Arts & Culture

Polgar, Sharevich, Krush
9:45 pm
Wed July 9, 2014

On Chess: Role Models Abound For St. Louis Girls

Susan Polgar coaching Wesley So
Credit Provided by Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis

It’s a great time to be a St. Louis girl in chess, I think. Just look at what surrounds them: Webster University coach Susan Polgar is adding something new to her resume. Right there at the bottom of page 11.

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St. Louis On The Air
6:03 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Film Takes New Look At The 2008 Kirkwood City Hall Shooting; Has The Culture Changed?

A still from Sarah Paulsen's film
Credit Sarah Paulsen

On Feb. 7, 2008, Cookie Thornton, a resident of the Meacham Park neighborhood in Kirkwood, entered a Kirkwood City Council meeting and started shooting. Six people died, including Thornton.

Filmmaker Sarah Paulsen has recently produced an animated film, Elegy to Connie, that focuses on the story of Kirkwood Councilwoman Connie Karr, one of the victims, and her efforts to give greater voice to women and minorities.

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Library fines
12:39 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Overdue Books? Pay Your Fine With Food

Library clerk John Copithorne accepting food in exchange for fine forgiveness at the Schlafly Branch. He said some library users hold off on paying fines until July.
Credit (Maria Altman, St. Louis Public Radio)

The St. Louis Public Library has renewed a popular program for forgiving overdue book fines.

All through July, adult card holders with late fines can pay with food. Every can or box brought in will knock a dollar off of their fines up to $25. The food goes to the St. Louis Area Foodbank.

The St. Louis Public Library started Food For Fines in 2008. The library's communications coordinator John Koniak said they’ve been amazed at the reaction.

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Animated Film
9:04 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

STL Art Game-Changers: Sarah Paulsen Animates A Response To Kirkwood Tragedy

Sarah Paulsen
Credit Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio Intern

The 2008 Kirkwood shooting that left six dead, including council member Connie Karr, stunned and forever changed the community. Now, artist Sarah Paulsen is finding deeper meaning in the tragedy.

Paulsen, 36, grew up in Kirkwood.  “Connie was a really good friend of my mother’s,” she said.

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St. Louis On The Air
5:02 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Do You Remember Your First Kiss? Local Author And Journalist Explores A Webster Groves Kid’s Attempt

Credit (Courtesy of the Author)

It’s likely that you remember your first kiss. And at a certain age, it can be an obsession – a source of worriment and intrigue.

In his new novel, “Try to Kiss a Girl,” KMOX reporter Kevin Killeen shares what he calls a “kind portrayal of a quirky family.” The story is about Patrick Cantwell, a fictional 11 year old from Webster Groves, who makes a bet with a friend to see who can kiss a girl before the end of the family’s vacation in Grand Haven, Michigan.

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Berry, Philips, Arnold, Bouscaren
9:55 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

St. Louis Public Radio Announces Four New Journalists

Emanuele Berry
Credit Provided by Berry

St. Louis Public Radio is pleased to announce that four new voices are joining the journalistic team.

Starting today is Emanuele Berry, who is coming to St. Louis from East Lansing, Mich. Berry will be the second person to hold a fellowship that centers around regional race matters, as well as diversity and culture. Her predecessor, Erin Williams, is now with WMUK , Kalamazoo, Mich.

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St. Louis Zoo
2:56 pm
Sun July 6, 2014

Band-Aids, Babies And Marriage Proposals: 11 Fun Facts About The STL Zoo

You may have stayed away from the Zoo over the Fourth of July weekend, because of the festivities in  Forest Park. But you have plenty of time to get there this summer. As you make your plans, here are a few things about our Zoo that might surprise you.

For example, did you know the Zoo studied camels in Kenya this year to evaluate their milk as a human beverage? Or that it documented the number of endangered Humboldt penguins in Punta San Juan, Peru?

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Jazz Unlimited
12:00 pm
Fri July 4, 2014

The Jazz History Of St. Louis-Part 1: The Ragtime Era And The Roaring Twenties

Scott Joplin
Unknown Scott Joplin House

Jazz Unlimited on Sunday, July 6 will be the first installment of the ten-week radio documentary on the jazz history of St. Louis.  Not only do we have the music, but also we have interviews with the people who made that history.  The interviewees for the first installment include St. Louis historian Judge Nathan Young, internationally known ragtime expert Trebor Jay Tichenor, tuba player Singleton Palmer, bandleader Eddie Johnson, trumpeters Clark Terry and David Hines and the great-grandson of the man who started the St.

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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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Grain To Bottle
2:50 pm
Thu July 3, 2014

Bud Vs. Microbrew: How Beer Is Made (In GIFs!)

Compare the brewing process at Anheuser-Busch and Perennial Artisan Ales
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio

Watch how manufacturing beer at Anheuser-Busch's St. Louis brewery (making 15 million barrels a year) looks different from Perennial Artisan Ales's microbrewery in south city.

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