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
10:51 am
Thu March 28, 2013

People And Peace-Seeking: Behind 'Israel-Loves-Iran'

The original photo posted by Ronny Edry, a graphic designer and teacher from Israel, about a year ago.
Credit (Courtesy Euphrates Institute)

The animosity between the governments of Israel and Iran is significant.

Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once compared Israel to a cancerous tumor which should be “cut-off.”  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel would be “eliminated,” and that the country has no roots in the Middle East.

Israel has drawn a line in the sand and is threatening preemptive action to prevent an Iranian nuclear capability.

Two people from their respective countries, however, are engaging in peer-to-peer diplomacy, putting aside  hostility.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:05 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

St. Louis American Newspaper Observes 85th Anniversary

Dr. Donald M. Suggs, Publisher and Executive Editor, St. Louis American
Courtesy: St. Louis American

The St. Louis American has a circulation of 70,000 and is the largest weekly in Missouri targeting African American readers.  It reaches 40-45 percent of black households in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

It has received top national honors for journalistic excellence several times and it was named the best African American newspaper in the country in 2006. 

Host Don Marsh spoke with Dr. Donald Suggs, the principal owner, publisher and executive editor of the newspaper for the last three decades.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:55 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson Unravels The Mysteries of Stonehenge

Photo of Stonehenge taken in 2003
(via Flickr/Rhubarble)

For many years, it’s been thought that Stonehenge, the ancient monolith in southwestern England, was created by Druids around 460 B.C.  

New research shows that is incorrect.  “Even today, a lot of people think Stonehenge is connected to Druids.  We are very certain from radon carbon dating that it happened before,” said British archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson, Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and leader of the Stonehenge Riverside Project.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:14 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Are Missouri Children Over-Diagnosed With ADHD?

(via Flickr/e-MagineArt.com)

Medication is often a routine treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

A recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control shows nearly 9 percent of Missouri’s children are diagnosed with ADHD and that about 80 percent of them receive prescription medication for the behavioral disorder, a rate second only to Mississippi.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:44 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Talking To Children About Sex And Teen Pregnancy Addressed In New One-Man Play

Solo Performer Tim Collins
(Courtesy: Tim Collins)

Talking about sex is often a difficult conversation for parents to have with their children.

A new one-man play, entitled The Big Talks, performed by solo theater performer Tim Collins seeks to demonstrate effective ways in which parents can communicate with their children about sexual health and teen pregnancy.

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Cityscape
5:03 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Comic Con Brings ‘Incredible Hulk’ Lou Ferrigno To St. Louis

Lou Ferrigno as the Incredible Hulk
Used With Permission (via Flickr / WWComicCon)

The St. Louis Comic Con takes place in Downtown St. Louis this weekend.

The event brings some of the biggest names in science fiction, comics and more. 

Host Steve Potter talked with actor, fitness trainer/consultant and retired professional bodybuilder Lou Ferrigno.  He gained fame as a young world-class bodybuilder, at one point becoming Mr. Universe. 

He also played the Incredible Hulk in the CBS TV series.

Ferrigno was joined by Jerry Milani, a representative of Wizard World, which bills itself as the place where pop culture comes to life.

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Cityscape
4:13 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Classical Guitarist Rafael Aguirre Makes St. Louis Debut

Classical guitarist Rafael Aguirre
(Courtesy: St. Louis Classical Guitar Society)

Spanish guitarist Rafael Aguirre is not yet 30, but has already won first place honors in 12 of the world’s most prestigious competitions.  He has also performed in many of the greatest concert halls around the world, including New York City’s famed Carnegie Hall, where he has performed twice. 

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Cityscape
2:26 pm
Fri March 22, 2013

Longtime 'A Chorus Line' Director Reflects On Enduring Musical, Return To St. Louis

'A Chorus Line' Hats Up Finale
Phil Martin

A Chorus Line opened on Broadway in 1975 to critical acclaim, winning nine Tony Awards.  It became the longest running Broadway production, with more than 6,000 performances, until surpassed by Cats.

A touring revival of the musical is in St. Louis, currently at the Peabody Opera House.

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Cityscape
11:39 am
Fri March 22, 2013

Rap Tribute To ‘March Madness’ Billikens Created By Chaminade Coach

The Saint Louis University Men's Basketball Billikens following their win over New Mexico State in the NCAA tournament.
(Saint Louis Athletics)

Jason Kertz is a 2009 graduate of Saint Louis University.  He is now a middle school teacher as well as baseball and basketball coach at Chaminade College Prep.

A song he posted earlier this week on YouTube already has several thousand views.  The song, “Started from the Bottom (Bills on Top),” is a cover of singer Mike Posner’s cover of rapper Drake’s song, “Started from the Bottom.”

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St. Louis on the Air
7:11 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Clayton Native Finds A Career In The Circus

Duncan Wall
Sarah Fishbein

At one time or other, almost every young person has had a desire to run off and join the circus.  But in Clayton native Duncan Wall’s case, it wasn’t until he was a junior in college and was “blown away” by the contemporary circus he attended in Paris, that he got the circus bug. 

Wall's background included sports and theater and he was attracted by the combination of the two.

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