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Cut & Paste: What would you like to see in our arts coverage? Our new boss wants to know

St. Louis Public Radio's new arts and culture editor also edits our science and medical reporters.
Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio
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St. Louis Public Radio's new arts and culture editor also edits our science and medical reporters.

Do you ever wonder why St. Louis Public Radio covers a particular concert but not an art show opening on the same night? Or a certain play but not a simultaneous music festival?

Editors are instrumental in these kinds of decisions. And we’ve got a new editor for our arts and culture team, who’s come to town with some new ideas. David Cazares (pronounced CAH-sar-ehs ) comes to us from Minnesota Public Radio, where he served as a web editor and music writer with an emphasis on jazz.

Cazares is passionate about diversifying mainstream media’s steady stream of Euro-centric coverage to concentrate more on African-American, Latino and other artists. In our latest Cut & Paste podcast, we get to know our new boss (He’s the best! Can we have a raise now?) , and how he’s likely to influence our arts coverage.

Here’s some of what you’ll hear in the podcast (besides snippets of Cazares’ favorite jazz tunes):

  • On folding in more artists of color: “We’re disconnected from that audience, and that audience is very big and very important here in St. Louis.”
  • About the evolving sound of jazz: “It is a living, breathing music that is modern and has incorporated elements from Latin America and Asia and India and Africa.”
  • On covering visual art through the platforms of radio as well as web:  “We’re going to have to experiment a little bit.”
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Look for new Cut & Paste (#cutpastestl) podcasts every few weeks on our website. You can also view all previous podcasts focusing on a diverse collection of visual and performing artists, and subscribe to Cut & Paste through this link.

Follow Willis and Nancy on Twitter: @WillisRArnold and @NancyFowlerSTL

Please help St. Louis Public Radio find artists to feature on Cut & Paste. Tell us which artists and cultural themes deserve a closer look.

Nancy is a veteran journalist whose career spans television, radio, print and online media. Her passions include the arts and social justice, and she particularly delights in the stories of people living and working in that intersection.

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