Libby Franklin

Talk Show Producer

Libby discovered the delights of making radio as an undergraduate at the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University.  A couple of cities, an internship, and a fellowship later, she began her public radio career at Connecticut Public Radio in Hartford, Connecticut.  At WNPR, Libby was a producer for the award-winning talk show Where We Live.  A native of Kansas, Libby is happy about her return to the Midwest, where she plans to eat lots of local food, see lots of live music, and spend many an hour in Forest Park.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:31 pm
Mon April 23, 2012

President Timothy Wolfe outlines challenges to UM System

University of Missouri website

On the job since February, University of Missouri System President Timothy Wolfe leads an institution with four campuses, more than 74,000 students, and over 13,000 employees. He joined Don Marsh on St. Louis on the Air today from the Columbia studios of KBIA. You can hear their entire conversation in the St.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:31 pm
Wed April 4, 2012

NPR's Michele Norris on race, dialogue and walking on eggshells

Photo courtesy of The Race Card Project

“I’m afraid to say something wrong. ”

“I hate hearing “the neighborhood changed. ””

“I’m so tired of this subject. ”

These "six word essays" are about race. They were written on the backs of three different postcards, by three different people, from three different parts of the country. They represent the thousands of responses NPR’s Michele Norris has gotten in response to her request: Race, your thoughts, six words, please send.

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From Cityscape
10:25 am
Fri January 27, 2012

Sound Bites: Getting at the Root of American cuisine

Chef Brian Hardesty in the kitchen at Root.
(Libby Franklin/St. Louis Public Radio)

Root, a new restaurant from executive chef Brian Hardesty, opened in Richmond Heights a week ago today.  In the sixth installment of our series Sound Bites, created in partnership with Sauce Magazine, producer Libby Franklin checks in with Hardesty about his latest project, which seeks to shine a new light on old cuisine.

from St. Louis on the Air
4:41 pm
Wed December 14, 2011

RCGA hire hopes for a mentality of abundance in St. Louis

The Gateway Arch in St. Louis.
(photo by Tim Tolle via Flickr Creative Commons)

As Dick Fleming prepares to leave the St. Louis Regional Chamber & Growth Association, and his successor Joe Reagan gets ready to move to town from Louisville, they both took time to join us today on St. Louis on the Air.  You can hear their entire conversation in the archives.  In the meantime, here are some highlights from our conversation with Reagan:

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:49 pm
Mon November 28, 2011

Congressman Carnahan remains tight-lipped about 2012 plans

Rep. Russ Carnahan, D-St. Louis.
(Wikimedia Commons/Online Congressional Guide)

As Missouri awaits a decision from Cole County Circuit Court about the redistricting map created by the Missouri General Assembly, 3rd District Congressman Russ Carnahan remains mum about his plans for re-election in 2012.  Saying it makes little sense to make any decision before the Court’s, Carnahan refused to say whether or not he’d consider a run in the 1st District against Democrat Lacy Clay.

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from Cityscape
2:48 pm
Mon November 21, 2011

Sound Bites: Holiday fun without the fuss

Stout-braised short ribs with creamy mashed potatoes. (Photo by Carmen Troesser, courtesy Sauce Magazine.)

As the holiday season begins, and tables fill with beloved people and food, it can sometimes be difficult for hosts and hostesses to keep the emphasis on fun and away from stress.  But with a little strategy and a few thoughtful tips, we hope your festivities can include extra deliciousness and minimal mad dashing.  This month on Sound Bites, our collaboration with Sauce Magazine, the Sauce ladies share some of their ideas for a fuss free holiday.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:53 pm
Tue November 15, 2011

St. Louis County debates budget shortfall, park closures

2012 Proposed St. Louis County Park Closures, explore full map via the link in the story below.
(via St. Louis County website)

St. Louis County Council members gather tonight at 6:00 p.m. to discuss County Executive Charlie Dooley’s proposed budget for 2012.  Facing flat revenues and a budget shortfall, Dooley has proposed $10 million in spending cuts that would close 23 county parks and eliminate up to 133 Parks & Recreation Department employees.

The budget has been under fire from council members, citizens, and environmental groups, many of whom are calling for more equitable cuts across county departments.

Former County Park Ranger Marty Koch joined Dooley’s Senior Policy Advisor Mike Jones today on St. Louis on the Air.

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from Cityscape
4:29 pm
Fri October 21, 2011

Sound Bites: Ten years in a tasty town

Bacon Jam, as featured in the October edition of Sauce Magazine. (photo by Chris Ryan)

This month on Sound Bites, Sauce Magazine publisher Allyson Mace, managing editor Stacy Schultz, and senior staff writer Ligaya Figueras take us on a walk down memory lane as they celebrate ten years in print. From craft beer and locally sourced ingredients to foam and sous-vide, the Sauce team helps us remember the tastes that have defined the past decade of St. Louis food.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:02 pm
Wed September 28, 2011

Jonathan Franzen on freedom, fiction, and finding meaning

writer Jonathan Franzen (photo by David Shankbone)

Today we got the chance to visit with Webster Groves native and acclaimed author Jonathan Franzen about his latest novel Freedom, his inspirations, and his methods.  You can hear the whole conversation in the St. Louis on the Air archives, but here are some highlights:

On whether or not he's working on a new book

It takes me a long time to write a book. They’re years in development before I get any pages I can believe in.  I have some vague thoughts.  Usually the vague thoughts I have at this stage, they turn out to be completely wrong headed.

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from Cityscape
11:09 am
Fri September 16, 2011

Sound Bites: Urban farmers bloom where they're planted

Natalie Semchyshyn, Amos Harris and their young daughter, Ember, atop the family’s downtown rooftop garden.
(Courtesy Sauce Magazine/ by Greg Rannells)

Urban agriculture has taken root in cities everywhere, including right here in the River City.  It comes in many forms: the community garden, the backyard vegetable patch, the rooftop bee colony.  But cultivating food in town can be complicated and wrought with challenges---so what is it that’s driving some city dwellers to skip the grocery store and get their hands dirty?   Libby Franklin reports in the next of our new series Sound Bites, created in partnership with Sauce Magazine.

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