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
5:52 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

Do Companies Have A Responsibility To Give Back To The Community?

Panera Bread's shared meal of responsiblity, a turkey chili
(Courtesy: Panera Bread)

It’s not uncommon for companies to have a policy concerning corporate social responsibility.  But, do companies have an obligation to help communities?  If so, is it just certain types of businesses?  Plus, how do you factor in a company’s desire to help and, at the same time, benefit the bottom line?

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St. Louis on the Air
4:04 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Minimizing The Risk Of Participating In Youth Sports

Toronto vs. Kansas City
(via Flickr / Brian Hillegas)

Engaging in sports can be beneficial to young athletes.  They provide the opportunity to be physically fit, learn discipline and build character in a fun environment.

The fun stops, however, when a sudden and unexpected injury or surprise medical condition intervenes.  This potential is worrisome to parents and coaches as talk and awareness of concussions seem to be at an all-time high.

Host Don Marsh talked with Tony Breitbach, Director of the Athletic Training Education Program at Saint Louis University, about what can be done to protect young athletes’ health.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:57 pm
Tue May 21, 2013

Genetics Counseling For Cancer And The Decision To Have Preventive Surgery

DNA Double Helix
(Courtesy: National Human Genome Research Institute)

Cancer is cruel and it impacts the lives of far too many people and their families.  According to the World Health Organization, breast cancer kills 458,000 people each year.

Recently, actress and director Angelina Jolie, in a New York Times op-ed entitled My Medical Choice, announced she received a double mastectomy in order to minimize her risk of getting breast cancer.

Jolie has a genetic predisposition to breast cancer.  Her mom died from the disease at the age of 56.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:03 pm
Mon May 20, 2013

Discussion: What Happened During The 2013 Missouri Legislative Session?

MIssouri State Capitol
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

The 2013 Missouri legislative session is now in the books.

While legislators are no longer assembled in Jefferson City, the impacts of what did and did not get done will continue into the coming months.

The Republican controlled House and Senate put gun rights and taxes high on their agenda and perennial issues such as abortion and voter photo IDs came up.

Democratic Governor Jay Nixon has already vetoed some legislation and more vetoes are possible.

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Cityscape
8:43 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Annual St. Louis Blues Festival Mixes Music And BBQ

St. Louis Bluesweek Festival 2013

The fourth annual St. Louis Bluesweek Festival takes place Friday, May 24 – Sunday, May 26 at Soldiers Memorial in downtown St. Louis.

The headliners include Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Mavis Staples and Big George Brock, however, the Festival will highlight several artists with significant ties to St. Louis including Marquis Knox and Rich McDonough & Rough Groves.

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Cityscape
8:37 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Max & Louie Productions’ ‘Mrs. Mannerly’

Donna Weinsting and Charlie Ingram
John Lamb

In the late 1960’s while playwright Jeffrey Hatcher was growing up in Steubenville, Ohio, he took a manners class.  Decades later, it served as the inspiration for his comedy, “Mrs. Mannerly.”  He even used his own name for one of the two main characters.  The other character is Mrs. Mannerly, the teacher of an etiquette class.

Set in Hatcher’s hometown in 1967, the plot of “Mrs. Mannerly” revolves around student Jeffrey Hatcher’s goals of being the first to achieve a perfect score in the etiquette class while also uncovering the mystery surrounding his teacher.

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Cityscape
4:02 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Brian Owens, Erin Bode And Peter Martin In Kids Rock Cancer Benefit

Erin Bode, Brian Owens and Peter Martin at St. Louis Public Radio
Mary Edwards

Kids Rock Cancer is an outgrowth of Maryville University’s Music Therapy Program.  Inspired by the program Purple Song Can Fly in Houston, Texas, the Maryville program goes into hospitals and works individually with children with cancer and other blood disorders.  The musical therapist helps the child express a set of thoughts and ideas, turn them into lyrics of a song and compose a tune for the lyrics.  Then the child gets to sing the song into a microphone with instrumental accompaniment.  The result is a CD recording for t

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St. Louis on the Air
4:48 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Extraordinary Black Missourians Profiled In New Book

Dred Scott
via Wikimedia Commons / Missouri Historical Society

The legacy of African Americans who have made contributions in Missouri is highlighted in a new book written by retired local educators John and Sylvia Wright.

The name of the book is Extraordinary Black Missourians: Pioneers, Leaders, Performers, Athletes, & Other Notables Who’ve Made History.

Many of the people highlighted in the book such as Dred Scott, Langston Hughes and Scott Joplin are well-known.  Others such as concert pianist Blind Boone and teacher and entomologist Charles Henry Turner are not as well known.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Thousands Of St. Louis Students Don’t Have A Home – What’s The Impact?

(via Flickr / David Lytle)

More than a million students nationwide are homeless.

Children who lack a permanent or stable household is an important yet, perhaps, overlooked issue and that’s true in the St. Louis area where several thousand students do not have a permanent home.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:04 pm
Tue May 14, 2013

Broadening The Discussion: Is Raising The Minimum Wage A Good Idea?

(via Flickr/c_ambler)

Hundreds of thousands of American workers are paid the minimum wage.  It’s $7.25 nationally and $7.35 in St. Louis.  While the perception may be that minimum and low wage jobs are mostly held by teens, the vast majority, 75 percent, are adults over the age of 20.

Recent local news reports have highlighted protests by minimum wage earners.  They are demanding that their pay be nearly doubled.  The campaign is called “St. Louis Can’t Survive on $7.35.”

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