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 Cityscape
4:56 pm
Fri April 29, 2011

Not your average cup of Joe: St. Louis barista heads to national championship

South Central Regional Barista Champion, Joe Marrocco of Kaldi's Coffee. (Libby Franklin)

St. Louis' Joe Marrocco of Kaldi's Coffee is already a champion barista.  As the top scorer in the South Central regional competition earlier this month, Marrocco heads to the United States Barista Championships this weekend as a man to beat.  Nationals are underway in Houston, where competitors are judged on a number of factors, including taste, technical skills, and presentation.  We caught up with Marrocco during a recent practice session.

from Cityscape
4:20 pm
Fri April 22, 2011

Nation's best chess players gather in St. Louis

15 year-old Daniel Naroditsky has been the #1 chess player in his age category for 5 years.

For the third year in a row, the Chess Club and Scholastic Center of St. Louis is host to the U.S. and U.S. Women's National Chess Championships.  Play continues through next week at the Chess Club, which has become somewhat of a national hub for the sport.

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from Cityscape
10:53 am
Wed April 20, 2011

Webster University Project documents the end of Kodachrome

Image from Kodachrome End of the Run: Photographs from the Final Batches (Scott Layne)

On January 18, 2011, the very last batches of Kodachrome film were processed at Dwayne's Photo Lab in Parsons, Kansas. Webster University students and faculty were there to witness that last run, which included 100 rolls of their own.  

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:32 pm
Mon April 4, 2011

New documentary sheds light on the story of Pruitt-Igoe

Partially demolished Pruitt-Igoe (Daniel Magidson)

The Pruitt-Igoe public housing project in St. Louis was once considered the template for post-war public housing, a national model.  For awhile it was—until it wasn’t.  The high rise complex was constructed in 1954.  Two decades later, and by then notorious, Pruitt-Igoe was a pile of rubble, imploded and bulldozed into history. What went wrong and why?  That’s the subject of a new documentary film called The Pruitt-Igoe Myth: an Urban History.   Directed by Chad Freidrichs, the film will have its St. Louis premiere this Saturday at the Missouri History Museum.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:57 pm
Thu March 31, 2011

To tax or not to tax? A discussion of Proposition E in St. Louis

(via Flickr/_J_D_R)

Next Tuesday, St. Louis City voters will vote on Proposition E.  If the proposition passes, the city will retain its 1 percent earnings tax.  If the proposition fails, the tax will be phased out over the next ten years.  Supporters and critics of the earnings tax disagree on many things, including how the tax affects the economic vitality of the city and how prominently the tax figures into people’s decisions to live or work in St. Louis.  But many agree on this: no replacement for the earnings tax is in place and a transition to any combination of alternatives could prove painful.

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from St. Louis on the Air
5:33 pm
Tue March 8, 2011

Joe Edwards steps down but stays busy

A visualization of the Loop Trolley Project

Late last week, Joe Edwards announced that he’s stepping down as the Chairman of the Loop Special Business District after 30 years leading the board.  He stopped by St. Louis on the Air today to chat about his decision and what’s next for the six-block district along Delmar that’s been designated “One of the 10 Great Streets in America” by the American Planning Association.

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from St. Louis on the Air
4:17 pm
Thu February 17, 2011

Two kids. One name. Many choices.

Wes Moore, Author of "The Other Wes Moore: One Name, Two Fates"

In the introduction to his book, The Other Wes Moore, author Wes Moore says:

This is the story of two boys living in Baltimore with similar histories and an identical name: Wes Moore.  One of us is free and has experienced things he never even knew to dream about as a kid.  The other will spend every day until his death behind bars for an armed robbery that left a police officer and father of five dead.  The chilling truth is that his story could have been mine.  The tragedy is that my story could have been his.

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from St. Louis on the Air
8:48 am
Thu February 10, 2011

200 years later, what's shaking in the New Madrid Seismic Zone?

a portion of Geologic Investigations Map I-2812 (US Geological Survey) / Wheeler R.L.

Tomorrow marks the St. Louis kickoff of the bicentennial events commemorating the earthquakes that struck the New Madrid Seismic Zone in 1811-12.  You’ve probably heard stories about those quakes: that church bells rang in Boston, that the Mississippi River ran backwards. Much of that, it turns out, is legend.  So what do we know about the New Madrid fault and the risk it poses to the modern Midwest?

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from St. Louis on the Air
5:04 pm
Thu February 3, 2011

Documentary Brings Attention to Student Stress

A student studies (Race to Nowhere)

Students pushed to the limit.  Burned out teachers.  Worried parents.  These are the characters in Race to Nowhere, a documentary screening at community events around the country, including three screenings in St. Louis over the next few weeks.  Filmmaker Vikci Abeles has called the film “a call to mobilize families, educators, and policy makers to challenge current assumptions on how to best prepare the youth of America to become healthy, bright, contributing and leading citizens. ”

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from St. Louis on the Air
3:25 pm
Tue January 11, 2011

Mayor Slay sees opportunities and obstacles in 2011

St. Louis Mayor Francis Slay delivers his annual State of the City report to the St. Louis Board of Aldermen at City Hall in St. Louis on April 25, 2008. Slay was our guest today on St. Louis on the Air. (UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In case you missed today’s St. Louis on the Air, here are some highlights of our discussion with Mayor Francis Slay:

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