Alex Heuer

Talk Show Producer

Alex Heuer joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2012 and is a producer of St. Louis on the Air and Cityscape.  Alex grew up in the St. Louis area.  He began his public radio career as a student reporter at Tri States Public Radio in Macomb, Illinois and spent nearly five years as a reporter and producer at Iowa Public Radio.

Alex graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University.  He has won local and national awards for reporting and producing and his stories have been featured nationally on Morning Edition and All Things Considered.

Alex enjoys running, hiking, sailing, craft beer, locally-owned restaurants, and the St. Louis Cardinals.

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Cityscape
4:27 pm
Fri August 22, 2014

St. Louis Artists Respond To Ferguson With Chalk

The #ChalkedUnarmed team creates its artwork on the sidewalks outside of St. Louis Public Radio.
Credit Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

A group of artists are using chalk to inspire conversations about the shooting death of Michael Brown.

#ChalkedUnarmed draws chalk outlines of people on public sidewalks or plazas. The artist then adds the name of an unarmed black man who was killed by a police officer, with the date and location of his death.

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STL250 Cake
2:59 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Cardinals Take The Cake — Why?

The front-view of the STL250 cake which until, Tuesday, resided outside of Busch Stadium.
(Courtesy: Linda Gurney)

You’ve likely seen at least one by now — fiberglass cakes scattered throughout the St. Louis region. They’re placed at notable places to commemorate the 250th anniversary of the founding of St. Louis.

There are 251 of the 4-foot sculptures. We’ve created a map that allows you to see the cake closest to you; and we profiled one woman who’s visited every cake.

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Cityscape
12:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Why Are Lunchtime Dance Parties Popping Up Around St. Louis?

People rock out during one of Lunch Beat St. Louis' monthly events.
Credit (Courtesy: Matt Menietti)

On the third Wednesday of every month there’s a unique gathering in St. Louis during the lunch hour. Dozens of people gather for Lunch Beat St. Louis to dance, eat and get away from their normal routine.

Andrew Warshauer is the organizer of Lunch Beat St. Louis, which he started last June.

“I like to say it’s a chance to slip away from the every day,” said Warshauer.

Lunch Beat started in Stockholm, Sweden, in 2010 and has spread to more than a dozen cities worldwide.

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Cityscape
4:08 pm
Fri June 6, 2014

How Facebook Brought Together Two Local Strangers And Led To The Return Of A Stolen Stopwatch

A silver-plated stopwatch once owned by Les St. Vrain and stolen was returned to his son earlier this week.
(Courtesy: Stasha Lanigan-Wyman)

About 10 years ago, a silver-plated stopwatch was stolen from the St. Louis home of Mike St. Vrain’s mother during a home invasion.

Thought long lost, St. Vrain of rural Franklin County received an unexpected call earlier this week. The call was from a family friend who saw a post on the public Facebook group, “St. Louis History, Landmarks & Vintage Photos.”

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Cityscape
4:37 pm
Fri May 16, 2014

The 100-Year-Old Sun Theater In Grand Center Reopens After A Major Renovation

The exterior of the Sun Theater, 3625 Grandel Square, after renovation.
Credit Amanda Honigfort / St. Louis Public Radio

The Sun Theater in Grand Center has reopened after nearly 40 years of neglect and abandonment.

On Grandel Square near Powell Hall and the Fox Theatre, the Sun Theater is being leased by the Grand Center Arts Academy. The Lawrence Group, a St. Louis-based design firm, spent $11.5 million on the theater’s renovation.

Lynne Glickert, executive director of the Grand Center Arts Academy, said she was always hopeful the school would be able to use the Sun Theater for its 535 students. The school is the Beaux Arts Building, which is next to the Sun.

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STL250
7:02 am
Wed April 2, 2014

First Evidence Of French Colonial Homes Discovered Under Poplar Street Bridge

A piece of tin enameled ceramic from the colonial period found in the archeological dig below site below the Poplar Street Bridge. It is likely a Spanish ceramic of polychrome majolica.
Stephanie Zimmerman | St. Louis Public Radio intern

Archeologists from the Missouri Department of Transportation are ecstatic over a discovery beneath the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis. They’ve uncovered the first physical evidence dating to when the French founded St. Louis in 1764.

The findings help confirm written documentation of St. Louis’ earliest European settlers and shed new light on the people who live here.

Michael Meyer is an archeologist with MoDOT and the principal investigator of the department’s work in St. Louis.

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St. Louis On the Air
4:12 pm
Tue March 4, 2014

Belleville Celebrates Its Bicentennial

The Belleville Veterans' Memorial Fountain
(Courtesy of the City of Belleville)

Updated following the show.

St. Louis is not the only local community celebrating an important milestone this year. Founded in 1814, Belleville, Illinois is turning 200.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade

An image from “The Price of Sex,” a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who've been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse.
Via Flickr / humanrightsfilmfestival

Sex trafficking is not just an international problem, or even a national one. It is also a problem here in St. Louis. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, St. Louis is a hot spot of sex trafficking activity, one of the top 20 in the country.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:49 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Alternative Funding For St. Louis Businesses: From Local Harvest To TrackBill

Local Harvest Grocery
(Courtesy: Maddie Earnest)

About two weeks ago, Local Harvest Grocery, Café & Catering launched a $120,000 crowdfunding campaign that co-owner Maddie Earnest says was necessary to restock the grocery store and pay off debts acquired as a result of a failed expansion in Kirkwood.  The community responded and fully funded the campaign in six days.

We talked with Maddie Earnest about the overwhelming response and how she plans to move forward after the failed expansion.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:27 pm
Mon January 20, 2014

Encore: Missour-ee Or Missour-uh? Talking About Talking In St. Louis And Beyond

Originally aired Feb. 13, 2013

Is it Missour-ee or Missour-uh?

Those two pronunciations of the state, according to linguist John Baugh of Washington University in St. Louis, peacefully co-exist and are “indicative of all of the linguistic collisions from the rest of the country that happen in our wonderful city.”

Baugh and linguist Cindy Brantmeier of Washington University joined host Don Marsh to talk about how language forms, evolves, and is spoken differently throughout the United States.

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