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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Subscribe to our e-newsletter, The Talk Studio, to receive previews of upcoming guests, highlights from the most-talked about shows, and questions from our producers.

Coming up this week:

Monday: A discussion about building a sense of community within neighborhoods. What works? What doesn't?

Tuesday: A discussion about climate change just after a UN panel released a new report saying major action is needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll also hear the personal stories of some St. Louis residents and their interaction with climate change, including that of a local seasonal park ranger at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.

Wednesday: A discussion about the ongoing volatile situation in Ukraine.

Thursday: A conversation with Missouri native, actor and activist Ed Asner, who will be in St. Louis later this month. Among other things, he’ll be performing his one-man show, a tribute to FDR, presented by New Jewish Theatre.

And a discussion with Mayor Francis Slay and local architect Dan Jay about a ‘thought experiment’ of what it would take to raise St. Louis’ population to 500,000.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:37 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Why Are So Many Reality Television Shows Based In St. Louis?

Sue McCarthy with her daughters. They own Women's Closet Exchange in South County and starred in Resale Royalty on the Style Network.
(Courtesy: Coolfire Originals)

Resale Royalty. Welcome to Sweetie Pies. Funeral Boss. Salvage City. If you are a fan of reality-based TV, these shows may be familiar to you.

All of them take place in St. Louis. And all of them were produced by St. Louis-based television production companies Coolfire Originals and NoCoast Originals, who often work in partnership to create what they call "unscripted" shows.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:45 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

NCADA St. Louis And Harris House Present Play Based On Lives Of Alcoholics Anonymous Founders

Gary Kimble as Bill W. and Richard Springle as Dr. Bob in "Pass It On: An Evening with Bill W. and Dr. Bob"

Two St. Louis organizations dedicated to combating alcoholism have teamed up to bring a play about Alcoholics Anonymous to the city.

"Pass It On: An Evening with Bill W. and Dr. Bob" is set in a 1948 meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous as the organization's two founders share their stories of recovery. The play will be performed on the campus of Logan University on Saturday, October 5, with proceeds benefiting NCADA St. Louis and Harris House.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:24 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

St. Louis Asian American Chamber Of Commerce Aims To Serve As Bridge To Larger Community

Bunraku Bay Puppet Troupe, one of the groups performing at the Asian Heritage Festival in St. Louis on Saturday, October 5, 2013.
(Courtesy Asian American Chamber of Commerce)

The Asian American Chamber of Commerce is a relatively recent addition to the St. Louis business scene. The organization's founders, Johnny Wang and Alexander Lee, created the chamber two years ago in the wake of efforts to create a China Hub at Lambert International Airport.

In the process of their work for the China Hub, Wang and Lee realized St. Louis didn't have an organization dedicated to promoting Asian American businesses and decided to form the Asian American Chamber of Commerce (AACC).

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Politically Speaking
10:54 am
Thu October 3, 2013

Politically Speaking: Auditor Schweich On Gubernatorial Withholds, St. Louis Public Schools And 2014

Jason Rosenbaum, St. Louis Beacon.

Every week, St. Louis Public Radio’s Chris McDaniel joins the St. Louis Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum to talk about the week’s politics.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:20 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Journalist Mark Leibovich Offers Insider's Look At Washington D.C. In New Book

An older, more gilded portrait of the capitol. A postcard of Washington D.C.'s iconic Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument dated 1930-1945.
(Via Flickr/Boston Public Library)

In his new book This Town, self-described Washington insider Mark Leibovich paints an unattractive portrait of a capital focused on image, personal wealth and self-interest over public service.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:54 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Report: VA Has Increased Opiate Prescriptions In St. Louis By Almost 300 Percent Since 2001

Screenshot of interactive graphic detailing the number of VA opiate prescriptions nationwide.
(Courtesy Center for Investigative Reporting)

An investigation by the Center for Investigative Reporting has found that the Department of Veterans Affairs has increased the number of prescriptions for opiates by about 270 percent nationwide in the past twelve years.

While the number of prescriptions varies widely in different regions of the country, St. Louis reflects the national average with an approximate 300 percent increase, said the author of the article, Aaron Glantz.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:05 pm
Tue October 1, 2013

Discussion: What Impact Will The Government Shutdown, Debt Ceiling Have On The St. Louis Economy?

A view of the Arch at night.
(Via Flickr/Mandalit)

Hundreds of thousands of government employees went on furlough today, as the federal government began a partial shutdown. Thousands of those employees live and work in the St. Louis region. Meanwhile the debt ceiling deadline looms.

What kind of economic impact will the shutdown and debt ceiling have on the St. Louis region?

St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh spoke with economist Howard Wall, Colonel Kyle Kremer, Commander of the 375th Air Mobility Wing at Scott Air Force Base, and St. Louis Beacon reporter Jason Rosenbaum to find out.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:23 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Healthcare Administrator Answers Questions About Health Insurance Marketplace

A doctor's stethoscope
(Via Flickr/Rosemary)

The online marketplace for health insurance – one of the major provisions of the federal Affordable Care Act – goes live Tuesday, October 1. With the hours winding down until enrollment begins, we wanted to provide a platform for your questions to be answered.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:19 pm
Mon September 30, 2013

Health Issues Root Cause Of Many Dropouts, St. Louis Study Says

comedy_nose Flickr

Second Brief: For the Sake of All

The second of five briefs from a multi-disciplinary study on African-American health in St. Louis and St. Louis County was released last week. It details how health issues lead African American high schoolers in the region to drop out of school.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:35 am
Thu September 26, 2013

Legal Roundtable Broadcast From SLU Law School's New Home

View from the audience during the live broadcast of St. Louis on the Air, Thursday September 26, 2013 from the courtroom of SLU School of Law
Rich Herberts / St. Louis Public Radio

Every month, St. Louis on the Air holds a legal roundtable in which we discuss local, regional and national issues pertaining to the law.  This month, we took the show on the road to Saint Louis University's new downtown School of Law building.

Host Don Marsh and the panel of legal experts took questions from a live audience in the 12th floor court room. And with the new U.S. Supreme Court session scheduled to begin October 7th, there was a lot to talk about.

The panelists were:

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