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
2:48 pm
Fri April 26, 2013

Alarm Will Sound Remembers The Year 1969

Alan Pierson conducts Alarm Will Sound
Cory Weaver

In the late 1990’s Eastman School of Music students Gavin Chuck and Alan Pierson saw the need for a top notch ensemble to perform their compositions and other contemporary music.  They set to work and formed the student ensemble Ossia.  One of their more notable concerts was one in 1999 that featured music by Steve Reich which the composer attended. After the concert, Reich expressed to the group his desire for an American new music ensemble that would be equivalent to England’s London Sinfonietta or Germany’s Ensemble Modern.

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Cityscape
11:36 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Soundbites: Northern Thai Cuisine Comes To St. Louis, A Look At The Latest Food Trends

Khao Soi soup at Fork & Stix
Carmen Troesser

St. Louis is home to many Thai restaurants but the cuisine of the Southeast Asian country of Thailand is diverse.

Roughly, there are four food regions in the country - northern, northeast, central (Bangkok) and southern, according to Phatcharin Wanna, the owner/chef of a new Thai restaurant in the Delmar Loop.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Thu April 25, 2013

Honoring The Legacy Of Martin Luther King, Jr. One Street At A Time

Proposed Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Legacy Park illustration at sunset, to be placed at the corner of Hamilton Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard
Lauer Architecture

A few years ago a St. Louis non-profit organization, Beloved Streets of America, conducted a study about streets throughout the country which bear the name of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

The study found the majority of MLK streets are unsafe and crime-ridden.  Many are “located in distressed neighborhoods, considered areas where predominately poor blacks live, and viewed as places where whites and non-blacks seldom travel,” according to the organization.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:26 am
Thu April 25, 2013

How Do You Get Rid Of Expired Prescription Drugs?

April 27 is the 6th Annual Prescription Drug Take-Back Day
Flickr/Stephen Cummings

An abundance of prescription medication goes unused or is expired and is at risk of being abused.

This Saturday, April 27, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) holds the sixth annual National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:07 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Sunday Games, Booze, Cheap Tickets: How St. Louis Played A Huge Role In Keeping Baseball Alive

The 1883 St. Louis Browns, Image from book cover, "The Summer of Beer and Whiskey"
(Courtesy: The Publishers, PublicAffairs)

Baseball and St. Louis go together like beer and brats, and the relationship between the city and sport began more than 130 years ago.

Chris Von der Ahe, a German grocer and beer-garden proprietor, risked his life savings in the 1880s, when he founded the franchise that would become today’s St. Louis Cardinals.

As author Edward Achorn describes in his newest book, Von der Ahe knew little about baseball but would become one of the most important and amusing figures in the game’s history.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:03 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Finding Balance And Dignity Among The Chaos Of Dementia

PET scan of a human brain with Alzheimer's disease
US National Institute on Aging, Alzheimer's Disease Education and Referral Center

Dementia is the broad term which refers to diseases which result in a significant loss of cognitive ability.

Alzheimer’s disease is one of the worst manifestations of dementia.

A symposium at Washington University in St. Louis this week aims to be a gathering place for people struggling to find balance and dignity among the chaos of dementia.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:29 pm
Mon April 22, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Marathon Bomber, Blood Alcohol Test, TIF, Etc.

The Old Courthouse in downtown St. Louis.
(Mike Matney)

Legal questions surround the arrest of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the suspect in the Boston Marathon bombing who was captured on Friday.

What is the role of the public safety exception as it relates to Miranda rights? Were civil rights violated as a result of the lockdown?  Should Tsarnaev be tried as an enemy combatant as some Republican legislators have suggested?

The questions surrounding the surviving suspect of the Boston Marathon bombing were discussed by a panel of legal experts, as part of our monthly legal roundtable discussion.

The panelists included:

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Cityscape
5:31 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Takes On Cyber-Bullying, Hosts SHAKE38

William Shakespeare
Wikimedia Commons

Each Spring, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis stages a play by the Bard in an area of Forest Park just east of the St. Louis Art Museum.  This year, the production is Twelfth Night which will run nightly except Tuesdays from May 24 through June 16. But before rehearsals for the main event even begin, the organization is active with pre-season offerings.

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Cityscape
4:27 pm
Fri April 19, 2013

The 442’s, A Musical Collaboration With A Unique Sound

The 442's
Sandra Calvo

Cellist Bjorn Ranheim and violinist Shawn Weil are colleagues in the St. Louis Symphony.  Double bassist Syd Rodway and composer/keyboardist Adam Maness are members of the Erin Bode Group.  They got to know each other when Ranheim and Weil collaborated with the Erin Bode Group and also shared an interest in good food and fine beer. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:10 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The State Of The News Media In 2013

(via Flickr / NS Newsflash)

Each year, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism releases a report about the state of the news media.

The Center’s report for 2013 shows the newspaper industry is down significantly, specifically employment, which is down “30 percent since 2000 and below 40,000 full-time professional employees for the first time since 1978.”

The report identifies six major trends:

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