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
4:23 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

A Revival Of St. Louis’ Streetcar System? Proponents Say It Could Happen By 2016

(Missouri History Museum)

St. Louis has a long had a special relationship with the trolley.  It’s a relationship immortalized by actor and singer Judy Garland in the film Meet Me In St. Louis

Currently, there are independent efforts in St. Louis to revive the presence of a trolley, or as some proponents say, streetcar. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

NPR's Andy Carvin Talks Revolutions: Journalism, Social Media And The Arab Spring

NPR's Andy Carvin
(via NPR)

NPR's senior social media strategist Andy Carvin was our sole guest today on "St. Louis on the Air." 

Carvin touched on his beginnings, his role as a "information DJ" and how he pieces together truth in real time.

How does he describe his job?

Carvin said one of the best ways he can think of to describe what he does is a "journalistic test pilot."

"I use the word storytelling because...not everything I do could be considered journalism."

"Someone once referred to what I do as 'information DJ-ing.'"

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St. Louis on the Air
8:34 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Water Availability and Global Agriculture

Dr. Roberto Lenton

Last summer’s drought in the United States, and particularly here in the Midwest, would lead one to ask if there is enough water to meet the world’s needs.  According to Dr. Roberto Lenton, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering and Executive Director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the answer is “yes.”

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Cityscape
5:49 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

Annie Amantea Blum Remembers The Admiral

Annie Amantea Blum

The Streckfus family’s Admiral riverboat served as a mecca for social gatherings for generations of St. Louisans.  Gracing the St. Louis riverfront from 1940 until 1978 with its distinctive art deco style, the boat took daily and nightly excursions on the Mississippi.  On its five decks, patrons could partake in a variety of entertainment including ballroom dancing, a number of dining choices, arcade games, rock bands for teens, glamorous powder rooms and more.  Its air-conditioned ballroom was one of the first in the area.

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Cityscape
2:38 pm
Fri March 15, 2013

B-52’s Fred Schneider Performs With Gateway Men’s Chorus

B-52's
Joseph Cultice

The Gateway Men’s Chorus came up with the name “Bad Boys” before B -52’s frontman Fred Schneider was onboard for this weekend’s performances.

According to Al Fischer, artistic director of GMC, Bad Boys is about “guys with attitude, guys with something to say, who don’t care what people think about them.”

The Gateway Men's Chorus' mission is to affirm and promote gay culture and acceptance through excellence in musical performance and education.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:08 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Jill Farmer Teaches How To Make The Most Of Your Time

Jill Farmer
Lance Tilford Photography

Life coach Jill Farmer quit her career as a television consumer reporter and discovered that although she no longer had a fulltime job, she was still busy with little productivity to show for it.  She found herself swinging from the “hamster wheel” mode of moving for the sake of moving but not seeming to get anything done, to the overwhelming state of paralysis where she wasn’t sure where to start.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:37 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

Budget Woes And Other News From Washington D.C.

U.S. Capitol
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

The St. Louis Beacon’s Washington Correspondent Rob Koenig was Don Marsh’s guest on “St.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:15 pm
Wed March 13, 2013

Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization

Anna Saphphire via Flickr

The Violence Against Women Act was originally passed by Congress in 1994, spearheaded by then Senator Joe Biden.  But when the act expired in 2011, it took more than a year of wrangling before Congress could come to terms on its reauthorization.  When President Obama signed the reauthorization of the act on March 7, several additional groups of women were covered.  Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgendered persons, Native American women on tribal land and immigrants are now protected.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:01 am
Wed March 13, 2013

U.S. VETS Assists St. Louis Area Homeless, At-Risk Veterans And Their Families

Stephen Peck
U.S. VETS

Making the transition from the military to civilian life can be difficult. 

Many veterans come out of the military with combat trauma, a condition which must be dealt with before they can move on.  And many don’t admit their condition for fear their discharge will be delayed or they won’t be able to get jobs needing a security clearance or jobs in law enforcement. 

Only a fraction of those with combat trauma register with a VA hospital.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:18 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Making Their Case: SLPS Urban League Debaters Earn High Honors

Destiny Crockett and Cameron Smith, high school students at Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
(Courtesy: Saint Louis Urban Debate League)

Debate is an activity in which thousands of high school and college students participate throughout the country.

The academic activity takes many forms and styles though ‘policy debate’ is one of the most common.

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