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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Cityscape
10:28 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

Graphic Design As Communication

Bryony Gomez-Palacio and Armin Vit
UnderConsideration

Graphic designer Bryony Gomez-Palacio’s world revolves around design.  She and her husband, Armin Vit, founded UnderConsideration—a graphic design firm and publishing enterprise all rolled into one.  They also created the influential design blog UnderConsideration and are the authors of four books on design.

Bryony Gomez-Palacio and University of Missouri-St. Louis Associate Professor of Design Jennifer McKnight were Steve Potter’s guests on “Cityscape.” 

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

First National Tour of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Comes To St. Louis

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical
© Joan Marcus

The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical has made its way to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

The musical features a trio of friends who take a road trip aboard a battered bus throughout the Australian outback.  Along the way, the three drag queens from Sydney encounter episodes of discrimination and heartbreak.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical opens with “It’s Raining Men” and has other disco favorites, as well as songs such as “Material Girl” and “MacArthur Park.”

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St. Louis on the Air
10:06 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Exclusive: Rally St. Louis Announces Next Steps

Rally St. Louis
(Courtesy: Rally St. Louis)

Today on St. Louis on the Air at 11:00 a.m. Updated 11:28 a.m.

Rally St. Louis is a unique crowdsourcing and crowd-funding project designed as a grassroots movement to improve and better market the region.

In mid-November the Rally St. Louis platform launched, allowing people to submit their idea.  In December, the public voted for their favorite idea among the hundreds submitted.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:37 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

East St. Louis: Once Poised For Greatness, But Struggles Persist

East St. Louis historical postcard
(Courtesy: Andrew Theising / Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

The citizens of East St. Louis once believed their town was destined for greatness.  They thought the town was poised to outdistance Chicago as the premier industrial giant and railroad freight node of the Midwest.

According to Andrew Theising, political scientist at the Institute for Urban Research at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and series editor of the East St. Louis Sesquicentennial series, “In the 19th century residents really did think it would be the new Pittsburgh. (Early) documents are just gushing with civic pride.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Analysis Of Gov. Nixon’s State Of The State, Upcoming Legislative Session

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon
Tim Bommel, Mo. House Communications

Governor Jay Nixon, on Monday night, delivered the first State of the State Address of his second term.

He discussed a broad range of topics which included education, Medicaid, mental health and domestic violence.  An in-depth breakdown of his speech as well as reaction from House Speaker Tim Jones is available here.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:49 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

St. Louis City Prosecutor: We Must Avoid Another ‘George Allen’

St. Louis City Circuit Attorney Jennifer Joyce
(Courtesy: St. Louis City Circuit Attorney's Office)

In the early 1980s, University City resident George Allen was charged with and convicted of raping and murdering court reporter Mary Bell.

Last year, after serving 30 years in prison, Allen was released from prison as new evidence came to light which could have helped Allen’s defense and which a judge ruled made his trial unfair.

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Cityscape
5:18 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Georges Braque: ‘Picasso Sidekick' Gets His Due

Georges Braque, Baluster and Skull (recto), 1938. [verso: Still Life with Fruit Dish, c. 1932-33.] Oil on canvas, 17 3/4 x 21 5/8". Private collection.
© 2012 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

In early 20th century Paris, Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque were equally well known after they created the Cubist style of painting.  Today, Picasso is a household name while Braque is virtually unknown outside of art history circles.

Washington University’s Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum puts the spotlight on Braque with the opening of the exhibition ‘Georges Braque and the Cubist Still Life, 1928–1945.’ 

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Cityscape
4:49 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Social Media Topic Of HotCity Theatre’s World Premier

(via Flickr/ivanpw)

Social media continues to shape the way people communicate and go about life.

A new production by HotCity Theatre called “Connected” focuses on the contemporary subject of social media (Twitter, Facebook, interactive gaming, etc.) and why, despite constant connectivity, many people still feel so alone.

Host Steve Potter talked with playwright Lia Romeo, director Chuck Harper and Caitlin Mickey, who plays the roles of Meghan, Sarah and Sharon.

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Cityscape
3:55 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Preserving The Stories Of Missouri Veterans

Volunteer and American Legion Historian Mike Trial conducts a veterans interview for the Missouri Veterans History Project and Library of Congress in Columbia, MO on November 16, 2010.
Jeff D. Corrigan

The Missouri Veterans History Project is a not-for-profit organization which seeks to capture the oral history of as many Missouri veterans as possible.

According to the group’s website, “Our nation’s veterans each have a unique perspective to share about our history. First-hand recollections of their service provide a richer and more personal context to historical accounts.”

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Other News
8:07 pm
Wed January 23, 2013

UMSL Chancellor Reflects On Golden Jubilee, Trends In Higher Ed.

UMSL Chancellor Tom George at the UMSL at Grand Center ribbon cutting

The University of Missouri – St. Louis kicks off its Golden Jubilee year with a celebration on February 1.  Chancellor Tom George was Don Marsh’s guest on “St. Louis on the Air” to reflect on the university’s growth in its first half-century as well as to discuss trends and challenges in higher education.

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