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
4:34 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Why Saying ‘I’m Not A Math Person’ Can Be Harmful, Efforts To Improve Math Literacy

The O'Fallon Township High School (IL) Robotics Team competes in a FIRST Robotics competition
(Courtesy: Eric O. Curry)

For years, the three R’s of a basic education have been reading, writing and arithmetic.

While there are some indications that American students are faltering in reading and writing, especially worrisome is arithmetic.

Among the world’s industrialized nations, the United States is far down the list on math proficiency and math literacy, well behind such countries as Liechtenstein and Slovakia.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness

Author David Sheff
Brent Nagel

David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. 

In 2008, he wrote a memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.

In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.  “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.

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Cityscape
4:01 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Local Teen Acts Compete For Scholarships

Fox Theatre
Chris Caldwell

On Friday, April 12th, a dozen acts in the St. Louis Teen Talent Competition will square off in the finals, competing for college scholarships, prizes and public appearance opportunities.

The Fox Performing Arts Charitable Foundation holds the event to “foster the emerging talent in the St. Louis performing arts community…and to present an adjudicated competition showcasing the splendidly talented teens of the St. Louis Metropolitan area.”

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Cityscape
2:28 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

St. Louis Poetry Center Celebrates Poetry Month With Emily Dickinson

Poet Emily Dickinson
(via Wikimedia Commons)

April is national poetry month and as part of the commemoration, the St. Louis Poetry Center holds “The Belle of Blueberry Hill: Emily Dickinson at the Duck Room.”

While the St. Louis Poetry Center features the work of many poets and writers over the course of a year, the influential work of Emily Dickinson (1830-1886) is on focus at the organization’s upcoming event.

In 1862, Dickinson sent a letter containing four poems to Thomas Wentworth Higginson, who would later write of her, a “wholly new and original poetic genius.”

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Cityscape
1:12 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

CultureGrrl: Museums Face Financial Uncertainty

The Missouri History Museum is one of many arts institutions in the St. Louis region.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Lee Rosenbaum is a cultural commentator who writes the award-winning blog, CultureGrrl.  Her work has been featured in numerous media including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times and NPR.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:19 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Engaging The Next Generation Of Leaders: Clinton Global Initiative University Comes To St. Louis

President Bill Clinton
UPI

In 2005, President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  The goal of the ongoing project is to “create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Caroline Kennedy On Poetry and Youth Literacy, Addresses Possible Diplomatic Appointment

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy and her brother John grew up in a culture of words and reading.  Their mother was particularly fond of poetry dating back to experiences as a child with her Grandfather.  On gift-giving holidays, she requested that her children select and recite a poem rather than purchase a gift, which helped them develop a sense of language and rhyme.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Newly Reelected Mayor Slay Says City, County Must Collaborate To Avoid Failure

Mayor Francis Slay
(UPI file photo)

Later this month, on April 27, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay will become the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.

With more than 81 percent of the vote, Slay won his fourth term as mayor yesterday, besting a candidate from the Green Party, and prior, defeating two primary challengers including Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed.

“I love this city dearly and I really love the people more than anything,” Slay told host Don Marsh.  “I like what I do and I’ve got a good team and I’m looking forward to the next four years.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:35 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Did St. Louis Leaders Let Its Greatness ‘Slip Away?’

(via Flickr/NathanReed)

When it comes to successfully or unsuccessfully governing and managing communities, leadership decisions can make or break a city or region.

St. Louis has been cited as a city “that let greatness slip away over the 20th century.”  That’s the contention of Colin Gordon, Professor of History at the University of Iowa, in his book, Mapping Decline…St. Louis and the Fate of the American City.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:39 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Gay Marriage, Drones, Contraception, Etc.

(via Flickr/mike matney)

The U.S. Supreme Court, last week, heard arguments on two gay rights cases which may produce landmark rulings. 

The Missouri legislature is considering banning the use of drones by journalists while the University of Missouri Journalism School is teaching students how to use them.

And, Missouri’s contraception exception law is no more – at least for now.

Those and other topics were discussed as part of our monthly legal roundtable.

Our guests:

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