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
4:10 pm
Thu April 18, 2013

The State Of The News Media In 2013

(via Flickr / NS Newsflash)

Each year, the Pew Research Center’s Project for Excellence in Journalism releases a report about the state of the news media.

The Center’s report for 2013 shows the newspaper industry is down significantly, specifically employment, which is down “30 percent since 2000 and below 40,000 full-time professional employees for the first time since 1978.”

The report identifies six major trends:

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St. Louis on the Air
6:07 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Girls On The Run, 10 Years Of Empowering Young Women In St. Louis

Girls on the Run Paraticipants
Girls on the Run

In 1996, Molly Barker wanted to give girls the tools necessary to help them navigate through the challenges of adolescence and chart their course to healthy lives as adults.  She started with 13 girls in Charlotte, North Carolina using a curriculum in which the main tool was running.  The organization that resulted, Girls on the Run, now serves 120,000 girls a year in 170 branches all over the country.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:10 pm
Wed April 17, 2013

Remembering Margaret Thatcher’s Missouri Visit

Margaret Thatcher
Marion S. Trikosko via Wikimedia Commons

In 1996, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher visited Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri, the same place where almost 50 years earlier, Winston Churchill delivered his famous “Iron Curtain” speech.  During her visit, Thatcher gave a speech that still has relevance today, especially in light of the continuing threat of nuclear weapons by North Korea.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:45 pm
Tue April 16, 2013

50 Years Of Astronomy In St. Louis

James S. McDonnell Planetarium's 50th Anniversary
Saint Louis Science Center

In 1961, a parent of one of Charles Schweighauser’s students told him that a planetarium was being built in Forest Park and suggested that he apply for the job of director.  He figured that he was too young, but applied anyway.  Much to his surprise, he was hired the day before his 25th birthday.  Almost two years later, on April 16, 1963, the James S. McDonnell Planetarium opened its doors giving St. Louisans a state-of-the art way to view the universe in its star chamber.  The space race between the U.S.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:22 am
Tue April 16, 2013

Bobby McFerrin Calls Himself A ‘Songcatcher’

Bobby McFerrin

Bobby McFerrin is a multi-faceted vocalist.  A 10-time Grammy winner, he has blurred the lines between pop music and fine art and has inspired a generation of a cappella singers.  He is best known for his hit, Don’t Worry, Be Happy, which explores the limits of the human voice.  But while he is certainly pleased with the song’s success, he does not want to be defined by it.

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St. Louis on the Air
11:32 pm
Mon April 15, 2013

Stephen Prothero Examines A Common Creed

Stephen Prothero

Stephen Prothero is a professor of religion at Boston University and senior fellow at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History in Washington D.C.  In addition, he blogs for CNN’s Belief Blog and writes for the New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Newsweek, USA Today  and The Washington Post.  He is also the author of several books.  His most recent one is The American Bible: How Our Words Unite, Divide and Define A Nation.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Thu April 11, 2013

Twenty Years Of Bosnian Identity In St. Louis And In The Homeland

A Bosnian family in St. Louis holds a picture of their home in Bosnia, now destroyed. On the mantle is a photograph of a son who was killed in the genocide.
Ben Moore

About 60,000 Bosnians live in St. Louis.  That’s estimated to be more Bosnians per capita than anywhere else in the world outside of Bosnia.

Bosnians settled in St. Louis during the 1990s, after the break-up of the former Yugoslavia and ensuing war and genocide.  Bosnia, or Bosnia and Herzegovina is a country in southeastern Europe, on the Balkan Peninsula.

This year marks the 20th anniversary of when Bosnians came to St. Louis and questions surrounding Bosnian cultural and national identities remain unresolved.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:32 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Reaction To Pope Francis, New Leader Of The Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis
(via Flickr/Christus Vincit)

The new pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first-ever Jesuit pope and the first non-European pope of the modern era.  He is the first to adopt the name Francis.

Pope Francis now leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Host Don Marsh spoke with a variety of guests to talk about the meaning behind Pope Francis’ selection and about some of the major controversial issues within the Church, including clergy sexual abuse, the role of women and same sex marriage.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:34 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Why Saying ‘I’m Not A Math Person’ Can Be Harmful, Efforts To Improve Math Literacy

The O'Fallon Township High School (IL) Robotics Team competes in a FIRST Robotics competition
(Courtesy: Eric O. Curry)

For years, the three R’s of a basic education have been reading, writing and arithmetic.

While there are some indications that American students are faltering in reading and writing, especially worrisome is arithmetic.

Among the world’s industrialized nations, the United States is far down the list on math proficiency and math literacy, well behind such countries as Liechtenstein and Slovakia.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness

Author David Sheff
Brent Nagel

David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. 

In 2008, he wrote a memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.

In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.  “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.

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