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
5:30 pm
Mon March 3, 2014

The St. Louis Heroin Epidemic: Who Is Addicted And Where Is It Coming From?

A man shooting heroin. Now that heroin is available in powder form, injecting heroin is less common.
Credit WBEZ/Luis Perea

St. Louis has a heroin problem. And the problem is growing, especially among suburban youth.

As previously reported by St. Louis Public Radio, the number of deaths in Missouri caused by heroin has doubled in recent years, with 90 percent of those deaths occurring in St. Louis.

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City-County Merger
5:20 pm
Fri February 28, 2014

Lugar: Combining Governments Can Bring New Life To Urban Communities

Former Sen. Richard Lugar, R-Indiana, speaks on Friday at St. Louis University Law School. Lugar was the keynote speaker at a conference about merging St. Louis with St. Louis County.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum/St. Louis Public Radio

Updated Monday, March 3, 2014 to include audio from St. Louis on the Air.

Former U.S. Sen. Richard Lugar remembers a time when his home city was described by travel writers as “Indianapolis No Place.” 

When the Indiana Republican became mayor of Indianapolis in the 1960s, the city was mired in a “mediocre, flat situation.” He said it received “very little interest to anybody outside who was not involved parochially.”   

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St. Louis on the Air
5:56 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

St. Louis Is A Hot Spot For Sex Trafficking: A Discussion About Efforts To End The Trade

An image from “The Price of Sex,” a feature-length documentary about young Eastern European women who've been drawn into a netherworld of sex trafficking and abuse.
Via Flickr / humanrightsfilmfestival

Sex trafficking is not just an international problem, or even a national one. It is also a problem here in St. Louis. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, St. Louis is a hot spot of sex trafficking activity, one of the top 20 in the country.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:48 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

The Sochi Olympics As Seen By NewsChannel 5 Reporter Casey Nolen

NewsChannel 5 reporter Casey Nolen outside the International Broadcastin Center in Sochi, Russia.
photo used with permission via Facebook

NewsChannel 5 reporter Casey Nolen just got back from Sochi, Russia, where he covered the Winter Games for the local NBC affiliate. As the sole reporter on the ground for KSDK, he got by with little sleep, the use of NBC cameras and “a lot of help from home.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:22 pm
Wed February 26, 2014

St. Louis Athletes Go For Gold In Paralympics, Concerns Persist Over Disability Rights Abroad

Team USA Sled Hockey Defenseman Josh Pauls attends Lindenwood University.
Gregg Forwerck/USA Hockey

If you thought regular ice hockey was intense, imagine being two feet closer to the puck and the sticks. It’s called sled hockey, and it’s one of the sports Paralympic athletes will be competing in when the Paralympic Winter Games opens in Sochi, Russia March 7.

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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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