Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

Lara Hamdan

St. Louis on the Air Producer

Lara Hamdan joined St. Louis Public Radio as the news intern in 2017. A year later, she became a producer for “St. Louis on the Air.” A St. Louis native, Lara graduated with a degree in journalism from Webster University. She is a cat-mom to Sali and Sami, a lover of traveling, fluent in English and Arabic – and in eating falafel sandwiches and veggie burgers. She enjoys discovering new people and gems in the city throughout her work at St. Louis Public Radio.

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Start of the 1904 Olympic Marathon Race.
Missouri Historical Society

The St. Louis Sports Commission (SLSC) announced that the International Olympic Committee (IOC) is granting each city that has hosted the games the chance to display two grand sculptures of the Olympic rings. St. Louis is among those cities and was even the first city in the United States to host the historic athletic competition.

 Heart expert Dr. Andrew Kates explains topics relating to heart health.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

The heart is a familiar symbol of love, but the diseases of the organ can kill. February is Heart Health Month, and we invited our heart expert Dr. Andrew Kates, professor of medicine and cardiologist with the Washington University Heart Care Institute at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, back on the program to help explain the matters of the heart.

Karen Anderson (left) and Kathryn Banks (right) address inequities in quality of education, rate of school suspensions and more that St. Louis youth face.
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The Women's Voices Raised for Social Justice advocacy program continues to bring awareness to critical issues in the region – this time for injustices disadvantaged youth in St. Louis are facing. Their upcoming program Juvenile Injustice: Kids in Crisis from School to Courts will address inequities in quality of education, rate of school suspensions and more.

The coral reefs of West Papua, which are more diverse than any other marine ecosystem on Earth.
Shaun MacGillivray | 2018 IMAX Corporation and MacGillivray Freeman Films

Writer, producer and director Mark Krenzien’s 40-year-film career has led him on a long list of adventures. He’s worked on the “Making Michael Jackson’s ‘Thriller’” documentary, swam alongside humpback whales and often filmed in far-flung locations, including war-torn Iraq, earthquake ravaged Haiti and a giant NASA clean room.

(L-R) Jeffrey Croft, Maggie Duwe and David Bennett talked about the effects of the fatal shooting at Kirkwood City Hall 10 years ago.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

The City of Kirkwood faced a tragic night a decade ago, when a gunman went on a shooting rampage at a city hall meeting, leaving six people dead and two others injured. The shooter, Charles Lee "Cookie" Thornton, was a disgruntled resident of Meacham Park, a predominately black neighborhood in Kirkwood.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed the issues raised by the shooting at Kirkwood City Hall and how they may have been addressed.

Richard Weiss (left) and Martin Luther Mathews (right) talked about the history of the Mathews-Dickey Boys’ and Girls’ Club and the book that details it.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

In 1960, two neighborhood baseball coaches, Martin Luther Mathews and the late Hubert “Dickey” Ballentine, co-founded an organization that aimed to instill the values of “respect, restraint and responsibility” to youth from age 5 to 18.

Journalist Linda Greenhouse talked about her career and the current state of the media and political affairs.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

For three decades, Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Linda Greenhouse covered the U.S. Supreme Court for the New York Times. She currently freelances for the news agency and teaches at Yale Law School.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Greenhouse about her career and the current state of the media and political affairs. Greenhouse is in St. Louis to speak at a local Planned Parenthood event on Feb. 2 about the present and future of abortion rights.

The West Lake Landfill, in the distance, sits adjacent to the Bridgeton Landfill.
File Photo | Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh went Behind the Headlines to discuss the aftermath of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) decision on a partial removal of World War II-era radioactive waste at the West Lake Landfill, in northwest St. Louis County.

Darryl Munden talks about Rx Outreach,  a non-profit pharmacy providing low-cost prescriptions for people in need.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

A local company is providing prescriptions for underserved, low income and chronically ill people.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked about Rx Outreach, a non-profit organization based in Maryland Heights, which is a fully licensed mail-order pharmacy. Joining the discussion was Darryl Munden, president of Rx Outreach.

The organization started as a program in 2004 within Express Scripts, the largest pharmacy benefit management in the United States.

Henry Adebonojo

Metro Theater Company’s next production, in partnership with Jazz St. Louis, is called “Bud, Not Buddy.” The play is based on a children’s novel that won a Newbery Medal for excellence in children’s literature.

It’s about a 10-year-old boy in Flint, Michigan, named Bud who, during the Great Depression, goes on an adventure to find his father.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, producer Alex Heuer talked with Grammy award-winning jazz trumpeter and composer Terence Blanchard. Blanchard composed the score for the play and will appear at a concert to benefit Metro Theater Company.

Michelle Volansky | Sauce Magazine

The Sound Bites team at Sauce Magazine is always ready to help you plan your nights out at St. Louis restaurants – this time it’s for the month of February.

(L-R) Gillian MacQuarrie, Eli Chen and Kristen Oncken talked about the need for more representation of women in STEM fields.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

There is a stark imbalance in the scientific community, a field largely dominated by men. 500 Women Scientists in an international effort seeking to fix the imbalance and create an inclusive scientific community.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with local members of the grassroots organization about local activities taking place that will introduce more women and people of color to the science fields.

(L-R) Tory Russell, Regina Dennis-Nana and Bobby Williams talked about the protest of prison systems in the past versus now.
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More than four decades ago, a three-day inmate sit-in protest over conditions at the St. Louis City Jail faced a violent end, with more than 30 inmates injured. That led to a 21-day protest outside the jail by activists demanding improved conditions in the cells.

On Tuesday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with citizen negotiators during that protest in 1972 and compared the experience with the protests of today. Joining the discussion were Regina Dennis-Nana and Bobby Williams, who were both citizen negotiators during the sit-in protests 46 years ago.

ArchCity Defenders new executive director Blake Strode talked about the organization's mission to continue helping underserved citizens.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

The non-profit civil rights law firm ArchCity Defenders is a legal advocacy group established less than a decade ago in St. Louis. After the organization’s co-founder Thomas Harvey announced his resignation as executive director, attorney Blake Strode became his successor.

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Strode, the St. Louis native, Harvard Law School graduate and former Skadden fellow. He returned to St. Louis to use his law degree to work on social and racial justice issues.

Conductor Stéphane Denève talked about his career and upcoming role at  the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

Conductor Stéphane Denève is the music director designate of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra (SLSO), succeeding David Robertson as the orchestra's 13th music director in the 2019-20 season. Denève is currently the music director and chief conductor of the Brussels Philharmonic Orchestra and the principal guest conductor of the Philadelphia Orchestra. 

On Monday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked with Denève about his career and his upcoming role in St. Louis. 

Jerry Dunn (left) and Linda McQuary (right) talked about how to spot, treat and prevent sexual abuse.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

Last year, the Children’s Advocacy Center of Greater St. Louis at the University of Missouri - St. Louis, interviewed about 700 child victims of sexual abuse. They found that about 90 percent of the perpetrators were someone the child liked, loved or lived with.

The St. Louis Theater Circle released its 2018 award nominees on Jan. 26 for locally produced professional theater in 2017. This is the sixth year of the awards.

On Friday’s St. Louis on the Air, Judith Newmark, St. Louis Post-Dispatch’s theater critic, and Ann Lemons Pollack, St. Louis Magazine contributing writer, joined host Don Marsh to discuss the nominations and the upcoming award ceremony.

Facebook launched News Feed 11 years ago so users could see friends’ posts without having to visit their profiles. Today, News Feed is the unofficial homepage of the internet with billions of viewers each month.

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh discussed how users will experience new changes on Facebook and how media organizations such as St. Louis Public Radio and NPR are dealing with the changes.

Mark Pacoe (left) and Dawn Riske (right) talk about the St. Louis' American Guild of Organists' upcoming January Jubilee.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

In many places of worship, the organ is a principle source of religious music. But with the decline of organists, is there still a promising future for the musical craft?

On Thursday’s St. Louis on the Air, host Don Marsh talked about the role of music in churches and the American Guild of Organists' (AGO) efforts to provide support for organists and other church musicians. Joining the discussion were Dawn Riske, director of music ministries at Christ the King Catholic Church and organist Mark Pacoe.

(L-R) Peter Joy, William Freivogel and Mark Smith discuss recent issues pertaining to the law.
Lara Hamdan | St. Louis Public Radio

On Wednesday’s St. Louis on the Air, our monthly Legal Roundtable panelists discuss recent issues pertaining to the law, including the FBI’s investigation into Gov. Eric Greitens’ sex scandal and blackmail allegations, the lawsuit that seeks to stop the Missouri governor from using a secretive phone app and the death of civil rights lawyer Frankie Freeman.

Joining the discussion was:

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