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
2:37 pm
Thu December 13, 2012

‘Sins And Successes’ Of St. Louis’ Beer Kings

Book Cover, "Bitter Brew: The Rise and Fall of Anheuser-Busch and America's Kings of Beer"
(Courtesy: HarperCollins Publishers)

When St. Louis native Bill Knoedelseder pitched the idea for a TV series about a wealthy brewing, baseball-team-owning family, Hollywood was skeptical. How could a Midwestern mansion hold a candle next to, say, an oil family in Dallas?

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St. Louis on the Air
3:41 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Avoid Holiday Scams, 'Grinches,' 12 Tips From St. Louis BBB

(via Flickr/Rojer)

Midwesterners are often known for their kindness and, unfortunately, some people take advantage of it, especially during the holidays.

Host Don Marsh talked with Bill Smith, an investigator for the St. Louis Better Business Bureau.

They addressed ways to avoid becoming the victim of so-called “grinches,” including these twelve tips to outsmart scammers.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:32 pm
Wed December 12, 2012

Update on Mo. And Ill. Congressional Delegations, Fiscal Cliff

U.S. Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

Going over the so-called fiscal cliff is the major talk in Washington D.C. though the Missouri and Illinois delegations are dealing with other issues as well.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Beacon Washington D.C. Correspondent Rob Koenig about the latest news from the nation’s capital, including the fiscal cliff.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:19 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Discussing The 'Delmar Divide': A Line Of Stark Racial And Economic Division In St. Louis

This map, using 2010 census data, gives a birds-eye view of race in St. Louis. Red is White, Blue is Black, Green is Asian, Orange is Hispanic, Gray is Other, and each dot is 25 people.
(via Flickr/Eric Fischer)

The “Delmar Divide” refers to Delmar Boulevard in St. Louis.  It is a street which runs east/west and to a large extent separates the racial make-up of the city.  In a sample of households north and south of Delmar, residents south of Delmar Boulevard are 73% white, while residents north of Delmar are 98% African American, as the BBC pointed out in, “Crossing a St. Louis street that divides communities,” last year.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:35 am
Mon December 10, 2012

St. Louis Central Library Restoration Complete, Reopens To Public

The Grand Hall of the main branch of the St. Louis Public Library
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

The main location of the St. Louis Public Library system has reopened after a $70 million renovation and restoration.

The downtown landmark was unveiled to the public on Sunday, December 9, 2012 after more than two years of construction.

Host Don Marsh talked with Waller McGuire, Executive Director of the St. Louis Public Library and George Nikolajevich of Cannon Design.

As St. Louis Public Radio’s Rachel Lippmann reported:

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

The St. Louis Symphony Joins The Circus

Nino the Clown in the Powell Hall Lobby
St. Louis Symphony

Each Spring, Circus Flora sets up its “big top” in the parking lot of Powell Hall.  Over the years, the Flying Wallendas, Nino the Clown, and the St. Louis Arches have become familiar to many St. Louisans.  

For the second time, Circus Flora will move inside the hall, high wires and all, to join the St. Louis Symphony in a holiday production which will bring to life Dylan Thomas’ classic, “A Child’s Christmas in Wales.” 

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Cityscape
12:45 pm
Fri December 7, 2012

St. Louisan Terry Baker Mulligan’s New Memoir Recounts Experience Of Growing Up In Harlem

Terry Baker Mulligan in front of 369 Edgecombe in Harlem, the building where she was born and lived until age 12
(Provided By: Terry Baker Mulligan)

When born and bred New Yorker Terry Baker Mulligan moved to Saint Louis in the early seventies, she was met with pre-conceived notions about her hometown.

She says her new friends and colleagues thought New Yorkers were rude and the city was filled with trouble and uneasiness.

After leaving her teaching job in 1974 to raise her growing family, she began a 35 year journey to preserve her life and focus on the goodness of the place she once called home and still holds dear.

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Cityscape
11:22 am
Fri December 7, 2012

The Host Of Holidays Past: Kirkwood Woman Performs Dickens, Seuss, More

Historic Interpreter Anne Williams
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

Kirkwood resident Anne Williams is a certified historic interpreter and has volunteered at the Daniel Boone Home in Defiance, Missouri since 1996.

She combines history and literature, dresses in period clothing and shares with guests the historic context of stories and the authors who write them.

Among other things, she performs at special events for the National Park Service including at the Old Court House and Grant’s Home.  She recites the Declaration of Independence every year in Kirkwood.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:40 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

New Group Promotes Women Entrepreneurs In St. Louis

WEST founding members from L to R: Allison Carmen, Mariquita Barbieri, Jenny Dibble and Sheila Burkett
(Courtesy: Jenny Dibble)

When Jenny Dibble returned to St. Louis after five years on the West Coast, she was struck by two features of her hometown’s entrepreneurial culture: one, it was way bigger and more dynamic than she expected; and two, there were a lot of men.

“At every event I attended, I noticed a strange absence of women,” Dibble said.

She decided to investigate and found that she was not the only St. Louis businesswoman craving a community. From that, the idea for Women Entrepreneurs of St. Louis (WEST) was born.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:10 pm
Thu December 6, 2012

SLU Researchers Working Toward Finding New TB Vaccine

Dr. Daniel Hoft working on equipment used for clinical trials
(Courtesy: Saint Louis University Medical Center)

The World Health Organization has declared tuberculosis a global health emergency.

There is already a TB vaccine given to infants in countries other than the United States  but it was developed more than sixty years ago.  That vaccine protects babies from the worst forms of TB but it does not protect adolescents and adults from a type of tuberculosis which accounts for most cases of the disease.

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