Don Marsh

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Don Marsh has extensive and broad media experience, with a career beginning in 1959. Starting as a managing editor for a small magazine in New Jersey, he went on to become a radio news writer in Germany; an Eastern European correspondent and bureau chief for the American Forces Network; news director at WJZ-TV in Baltimore; anchorman/political specialist reporter/producer at KTVI-TV in St. Louis; a talk show host for KMOX radio; an anchorman for KDNL-TV; and a producer of training videos for law enforcement. He began as host of St. Louis Public Radio’s St. Louis on the Air in September 2005. His many professional awards include 12 Regional Emmy Awards, and a Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

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Germany Divided
3:06 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

The Berlin Wall: Don Marsh's Cold War Confrontation

The Brandenburg Gate, 1989
Credit Robert Koenig

On the anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, we are sharing an excerpt from Don Marsh's book, "Flash Frames," about Marsh's experience in Berlin during the early days of the Wall and the height of the Cold War.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:03 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Ukrainian-Born Wash U Researcher Reflects On The Turbulent State Of Her Homeland

The flag of Ukraine
Credit via Wikimedia Commons

The instability in Ukraine has the world watching and waiting.  Following Crimea’s return to the Russian fold, separatists in the rest of the country are demanding the same for the rest of Ukraine.  The west-leaning government in Kiev says the separatists are Russian proxy agents.  Russian troops are near the border, and civil war is threatened.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:01 pm
Thu April 3, 2014

Jackie Joyner-Kersee On Her Work To Improve The Fitness Of Young People

Jackie Joyner-Kersee at Wait, Wait....Don't Tell Me in 2013.
Credit Jamie Heuer

East St. Louis native Jackie Joyner-Kersee is one of the nation’s premier athletes, with 6 Olympic medals to her name. Sports Illustrated named her the Greatest Athlete of the 20th Century and tomorrow she will be inducted into the Hall of Fame of the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:54 am
Thu April 3, 2014

When Children Are Exposed To Gun Violence, It Becomes A Public Health Issue, Say St. Louis Doctors

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The Newtown massacre has been seared in our collective memory. Gun violence involving teens in St. Louis, especially teens of color, is among the highest in the country.  The emotion in Roxana, Ill., after an April Fool’s prank this week put local focus on the issue. 

 

From school shootings to drive-bys to suicide, the level of exposure children in America today have to gun violence is in the news and on the minds of many. Because of this prevalence, some health care professionals contend that it has become a public health issue.  Among them:

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St. Louis on the Air
11:56 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Author Lee Sandlin On The History Of Tornado Chasing

Lee Sandlin, author of "Storm Kings."
Credit Frank Blau Photography

This is the time of year when we begin to worry about severe weather. From thunderstorms to hail, high winds to tornados, we get more than our share. 

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St. Louis on the Air
11:55 am
Tue April 1, 2014

Discussion: What Are The Characteristics Of A Good School Board Member?

Normany School District is one of several districts in the region that is holding school board member elections April 8.
(via Google Maps screen capture)

On Tuesday, April 8, voters will take to the polls to elect board members for their local school districts. April elections, with their focus on local issues such as schools and municipalities, traditionally have a low turnout. However, the results of these elections have a big impact on people’s day-to-day lives, including the policies implemented in their children’s schools.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:00 pm
Tue March 25, 2014

Major Players Discuss Bridgeton And West Lake Landfills

The cap over the Bridgeton Landfill was added by Republic Services to help reduce odor.
MDNR

There is increasing concern about the status of two landfills in Bridgeton as a slow-moving underground fire in the Bridgeton Landfill edges towards the adjacent West Lake Landfill. Radioactive waste left over from World War II was illegally dumped at West Lake in the 1970s.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:50 am
Thu March 20, 2014

North Side Redevelopment: A Conversation With Paul And Midge McKee

Paul McKee
(St. Louis Public Radio)

Updated following the show.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:48 am
Wed March 19, 2014

Discussion: Why Do St. Louis Area Kids Miss School? And What Can Be Done About It?

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As part of the St. Louis Public Radio project "Accounted For," chronic student absenteeism was the focus of St. Louis on the Air today. When students miss more than 10 percent of a given year of school, they become chronically absent. Millions of kids across America fall into this category, and it is far too often a predictor of future failure on several levels.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:00 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Humorist Dave Barry On His Latest Book 'You Can Date Boys When You're 40'

(courtesy Penguin Group)

Updated at 4:00 p.m.

Humorist Dave Barry has been making people laugh for decades. For 20 years, Sunday papers across the country carried his Pulitzer-Prize-winning humor column, syndicated from the Miami Herald.  He’s also the author of a long list of very funny best-selling books.

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