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
4:58 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Circus Flora Takes 'A Trip To The Moon'

Equestrienne Lisa Dufresne, Circus Flora Presents "A Trip to the Moon"
Dan Donovan

‘A Trip to the Moon’ is a French black-and-white silent film produced in 1902.  The plot is about a group of astronomers who take an expedition to the moon.

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Cityscape
2:55 pm
Fri May 31, 2013

Cigars And Guitars: Unique Music Festival Comes To St. Louis

Cigar Box Guitar
(via Flickr/steve_lodefink)

On Saturday, June 8th from Noon – 6:00 p.m. the inaugural St. Louis Cigar Box Guitar Festival will be held at the Highway 61 Roadhouse and Kitchen in Webster Groves.

Host Steve Potter spoke with Gary Herget, a resident of Dittmer, Missouri, who is one of the organizers of the event.

They talked about a wide variety of topics including the history and use of cigar box guitars as well as some of the events scheduled for the festival which includes open mic and a cigar box guitar building workshop.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:46 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

St. Louis Parenting Columnist Aisha Sultan Airs Her ‘Dirty Laundry’

Aisha Sultan
(Courtesy: Aisha Sultan)

Regular readers of the St. Louis Post Dispatch are familiar with the byline of Aisha Sultan.  She began writing a regular column in 2008 on parenting and family life called Dirty Laundry.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:45 pm
Wed May 29, 2013

Expanding Solar Energy Use And The Nation’s First ‘Active House’

Missouri Solar Energy Industry Association

The use of alternative energies such as solar and wind is not new though advancements in technology and conversations about the effects of climate change are ongoing.

Many communities, including some in the St. Louis area, are making a big commitment to going green and utilizing solar energy with the encouragement of the Environmental Protection Agency.  The Green Power Community Challenge includes Clayton and Creve Coeur.

Host Don Marsh led a discussion about the commercial and residential use of solar energy.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:39 pm
Tue May 28, 2013

Helping Veterans Transition Back To Civilian Life

(via Flickr/KurtClark)

Memorial Day is one of just a couple days a year in which attention is brought specifically to veterans.

While the remembrance earlier this week is a reminder of veterans’ service to the country, the issues and needs associated with returning veterans is an ongoing issue.  Many veterans struggle with health and emotional issues such as Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), have difficulty finding jobs and trouble finding a new normalcy in civilian life.

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Cityscape
8:47 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Opera Theatre Of Saint Louis’ Festival Season Opens With ‘Pirates Of Penzance”

Pirates of Penzance
Opera Theatre of Saint Louis

The tents are up on the lawn of the Loretto Hilton Performing Arts Center as Opera Theatre of Saint Louis prepares to open its 2013 Festival Season with Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic masterpiece The Pirates of Penzance. Directed and choreographed by Sean Curran and conducted by Ryan McAdams, Pirates is the first of four productions that will be staged in repertory from May 25 until June 30.

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Cityscape
5:57 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

Shakespeare Festival St. Louis Celebrates ‘Twelfth Night’

Kimiye Corwin (Viola) and Joshua Thomas (Orsino) in Shakespeare Festival St. Louis' production of "Twelfth Night"
Davy Levy

Each spring, Shakespeare Festival St. Louis transforms an area of Forest Park just east of Art Hill into an outdoor Shakespearean theatre and provides St. Louis audiences with an entire evening of activities related to one masterpiece by The Bard.  This year’s offering is Twelfth Night.

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Cityscape
3:32 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

The Black Rep Presents ‘The Wiz’

Sarah Stephens rehearses the song, "Home"
Heather Beal

The various iterations of Frank Baum’s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz are wide-ranging and diverse.

One retelling, The Wiz, shares the story from an African-American perspective.  The musical won seven Tony Awards in 1975.

The St. Louis Black Repertory Company closes its season with The Wiz, with performances from May 29th – June 30th.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:56 pm
Thu May 23, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Lawsuits Against Schnucks, Sharia Law, Monsanto, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

Legal issues are never far from the headlines and in many cases, they are the headlines.

The Missouri Legislature recently ended its session and passed some bills worth considering from a legal perspective.  One bill bars the implementation of Agenda 21, a non-binding United Nations plan which promotes sustainable development.  Another would bar Sharia law in Missouri.

Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts to explain those issues and more. 

The panelists included:

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St. Louis on the Air
6:26 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

New Jobs Initiative Helps At-Risk Youth In St. Louis Help Themselves

An arial photo of downtown St. Louis. Employment rose in St. Louis this year, but not as much as it did nationally.
(Flickr Creative Commons User Daniel Leininger)

The City of St. Louis and local organizations and businesses are teaming up to try to alleviate the problems of poverty and crime in the community.

The new initiative is called STL Youth Jobs, a summer pilot program aimed at high risk youth between the ages of 16 and 23.

St. Louis Public Radio reported on the initiative when it was first announced.

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