A Good Year: St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org en 2011 a good year for local food in St. Louis http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/2011-good-year-local-food-st-louis <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997896.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997896.mp3</a></p><p>As 2011 comes to a close, St. Louis Public Radio is taking a look back at the things and people that have had a good year. In the St. Louis region, local food--both the production and demand--makes that list.</p> Fri, 30 Dec 2011 12:35:12 +0000 Maria Altman 2731 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 2011 a good year for local food in St. Louis Tobacco expert: 2011 good year "overall" for non-smokers http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/tobacco-expert-2011-good-year-overall-non-smokers <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997847.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997847.mp3</a></p><p>Smoking bans were implemented in several areas in St. Louis in 2011, including in the city and county.</p> Thu, 29 Dec 2011 12:35:13 +0000 Julie Bierach 2725 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Tobacco expert: 2011 good year "overall" for non-smokers Running rodent creates a good year for a local charity http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/running-rodent-creates-good-year-local-charity <p>Squirrels are the sometimes adorable creatures that eat from your bird feeders, dig through your garden, and occasionally just can&rsquo;t quite figure out how to successfully cross a road.</p><p>But the furry rodents were elevated to something approaching &ldquo;hero&rdquo; status in the 2011 Major League Baseball Playoffs &ndash; and that made it a very good year for a local charity.</p><p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 18:00:50 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2724 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Running rodent creates a good year for a local charity Grab some popcorn: it was a good year for local documentaries http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/grab-some-popcorn-it-was-good-year-local-documentaries <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998013.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998013.mp3</a></p><p>It&rsquo;s been a good year for documentary films focused on&nbsp;issues in St. Louis and for local&nbsp;filmmakers. &ldquo;The Pruitt-Igoe Myth,&rdquo; about the urban housing complex of the 1950s and 60s;&nbsp;&ldquo;Brick by Chance and Fortune,&rdquo; which looks at St. Louis&rsquo; architectural heritage;&nbsp;&ldquo;The Gray Seasons,&rdquo; about&nbsp;a four-year span with&nbsp;the Saint Louis University women&rsquo;s basketball team;&nbsp;and&nbsp;&quot;Give a Damn?,&quot; the story of three&nbsp;St. Louisians who explore the&nbsp;issue&nbsp;of poverty across&nbsp;three continents;&nbsp;have all been popular at film festivals in 2011.</p><p>As part of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/topic/good-year-st-louis">St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s series, &ldquo;A Good Year&rdquo;, </a>Bill Raack spoke with Cliff Froehlich, the executive director of <a href="http://www.cinemastlouis.org/">Cinema St. Louis</a>.&nbsp;Here&#39;s a summary of their&nbsp;conversation:<em>&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 28 Dec 2011 12:35:43 +0000 Bill Raack 2740 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Grab some popcorn: it was a good year for local documentaries A banner year for St. Louis Chess http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/banner-year-st-louis-chess <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997837.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997837.mp3</a></p><p>2011 has been a banner year for Chess in the city of Saint Louis.</p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 18:00:16 +0000 Tony Rich 2721 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A banner year for St. Louis Chess Cycling advocate calls 2011 "fabulous" year for bikes http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cycling-advocate-calls-2011-fabulous-year-bikes <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997828.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-997828.mp3</a></p><p>With average gas prices reaching their highest level in 2011, more and more people began looking for an alternate way to get around.</p><p>In St. Louis, many of those commuters turned to vehicles of the two-wheeled variety.</p><p>Anne Mack, the executive director of <a href="http://www.trailnet.org/">Trailnet</a>, told St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Rachel Lippmann as part of<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/topic/good-year-st-louis"> our series &ldquo;A Good Year&rdquo;</a> that cyclists had a &ldquo;fabulous&rdquo; 2011.</p><p> Tue, 27 Dec 2011 12:35:21 +0000 Rachel Lippmann 2719 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cycling advocate calls 2011 "fabulous" year for bikes A good year for mobile cuisine with St. Louis food trucks http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/good-year-mobile-cuisine-st-louis-food-trucks <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998051.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998051.mp3</a></p><p>2011 was a good year for St. Louis food trucks.</p><p>The mobile eats trend exploded on the St. Louis scene after one of the first trucks, <a href="http://www.restaurantpi.com/truck/">Pi On The Spot</a>, hit the pavement in 2010.&nbsp;Now, an ever-growing number of trucks and wagons take to the streets each day, tweeting out their locations so hungry diners can line up for a meal on the run.</p> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 18:00:42 +0000 Allyson Mace 2742 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org A good year for mobile cuisine with St. Louis food trucks Cheers St. Louis! It’s been a good year for craft beer http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/cheers-st-louis-it%E2%80%99s-been-good-year-craft-beer <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998007.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998007.mp3</a></p><p>There&rsquo;s a craft beer explosion going on across the U.S., and St. Louis is no exception.</p><p>As part of our series &ldquo;<a href="http://www.news.stlpublicradio.org/topic/good-year-st-louis">A Good Year</a>,&rdquo; St. Louis Public Radio&rsquo;s Véronique LaCapra headed over to the <a href="http://www.schlafly.com/breweries/taproom">Schlafly Tap Room</a> to meet up with <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/entertainment/dining/bars-and-clubs-other/hip-hops">St. Louis Post-Dispatch beer columnist Evan Benn</a>, and talk about our area&rsquo;s craft beer boom.</p><p> Mon, 26 Dec 2011 12:35:34 +0000 Véronique LaCapra 2737 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org Cheers St. Louis! It’s been a good year for craft beer 2011 more practice than preaching for St. Louis preservation enthusiasts http://news.stlpublicradio.org/post/2011-more-practice-preaching-st-louis-preservation-enthusiasts <p><a href="http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998050.mp3">http://stream.publicbroadcasting.net/production/mp3/national/local-national-998050.mp3</a></p><p>&nbsp;</p><p>2011 was an excellent year for historic preservation in the region, and here are some of the reasons why.</p> Sat, 24 Dec 2011 18:00:32 +0000 Michael Allen 2739 at http://news.stlpublicradio.org 2011 more practice than preaching for St. Louis preservation enthusiasts