Diplomacy between nations doesn't always involve dignitaries or high-level negotiations. A group with a presence in St. Louis engages in "cultural diplomacy," which involves exchanging musical expertise between Americans and countries often hit hard by conflict. Since it became incorporated as a non ... More >>
During the heady days of the Iraq War, many liberals lambasted the Bush administration for banning images of flag-draped coffins on TV. They believed that exposing the grim realities of the war would surely lead to more protests against it.
But as it turn out, such televised images probably ... More >>
This one doesn't make the cut, unfortunately.It's Fourth of July weekend, and in the haze of the heat, barbecue, domestic beer, and red-white-and-blue buntings, it's easy to get caught up in ranting-chanting, "USA! USA! USA!"
The founding fathers and a lot of musicians might not agree with ... More >>
If you caught the opening of last night's All-Star Game, then you learned about St. Louisan Eric Greitens and his Mission Continues, a non-profit that empowers and aids wounded veterans returning from the Iraq and Afghanistan wars.Greitens was a winner of this year's People Magazine All-Stars Amo ... More >>
Good news from the 3rd battalion, 24th Marine Corps regiment based in Bridgeton: The 1,500-man ensemble is shipping out of Iraq, and, as Lt. Col. Shane Tomko puts it, "They're all in one piece."The U.S. Army will keep some troops in Iraq until 2011, but the 3/24 was the last Marine unit to deploy ... More >>
World Food Summit underway in Rome. In the U.S., food insecurity jumped 3.5 percent in 2008. (Reuters, The New York Times)There's a chicken wing shortage. Panic imminent. (USA Today)Iraq vets open coffee house aimed at war-weary soldiers. (Los Angeles Times)Crane at New York's Ground Zero ... More >>
This just in from the media arm of Mansion Theatre, home of "Branson's biggest shows."A junket of Branson-based singers and a few Branson favorites (i.e. Tony Orlando) just returned from a trip to Iraq and Germany to visit and entertain U.S. troops. The group also handed out Crocs sandals to the Ira ... More >>
I just can't envision myself, you know, the big straw hat and a Hawaiian shirt sitting on some beach. Particularly since I quit drinking.- President George W. Bush at his final press conference, 1.12.09This is the most self-aware statement our soon-to-be former president has ever uttered. Not only ... More >>
Marc Thayer, vice-president for education and community partnerships for Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra, is the focus of a profile in the current edition of Playbill magazine, a national publication of the performing arts. For the past two summers Thayer has traveled to the Kurdish region of n ... More >>