Spotlight: Mothers, Catalyst, & Space

    HEC Media’s Spotlight program airs every Sunday at 9:30 a.m. on Channel 11, and showcases St. Louis’ finest contributions to art, education, and culture.

    In this week’s episode scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates motherhood by telling the story of the mothers who raised Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin; a look at a high school program that teaches students how to start their own businesses; the connection between the United States Space Force and St. Louis; hear from the 2022 Missouri teacher of the year, James Young; meet one of the artists displaying at the Laumeier Sculpture Park Art Fair, go behind the scenes of the Rose River Memorial honoring lives lost to COVID; and Meet Me in St. Louis star Margaret O’Brien.

    The Three Mothers How the Mothers of Martin Luther King Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin Shaped a Nation
    Scholar Anna Malaika Tubbs celebrates Black motherhood by telling the story of the mothers who raised Martin Luther King, Jr., Malcolm X, and James Baldwin.

    The Catalyst STL program teaches high school students to start their own businesses
    It’s a high school class that teaches students real world experience. They connect with over 100 professionals as they learn what careers are really like.

    US Space Force Interests Align With Space Sciences Research at Washington University in St. Louis
    The director of the McDonnell Center for the Space Sciences at Washington University believes the U.S. Space Force would be interested in St. Louis synergies. For more space stories click here.

    Missouri’s Teacher of the Year 2022: A Conversation with James Young
    During our conversation we discuss how being named Teacher of the Year has changed his outlook on teaching and the challenges of teaching music during a pandemic.

    Meet the Artist: Catie Bowler
    Meet Catie Bowler, a potter who specializes in sgraffito techniques. Her love of nature shows through in her vessels and luminaries, many of which feature floral inspired motifs. Discover more amazing artists at

    Rose River Memorial Honors Lives Lost to COVID in Missouri
    A new installation at Laumeier Sculpture Park honors lives lost to COVID-19 in Missouri with felt roses assembled by Girl Scout troops.

    Schankman’s St. Louis: Tootie Speaks!
    HEC’s Paul Schankman interviews child star Margaret O’Brien during her visit to St. Louis for a screening of “Meet Me in St. Louis,” in which she played Tootie.