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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Arts & Culture
9:46 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Reflection: A Rehearsal Gives Another Dimension As A Ballerina Returns To Stage

Credit sxc.hu | Gwenniejjj

Lithe and assured, Amanda McKerrow dances with students in the Principia College studio with the same ethereal grace and authenticity that characterized her celebrated career as a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

One of the things that makes watching her special is that she has not performed on stage since 2006, although earlier videos of McKerrow’s exquisite artistry can be viewed online. This weekend, however, she will perform in an original piece, “Found,” choreographed by her husband John Gardner, also a former ABT soloist.

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Commentary
3:33 pm
Fri April 4, 2014

Grand Center Arts District Widens Its Horizons

Nancy Kranzberg

It's time for my yearly update on Grand Center. What a happening and hopping place it has become. There have been dozens of additions to the arts district and still more are about to open.

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Commentary
10:58 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Editor's Weekly: St. Louis History Is A Hit With Current Residents

A piece of tin enameled ceramic from the colonial period found in the archeological dig below site below the Poplar Street Bridge. It is likely a Spanish ceramic of polychrome majolica.
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

News is usually, well, new. But some of our most interesting stories recently have focused on things that are old – really old.

This week, Alex Heuer reported that construction under the Poplar Street Bridge has unearthed remnants of one of St. Louis’ original French houses – something historians never expected to find. Shards of pottery are a clue that the city’s residents may have been more prosperous than previously thought.

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Humanities Festival
10:37 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Reflection: Vintage Wine Of ‘The Grapes Of Wrath’ Remains Fresh And Piquant

Credit Wikipedia

From April 1-6, the 2014 Greater St. Louis Humanities Festival will explore “Migration and Mobility.” A series of programs will examine connections among migration, immigration and culture, locally and globally. Most events are free. For more information, visit the festival website.

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Bureaucracy
10:28 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

Commentary On Lessons From The ZMD: Efficiency And Accountability Don’t Work Well Together

Woodrow Wilson
Credit Harris & Ewing White House portrait

American governmental structure began to take on its present form during the Progressive Reform Era, 1900-1915. Progressives decried the waste and corruption in government at all levels and desired professional administration based on fixed principles.

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Commentaries
10:33 pm
Thu March 27, 2014

Editor's Weekly: New Media, Old Diversity Challenges

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A welcome debate has unfolded recently over lack of diversity among digital news organizations — welcome because it raises important questions about whether media in the future will serve the public better than media did in the past.

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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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Commentary
10:04 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Special Attention To Routine School Attendance

Credit Bubbles | sxc.hu

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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