St. Louis on the Air

Monday - Thursday, noon - 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. - 11 p.m. (repeat)

St. Louis on the Air provides discussion about issues and concerns facing the St. Louis area. The show is produced by Mary Edwards and Alex Heuer and hosted by veteran journalist Don Marsh.

To call in during the noon broadcast call (314) 382-TALK (8255) or email talk@stlpublicradio.org.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:57 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

St. Louis Curling Club Sweeps Onto New Ice

Curling Stone
(Via Flickr/Felix)

After months of searching for a new practice space, the members of the St. Louis Curling Club have found a place to pursue their passion. Nancy Rogers, who founded the club, and member Lucas Shook announced that the club will begin playing at the City of Creve Coeur Ice Rink (11400 Olde Cabin Road) on Saturday, March 1. The club will hold classes every Saturday in March and April.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:27 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

In Writing His Memoir, Bosnian War Survivor Found Perspective

A house destroyed by Serbian militants outside Kenan Trebinčević's hometown of Brcko in 1996.
U.S. Department of Defense via Wikimedia Commons

Kenan Trebinčević was 11 years old when the Bosnian War arrived in his hometown of Brcko on May 1, 1992. He remembers going to buy bread at the store and being told by a neighbor not to come back because “pretty soon you Turks won’t need to be eating anymore.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:11 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

With An Eye On The Palladium, What's The State Of Historic Preservation In St. Louis?

Preservation Research Office

There have been rumors for a couple of years now that the Veterans Administration is interested in obtaining the Palladium building at 3618 Enright in order to expand the John Cochran VA Medical Center. For years, the Palladium was home to The Plantation Club.

In a commentary published by St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon, Pokey LaFarge called for the preservation of the building where jazz greats performed for decades.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:34 pm
Mon February 24, 2014

In The Competition Between The U.S. And China, Where Does St. Louis Fit In?

(via Flickr/iChaz)

According to World Trade Center St. Louis executive director Tim Nowak, the number one destination for St. Louis exports is China. With such a direct link to the St. Louis economy, the future of U.S.-China relations is particularly significant to the St. Louis region.

In his new book “Contest of the Century,” Financial Times journalist Geoff Dyer offers an in-depth look at the increasingly competitive nature of that relationship. He is in St. Louis for a presentation tonight at the St. Louis County Library.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Thu February 20, 2014

How Much Screen Time Is Too Much For Kids?

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends no more than two hours of screen time a day for children over the age of two.
(KOMU via Flickr)

At every well-child visit SLUCare pediatrician Matt Broom conducts, he asks two questions. First he asks about the amount of time the child spends in front of screens each day. Then he asks whether or not the child has a television and Internet connectivity in his or her bedroom.

The goal, as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics, is to keep screen time in communal areas and limit screen time to two hours a day. For children under the age of two, the Academy recommends no screen time at all.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:48 pm
Wed February 19, 2014

Author Discussion: Finding Profit In Climate Change

Scientists collect research on the Arctic ice melt from a melt pond during an expedition documented by St. Louis photojournalist Randall Hyman.
(© Randall Hyman)

In his book “Windfall: The Booming Business of Global Warming,” author and freelance journalist McKenzie Funk moves the conversation on climate change beyond whether or not it is happening to focus on people around the world who are finding ways to profit from it.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:17 pm
Tue February 18, 2014

Six Months In: A Look At New UMSL Program For Students With Intellectual, Developmental Disabilities

UMSL assistant professor of education April Regester teaches Special Education 4342: Transition Issues and Planning with 8 SUCCEED students and 14 education students
UMSL Photo/August Jennewein

This past fall, a new educational program for young adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities began at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. The program, called SUCCEED, is a two-year residential program designed to help students build the skills needed to either find a job or enroll in a degree-seeking program.

The program is the brainchild of Deborah Baldini, the associate dean  for the College of Arts and Sciences/Continuing Education at UMSL, and the president and CEO of St. Louis Arc, Kathy Meath.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:41 pm
Mon February 17, 2014

Legal Roundtable: Same-Sex Marriage, Red-Light Cameras, Voter IDs, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

Missouri’s constitutional amendment defining marriage as a union between a man and a woman is being challenged by a suit filed last week in Kansas City. Eight same-sex couples living in Missouri are seeking the state’s recognition of their out-of-state marriages.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:49 pm
Thu February 13, 2014

Alternative Funding For St. Louis Businesses: From Local Harvest To TrackBill

Local Harvest Grocery
(Courtesy: Maddie Earnest)

About two weeks ago, Local Harvest Grocery, Café & Catering launched a $120,000 crowdfunding campaign that co-owner Maddie Earnest says was necessary to restock the grocery store and pay off debts acquired as a result of a failed expansion in Kirkwood.  The community responded and fully funded the campaign in six days.

We talked with Maddie Earnest about the overwhelming response and how she plans to move forward after the failed expansion.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:03 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Discussion: The Papacy Of Pope Francis And His Impact On The Catholic Church

Pope Francis on a visit to Argentina last March.
(via Wikimedia Commons/Casa Rosada)

In the 11 months since Pope Francis began his papacy, he has gained widespread approval and a reputation for shaking things up.

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