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
4:56 pm
Wed October 30, 2013

Heard Of 'The Exorcist?' This St. Louis Event Inspired It

The exorcism ended at the Alexian Brothers Hospital in South St. Louis. The room where it took place was sealed-off for years and that wing of the hospital was demolished in 1978.
(Courtesy: John Waide, University Archivist, Saint Louis University)

The mattress began to shake.  Arms and legs flailing.  For hours he fluctuated between frenzy and calm.

The following phrases describe an exorcism that took place in March and April of 1949.  A cadre of Jesuit priests affiliated with Saint Louis University, led by Father William S. Bowdern, the pastor of St. Francis Xavier Church, undertook the exorcism of a 14-year-old boy. They took turns praying over the boy, working to cast out the demon believed to have possessed him.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:27 am
Mon October 28, 2013

67 Years Later, Cardinals Superfan Recites 1946 World Series Poem

Arthur Schwartz.
(Courtesy of Arthur Schwartz)

When Arthur Schwartz was 10 years old his parents gave him a newspaper clipping – a poem about the 1946 World Series in which the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Boston Red Sox.

After hearing our recent program on a new book about the 1946 World Series, Schwartz contacted us about the poem he memorized as kid, 67 years ago. 

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Cityscape
10:32 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Fashion & Chess: St. Louis' World Chess Hall of Fame Presents 'A Queen Within'

Gucci SS 2011
Used with permission / World Chess Hall of Fame presents “A Queen Within”

In chess, the queen is recognized as the most powerful piece.  It can move in any direction, making it desirable yet unpredictable.

Centuries ago, however, the queen didn’t exist.  Around the 15th century, when Queen Isabella I of Spain and Queen Elizabeth I of England came to power, so too did the queen in chess.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:43 pm
Tue October 8, 2013

How Can St. Louis' Zoo-Museum District Institutions Raise More Money? Charge Admission?

The St. Louis Zoo
(Via Flikr/Derringsdo)

Commissioners of the Zoo-Museum District, on September 30, voted to raise the property tax rate that funds five St. Louis cultural institutions to the highest level permitted by state law.  Those institutions are the St. Louis Zoo, the Missouri Botanical Garden, Saint Louis Art Museum, St. Louis Science Center and Missouri History Museum.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:37 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Why Are So Many Reality Television Shows Based In St. Louis?

Sue McCarthy with her daughters. They own Women's Closet Exchange in South County and starred in Resale Royalty on the Style Network.
(Courtesy: Coolfire Originals)

Resale Royalty. Welcome to Sweetie Pies. Funeral Boss. Salvage City. If you are a fan of reality-based TV, these shows may be familiar to you.

All of them take place in St. Louis. And all of them were produced by St. Louis-based television production companies Coolfire Originals and NoCoast Originals, who often work in partnership to create what they call "unscripted" shows.

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Cityscape
5:09 pm
Fri October 4, 2013

Local Chefs Compete In International Food Competition

(via Flickr / ramseynasser)

Dishcrawl is an organization which holds “food adventures” throughout the United States and Canada.

The St. Louis branch of Dishcrawl is hosting Battledish – an international food competition among local chefs.  The event takes place this weekend in the Central West End and "Cityscape" host Steve Potter is one of the judges.

Potter talked with Sara Graham, the community manager of the St. Louis Dishcrawl in advance of the event.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:35 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Legal Roundtable Broadcast From SLU Law School's New Home

View from the audience during the live broadcast of St. Louis on the Air, Thursday September 26, 2013 from the courtroom of SLU School of Law
Rich Herberts / St. Louis Public Radio

Every month, St. Louis on the Air holds a legal roundtable in which we discuss local, regional and national issues pertaining to the law.  This month, we took the show on the road to Saint Louis University's new downtown School of Law building.

Host Don Marsh and the panel of legal experts took questions from a live audience in the 12th floor court room. And with the new U.S. Supreme Court session scheduled to begin October 7th, there was a lot to talk about.

The panelists were:

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Cityscape
3:29 pm
Fri August 30, 2013

St. Louisan Ben Hilliker Shares Love Of Antique Cars In New Children’s Book

Author Ben Hilliker in Willy Willys
(Courtesy of the Author)

St. Louisan Ben Hilliker, a career industrial realtor, has had a lifelong attraction to automobiles.

His passion for antique cars is so great that he wrote a children’s book, “The Tale of Willy Willys,” based on a 1926 Willys Overland he acquired in 1999.

The story is about the revival of the antique car as Mr. and Mrs. Willys stumble upon an unexpected find that leads them to restoring an old car that shares their family name.

The book features art by Robert Shay.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:25 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Senator McCaskill: 'Sexual Assault Reform In Military Before End Of Year'

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
(via Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says one of her priorities when Congress reconvenes in September is to approve legislation reducing sexual assaults in the military.  While McCaskill explained accomplishing the task is a team effort, she said there is one primary disagreement with her fellow Democratic colleagues.          

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillebrand from New York wants to take prosecuting decisions away from commanders while McCaskill, on the other hand, wants it to be handled through the chain of command, with more accountability.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:42 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Is Living In Downtown St. Louis Living Up To Expectations?

Downtown St. Louis
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

Updated following the show.

St. Louis City leaders are counting on attracting new residents Downtown as part of an urban renaissance.  The area has seen recent population growth, but questions remain about the future of the area. Host Don Marsh posed those questions to our guests, including:

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