Spotlight: Presidents of The International Institute & The Muny Set to Retire, Healthy Hip Hop & Sunflower Rubber

    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 dance along with Healthy Hip Hop, meet the woman who has been at the helm of the International Institute for the past 42 years, discover the unique way St. Louis is using sunflowers, hear from author Jill McCorkle about her novel Hieroglyphics, enjoy a performance of Easy Winners by SLSO, and enjoy stories of The Muny from their own “President Reagan.”

    Healthy Hip Hop Promote Mental and Physical Health in Kids
    Healthy Hip Hop is the Sesame Street of the 21st Century! They take the urban hip hop beats and marry that with a positive message of healthy and wellness.

    Anna Crosslin To Retire After a Career Dedicated to Immigrant Resettlement
    Anna Crosslin, President and CEO of the International Institute, reflects on 42 years as a leader for the immigrant community in St. Louis.

    Producing Natural Rubber from Sunflowers for Alternative Rubber Crops in the United States
    St. Louis-based biotechnology company is developing sunflower as a production system for natural rubber used in defense and civilian aviation.

    Jill McCorkle’s Novel Hieroglyphics Excavates A Powerful Story of Family, Connection and Resilience
    Writer Jill McCorkle’s new novel “Hieroglyphics” examines connections between the past and present, the burden of secrets, and the legacy we leave behind.

    Easy Winners
    This performance was part of SLSO’s Songs of America. To learn more visit

    A Curtain Call for The Muny’s “President Reagan”
    Denny Reagan, President and CEO of The Muny tells some of his favorite stories as he brings down the curtain on his 50+ years spent behind the scenes.

    The Best of Us: 100 Seasons of Muny Magic
    HEC presents a tribute to everyone’s favorite theatre under the stars!