Don Marsh


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. Don was inducted into the STL Hall of Fame in 2014. In 2015, he was named STL Media Person of the Year and also received an honorary doctorate from the University of Missouri-St. Louis.

(Provided By: Paula Bradshaw)

Host Don Marsh talks with Paula Bradshaw, an emergency room nurse from Carbondale.  Bradshaw is the Green Party candidate for Illinois’ 12th Congressional.  The race pits Paula Bradshaw against Republican Jason Plummer and Democrat Bill Enyart.  One of the candidates will replace U.S. Representative Jerry Costello, who is retiring after 24 years in office.

The final debate between the three candidates is this Friday at 7:00 p.m. at O’Fallon Township High School.

(Provided By: Jim Higgins)

Host Don Marsh talks with Jim Higgins, a computer systems analyst from Creve Coeur.  Higgins is the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Governor.  He faces incumbent Democratic Governor Jay Nixon and Republican Dave Spence.

Programming Note: Republican Dave Spence will be a guest on “St. Louis on the Air” on Monday, October 29. Governor Jay Nixon has not yet confirmed a date.

Sheila Rhoades

Every other year, senior citizens compete in the National Senior Olympics.  In Age of Champions, director Christopher Rufo shares the story of five athletes including sprinters, jumpers, and swimmers.

Host Don Marsh talks with Rufo and Bill Cannon, an 82-year-old swimmer from the St. Louis area who has earned more than 2,000 medals at the Senior Olympics.  Age of Champions is set to make its debut on PBS in 2013.

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Some of America’s newest voters in November will be people who were not born in this country but are newly naturalized citizens.  Host Don Marsh talks with guests from the International Institute of St. Louis about the path to citizenship and with former students about the process.

Guests include:

  • Anita Barker, Vice-President and Director of Education at the International Institute of St. Louis
  • Elina Fernandez, naturalized citizen and former student at the International Institute
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Host Don Marsh talks with the Libertarian candidate for Missouri Attorney General Dave Browning.

Dave Browning said incumbent Chris Koster has done a decent job “but is an unrepentant liberal.”  He said Republican challenger Ed Martin doesn’t know what he’s doing.  “I think the voters of Missouri need to have a chance to vote for someone who is conservative but not insane,” said Browning.

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The path to victory is rarely easy for political candidates and it’s even more difficult for third party candidates.  Host Don Marsh talks with Libertarian Jonathan Dine, candidate for the U.S. Senate seat in Missouri.

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“I think it’s possible to win this race if a few more Democrats and Republicans would come my way,”
said Jonathan Dine.

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Host Don Marsh talks with a panel of legal experts for our monthly legal roundtable.  Among other things, they’ll talk about a Missouri drunk driving case making its way to the U.S. Supreme Court, an upcoming ballot proposal which would change the way judges are selected for the Missouri Supreme Court, and Lieutenant Governor Peter Kinder suffering a setback in his attempt to derail President Obama’s health care law.

Guests include:

Susan Block, J.D., attorney at Paul, Camazine and Blumenthal, P.C. and retired St. Louis County Circuit Judge

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Clinical depression is called the world’s number one mental disorder and ranks only behind heart disease as the country’s most disabling condition.  It is also dangerous because it can all too often lead to suicide.  Andrew and Barbara Taylor and the Crawford Taylor Foundation have committed $20 million to Washington University to fund research on mental illness, with a sharp focus on depression.

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The general election is less than one month away and candidates are making the final push for votes.  Over the past 2,000 years, advances in technology have drastically changed the method of campaigning though, according to an ancient Roman text of campaign advice given to Marcus Cicero, Rome’s greatest orator, advice given then is just as applicable now.

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Author and psychologist Steven Pinker argues that violence is on the decline.  In, "The Better Angels of Our Nature,” Pinker says despite ongoing news about war, terrorism, and other crimes, violence is declining.  Pinker also examines why people are pulled toward violence and debunks myths about violence.

Host Don Marsh talks with Steven Pinker about his book and thought provoking studies and analysis.  Pinker spoke recently at the St. Louis County Library.

Mark Scott Abeln

In April 2013, Clayton, Missouri will celebrate 100 years as a municipality.  Host Don Marsh talks with author Mary Delach Leonard, who also writes for the St. Louis Beacon, about her new book, Clayton, Missouri: An Urban Story. Leonard traces the beginning of the community from a rural outpost to a progressive metropolitan hub.  Mary Delach Leonard also highlights important city leaders who shaped Clayton and includes historic and contemporary photos of the community.

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A recently released report shows there is a disparity in health care among lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Missourians.  The study by the Missouri Foundation for Health shows LGBT individuals have less access to health care and tend to be less healthy than the general population.

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Host Don Marsh talks with Dr. David Ansell about his proposal to reform healthcare by fixing Medicare and providing it to all Americans.  Dr. Ansell is the Senior Vice President for Clinical Affairs and Chief Medical Officer at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago.  He is also the author of “County: Life, Death and Politics at Chicago’s Public Hospital." 

Physicians for a National Health Program in St. Louis are sponsoring talks by Dr. Ansell:

Go! St. Louis

Childhood obesity is an epidemic which has tripled in the last three decades.  Host Don Marsh talks with experts about the disease and ways to prevent it.  Host Don Marsh talks with Amy Moore, a nutrition and dietetics instructor at Saint Louis University and Nancy Lieberman, President and Founder of GO! St. Louis.

Go! St. Louis is a local nonprofit organization which encourages individuals and families in the St. Louis region to adopt an active and healthy lifestyle year round.

Dave Cornthwaite / Expedition1000

Dave Cornthwaite is a remarkable British adventurer and he just completed a 1,000 mile swim down the Missouri River, ending in St.

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Taking advantage of our community’s diversity can be a challenge.  While people of different ethnicities, cultures, and ages are all around us we can often find ourselves on the outside looking in.  Host Don Marsh talks with guests about ways non-profit and arts organizations can engage new and underserved communities and improve their diversity.

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Term limits are a controversial topic in Missouri and there are persuasive cases both for and against them.  Currently, the Missouri constitution limits state senators to two four-year terms and state representatives to four two-year terms.

Host Don Marsh’s guests are:

(via City of St. Louis websites)

Not many people who watch city politics were surprised when Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed announced that he will challenge Mayor Francis Slay in next year’s Democratic primary in April.

Reed officially threw his hat into the ring on Wednesday at Sqwires in Lafayette Square, part of his ward before he ran for board president.

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President Barack Obama and his Republican challenger Mitt Romney square off in Denver tonight in the first of their three scheduled televised debates.  Host Don Marsh is joined by NPR Political Junkie Ken Rudin to talk about the importance of debates to the election process and what viewers should be looking for.  We’ll also talk with Ken about some political races and issues closer to home.

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Presidential Debate

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The economy is identified as the top concern and voting issue in this presidential election.  There is, however, a strong and sometimes overriding religious subtext on such issues as abortion, contraception, and same sex marriage.  In advance of an upcoming lecture at Fontbonne University on “Faithful Citizenship: A Forum on Religion and Public Life,” host Don Marsh talks with some of the panelists about the intersection of politics and religion, engaging in a broad discussion though approaching it from the Catholic perspective.