Arts & Culture

Fontbonne University / Greg Mortenson
2:31 pm
Mon April 18, 2011

Fontbonne University rescinding graduation speech invite to "Three Cups of Tea" author

"Three Cups of Tea" author Greg Mortenson.

Updated 1:45 p.m. April 28:

Via the Associated Press:

Fontbonne University announced Thursday that the "Three Cups of Tea" co-author won't deliver its May 21 commencement speech nor receive an honorary degree.

The school noted in a brief statement that it has been unable to reach Mortenson to discuss allegations raised in a recent "60 Minutes" investigation (see below for details). The CBS News program reported that the book is filled with inaccuracies and that Mortenson's charitable organization has taken credit for building schools that don't exist.

Faculty and student leaders at the private Catholic school also voted to rescind Mortenson's invitation. The author has become a celebrated humanitarian for his work establishing schools for girls in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Arts & Culture
5:41 pm
Fri April 8, 2011

Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending April 3

St. Louis Public Radio

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending April 3:


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Photo of the Week
5:24 pm
Fri April 8, 2011


djmark1972 Flickr

Photo by "djmark1972" on

Join the St. Louis Public Radio Flickr group to see interesting photos from the St. Louis region and submit your own. Each week, we feature on our website one outstanding photo from the group.

Federal Government Shutdown
2:03 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

A federal government shutdown means the Arch shuts down, too.

The Gateway Arch in downtown St. Louis.
St. Louis Public Radio

With the possibility of a federal government shutdown looming comes a less-obvious consequence.

The St. Louis Business Journal reports that if the shutdown occurs, a signature landmark of St. Louis, the Gateway Arch, would also close.

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Belleville Historic Building "Endangered"
1:24 pm
Wed April 6, 2011

Belleville building among most endangered historic sites

Belleville Turner Hall made it to Landmarks Illinois' 2011 list of most endangered historic places.
(via Landmarks Illinois)

Reporting from Illinois Public Radio's Luke Runyon used in this report.

Several aging buildings in Illinois have a better chance of survival now that they’ve been added to Landmarks Illinois’ list of the Ten Most Endangered Historic Places for 2011.

Two of the properties are over 100 years old, and others, includes Belleville Turner Hall, a community and civic center in Belleville, Ill., which dates back to the 1920s and ‘30s.

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Arts & Culture
12:54 pm
Tue April 5, 2011

South St. Louis chef named on list of best chefs 2011

Kevin Willman's small-plate dishes are known for their fresh, local ingredients.
(Farmhaus management)

Kevin Willmann, chef and owner of a new restaurant in south St. Louis, has found himself on Food & Wine magazine’s list of Best Chefs of 2011, according to the Post-Dispatch.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

New documentary sheds light on the story of Pruitt-Igoe

Partially demolished Pruitt-Igoe (Daniel Magidson)

The Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis was once considered the template for post-war public housing, a national model.  For awhile it was—until it wasn’t.  The high rise complex was constructed in 1954.  Two decades later, and by then notorious, Pruitt-Igoe was a pile of rubble, imploded and bulldozed into history. What went wrong and why?  That’s the subject of a new documentary film called The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History.   Directed by Chad Freidrichs, the film will have its St. Louis premiere this Saturday at the Missouri History Museum.

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Arts & Culture
6:42 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Best-selling books in St. Louis for the week ending March 27

Madalyn Painter St. Louis Public Radio

Below is the top-ten list of the St. Louis region's best-selling adult and children's books. The list is compiled by the St. Louis Independent Bookstore Alliance.

For the week ending March 27:


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Weekend Gardener
6:14 pm
Fri April 1, 2011

Organizing a Community Garden

Bevo-Long Community Garden Members
St. Louis Public Radio

Welcome to our bi-weekly gardening column. To complement our weekend programming, we're offering more arts, culture, and lifestyle articles. Here, I write about the trials and tribulations of my own gardening and that of others--including community gardeners working to establish a space in which to grow. I hope you get inspired to dig in the dirt yourself.

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Stand for Ernie
12:42 pm
Wed March 30, 2011

"Stand for Ernie" campaign launched to honor longtime figure of Cardinals baseball

Ernie Hays retired at the end of last season as the Cardinals organist. This year, the Cardinals' season starts tomorrow without Hays' musical contributions.
(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

Vendors shouting to sell their popcorn and peanuts, ticket turnstiles rotating with that familiar clickity-clack, excited fans chatting and laughing with their friends - you're enveloped in the sounds of Opening Day with the Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

But at the 7th inning, when that familiar Budweiser jingle fills the air, and the Clydesdales float across the center field Jumbotron, you may not realize it, but something is missing.

Well, someone.

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