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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St. Louis on the Air
6:02 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Washington, D.C. Update

U. S. Capitol
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

The 113th U.S. Congress has been in session for 5 weeks.  Host Don Marsh checked in with the St. Louis Beacon’s Washington correspondent Rob Koenig to get an update on the activities of the Missouri and Illinois delegations.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Discussion: Upcoming Illinois Legislative Session, Gov. Quinn State Of The State

Illinois Capitol
(via Flickr/jglazer75)

It's the start of Illinois' new legislative session, and Governor Pat Quinn laid out, yesterday, what he wants lawmakers to accomplish.  

In his fifth state of the state address since becoming governor, Quinn laid out a wide-ranging agenda which includes letting same-sex couples get married, raising the minimum wage, and prohibiting the sale of assault weapons.

Host Don Marsh talked with Illinois Public Radio/WUIS statehouse bureau chief Amanda Vinicky about the speech and politics in Illinois.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:26 pm
Thu February 7, 2013

Update: Missouri Legislative Session - Right-To-Work, Voter I.D., Etc.

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo. Legislative action here on Thursday by Sen. Jason Crowell would refer the "right-to-work" issue to voters next year. (St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

This year’s Missouri legislative session is well underway.

Among the topics up for consideration in Jefferson City are right-to-work legislation and voter-ID requirements.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin about those topics and others.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Wed February 6, 2013

Catching The Number One Killer: Preventing And Treating Heart Disease

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Heart disease is the number one killer in the world.

It is the cause for roughly every one in four deaths, and because of this, doctors and researchers are struggling to discover early-warning symptoms and preventions.

One of the biggest problems for many suffering from heart disease is that they are not aware they have it. There are several examinations, the most common being stress tests, that can help determine how at risk a patient is for encountering a heart attack, but no such test is foolproof in diagnosing the heart condition and alerting patients of its severity.

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St. Louis on the Air
8:02 pm
Tue February 5, 2013

Krista Tippett ‘On Being’

Krista Tippett
Alex Heuer

Krista Tippett challenges listeners each week to explore the questions at the center of human life with her program “On Being.”  While examining religion, meaning, ethics, and ideas, she talks with a wide variety of guests representing many faiths, cultures and professions.    

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St. Louis on the Air
8:03 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Restoring Household Financial Stability Post Recession

Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

Digging out of an economic crisis can be a lot more complicated than getting in to one and can take a lot more time, too.  While there are positive signs that we are climbing out of the recession, there is still considerable fallout, especially for young couples and recent college grads. 

Jobs are still hard to find for newcomers in the job market and college debt is overwhelming for many. The housing market decline, and resulting loss of wealth, was especially painful for young home owners. 

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St. Louis on the Air
11:17 am
Mon February 4, 2013

Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colors: UMSL Professor Researches Rare Condition

Some synesthetes see letters and numbers as colors
(via Flickr/jtbrennan)

Synesthesia is a complex and rare condition in which input from one sense is perceived through another sense.

The abilities of people to see what they hear or hear what they see are just two examples.

A significant amount of research into the condition is being conducted at the University of Missouri – St. Louis.

Host Don Marsh spoke with Professor of Philosophy Brit Brogaard of the University of Missouri – St. Louis, and with Kristian Marlow, a graduate student of philosophy at UMSL who participates in the research.

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Cityscape
5:41 pm
Fri February 1, 2013

First National Tour of ‘Priscilla Queen of the Desert’ Comes To St. Louis

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical
© Joan Marcus

The first national tour of Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical has made its way to the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis.

The musical features a trio of friends who take a road trip aboard a battered bus throughout the Australian outback.  Along the way, the three drag queens from Sydney encounter episodes of discrimination and heartbreak.

Priscilla Queen of the Desert - The Musical opens with “It’s Raining Men” and has other disco favorites, as well as songs such as “Material Girl” and “MacArthur Park.”

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St. Louis on the Air
10:06 am
Thu January 31, 2013

Exclusive: Rally St. Louis Announces Next Steps

Rally St. Louis
(Courtesy: Rally St. Louis)

Today on St. Louis on the Air at 11:00 a.m. Updated 11:28 a.m.

Rally St. Louis is a unique crowdsourcing and crowd-funding project designed as a grassroots movement to improve and better market the region.

In mid-November the Rally St. Louis platform launched, allowing people to submit their idea.  In December, the public voted for their favorite idea among the hundreds submitted.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:37 pm
Wed January 30, 2013

East St. Louis: Once Poised For Greatness, But Struggles Persist

East St. Louis historical postcard
(Courtesy: Andrew Theising / Southern Illinois University Edwardsville)

The citizens of East St. Louis once believed their town was destined for greatness.  They thought the town was poised to outdistance Chicago as the premier industrial giant and railroad freight node of the Midwest.

According to Andrew Theising, political scientist at the Institute for Urban Research at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville and series editor of the East St. Louis Sesquicentennial series, “In the 19th century residents really did think it would be the new Pittsburgh. (Early) documents are just gushing with civic pride.”

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