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
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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Other News
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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