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
4:52 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

140-Year-Old Millstadt Murder Mystery Gets New Life In “The Ax Murders Of Saxtown’

This barn sits on the property where the ax murdered occured in 1874. The original house is no longer there.
(Credit: Nicholas Pistor)

Growing up as a boy in Millstadt, Ill. Nicholas Pistor heard ghost stories about an ax murderer who killed an entire family in nearby Saxtown more than a century ago.

As a student at Saint Louis University, a conversation with Father Francis Cleary turned his childhood fears into curiosity about the truth behind the story. He began to track down newspaper articles written at the time of the murders, later returning to his research when he became a reporter for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:05 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Update: Can St. Louis Capitalize On Bitcoin?

Vance Crowe of Articulate Ventures (left) and Michael Huber of Paradigm New Media complete a Bitcoin transaction on Wednesday, December 4, 2013.
Rachel Gibbens

Last month we spoke with two St. Louis businessmen who completed a Bitcoin transaction worth $3,000; Michael Huber of Paradigm New Media and Vance Crowe of Articulate Ventures. Crowe is a proponent of the digital currency, and wants to see St. Louis emerge as a forerunner in the field.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Answering Your Questions About The St. Louis Region's Flu Outbreak

Judy Schmidt, James Gathany, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

In the past few weeks, the St. Louis region has seen a dramatic increase in the number of flu cases. The dangerous H1N1 strand that appeared in 2009 is back, and nine people have already died of the illness at Barnes-Jewish Hospital.  

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

The Past Decade Shows Progress In The Battle Against Chronic Diseases, St. Louis Researchers Say

Credit hrsa.gov

Fifth Brief: For the Sake of All

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St. Louis on the Air
5:24 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

St. Louis Municipalities Look To 'RainScaping' To Prevent Runoff

(KOMU via Flickr)

With a large percentage of land paved over, St. Louis City and many other area municipalities have encountered problems with water runoff. In addition to the nuisance of standing water on streets, water runoff can cause health and environmental concerns.

The Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District, the City of Frontenac and the Missouri Botanical Garden are all looking to one solution to the problem - RainScaping.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Thu January 9, 2014

Missouri Still Has A Justice Gap Say St. Louis Attorneys Who Serve The Poor

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

When people of means encounter injustice or are accused of crimes, they hire an attorney to represent them in a court of law. But for people living in poverty, their choices are more limited.

If it’s a criminal case, a defendant will be assigned a public defender. If it’s a civil case, the individual can apply for aid with their local branch of legal services. But despite these options, low-income people are at a disadvantage in the American justice system, say St. Louis attorneys who serve the poor.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:44 pm
Wed January 8, 2014

St. Louis Experts Advise On The Big Light Bulb Switch

Thomas Edison incandescent light bulb, circa 1880.
(via Flickr / National Museum of American History)

Up until now, a 2007 federal law tightening energy efficiency standards in the country has stayed mostly under the radar. But on New Year’s Day it became illegal to manufacture or import the most popular light bulbs in the country — the 40 and 60 watt incandescent light bulbs perfected more than a century ago by Thomas Edison.

When stores sell out of their current stock of incandescent light bulbs, consumers will be forced to make the switch to LED, CFL or halogen.  A previous phase in the law already put a halt to the manufacture or importation of the 75 and 100 watt models.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:21 pm
Tue January 7, 2014

Discussion: What Can We Expect In The Next Session Of The Missouri Legislature?

Missouri State Capitol.
(via Flickr / jimbowen0306)

The next session of the Missouri Legislature opens Wednesday, January 8, and with it an uptick in political activity in the state.

Terry Jones, Founders’ Professor of Political Science and Public Policy Administration at the University of Missouri-St. Louis joined St. Louis Public Radio and the Beacon’s Jo Mannies and Jason Rosenbaum in studio with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh to discuss what to expect during the 2014 session.

Among the issues to keep an eye on this session will be the school transfer issue, Medicaid expansion and transportation tax.

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Health & Science
4:47 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

'The Doctors' Host, Parkway West HS Grad Dr. Travis Stork On Dieting

Dr. Travis Stork
(Courtesy Photo Provided by the Publisher)

Some people know Travis Stork as the star of season eight of "The Bachelor." Some know him as the host of “The Doctors,” a syndicated talk show now in its sixth season. But in addition to being a TV celebrity, Stork is a working emergency room physician and a graduate of Parkway West High School.

He was scheduled to be in St. Louis today as part of tour for his new book, “The Doctor’s Diet: Dr. Travis Stork’s STAT Program to Help You Lose Weight & Restore Your Health,” but due to the weather, his trip has been postponed. He joined the conversation today via phone.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:55 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

St. Louis Winter Outreach Helps Homeless People Get Inside During Cold Weather

A homeless shelter at the former Dignity Harbor homeless camp in St. Louis, 2010
(via Flickr / lateaserikard)

When the weather turns freezing cold, we’re advised to stay indoors as much as possible. But what happens to those without homes to stay warm in? 

That concern is what led Teka Childress to found St. Louis Winter Outreach nine years ago. On nights when the temperature reaches below twenty degrees, volunteers with the St. Louis Winter Outreach go out in search of the homeless and offer them rides to shelters.

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