Alex Heuer

Talk Show Producer

Alex Heuer joined St. Louis Public Radio in 2012 and is a producer of St. Louis on the Air. 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, Ill. and worked for a time at Iowa Public Radio.

Alex graduated summa cum laude from Western Illinois University with a degree in history and earned a teaching certificate in social studies. In 2016, he earned a Master of Public Policy Administration with a focus in nonprofit organization management and leadership from University of Missouri-St. Louis. 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.

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Some of the most important decisions one can make in life are about death.  They are legacy decisions which require advance preparation about how end-of-life wishes should be carried out.

Many of the decisions involve terms such as probate, will, trust, medical directive and power of attorney.   According to Stephanie Payne and Melissia Riddle roughly 70 percent of the population does not have all of their end-of-life paperwork in place.

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Modern medical science has brought us closer than ever to the so-called Fountain of Youth.  Advances in our understanding of what it takes to live a lengthier and happier life have allowed us to do just that.

Host Don Marsh talked with Dr. John Morley, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University.

Among other things, they discussed work Morley recently authored about everyone older than seventy getting screened for frailty, a problem that affects between 5 and 10 percent of those in that age group.

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Dan Parris believes that filmmaking is a great activity because it incorporates every kind of art.  He shares his passion for film with high school students in his role of Project Director for Pentimento: The St. Louis Story Mapping Project.  An initiative of the Midwest Center for Media Literacy in cooperation with Speakup Productions and Studio STL, the project enables inner city high school students to learn the art and business of filmmaking. 

When Karen Kalish founded Cultural Leadership, one of her goals was to create “trouble makers of the best kind.”

The Gateway Festival Orchestra was founded in 1964 by Washington University Music Professor and concert pianist William Shatzkamer along with a number of musicians and community leaders. Its motivation was to fill a void of summertime classical music in the St. Louis region.  At that time, the St. Louis Symphony season was only six months long, so the Gateway Festival Orchestra’s summer season of outdoor concerts provided an opportunity for Symphony and other professional musicians to practice their craft while providing St.

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Art Saint Louis is a nonprofit organization which seeks to highlight contemporary visual art in the area.

The group is in the final stages of creating a gallery/café hybrid in the historic Park Pacific building in downtown St. Louis.  The goal is to create a place “our community will repeatedly visit to enjoy dynamic exhibitions of local art and an inviting atmosphere in which to meet, study and relax.” 

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Encore Presentation: This program's original broadcast was on March 19, 2013.

Having existed and endured for more than 225 years, the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who created it continues to be a hotly contested topic.

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Curtis Sittenfeld has sold nearly two million books.

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Gay rights activists view the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage as a victory.

In two 5-4 decisions, the Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and effectively put to rest California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage by ruling that its supporters did not have standing to challenge a lower court’s ruling that the measure was unconstitutional.

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Gitana Productions’ Executive Director Cecilia Nadal is the product of a Puerto Rican father and an African American mother.  She spent her early years in the Latino culture Puerto Rico and Panama before the family settled in her mother’s hometown of St. Louis.  So she understands the challenges for a person trying to bridge two cultures.

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Rocco Landesman has received numerous Tony awards as a Broadway producer and recently completed a three year term as Chair of the National Endowment for the Arts.  He considered it a great honor to return to his home town for recognition on the St. Louis Walk of Fame. 

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The Saint Louis Art Museum debuts a major expansion on Saturday, June 29 with a ribbon-cutting ceremony of its East Building at 9:30 a.m.

The new space increases the Museum’s gallery and public spaces by 30 percent, including 21 new galleries for the collection and temporary exhibitions.

The museum will be open to the public from 10:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Museum curator Tricia Paik elaborates and gives a look inside the museum's new addition:

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NPR has announced it will no longer produce the popular political call-in show Talk of the Nation. St. Louis Public Radio, along with other member stations, will be replacing this program with an expanded version of WBUR Boston’s Here and Now, an afternoon ‘magazine-style’ news broadcast show.

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As we announced earlier this week, St. Louis Public Radio's programming schedule will be changing in several ways soon, beginning on July 1.

Don Marsh speaks with St. Louis Public Radio Director and General Manager Tim Eby today about the changes. 

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Our Bob McCabe will be leaving and taking his trademark slippers with him on Friday as he retires after almost 25 years at St. Louis Public Radio.

We've all loved working with Bob and will miss him tremendously - as we're sure many of you will miss hearing him each weekday morning.

We spoke with Bob on St. Louis on the Air:


Here's a little video tribute to Bob our Spencer Reed put together. We hope you enjoy it and join us in wishing Bob, our "radio man," the very best:

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The Saint Louis Science Center’s current exhibition Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science has sparked an interest in the afterlife in ancient Egyptian culture.  Earlier this month, Michele Loyet, Adjunct Professor on Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology  at Webster University, spoke at the Science Center on the topic of mummification in Egypt.  She was Don Marsh’s guest on St. Louis on the Air to talk about the afterlife tradition in ancient Egypt.

Douglas Scott Brookes and his sister are the fifth generation of their family to spend their summers in the very same place – a cottage built in 1885 on southern Lake Huron in Michigan.  During a visit, he discovered a diary kept by his great-grandmother from the years 1911-1915. After transcribing it, his interest was piqued enough to begin research on the history and traditions of the area. Among other things, he wanted to find out what prompted so many St. Louisans to spend their summers in Port Huron, Michigan.

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The top legal issue in the day’s news was the U.S.

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom.  In remembering that historic event, the first name that comes to mind to most people is Reverend Martin Luther King and his I Have a Dream Speech.  But few know that the person responsible for a large part of the organization of that march and also for motivating King to his non violent method of activism was another civil rights activist, Bayard Rustin.

For the third year, the Gesher Music Festival of Emerging Artists will provide St. Louis audiences with the opportunity to hear a variety of professional musicians who are on the cusp of their careers.

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About seven years ago, a group of four men decided to form a competitive barbecuing team, the Missouri Shark Fisherman’s Club.

In our monthly Sound Bites segment in partnership with Sauce Magazine we explore the world of competitive barbecuing with teammates Matt Riordan and Robin Brown.  Host Steve Potter also talks with Julie Cohen, managing editor of Sauce Magazine and the author of a feature story about the Club.

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Entrepreneurs are defined as risk-takers.  They are people who take a business idea and run with it, hoping their endeavor is commercial viable and one which can be sustained.

Earlier this month, business leaders and St. Louis City and County officials announced a new effort to support entrepreneurs and startup companies in the St. Louis region.  The goal is to raise $100 million over the next five years.

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St. Louis Public Radio's science reporter Véronique LaCapra sets off this week on a trip to the Galapagos Islands.

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Earlier this month, business leaders and St. Louis City and County officials announced a new effort to support entrepreneurs and startup companies in the St. Louis region.  The goal is to raise $100 million over the next five years.

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The Hispanic community in the St. Louis region is expanding and for more than 30 years, the Hispanic Chamber of Commerce of Metropolitan St. Louis has supported and promoted Hispanic owned businesses.

In 2009, the Chamber established a charitable arm, the HCC STL Foundation, which focuses on youth, workforce development and education.  The Chamber’s Latino Leadership Institute (LLI) is a skills-based leadership training program for young Hispanic professionals.

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Cuba is only 90 miles from the Florida coast but it sometimes feels as if it’s much farther away.  While travel restrictions between the United States and Cuba have eased in recent years, their relationship over the last five decades is far from close.

A small group of students from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville just returned from a 10 day visit to Cuba under an educational arrangement between SIUE and the University of Havana.  Harvard University is the only other institution to take advantage of such an opportunity under the initiative.

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There are approximately 224,000 people with Medicare living in the greater St. Louis area.

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This past weekend’s Father’s Day reminds us of the important role fathers play in the lives of their children.

Artist and businessman Cbabi Bayoc is the father behind 365 Days With Dad. It’s a project he started in 2012 with the goal of painting one portrait or narrative a day which depicts African American fathers interacting with their children in a positive light.

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For the first time since 1966, the St. Louis Symphony will host the League of American Orchestras conference.  The 68th annual conference which takes place June 18 – 20, will focus on the theme Imagining 2023.

Robert Orth as Howie Albert and Aubrey Allicock as Young Emile Griffith
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On Saturday, June 15, Opera Theatre of Saint Louis performs the world premiere of jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard’s first opera, Champion. Set to a libretto by Michael Cristofer, the opera tells the true story of Emile Griffith, a gay boxer who became the Welterweight Champion of the World. But in a boxing match, he kills his opponent through no fault of his own, and then has to live with the guilt for the rest of his life.

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