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The late, great jazz composer and bandleader Duke Ellington once said, “Whether it be Shakespeare or jazz, the only thing that counts is the emotional effect on the listener.” 

In the summer of 1956, Ellington found himself seriously digging the bard. Inspired by his encounters with the Stratford Shakespeare Festival while on tour in Stratford, Ontario, he composed a 12-part suite titled “Such Sweet Thunder.” The title comes from “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” but the title track is actually about “Othello.” This work, suffice it to say, is complicated.

A collaboration among Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, Nine Network of Public Media, Jazz St. Louis and the Big Muddy Dance Company, the new production of “Such Sweet Thunder” incorporates Ellington’s music with Shakespeare’s words. It premiered Thursday in Grand Center. And on Friday, Gene Dobbs Bradford, president and CEO of Jazz St. Louis, and Tom Ridgely, executive producer of Shakespeare Festival St. Louis, shared the story behind this new “Such Sweet Thunder” on St. Louis on the Air

Drs. Eric Leuthardt (at left) and Albert Kim discussed how they take information about the brain and present it in a live-theater production format on Tuesday's "St. Louis on the Air."
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

When Washington University neurosurgeons Albert Kim and Eric Leuthardt aren’t teaching, researching or performing surgery, they often think of creative ways to get information about the brain and its complexities to the masses, such as co-hosting their “Brain Coffee” podcast.

Another one of their endeavors is putting together a live theater experience showcasing the wonders of the brain. “BrainWorks” dramatizes real-life neurological cases to help explain the science behind brain diseases such as Alzheimer’s, epilepsy, brain tumors and strokes. 

The production is a collaboration between the Washington University School of Medicine, Barnes-Jewish Hospital and the Nine Network of Public Media. This year’s performances will be July 19, 20 and 21 at the Loretto-Hilton Center for the Performing Arts on Webster University’s campus. 

In 2016, the Nine Network produced a documentary about Gentlemen of Vision, the north St. Louis County-based step team that doubles as a counseling and mentoring program.

The story resonated with local and national audiences, and also with representatives from the U.S. State Department. Officials selected it to be part of the American Film Showcase, a program that sends American filmmakers to screen their work across the globe.

The team behind “Gentlemen of Vision” flew out to Cartagena, Colombia, to show the film and talk to Colombian audiences about St. Louis and the similar challenges that face disadvantaged young people in both places.

Jack Galmiche helped make Nine Network of Public Media one of the most-watched public television stations in the country. He died April 16 at age 71.
Nine Network of Public Media

Jack Galmiche, who spent more than two decades transforming public television from "classroom in a box" into a digital resource that engages the entire community, has died. He was 71.

His efforts were on full display in August 2015, when hundreds gathered on the new Public Media Commons for the preview of "Whose Streets," the acclaimed documentary about the unrest following the killing of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer in 2014.

Donna Korando | St. Louis Public Radio

A penalty of more than $422,000 that had been sought from the Nine Network in St Louis by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting has been reduced to a little more than $32,000.

After an in-depth investigation, CPB said that the station, better known as KETC Channel 9, had not misspent any funds connected with its lead role in the nationwide American Graduate program.

From event poster

Emily Colmo knows a whole lot more about sunflowers today than she did three months ago. Back then, she began her sunflower journey in distressed parts of St. Louis, where vacant land has been planted with these tall and vivid flowers. Colmo came to discover the importance of increasing our levels of environmental sustainability and our responsibility for distressed and decaying areas of all sorts. Now, she's ready to show all of us what she's learned through a documentary.

ketc building
Courtesy KETC

The Corporation for Public Broadcasting's inspector general says the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis should repay more than $422,000 it received for its role in leading other public media stations in the American Graduate program, an effort to help more students earn their high school diplomas.

St. Louis middle school girls become 'frog whisperers' in PBS show

Apr 29, 2015
Courtesy of PBS

Four St. Louis girls were selected to star in an episode of the PBS show SciGirls, which challenges middle school girls and their professional mentors to become citizen scientists by using skills in science, technology, engineering and math.

In the episode titled “Frog Whisperers,” the girls volunteer for FrogWatch USA, a citizen science project that encourages nature enthusiasts to report frog and toad calls in a given area.

Denise Thimes, Peter Martin, at the piano, Chris Thomas and Montez Coleman preform on 'City of Music.' The Nine Network series premieres March 16, 2015
Ray Marklin / Nine Network

In a two-part series, the Nine Network is exploring St. Louis’ musical legacy.

Evelynn Johnson, second from left, and her family meet with genealogist Kenyatta Berry, second from right, at Union Station in St. Louis during filming for PBS' 'Genealogy Roadshow.' Johnson's story will be shared in the show's Feb. 10, 2015, episode.
Courtesy of Jason Winkeler / PBS

When PBS’ “Genealogy Roadshow” asked for queries from St. Louis residents last year, Evelynn Johnson gave them her great-grandfather's name.

“I was asking my mom if were kin to another family that shared our last name,” Johnson told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Thursday. “She said ‘Well, this is your great-grandfather’s name. See if they know him.’”

Gwen Ifill To Host Nine Network’s Ferguson Forum

Sep 11, 2014

Public Broadcasting Service president and CEO Paula Kerger announced Thursday that PBS and the Nine Network will host a town hall-style forum this month.

“America After Ferguson: Bridging the Divide” will be hosted by Gwen Ifill. It will be recorded on Sept. 21 and broadcast nationally Sept. 26, including on the Nine Network.

From the collection of the St. Louis Mercantile Library at the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

In 1764 Auguste Chouteau made landfall on the banks of the Mississippi River and began construction of the fur-trading post that would become St. Louis. He was just fourteen at the time, and acting at the behest of his mother's lover, Pierre Laclede. Forty years later, as a prominent citizen of the city, he penned an account of the founding in a journal that is still partly preserved today.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon: I am a kid from north St. Louis. Actually I am no longer a kid but when it comes to soccer, there is always a kid inside me wanting to get back on the field to compete.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 13, 2012 - The new face of heroin addiction in St. Louis – more suburban, more middle class and much whiter – was brought into sharp focus Monday night by a town hall sponsored by the Nine Network of Public Media and the Saint Louis Regional Health Commission.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 8, 2012 - Making a guest appearance on “Saturday Night Live,” Big Bird said he didn’t want to talk politics because he didn’t want to ruffle any feathers.

That hasn’t stopped anyone else, on both sides of the issue raised by Mitt Romney during last week’s debate.

Editor's Weekly: First steps on a promising path

Oct 5, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 5, 2012 - Dear Beaconites -- Today's announcement that St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon are exploring a formal alliance marks a milestone in the lives of our two organizations. But what matters more than the internal organizational significance is the promise this news holds for the people we serve -- you and our region.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 20, 2012 - When staff members of the Nine Network began getting involved in the nationwide American Graduate effort to trim the nation’s high school dropout rate, they initially viewed it as a five-year project.

They quickly realized, though, that making sure that all high school students stay in school until they earn a diploma was not only a goal that would take longer to achieve, it was a task that would require work by much more than just educators.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, July 12, 2012 - SPOILER ALERT: This article contains information about one subject in the Nine Network’s documentary, “Homeland: Immigration in America,” which aired Wednesday night. If you haven’t seen it yet and don’t wish to know what happened, read no further.

Community Cinema: Remembering Daisy Bates

Jan 11, 2012

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Jan. 11, 2012 - If you have yet to go to the Missouri History Museum for their monthly Community Cinema night, it should be your New Year's resolution. "Daisy Bates: First Lady of Little Rock"  will be shown at 7 p.m. Jan. 12, followed by roundtable discussions with some of the first students to integrate St. Louis Public Schools. The film is part of the Community Cinema Series, a partnership among Nine Network, Independent Television Service (ITVS) and Missouri History Museum.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 7, 2011 - At the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, recent strategy has concentrated on what president and CEO Patricia Harrison calls the three D's: diversity, dialogue and digital.

Now, CPB and its radio and television stations nationwide are focusing those efforts on a fourth D -- high school dropouts -- featuring a series of town halls that will begin Monday night at the Nine Network of Public Media in St. Louis.

Community cinema: Native language gets new life

Oct 31, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 31, 2011 - For those of you who get turned on by archeology, history, linguistics and the human connection to the past, "We Still Live Here: As Nutayunean" should be on your radar for this Thursday night at the History Museum. A film explains how a language, not spoken for more than 100 years and with no native speakers, has been revived in this country.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 19, 2011 - Seth Porter, Matt Picker and Kevin Schneider first came together as The Blind Eyes four years ago, after a short musical hiatus following the breakup of their previous band, The Gentlemen Callers.

The new trio soon began to pick up a core fan following and gain critical attention with a sound that was built on a foundation of power-pop and punk influences ranging from the Jam and Nick Lowe to Thin Lizzy and the Clash.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Aug. 30, 2011 - "Pray the Devil Back to Hell" explores Liberia through the eyes of women - Christian and Muslims - who united in the midst of a bloody civil war, took on the violent warlords and corrupt Charles Taylor regime, and won a long-awaited peace for their country in 2003. The documentary will open the Community Cinema Series, sponsored the Nine Network of Public Media. ITVS and this Thursday at the Missouri History Museum

Public broadcasting and all money considered

Mar 30, 2011

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 30, 2011 - Even with all the back and forth in Washington, Greg Conroy doesn't have to worry about public funding of his media organization. WSIE, the Southern Illinois University Edwardsville station where he is interim director, has a 0.8 market share and tiny staff. Because of that, the station fell out of the federal funding pool a few years ago.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Nov. 4, 2010 - Tuesday evening, the Beacon and KETC-TV's Nine Network got together and put on a show the likes of which you never see on local channels anymore, and the same situation obtains on national commercial networks and most cable channels as well. For four hours, we worked together to bring viewers and readers in the region an indepth look at what was going on in their political world.

Editor's weekly: Nine is new

Oct 13, 2010

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2010 - The Beacon has quite literally been at the center of media transformation this week. KETC-Channel 9 announced its new name -- the nineNetwork of Public Media -- and dedicated the room that houses Beacon headquarters to new kinds of public engagement.

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Oct. 13, 2010 - When she took over as president and CEO of the Corporation for Public Broadcasting in 2005, Patricia Harrison had one of her favorite quotations, from essayist E.B. White, engraved in a large Lucite frame and placed in the lobby, for visitors and employees to see and reflect on:

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, Sept. 3, 2009 - My thanks to The Beacon for this opportunity to shine a little light on Donnybrook as I see it.

From the start:

One Sunday morning in the summer of 1986 I happened to turn on television, which was not my habit. On Channel 9 some people I knew were arguing on The McLaughlin Group. I was fascinated by their no-holds-barred fury. After just a few minutes I said to my lovely wife, Mae, "I think I could do something like this locally."

The arts aren't immune from the recession's reach

Mar 3, 2009

This article first appeared in the St. Louis Beacon, March 3 2009 - During tough economic times, art can provide a much-needed escape from reality. But the arts can't escape the reality of a major recession.

The St. Louis arts community was shaken last month when the Missouri Department of Economic Development said it is withholding more than $5.5 million from the Missouri Arts Council as the state attempts to close a $261 million budget gap.