This potential is worrisome to parents and coaches as talk and awareness of concussions seem to be at an all-time high.

Host Don Marsh talked with Tony Breitbach, Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Saint Louis University, about what can be done to protect young athletes’ health.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:57 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Genetics Counseling For Cancer And The Decision To Have Preventive Surgery

DNA Double Helix
(Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute)

Cancer is cruel and it impacts the lives of far too many people and their families.  According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer kills 458,000 people each year.

Recently, actress and director Angelina Jolie, in a New York Times op-ed entitled My Medical Choice, announced she received a double mastectomy in order to minimize her risk of getting breast cancer.

Jolie has a genetic predisposition to breast cancer.  Her mom died from the disease at the age of 56.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:03 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Discussion: What Happened During The 2013 Missouri Legislative Session?

MIssouri State Capitol
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

The 2013 Missouri legislative session is now in the books.

While legislators are no longer assembled in Jefferson City, the impacts of what did and did not get done will continue into the coming months.

The Republican controlled House and Senate put gun rights and taxes high on their agenda and perennial issues such as abortion and voter photo IDs came up.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has already vetoed some legislation and more vetoes are possible.

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