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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7:52 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Good News In St. Louis Crime Statistics

(via Flickr/davidsonscott15)

When the 2012 crime statistics were reported last week, there was good news in both St. Louis City and the portion of St. Louis County patrolled by St. Louis County Police. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

What Was It Like To Be Mrs. Lincoln's Dressmaker?

Mrs. Mary Todd Lincoln
Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

In the mid-1800s Elizabeth Keckley was a slave living in St. Louis.

As a highly skilled dressmaker, she was eventually able to earn the money to buy her freedom.

New York Times bestselling author Jennifer Chiaverini is the author of a new book about Elizabeth Keckley.  She writes about Keckley moving from St. Louis to Washington D.C. and becoming First Lady Mary Todd Lincoln’s personal dressmaker.

St. Louis Public Radio’s Erin Williams talked with Chiaverini about her new book, “Mrs. Lincoln’s Dressmaker.”

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Cityscape
6:23 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

A Low Brass Spectacular At The Sheldon

2012 Low Brass Spectacular
Photo by Ray Meibaum

St. Louis Symphony Bass Trombonist Gerry Pagano recognized the need for a forum to provide educational and performance opportunities for trombone, euphonium, baritone horn and tuba players in the St. Louis region, so he formed the Saint Louis Low Brass Collective.  The organization presents its 5th Annual Low Brass Spectacular Gala Concert Tuesday, January 22 at The Sheldon Concert Hall. The musicians will include members of the St.

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Cityscape
5:05 pm
Fri January 18, 2013

The Dickson String Quartet Is A Family Affair

Dickson String Quartet
Photograph by August Jennewein/UMSL

When a family has 10 children who all study music, it’s natural that some of them might form an ensemble.  In the case of the Dickson family, 4 of them not only formed a string quartet, but all entered college at the same time, halfway across the country.  

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Cityscape
11:17 am
Fri January 18, 2013

Exclusive: Nominations For Inaugural Louie Awards Honoring Local Theater Revealed

(via Flickr/ Tim Green)

In 2012, approximately 100 local professional theatrical productions were presented in the St. Louis area.

A new organization called the St. Louis Theater Circle, a group of area theater reviewers, seeks to recognize local professional theater with the inaugural Louie Awards.

The first Louie Awards presentation coincides with the suspension of the Kevin Kline Awards.  Earlier this year the Professional Theater Council of St. Louis decided not to hold a ceremony honoring 2012 theatrical productions, citing financial issues.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:44 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Challenges, Opportunities For Increasing Access To Mental Health Care

(Flickr/neil conway)

Earlier this week, prompted by the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama announced a series of measures aimed at curbing gun violence.

Among the proposals is increasing access to mental health care.

All too often access to mental health care is scarce.  Sometimes, the only place people can get care is if they are arrested and charged with a crime.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:51 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Candid With The Carnahans: End Of A Political Dynasty?

Robin Carnahan and Russ Carnahan
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

For the first time in a long time, no member of the Carnahan family is holding public office in Missouri.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan left office earlier this week after deciding not to seek re-election last November.  Her brother, Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO – 3), served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.  After re-districting, he challenged Congressman Lacy Clay in the Democratic primary and was unsuccessful.

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St. Louis on the Air
8:53 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Leonard Slatkin On 'Conducting Business'

Leonard Slatkin
Sean Sandefur

Leonard Slatkin has strong ties to St. Louis. His father, conductor and violinist Felix Slatkin, was born in St. Louis and joined the St. Louis Symphony when he was still a teen.  The younger Slatkin’s first conducting position with a major symphony orchestra came in 1968 when he was named Assistant Conductor of the St.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:24 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

New SLMPD Chief On Developing Relationships, Major Issues

Chief Sam Dotson
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Sam Dotson is the new chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

He comes to the position after spending about twenty years with the Department.

Dotson joined host Don Marsh for a wide-ranging discussion.  They talked about taking the reins of the St. Louis Police Department as it prepares to transition to local control and about making the force one which is fully up to speed on 21st century policing practices.

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Cityscape
4:30 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Ken Botnick Creates Books As Art

"B is for Beckett" Limited Edition Book, A Collaboration with Mary Jo Bang
Courtesy of Ken Botnick

When someone asks Ken Botnick what he does, the answer is not an easy one.  As a typographer, he is at the same time a designer, craftsman, printer and publisher, and if that isn’t enough, he is also a Professor of Art and Director of the Nancy Spirtas Kranzberg Studio for the Illustrated Book at the Sam Fox School at Washington University.  The focus of his artistic endeavors is the creation of limited edition books. 

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