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
10:57 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Our New Rundowns Are Your New Shortcuts To Good Content

Rundown will highlight some items from the chaos of information available.
Credit Wikipedia | Radagast3

In the digital world, finding information is easy. Open your email, Twitter or Facebook account, and it will find you. Search and you'll be flooded with content algorithmically judged important to your life – much of it sponsored by those who want to sell you something.

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Arts & Culture
10:56 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Reflection: Nicole Eisenman's Broad Range On View At CAM

Nicole Eisenman, Sloppy Bar Room Kiss, 2011. Oil on canvas, 39 x 48 inches. Collection of Cathy and Jonathan Miller. Courtesy the artist and Susanne Vielmetter Los Angeles Projects. Photo: Robert Wedemeyer
Credit Provided by CAM

Those who say they do not understand contemporary art or who question the talent needed to create the art they encounter need to see the work of Nicole Eisenman. The survey of her last 20 years of painting, sculpture, print and drawing at the Contemporary Art Museum (CAM) is powerful enough to singlehandedly answer these sort of rumbles. She clearly knows how to draw, how to paint and has something to say.

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Architecture
9:53 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Reflection: Maryville Exhibit Showcases Mid-Century Modern Pioneers

Credit May Gallery At Maryville University

It’s not as if everyone were oblivious to the architecture of the middle of the 20th century in St. Louis before current interest in it took hold. Prominent mid-century landmarks that are, or were, part of our regional consciousness: the Saarinen Arch, certainly; Samuel Marx’s Clayton Famous-Barr building on Forsyth Boulevard; the Teamster’s complex on Grand Boulevard, with the space-agey former Phillips 66 station enjoying new life as a Starbucks and Chipotle restaurant, and until recently, Edward Durell Stone’s mid-1960s Busch Stadium.

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Sports
9:53 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Commentary: Da Luge Is Not A Flood: One Viewer’s Guide To The Winter Olympic

Bobsled pilot Steven Holcomb posts the sixth-fastest time of 51.89 seconds with Curt Tomasevicz aboard USA I in the first heat at Whistler Sliding Center in British Columbia during the 2010 Winter Olympics.
Credit Wikipedia

Allow me to confess that I am a Winter Olympics junkie. This is an unlikely affliction for a man who doesn’t ski or skate and hates cold weather. As is often the case with perplexing addictions, I got hooked as a kid.

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Rule And Inequality
9:32 pm
Sun February 9, 2014

Commentary: Obama, Christie and Dooley Through A Machiavellian Lens

Niccolo Machiavelli
Credit Wikipedia | Santi di Tito

In common parlance, use of the adjective “Machiavellian” implies a ruthless practice of politics where ends justify means and maintenance of power is the ultimate goal. Yet, a careful reading of “The Prince” and “The Discourses” leads to a more nuanced view of this political philosopher.

He certainly reflected 15th century Italy, populated by city-states that competed with each other in many realms. Interestingly, Machiavelli’s ruminations on human nature and governance can help to illuminate the peculiar politics of early 21st century America, nationally and locally.

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Future Of News
9:34 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Editor's Weekly: Defining Who We Are By What We Are Not

Credit Wikipedia

What kind of news organization are you? That question has been on my mind recently as our newly merged newsroom finds its rhythm and as other news organizations rise and fall around us. It might be on your mind, too, as you face the daily challenge of sifting valuable information from a deluge of  chatter.

Until a few years ago, the answer was simple. A news organization was defined by its means of communication -- as a radio or television station, a newspaper or magazine.

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School Transfers
12:10 pm
Thu February 6, 2014

Commentary: When Is Normandy’s Plan Not A Plan? When Nobody Knows It’s There

Credit From the Normandy Planning Document

Anyone who attended DESE’s Feb. 5 community forum may have noticed the same thing I noticed: The plan Normandy School District submitted to DESE on Tuesday, Feb. 4, was nowhere to be seen or heard.

DESE’s presentation was designed to inform citizens of the significant characteristics of each plan so the department could take public input into consideration before making a recommendation to the Missouri School Board. (A PDF of the DESE presentation is available online.)

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Sports
12:06 am
Thu February 6, 2014

Commentary: Rams Fans Want to Know What Stan’s Doing With the New Deed

Credit Rams media

Stan, baby, you’re busting my chops. Every time I write about your Rams and their on-going stadium contretemps, I go to great lengths to remind the readership that without you, the team would have never come to St. Louis in the first place. Back in the day, you were a civic hero.

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Land Of Opportunity
9:21 pm
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: Russian Expats Note That, In America, Hard Work Really Does Pay Off

Igor Lisovsky
Credit Maria Vladimirova

Russian journalist Maria Vladimirova spent time in St. Louis this fall, and visited Chicago and Memphis. She recently sent in what she gleaned from Russian expatriates she met while in the United States. The following has been edited for space and clarity.

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SLU Colloquium
11:20 am
Tue February 4, 2014

Reflection: What Is The Allure Of Richard III?

The earliest surviving portrait of Richard III
Credit Wikipedia

It was one of those rare occasions where the careful, dry, scholarly, world of academic inquiry and the more raucous world of instant global celebrity came together.

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