Commentaries

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Commentaries are opinion pieces provided by a wide variety of individuals in the St. Louis region. They are not necessarily the opinion of St. Louis Public Radio, but are intended to reflect diverse viewpoints on issues affecting our region. To submit a commentary or proposal, email commentaries@stlpublicradio.org.

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Commentary
11:33 pm
Thu July 24, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Truth And Politics

Credit (courtesy of Uber)

"I caution people all the time that when you're dealing with public policy not to be completely driven by logic."—Taxi commission chairman Louis Hamilton

That burst of candor, reported by St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann, helped to illuminate what was really going on this week as the commission grappled with questions that will determine whether Uber and Lyft operate here.

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Opening July 24
10:53 pm
Wed July 23, 2014

On Chess: Hall Of Fame Exhibit Peeks Inside The Complex Mind Of Bobby Fischer

Bobby Fischer competes in the Piatigorsky Cup matches in 1966.
Credit Provided by the World Chess Hall of Fame

The name Bobby Fischer is synonymous with outstanding intellect, intimidating competitiveness and intense focus.  His is a uniquely American success story that nearly everyone has heard - even if they can’t tell a rook from a bishop.

So what makes Fischer so captivating?

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Beyond Jazz
9:14 pm
Sun July 20, 2014

Commentary: Collaboration Makes The Arts Better

Robert Orth as Howie Albert and Aubrey Allicock as Emile Griffith in Champion
Credit Ken Howard | Opera Theatre of St. Louis

I recently joined a group of arts leaders at the Nine Network to discuss how organizations in Grand Center could collaborate more effectively. As part of the meeting, they asked us to name some of the ways collaborations have created value in the community. This question took me back to my first day of business school at Washington University, when we talked about the concept of value: how the benefits an organization produces are greater than the costs of the organization. It is a classic case of one plus one equals three.

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Commentary
10:08 pm
Thu July 17, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Three Facts You Might Not Know About Public Radio

Michel Martin
Credit Doby Photography / NPR

With changes underway in programming on St. Louis Public Radio and in NPR’s national news operation, you may be wondering who decides what and why. Even if you’re an NPR junkie, you may not know how it all works.

I certainly didn’t before making the transition from avid listener to St. Louis Public Radio staff member seven months ago. Here are three important organizational facts I’ve learned. They may seem arcane, but over time they shape the content you hear.

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Commentary
4:11 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Commentary: Has The Definition Of Sculpture Changed?

Nancy Kranzberg

The standard definition of sculpture in almost any dictionary says that sculpture is the art of modeling, welding or otherwise producing figurative or abstract works of art in three dimensions, as in relief, intaglio or in the round.

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Commentary
9:10 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Editor's Weekly: St. Louis Websites Show The Strengths Of Citizen Journalism

Credit Flickr/mrsdkrebs

We celebrate America’s birth on July 4. But 238 years after the Declaration of Independence, our democracy, like any living thing, still needs care and feeding. Part of that responsibility falls to journalists, and this Editor's Weekly often focuses on our role. But there’s more to the news ecosystem than professional journalists.

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Dare to dream
9:09 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Commentary: Don't Be Dissuaded From Finding Your Own Arch

What's yet to come
Credit The CityArchRiver Foundation

The St. Louis Gateway Arch is this city’s signature monument. It defines the city’s place in American history and for nearly half a century has stood as one of the nation’s architectural points of pride and engineering ingenuity.

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Appointments, buffer zones
11:38 am
Mon June 30, 2014

Analysis: Supreme Court Unanimous Decisions Do Not Equal Agreement

Credit Matt H. Wade | Wikipedia

The era of unanimity on the U.S. Supreme Court lasted about four days.

When the U.S. Supreme Court issued three important decisions last week with unanimous votes, a flurry of legal and media commentary talked about Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. having engineered a new era of consensus on the court, with nearly two-thirds of this year's decisions decided without a dissent. Some contended that this new consensus court had rejected President Barack Obama's extremism and bolstered House Speaker John Boehner's threatened lawsuit against the president.

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For The Sake Of All
5:43 am
Fri June 27, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Funding With Integrity

The 'For the Sake of All' report.
Credit For the Sake of All

The grant-funded project that St. Louis Public Radio recently announced is ambitious.

It’s big — more than $170,000 from the Missouri Foundation for Health for our news organization and the University of Missouri-St. Louis. And it addresses a big question — how to reach people whose voices and views are often left out of public policy discussions that directly affect them.

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DESE rules
10:50 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Commentary: What Will The State Do For Normandy Students?

Credit Credit Cast a Line / Flickr

The St. Louis area has had more than its share of education headlines this past year. St. Louis schools are trying to regain accreditation amid much turmoil. Normandy and Riverview Gardens lost their accreditation. The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has taken over the Normandy School District and announced that all teachers must reapply for their jobs. Riverview Gardens is in a holding pattern as it has enough resources to continue school for a while, but uncertainty remains and its academic record is poor.

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