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
8:58 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Mary Beth Tinker On The First Amendment And Rights Of Students

Mary Beth and John Tinker
Wikipedia

When Mary Beth Tinker was a middle school student in Iowa, she never dreamed that she would one day see her name attached to a Supreme Court decision in her college text book.  But that’s exactly what happened.

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Cityscape
9:44 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Florian Schulz: Wildlife Photographer And Conservationist

Florian Schulz' "To the Arctic"
Florian Schulz

Florian Schulz has two passions.  He is an award-winning wildlife photographer, but is equally dedicated to preserving the habitat of wildlife. 

Schulz’s passions led him to the Arctic where he spent 18 months in search of breathtaking images documenting life in every season.  The result is the book “To the Arctic” which is the companion to the IMAX film of the same name.

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Cityscape
8:25 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Conductor Steven Jarvi Joins The St. Louis Symphony

Steven Jarvi

It has been a thrilling week for Steven Jarvi.  In the same week, he has fulfilled two lifelong dreams.  He has been appointed to a job he has dreamed of his whole life and is conducting an opera he has always dreamed of conducting.

The job is Resident Conductor of the St. Louis Symphony and the opera is Puccini’s “Tosca” which Jarvi conducts with Winter Opera Saint Louis in performances March 8 and 10 at Chaminade.

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Cityscape
2:12 pm
Fri March 8, 2013

Trio Of Restaurants Impacting Urban Renewal In Botanical Heights

Olio Wine Bar
Aaron Bunse

A successful urban neighborhood is made up of several components, some of which are schools, restaurants and residential housing.

During the 1970s, when business owner Joe Edwards opened Blueberry Hill in The Loop, University City experienced a certain measure of renewal.  The well-known restaurant remains an anchor for that stretch of Delmar Boulevard.

Current examples of urban renewal through new restaurants include Cherokee Street and the Carondelet neighborhood in South City.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Thu March 7, 2013

NPR’s Ari Shapiro On Politics, Pink Martini And Dinner Parties With Nina Totenberg

Ari Shapiro
Stephen Voss for NPR

Ari Shapiro is a White House correspondent for NPR.

His stories about ongoing political negotiations in Washington, D.C. are familiar to public radio listeners as is his recent guest hosting of Talk of the Nation.

Shapiro, a graduate of Yale University, began his journalism career in 2001 in the office of NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg.  He would go on to cover the Justice Department and serve reporting stints in Atlanta, Miami and Boston.  The award-winning journalist was the first NPR reporter to be promoted to correspondent before age thirty.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:07 pm
Wed March 6, 2013

‘Women Can Be Heroes’ – The Role of Women In Politics And Public Life

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. Her career and possible future involvement in politics was talked about during the show.
(via Flickr/marcn)

Earlier this year, the 113th Congress was sworn in and as part of that, there are now a record-breaking 20 female senators.

U.S. Senator Barbara Boxer of California told ABC “World News” anchor Diane Sawyer, "I think that until we get to 50, we still have to fight because it's still a problem.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:34 pm
Tue March 5, 2013

Growing Up Catholic In Webster Groves, KMOX’s Kevin Killeen Recounts Childhood Experiences

Never Hug A Nun
(Courtesey: Kevin Killeen)

Since 1995, Kevin Killeen has worked as a reporter for KMOX.  He began his career with St. Louis Public Radio | 90.7 KWMU. 

In his current role, he produces the station’s morning feature “A Whole ‘nother Story” and has written KMOX’s original holiday show for about the last 15 years.  Now, he’s written a book, “Never Hug A Nun,” a semi-autobiographical novel about his experiences growing up and going to a Catholic school in Webster Groves during the 1960s.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Mon March 4, 2013

Regional Arts Commission Announces $20,000 Artist Fellowships, Releases Results Of Artists Survey

Regional Arts Commission

More than 3,000 St. Louis area artists filled out a survey called Artists Count, which helped inform the Regional Arts Commission’s (RAC) strategic plan.

The RAC has not previously funded individual artists, rather opting to fund nonprofit organizations and consortiums since 1985, when the organization was created.

Jill McGuire, Executive Director of the Regional Arts Commission, said “After reading this survey we made a commitment that the results of the study will affect our policies.”

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Cityscape
8:36 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Gitana’s ‘Faces Of Love’ Features Al-Andalus

Tarik Banzi's Oud

For 15 years, Gitana Productions has presented an annual “Faces of Love” concert in an effort to bring people together through the power of music, dance or theater.  This year’s concert features Al-Andalus, an ensemble that performs music that originated in the Southern part of Spain at a time when Jews, Muslims and Christians lived together peacefully, creating beautiful music together.

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Cityscape
5:12 pm
Fri March 1, 2013

Prominent Jazz Vocalist Kurt Elling Performs In St. Louis

Kurt Elling
Anna Webber

Kurt Elling is a prominent American jazz vocalist.  Each of his ten albums have been nominated for a Grammy award and he has been named “Male Singer of the Year” by the Jazz Journalists Association eight times.

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