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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Sept. 11: a decade later
5:04 pm
Fri September 9, 2011

Remembering September 11th: conversations about then and now

St. Louis City Hall on Sunday, September 11, 2011. (photo by Libby Franklin)

Over the past couple of weeks on St. Louis on the Air, we've had a handful of conversations about the impact of September 11th on the people of this region.  Though we in St. Louis were hundreds of miles away from Ground Zero, the events of that day have changed all of us.

Here's a quick roundup of the conversations you can find in our archives:

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From Cityscape
11:18 am
Fri August 5, 2011

Sound Bites: Ones to Watch 2011

Amy Marcoot, Beth Marcoot and Brooke Segrest Why watch them: These seventh-generation dairy farmers are expanding locally made cheese options.
(Courtesy Sauce Magazine/Carmen Troesser)

This month on Sound Bites, we get a look at Sauce Magazine’s 2011 “Ones to Watch List” and an introduction to some of the region’s most innovative culinary up-and-comers.  From underground dinner parties and ultra-modern cocktails, to family traditions that go back generationsSauce says these food and drink professionals show promise.   Sauce senior staff writer Ligaya Figueras stopped by Cityscape with a couple of the folks she's watching. You can listen to Steve Potter's discussion with Will Fischer and Amy Marcoot above.

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from Cityscape
4:01 pm
Fri July 22, 2011

Friday fun with fiddler Justin Branum

Justin Branum (pictured), plays in Studio A with guitarist Gary Hunt and Cityscape Host, Steve Potter. (photo by Libby Franklin)

Lovers of St. Louis Public Radio and classical music may have learned something new on Cityscape today from St. Louis fiddler Justin Branum and guitarist Gary Hunt: the difference between a violin and a fiddle?  "You don't spill beer on a violin," they explained.

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From Cityscape
9:53 am
Fri July 8, 2011

Sound Bites: Gourmet growing wild

A handful of the season's first chanterelle mushrooms, foraged by Ryan Maher of Missouri Wild Edibles.
(Tim Drury, St. Louis Public Radio)

As farmer’s market season hits its summer stride, fresh from the farm ingredients often take center stage.  But Missouri is also home to many wild ingredients, which are highly sought after by area chefs, and in many cases next to impossible to cultivate. 

In the first of a new series called Sound Bites, created in partnership with Sauce Magazine, producer Libby Franklin goes into the woods with forager Ryan Maher, owner of Missouri Wild Edibles.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:59 pm
Wed June 15, 2011

Ira Glass explains his decision to sound different

Ira Glass onstage.
(Courtesy This American Life)

Today on St. Louis on the Air, we got a little peek at what Ira Glass fans can expect this weekend at Powell Hall.  The voice behind PRI’s This American Life will recreate moments from the show live on stage with the distinctive sounds, voices, and music TAL fans have come to know-- but there won’t be any fancy mixing console or many recognizable radio props on stage.  Glass says, “I’ll run it all from my iPad."

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From St. Louis on the Air
2:08 pm
Wed May 25, 2011

Cold winter, strong jet stream combine for an unusual tornado season

National Weather Service risk map
(Mike Smith)

This morning as the National Weather Service upgraded the tornado risk to "high" for the St. Louis area this afternoon, meteorologist and severe weather expert Mike Smith joined us for St. Louis on the Air.  Smith called this the "worst tornado season" since the 1950's and cautioned that complacency about risk can be one of the deadliest factors during any storm. 

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from St. Louis on the Air
1:08 pm
Mon May 23, 2011

Rescue workers search for survivors in Joplin

This is a screen capture of the scene in Joplin, Mo. following the tornado that struck the town on May 22.
(Screen capture via YouTube user aarondurall85)

Forty years to the month after a paralyzing tornado struck Joplin, MO in 1971, rescue workers carefully search the again devastated city for survivors of last night's storm.  KCUR's Dan Verbeck joined us from Joplin during today's St. Louis on the Air.   90 people are now confirmed dead due to the tornado, but one fire official told Verbeck they expect the toll to rise to at least 100.

From St. Louis on the Air
1:23 pm
Thu May 19, 2011

Elie Wiesel on St. Louis on the Air

Elie Wiesel addressing the U.S. Congress. Today Wiesel joined us on St. Louis on the Air.
(via Wikimedia Commons)

Today St. Louis on the Air spoke with renowned author Elie Wiesel, who is also in St. Louis to serve as Washington University's commencement speaker tomorrow.

Wiesel's interview was preempted on the air today by President Obama's speech to the U.S. State Department on the events in the Middle East and North Africa and U.S. policy in the region.

We have today's full interview with Wiesel available for you here.

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from St. Louis on the Air
3:30 pm
Thu May 5, 2011

Algaepalooza 2011 calls on citizen scientists

Dr. Terry Woodford Thomas of the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center works with some young citizen scientists at Algaepalooza 2010. (Backyard Biofuels)

Algae, that very same stuff that turns aquarium walls and backyard fences green, are also a potent source of energy, and hold significant potential as a clean, renewable fuel source.  Algae were first investigated as a source of energy back in the 1970’s when high gas prices prompted an interest in alternative energies and the US Department of Energy created the Aquatic Species Program.  That program was discontinued in 1996, but as oil costs have continued to rise and energy independence has reemerged as a national priority, researchers around the world, and many right here in St. Louis, are again focused on the potential of algal biofuels.

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From St. Louis on the Air
6:21 pm
Mon May 2, 2011

A discussion on the ramifications of Bin Laden's death

(via White House photographer Pete Souza)

On today's St. Louis on the Air, our guests shared their unique perspectives on the death of Osama bin Laden, and what it means for the war on terror.

You can listen to the full show here, but here are a few highlights:

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