Community & Culture

Museum of Transportation

In St. Louis County, the Museum of Transportation is featuring a Civil War sesquicentennial exhibit titled “Roads, Rivers, & Rails: Transportation of the Civil War.” This episode takes a look at that exhibit, but more importantly, at a strategic tunnel on Museum of Transportation property. It was virtually the only way to get into the city of St. Louis 150 years ago if you were traveling by rail. Also in this piece, we meet a man who is trying to construct, and build support for, a Civil War tourism travel map in the state of Missouri similar to those in Virginia and Tennessee, two states which have had success with drawing attention to their Civil War heritage.

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ArtsCommunity & Culture

Reviews of Going to See the Elephant, Violet Hour, and Interview with Joneal Joplin: September 6, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky interview actor Joneal Joplin after reviewing (1) GOING TO SEE THE ELEPHANT, by Karen Hensel, Elana Kent, et al. at Mustard Seed Theatre and (2) THE VIOLET HOUR, by Richard Greenberg, at Max & Louie Productions.

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Community & Culture

Smallpox Island

In the winter of 1862, a serious epidemic of smallpox broke-out among Confederate prisoners in a Union prisoner-of-war camp in Alton, IL. Rather than run the risk of infecting residents of Alton, prison officials moved the sick prisoners to Sunflower Island, out in the middle of the Mississippi River. Not surprisingly, it became a place where men went to die. Smallpox Island is a good indicator of the understanding Civil War-era medical personnel had regarding sanitation, infection, and contamination.

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Community & Culture

James Eads’ Boatworks

If you’ve heard of James Eads, it’s likely because you’re familiar with the bridge he designed, which spans the Mississippi River at St. Louis. But before Eads built a bridge over the Mississippi, he built ironclad gunboats that patrolled it for Union forces during the Civil War.

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Lifesaver

A genuine St. Louis hero.

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Reviews of Lion King, Das Rheingold, and others: August 23, 2012

Gerry Kowarsky and guest host Mark Bretz discuss the Louies after Gerry and Mark review (1) THE LION KING, by Elton John, Tim Rice, et al., at the Fox Theatre, (2) DAS RHEINGOLD, by Richard Wagner, at Union Avenue Opera, (3) THE COMPLEAT WKS OF WILLM SHKSPER (ABRIDGED), by the Reduced Shakespeare Co., at St. Louis Shakespeare, (4) BARBARA FASANO & ERIC COMSTOCK, at the St. Louis Cabaret Festival, (5) RICK JENSEN, at the St. Louis Cabaret Festival, and (6) JASON GRAAE, at the St. Louis Cabaret Festival.

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Community & Culture

Old Cheltenham Post Office

Make no mistake, the Civil War was an uncertain time in the state of Missouri. If somebody asked you about your politics, you better be careful, because it may be a trick question. That became apparent in this piece about the closest point Confederate troops likely ever got to the city of St. Louis. Back then it was called Old Cheltenham, and it was out in the country. These days it goes by a much more familiar name, and it’s in a friendly St. Louis neighborhood.

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I am Curious. Yellow?

The intrepid IASLT I-Team (can one person be a “team?”), investigates one of St. Louis’ most pressing peeves.

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Community & Culture

Earthen Redoubts/Forts

During the Civil War, the federal government went to great lengths to make sure St. Louis, and the Union Arsenal, remained in Union control. Union forces built forts known as earthen redoubts. While there is no sign of the forts now, archeological maps detail where they were located. The forts were located on high, common ground familiar to residents… then & now.

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Hot, Hot, Hot…’Round And ‘Round And ‘Round

The velocipedes circle the velodrome in north St. Louis…

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Reviews of Sound of Music, King and I, Aida, and others: August 9, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review (1) THE SOUND OF MUSIC, by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lindsay & Crouse, at Stages St. Louis, (2) THE KING AND I, by Richard Rodgers & Oscar Hammerstein II, at The Muny, (3) THE GREAT AMERICAN TRAILER PARK MUSICAL, by David Nehls & Betsy Kelso, at Stray Dog Theatre, (4) AIDA, by Elton John & Tim Rice, Linda Woolverton & Robert Falls & David Henry Hwang, at Take Two Productions, (5) PIRATES! (OR, GILBERT & SULLIVAN PLUNDER’D), by W.S. Gilbert, Arthur Sullivan, & Nell Benjamin, at The Muny, (6) THE SOUND OF MUSIC, by Rodgers & Hammerstein and Lindsay & Crouse, at The Over Due Theatre Co., and (7) COMPANY, by Stephen Sondheim & George Furth, at Hawthorne Players.

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St. Louis Union Arsenal and Camp Jackson NGA tour

The National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, or NGA, is on ground that has been federal government property for more than 150 years. It is located in south St. Louis, right across the street from Anheuser-Busch. Today personnel there construct maps & charts in support of military operations. In the 1960’s they helped map the moon for some of the Apollo missions. During the Civil War, NGA was the site of the St. Louis Union Arsenal. And for thousands of years prior to that, archeological evidence shows this spot was a strategic location in the middle of the continent for launching missions to the great unknown west of the Mississippi River.

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Reggie and Mardra Thomas Hit All the Right Notes, August 2012

Host Don Wolff from Bar 360 in the Ballpark Hilton brings us the husband and wife duo of pianist Reggie and vocalist Mardra Thomas, the trombone is described and the U City Jazz Festival.

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Trombone, August 2012

Phil Dunlap and his guest Dave Dickey examine the evolution of the trombone style, from New Orleans to BeBop.

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St. Louis Union Arsenal and Camp Jackson

For part 4, we return to the Missouri History Museum for a detailed explanation about the Union Arsenal in St. Louis, and the events at Camp Jackson. Both Unionists and Confederates were positioning themselves to control the St. Louis Arsenal, which is the largest arsenal in the state. Secessionist-leaning Governor Claiborne Jackson called upon the militia to gather at Camp Jackson, currently the site of St. Louis University. Union General Nathaniel Lyon believes that act is outrageous, and sets out to capture Camp Jackson. That created level of tension which could only lead to violence.

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Reviews of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Dreamgirls, Coriolanus, and others: July 26, 2012

Washington U. lecturer Sean Savoie discusses lighting design with hosts Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky after Bob and Gerry review (1) JOSEPH AND THE AMAZING TECHNICOLOR DREAMCOAT, by Andrew Lloyd Webber & Tim Rice, at The Muny, (2) DREAMGIRLS, by Henry Krieger & Tom Eyen, at The Muny, (3) CORIOLANUS, by William Shakespeare, at St. Louis Shakespeare, and (4) THE WIZARD OF OZ, by L. Frank Baum, John Kane, Harold Arlen & E.Y. Harburg, at Family Musical Theatre.

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Jim Manley, Live at Jimmy’s On The Park, June 2012

Cordell Whitlock visits Robbies House of Jazz and interviews Trumpeter Jim Manley including live performance. "Jazz Gem" features 1990 performance of LaRosa's- America's Youngest Jazz Band.

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Jefferson Barracks County Park

Some of the limestone buildings still in use at Jefferson Barracks County Park were actually constructed a few years before the Civil War began.

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Biff! Bam! Pow! The Professor Rises

With a special cameo appearance by Batman…NO KIDDING!

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"Clang, Clang, Clang" Went The…Firetruck

Vintage fire engines find new life as “big boy toys” AND as classic restorations.

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Community & Culture

The Old Courthouse

People wondering what conditions led to civil war in America in the mid-1800’s need look no further than the Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis. The times were changing. And people for and against slavery knew it. Encouraged by the success of several “freedom cases” in the country, a slave named Dred Scott sued for his freedom… and lost. Dred and Harriet Scott would eventually gain their freedom. But it would not come from a ruling in an American court.

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Reviews of Disney’s Aladdin, Fox on the Fairway, and Un Ballo in Maschera: July 12, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky interview Kristen Edler and Anne Marie Moore of OnSite Theatre Company after reviewing (1) DISNEY’S ALADDIN, by Howard Ashman, Jeffrey Katzenberg, et al., at The Muny, (2) THE FOX ON THE FAIRWAY, by Ken Ludwig,  at insight Theatre Co., and (3) UN BALLO IN MASCHERA, by Giuseppe Verdi, at Union Avenue Opera.

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No, It’s Not Lilac…

A farm in Eureka grows…ahhhhhhhhhh, it’s relaxing just thinking about it….

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Reviews of Chicago, Jungle Book, Brooklyn Bagatelle, and others: June, 28, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review (1) CHICAGO, by John Kander, Fred Ebb, & Bob Fosse, at The Muny, (2) DISNEY’S THE JUNGLE BOOK, by Richard M. & Robert B. Sherman, Terry Gilkyson, & Marcy Heisler, at Stages St. Louis, (3) BOWLING EPIPHANY — THE REVIVAL!, by Carter Lewis & Dan Rubin, at OnSite Theatre Co., (4) BROOKLYN BAGATELLE, by Neville Mur, at First Run Theatre, (5) ALICE IN WONDERLAND, by Unsuk Chin & David Henry Hwang, at Opera Theatre of St. Louis, (6) THOROUGHLY MODERN MILLIE, by Richard Morris, Dick Scanlan, & Jeanine Tesori, at The Muny, and (7) AND THE WORLD GOES ROUND, by John Kander
& Fred Ebb, at Insight Theatre Co.

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It’s All Downhill From Here

An over-the-hill geezer stands at the top of the hill watching young people go downhill–doing what he wishes he’d done when he was their age.  NOTE:  That’s not psychobabble, these kids really ARE going downhill…

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Reviews of Ain’t Misbehavin’, Cosi Fan Tutte, Circles, and others: June 14, 2012

1) AIN’T MISBEHAVIN’, by Murray Horwitz, Richard Maltby, Jr., et al., at Stages St. Louis (2) COSI FAN TUTTE, by W. A. Mozart & Lorenzo Da Ponte, at Opera Theatre of St. Louis (3) THE WIZARD, at Circus Flora (4) HIGH FIDELITY, by Tom Kitt, Amanda Green, & David Lindsay-Abaire, at New Line Theatre (5) 9 CIRCLES, by Bill Cain, at R-S Theatrics (6) TRAVELS WITH MY AUNT, by Graham Greene, adapted by Giles Havergal, at ACT Inc. (7) THE DAMASK CHEEK, by John Van Druten & Lloyd Morris, at ACT Inc.

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Chords, June 2012

Music is based on harmony, and harmony is based on chords and scales; so for jazz pianists it is fundamental to understand how chords work. In this edition of Building Blocks of Jazz, host Phil Dunlap breaks down chords for us and explains how chords and scales are related.

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A Picnic, A Party, The Park—And Movies

The Sky View Drive-In Movie Theater of Belleville is the last drive-in theater in the St. Louis area. Come with host Aaron Mermelstein where the movie is only one part of the party.

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Reviews of Othello, Insidious, Sweeny Todd, and others: May 31, 2012

St. Louis’ own Shakespeare Festival and Opera Theater are among the productions reviewed by HEC-TV Theater reviewers Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky.

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BooksCommunity & Culture

Alexander McCall Smith

Alexander McCall Smith author of popular book series "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency," has sold more than 20 million copies worldwide.

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Jiminy! Cricket!!!!!!!!!

Cricket in Maryland Heights with Aaron Mermelstein on It’s A St. Louis Thing. Join Us!

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Rhythm Guitar II, May 2012

Phil Dunlap and SIU-E Professor of Music Rick Haydon continue their discussion of the famous jazz guitarist Freddy Green, and the percussive sound of the rhythm guitar.

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Sole Proprietor

Joe’s Shoe Repair on The Hill is a unique St. Louis landmark. Giuseppe “Joe” Campier, the sole proprietor, is 80 years old and works seven days a week repairing shoes.

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Reviews of Burn This, Jacob and Jack, The New Century, and others: May 17, 2012

Theater reviewers Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky provide opinions as they visit week's theater offerings in St. Louis including Mary Poppins and Star Trek: Live! plus much more.

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The Magic Grove

dance-drama is based on a Jain fable and incorporates the pageantry of Traditional Indian Dance.

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Going Green: Back to Nature

Importance of watersheds and what we can do to protect them, a lab activity to test stream water for macro invertebrates and water quality at the Little Creek Nature Area, Florissant, MO.

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Going Green: Back to Nature

the importance of watersheds at Little Creek Nature Area in Florissant MO

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He Calls It What??????!!!!!!

A new business with an old name…IASLT, meet IASLT.

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Reviews of Memphis, Angels in America, Vinegar Tom, and others: May 3, 2012

Bob Wilcox and Gerry Kowarsky review St. Louis theater including Memphis at the Fox Theater plus reviews from Shakespeare to Oscar Wilde and everything in between.

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