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
8:53 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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Cityscape
3:06 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Soundbites: Little Country Gentleman Offers Unique Dining Experience

Chef-Owner Mike Randolph along with chef de cusine Dale Beauchamp at Little Country Gentleman in Clayton, Missouri
Jonathan Gayman

“The excitement begins with a complimentary half glass of sparkling Lambrusco – the real stuff, fizzy and dry from Italy’s Emilia-Romagna region – and an amuse-bouche,” writes Sauce Magazine food reviewer Michael Renner.

Mike Randolph is the chef-owner Little Country Gentleman which opened in the Fall of 2012.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Citizen Science: Local Efforts Contribute To Study And Preservation Of Many Species

Monarch Butterfly in Flight, "Flight of the Butterflies" opens at the Saint Louis Science Center on January 18th
SK Films

Citizen science is a growing opportunity for non-professional and amateur scientists to participate in professional research.

There are numerous opportunities for citizen science in the St. Louis area and engaging in such endeavors can contribute to protecting environments and preserving species.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:40 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Inequality Persists In African American Community, Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Julianne Malveaux
(Photo Courtesy: University of Missouri - St. Louis)

A leading advocate for equal rights argues infant mortality, access to education, and unemployment remain major issues of inequality in the African American community.

Julianne Malveaux is a labor economist, author and political commentator.  She is also the former President of Bennett College, a historically black college for women in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Host Don Marsh talked with Malveaux in advance of her speech at the University of Missouri – St. Louis to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:08 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Suggestions For Living A Lengthy And Healthy Life

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Health issues often become more prominent as people age.  Many of them are avoided or at least postponed; and much of living healthfully has more to do with attitude than it does medicine.

Host Don Marsh talked with geriatrician Dr. John Morley, who is Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:13 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

In Depth: Mo. Lawmakers To Consider Medicaid Expansion, Arming Teachers, Etc. In 2013

Missouri Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri legislature convenes this Wednesday.

The hallmark issue may be Medicaid expansion.  Topics of tax credits and arming classroom teachers are also expected to come up for debate.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Beacon political reporter Jo Mannies, and University of Missouri – St. Louis political science professor Terry Jones about the upcoming session.

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Cityscape
6:03 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

Leonard Slatkin Joins The Chamber Music Society of St. Louis For ‘Notes From Hollywood’

Leonard Slatkin
Courtesy of Columbia Artists Management

Leonard Slatkin is well known to St. Louis audiences because of his long tenure at the helm of the St. Louis Symphony.  He returns to St.

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Cityscape
5:32 pm
Fri January 4, 2013

St. Louis’ Metro Theater Company Presents ‘Jackie And Me’

Jackie Robinson
Wikimedia Commons / Library of Congress

Jackie Robinson was a baseball player who broke the so-called “color barrier,” becoming the first African American player in Major League Baseball’s modern era.

He debuted with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947.

St. Louis’ Metro Theater Company presents a play about the life of Jackie Robinson called Jackie and Me.

The production follows Joey Stoshack, a boy who discovers a rare baseball card is his ticket to travel back in time to Branch Rickey’s office on the day Robinson becomes an MLB player.

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