Webster Groves

Courtesy Old Webster Jazz and Blues Festival

Webster Groves’ largest music festival returns for a 14th year Saturday.

“Great musicians continue to develop here, and it’s really wonderful to give them a chance to get exposure on a big stage in front of up to about 12-, 13,000 people every year,” said Terry Perkins, the festival’s music director.

Streets will be closed and performances will take place on two stages at Allen and South Gore avenues, just north of Lockwood Avenue. The festival starts at noon.

(Courtesey: Kevin Killeen)

Since 1995, Kevin Killeen has worked as a reporter for KMOX.  He began his career with St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU. 

In his current role, he produces the station’s morning feature “A Whole ‘nother Story” and has written KMOX’s original holiday show for about the last 15 years.  Now, he’s written a book, “Never Hug A Nun,” a semi-autobiographical novel about his experiences growing up and going to a Catholic school in Webster Groves during the 1960s.

(via Flickr/david_shane)

The Missouri Supreme Court is deciding whether the Webster Groves school district must enroll a student from the city of St. Louis.

The court heard arguments Wednesday on a case related to Missouri law that allows students from unaccredited districts to transfer to accredited districts. State lawmakers are also considering how to implement or revise the law. Three school systems in St. Louis and Kansas City are unaccredited. 

Today we got the chance to visit with Webster Groves native and acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen about his latest novel Freedom, his inspirations, and his methods.  You can hear the whole conversation in the St. Louis on the Air archives, but here are some highlights:

On whether or not he's working on a new book

It takes me a long time to write a book. They’re years in development before I get any pages I can believe in.  I have some vague thoughts.  Usually the vague thoughts I have at this stage, they turn out to be completely wrong headed.