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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St. Louis on the Air
4:48 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Extraordinary Black Missourians Profiled In New Book

Dred Scott
via Wikimedia Commons / Missouri Historical Society

The legacy of African Americans who have made contributions in Missouri is highlighted in a new book written by retired local educators John and Sylvia Wright.

The name of the book is Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes, & Other Notables Who’ve Made History.

Many of the people highlighted in the book such as Dred Scott, Langston Hughes and Scott Joplin are well-known.  Others such as concert pianist Blind Boone and teacher and entomologist Charles Henry Turner are not as well known.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Thousands Of St. Louis Students Don’t Have A Home – What’s The Impact?

(via Flickr / David Lytle)

More than a million students nationwide are homeless.

Children who lack a permanent or stable household is an important yet, perhaps, overlooked issue and that’s true in the St. Louis area where several thousand students do not have a permanent home.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:04 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Broadening The Discussion: Is Raising The Minimum Wage A Good Idea?

(via Flickr/c_ambler)

Hundreds of thousands of American workers are paid the minimum wage.  It’s $7.25 nationally and $7.35 in St. Louis.  While the perception may be that minimum and low wage jobs are mostly held by teens, the vast majority, 75 percent, are adults over the age of 20.

Recent local news reports have highlighted protests by minimum wage earners.  They are demanding that their pay be nearly doubled.  The campaign is called “St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:00 pm
Mon May 13, 2013

Michael Pollan Takes To The Kitchen In ‘Cooked’

Michael Pollan
Fran Collin

UC Berkeley Journalism Professor Michael Pollan has devoted a good deal of his career to examining the food we eat in today’s society and the hazards of much of it.  Four of his books are New York Times Bestsellers and have received many other accolades: Food Rules: An Eater’s Manual, In Defense of Food: An Eater’s Manifesto, The Omnivore’s Dilemma: A Natural History of Four Meals and The Botany of Desire: A Plant’s-Eye View of the World.

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Cityscape
5:36 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Author Elaine Viets On Newest Book In ‘A Dead-End Job Mystery’ Series

Elaine Viets
Don Crinklaw

While author Elaine Viets currently lives in Florida, the St. Louis native visits often and more often than not, her stories involve a St. Louis connection.

For many years Viets was columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

A few months ago, St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh visited with Viets to talk about the latest book in her Josie Marcus Mystery Shopper series.

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Cityscape
5:17 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Soundbites: Central Table Food Hall Offers St. Louisans A Unique Dining Experience

Central Table Food Hall GM Matt McGuire
Michelle Volansky

Earlier this month, Central Table Food Hall opened in the Central West End at 23 South Euclid Avenue.

It’s a unique 10,000-square-foot location, unique to St. Louis, which offers dining in a communal atmosphere and unique retail options.

There are seven components which include: a wine and craft beer bar, gourmet coffee, tea and chocolate shop, a deli with salads, soups and sandwiches, a tapas restaurant, a raw bar, a seasonal grill and an artisan market with prepared foods to-go.

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Cityscape
4:29 pm
Fri May 10, 2013

Alan Bennett's ‘Talking Heads’ At St. Louis Actors’ Studio

Alan Knoll

In the late 1980’s, British playwright Alan Bennett produced a series of monologues featuring the best actors in England for BBC Radio.  From the time director Lana Pepper heard Maggie Smith in “A Bed Among the Lentils” in the early 1990’s, she was fascinated by the project and searched out others in the series.  Now thirty years later, she is fulfilling a dream by staging three of them in a production for St. Louis Actors’ Studio, “Talking Heads.” She also hopes to some day stage the other nine Bennett monologues.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:44 pm
Thu May 9, 2013

New Group Seeks To Help Prostitutes, Victims And Drug Addicts In St. Louis

(via Flickr / Daniel P Davis)

Magdalene is a residential program which provides services to women who are involved in prostitution, trafficking and addiction.

The program was founded in 1997 by Becca Stevens, an Episcopal priest at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:22 pm
Wed May 8, 2013

Peter Sagal Explores The Constitution In PBS Series

Peter Sagal and the Harley
Christopher Buchanan Insignia Films

When Twin Cities Public Television, tpt National Productions and Insignia Films wanted to produce a documentary series for PBS examining what the Constitution means in the 21st Century, they didn’t take the conventional route.  Instead of rounding up a number of experts who would talk on a studio set in front of book cases, they asked the host of NPR’s Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me to get on a red, white and blue Harley Davidson and travel across the country.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:05 pm
Tue May 7, 2013

Greg Williams Wants To Sensationalize Recovery

Dan Duncan

When anonymity is one of the major tenets of the best known addiction recovery organization, it seems incongruous that Greg Williams, a person in long-term recovery from drug abuse, is urging others like him to publicly disclose their status.  He believes that is the answer to counter the stigma that is still prevalent toward addiction and treatment for it.  He is so certain that he is right that he has devoted months of his life to “The Anonymous People,” a film documenting the many “game changers” as he calls them, people who are willing to be open about their success with recovery.

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