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Sacred Conversations
7:34 am
Mon January 26, 2015

Congregations Make Conversations About Race A Priority

Congregation members brainstorm about race-related historical events.
Credit Emanuele Berry | St. Louis Public Radio

Martin Luther King once said that "it is appalling that the most segregated hour of Christian America is 11 o'clock on Sunday morning."

Rev. Dietra Wise Baker says it still is, which is why Baker and more than 100 people from churches across St. Louis gathered to talk about race on Sunday. The event was the first in a series of Sacred Conversation About Race.

“The church has work to do on itself as it tries to call moral and ethical standards to the community and point the finger ...” she said. “We have to be on the road before we can invite people along for the journey.”

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Affordable Care Act
9:07 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Uninsured Last Year? You May Pay A Penalty On Your Taxes

Rachel Bingham, a single mother, earns too much to qualify for Medicaid, but too little to afford health insurance for herself and her daughter.
Durrie Bouscaren | St. Louis Public Radio

While rolling silverware at the City Diner in St. Louis, waitress Rachel Bingham recalled her attempt to buy health insurance for herself and her five-year-old daughter last year. She said when she signed on to Healthcare.gov, she realized she couldn't afford it. 

"They were wanting $231 a month. That was not doable," Bingham said. She’s been paying out-of-pocket for doctor’s appointments ever since: $60 for primary care, $200 for the dentist. Luckily, her daughter’s a healthy kid, she said.

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On The Trail
9:06 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Veteran Vs. Outsider In Competitive Skirmish Over County Council Seat

Green Park Alderman Tony Pousosa hasn't been successful in last two races for county offices. But the GOP nominee for the 6th District county council seat may be a better position, thanks to the unpredictable dynamics of a special election.
Credit Parth Shah, St. Louis Public Radio

By now, Tony Pousosa may be considered a grizzled veteran on the St. Louis County political scene.   

The Green Park alderman, a Republican, unsuccessfully ran for both the St. Louis County Council and St. Louis County executive. He was the underdog in both contests because his opponents had a lot more money and organizational clout.

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Kemper Art Museum
9:05 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Durant Exhibit Challenges History Of Westward Expansion

Durant's “Proposal for White and Indian Dead Monument Transpositions, Washington, D.C.,” 2005 challenges accepted history of U.S. Western Expansion.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

The Kemper Museum is hoping an exhibit of sculptures calling for more monuments dedicated to Native Americans at The National Mall in Washington, D.C., will build community engagement over the issue of Native American representation in American culture.

“We really hope to begin a dialogue, taking this work as a point of departure, with the Native American community,” said Kemper director Sabine Eckman.

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Indie Rock
9:04 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Bo And The Locomotive Release Album Three Years In the Making

Bo Bulawsky performs an acoustic rendition of Pistol in the St. Louis Public Radio studios.
Credit Willis Ryder Arnold | St. Louis Public Radio

    

Local band Bo and the Locomotive is releasing its first album in three years titled It's All Down Here From Here. During that time, the group evolved from a bedroom recording project to full band, lost members, replaced them, and was locked out of their own record. 

“It's not what we were expecting to happen when we started recording it over two years ago, but now that it's all pressed on vinyl and in our hands, there is a big sense of accomplishment,” said Bulawsky.

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The Listening Project
9:02 pm
Sun January 25, 2015

Reaching Into Neighborhoods

Racial disparities in education, income and health affect the health and the prosperity of our entire region. A recent study, For the Sake of All, looks at these disparities and how we can reduce them.

St. Louis Public Radio's Listening Project is reaching into neighborhoods to meet and talk to people about these findings. We hope to engage people in informed discussion on the issues, knowing that all voices are essential in crafting effective and workable solutions to the disparities that divide us.

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Beyond Ferguson
7:35 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Police Supporters Rally In Clayton

Pro-police rally organizer Trish Dennison holds the bullhorn for the pledge of allegiance on Saturday, January 24, 2015.
Credit Camille Phillips | St.Louis Public Radio

Several dozen people showed their support for police Saturday afternoon in Clayton with a rally in front of St. Louis County Police headquarters. Many dressed in blue and white. Some carried signs that read “We support our LEOs” and “Police Lives Matter.” Others waved American flags.

At a table in front of the memorial for slain officers, Bill Peiper and Teresa Tate sold T-shirts with their 6-year-old son, Colton Tate. 

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Jazz Unlimited
4:09 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Gershwin-Part 4: Classical Compositions + New Music

Gary Burton-2001
Dennis C. Owsley Copyright Dennis C. Owsley

Jazz Unlimited for Sunday, January 25 will be “Gershwin-Part 4: Classical Compositions + New Music”  Gershwin’s classical compositions have also resonated with audiences.  During our keys and strings hour, we will hear his piano roll versions of “An American in Paris,” Rhapsody in Blue” and “Novelette in Fourths” and duets between Gary Burton and Makoto Ozone on “Prelude No.

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Politics & Issues
12:30 pm
Sat January 24, 2015

Search St. Louis-Area Child Care Facility Records With 'Reveal'

Credit Flickr | U.S. Army

Whether to send children to child care, and which facility to send them to, are choices often fraught with concern. Compounding this, Missouri's oversight of child care facilities has been spotty in the recent past. But more information in the hands of parents and guardians can help. 

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Missouri Impact
11:26 am
Sat January 24, 2015

Supreme Court Will Hear Challenge To Lethal Injection Executions

Credit via Wikimedia Commons

The U.S. Supreme Court announced Friday that it will hear a challenge to Oklahoma's lethal injection protocol. The case could have direct impact on Missouri in at least two ways.

First, it raises questions about the use of midazolam. Oklahoma uses the drug as the first step in its execution procedure. Missouri also has administered midazolam in large doses to inmates prior to execution, though the state has claimed the drug is not part of the execution procedure.

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