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Mosic Project
8:57 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Commentary: Immigrants Will Help Rebuild St. Louis

Credit (via Department of Homeland Security website)

St. Louis has long benefited from immigrants. At the turn of the 20th century, St. Louis had almost 600,000 inhabitants, making it the fourth largest city in the nation behind New York, Chicago and Philadelphia. And of those people, almost 20 percent were foreign-born and more than 40 percent had foreign-born parents.

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Improving schools
4:06 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Commentary: First in Booze, First In Shoes, Last In Education

Credit Credit Cast a Line / Flickr

Statistic after statistic, ranking after ranking shows American students lagging behind their counterparts across the globe. Missouri’s schools are no exception. Missouri is a perfect example of our country’s diseased public education system. Three districts are currently unaccredited by the state — Kansas City, Riverview Gardens and Normandy — and the St. Louis Public School  system is on the brink, sitting in “provisional accreditation” purgatory.

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10:04 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Special Attention To Routine School Attendance

Credit Bubbles |

No matter how good schools are, you can’t learn if you’re not there. That simple truth — and its far-reaching implications — are the focus of Accounted For, a St. Louis Public Radio special project that began this week.

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Working together
10:03 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Commentary: What The Region Can Learn From the Missouri Civic Health Index

Credit From the report cover

St. Louis is actually doing better than the rest of the state in many areas of civic health. That’s the good news out of a recent report. The bad news is that while the state is average in many civic health indicators, it is near the bottom in important measures such as voting, public meeting attendance and regular family dinners.

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Henry Gerecke
9:43 pm
Wed March 19, 2014

Reflection On A Pastor Who Ministered To Nazis

Credit Wm Morrow

When I saw that Tim Townsend had written a book centered on the Lutheran chaplain at the Nuremberg trials, I knew I would read it.

The Rev. Henry Gerecke ended his career in Chester, Ill. There he was assistant pastor of St. John Lutheran Church and the chaplain at the state prison and mental hospital. I graduated from the church’s grade school and relatives work at that prison.

But I have no personal memory of Gerecke. He died the year before we moved from the farm into town. And when we lived on the farm, we went another direction to church.

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7:45 pm
Thu March 13, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Hearing Regional Discord In Debate Over Music Festivals

St. Louisan Big George Brock has performed at past Bluesweek festivals.
Credit File Photo | Bluesweek

Interesting how the debate over mega-music festivals downtown has revealed the St. Louis region’s fault lines.

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Graduation Needed Everywhere
9:29 pm
Tue March 11, 2014

Commentary From Honduras: Four Choices Or What Is A Young Man Without A Diploma To Do

The current Maestro en Casa class in Las Vegas, Honduras.
Credit Michael Dulick

You’d have to say, the odds are in his favor. In fact, it looked like a lock, when he talked me into signing him up for Maestro en Casa in Morazan, where he would spend weekends with Fermin and Maria and their kids. They have a very professional program there, directed by Fermin’s brother-in-law Javier, including actual classes on Saturdays that cover the material the students will be working on during the week at home in their “cuadernos” (combination text- and workbook).

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Early Childhood
9:34 pm
Sun March 9, 2014

Commentary: Missouri Lags Behind On Pre-School Education

Credit U.S. Department of Education

Over the years, many studies have shown the benefits of pre-school and early childhood education. Recently those studies have been re-analyzed and confirmed to be accurate and correct. Thus, many states -- whether the voters are predominantly Democrat or Republican -- have implemented pre kindergarten and early childhood education programs.

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6:37 pm
Fri March 7, 2014

The Evolution Of Music From Ancient Times To Today

Nancy Kranzberg

I just had another incredible read. "The Story of Music From Babylon to the Beatles" goes all the way back to the Paleolithic caves of Chauvet, France to the music of today.

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10:15 pm
Thu March 6, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Reasons To Like -- Or At Least Tolerate -- Our Membership Drive

Some of the combined staff of St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon
Credit Jess Luther | St. Louis Public Radio

OK, we know you hate it when you turn on the radio expecting to hear Morning Edition or Wait, Wait Don’t Tell Me and instead you hear us asking for money. Again? Still?

So why do we do it? Here's the story.

Chapter One: The Reign of Commercial News

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