Arts & Culture

St. Louis Symphony
12:19 pm
Fri September 28, 2012

St. Louis Symphony Extra - September 29, 2012

The auditorium as viewed from the stage at Powell Hall - home of the St. Louis Symphony.
(via St. Louis Symphony/Dan Dreyfus)

The St. Louis Symphony starts its 2012-2013 season this weekend, and you can be right there with them from 8 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 29.

On select Saturday evenings, St. Louis Public Radio broadcasts the Symphony's performance over the air, bringing you a live classical music experience wherever you are.

Here's what's in store for you this weekend:

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The Two-Way
1:55 pm
Thu September 27, 2012

Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

A closeup from the portrait that a Swiss foundation says is an early "Mona Lisa" by Leonard Da Vinci.
Denis Balibouse Landov

Originally published on Fri September 28, 2012 1:41 pm

  • Listen to Elizabeth Blair's report

The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci.

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The Picture Show
2:54 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Bringing Springfield's Photos Back To Life

Triplets born to Mr. and Mrs. Lyman Atterberry of Petersburg at St. John's Hospital, two girls and a boy, Aug. 21, 1930.
Courtesy of Rich Saal/State Journal-Register

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 1:04 pm

The first photography staff at the Illinois State Journal carried heavy, clumsy and slow Speed Graphic cameras. They shot on glass plates, and only had a few precious exposures to use throughout their day.

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Books
2:34 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

Poverty Informs J.K. Rowling's New Novel For Adults

Author J.K. Rowling arrives at the world premiere of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, in Leicester Square in central London.
Matt Crossick PA Photos/Landov

Originally published on Thu September 27, 2012 11:00 am

  • Listen to Part One of the Interview
  • Hear the Extended Interview

The extended interview above includes parts one and two of the Morning Edition interview, plus additional material.


J.K. Rowling has a new novel. She's moved away from Harry Potter, the boy wizard whose stories prompted millions of kids to obsess over books big enough to serve as doorstops. Having concluded that series, she's written a novel for grown-ups called The Casual Vacancy, a story of troubled teenagers and their even more troubled parents.

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The Two-Way
10:24 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Psst! Wanna Buy Some Mozzarella? U.S. Cheese Being Smuggled Into Canada

Somebody check the cheese.
Alex Wong Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 10:16 am

Criminals and cops looking to grab a slice of some tasty action are smuggling American cheese into Canada, according to the Canadian Broadcasting Corp.

At the center of this "mozzarella mafia" conspiracy are some officers in the Niagara Regional Police Service, the news agency says. It says that:

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The Two-Way
9:00 am
Wed September 26, 2012

Andy Williams, 'Moon River' Crooner, Dies In Branson

Singer Andy Williams in 1970.
Central Press Getty Images

Originally published on Wed September 26, 2012 9:24 am

  • A bit of Andy Williams singing 'Moon River'

Singer Andy Williams, best known for his rendition of Moon River, his Christmas TV specials and his long-running show in Branson, Mo., has died.

He was 84.

Williams' publicist, Paul Shefrin, says in a statement sent to reporters that the singer "passed away last night (Tuesday) at home in Branson, Mo, following a year long battle with bladder cancer. ... Williams, 84, who also had a residence in La Quinta, Calif., is survived by his wife Debbie and his three children, Robert, Noelle and Christian."

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Photo of the Week
3:48 pm
Tue September 25, 2012

Egret

Amy Buxton Via Flickr

Photo taken in Forest Park in St. Louis by Amy Buxton on Flickr.com.

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

Cityscape
2:45 pm
Fri September 21, 2012

St. Louis Symphony 2012-2013 Season

St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson
(photo by: Dan Dreyfus)

Host Steve Potter talks with St. Louis Symphony Music Director David Robertson about the orchestra's recently completed European Tour and its 2012-2013 season. Then, St. Louis Public Radio’s Mike Schrand speaks with singer-songwriter Nick Lowe. Lowe is currently on a solo acoustic tour and performs at The Sheldon Concert Hall on Wednesday, September 26th.  Later in the show, Steve Potter talks with Rod Milam, creator and producer of the University City Musician Documentary Project.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:43 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

City Museum co-founder Gail Cassilly & Exploration Day

Neil Armstrong on the moon
NASA/courtesy of nasaimages.org

The City Museum is a popular tourist destination in St. Louis and its co-founder, Gail Cassilly, says founding it along with her late ex-husband was one of her life’s highlights though it was also a life that had “crushing sorrows.”  Host Don Marsh talks with sculptor and writer Gail Cassilly about her new memoir, Saltwater.  Then, Don talks with a couple of St. Louisans who are mounting a national effort to officially change the name of Columbus Day to Exploration Day.

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Long Live Freedom
6:15 am
Wed September 19, 2012

Exhibit celebrating youth resistance to Nazis making US debut

An exhibit celebrating youth resistance to Nazi Germany will be on display at UMSL's Gallery 210 until Oct. 18. This is its US debut.
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

Civil disobedience in Nazi Germany was a difficult task. Those who did push back against the right-wing extremism of Adolf Hitler risked their limited freedom, or even their lives.

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