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
4:59 pm
Mon September 16, 2013

A Discussion With PBS Journalist Ray Suarez On The History Of Latinos In America

Ray Suarez
(Courtesy PBS)

According to the U.S. Census, the United States will become a majority-minority by the year 2043, with Latinos representing the largest portion of the population.

While this shift in demographics represents a major sea-change for the country, in a way it is also nothing more than a continuation of a long story: the 500 year history of Latino Americans.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:49 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

Beyond Recycling: How Do You Lessen Your Environmental Impact?

(Via Flikr/Kate Ter Haar)

When it comes to the economy, a rise in consumer spending is seen as an indicator of  better times ahead. But when it comes to the environment, increased consumer spending can have a downside.

"Consumption is a problem because that's really the root driver of our environmental problems," said Madalyn Coici, waste prevention specialist with the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:13 pm
Wed September 11, 2013

Still Feeling The Effects Of 9/11, 12 Years Later

An American flag.
Flickr/mrsdkrebs

The September 11 terrorist attacks were a tragedy unlike anything the United States had experienced. They set the nation on a new path and their ramifications, both big and small, are still felt today, twelve years on.

There are the obvious consequences: thousands of people who died that day, two wars, the Patriot Act, the creation of the Department of Homeland Security. And then there are the more subtle and pervasive ones: our mental state, how Muslims are perceived in America. Even our architecture has changed.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

Discussion: What To Expect During Missouri's 2013 Veto Session

The Missouri Capitol Building in Jefferson City, Mo.
(St. Louis Public Radio/Marshall Griffin)

Missouri lawmakers will convene Wednesday for their annual veto session. Governor Jay Nixon vetoed 29 bills this year, including at least two bills that have been the subject of much campaigning and debate. Add in a Republican-led General Assembly, and this year's veto session has the potential to be of greater consequence than most.

St. Louis Public Radio's Marshall Griffin and Chris McDaniel have been covering the veto session, and gave host Don Marsh an overview of what to expect this year.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:42 pm
Tue September 10, 2013

National Churchill Museum Introduces British Leader To New Generation

Portrait of Winston Churchill during World War II
(Courtesy Imperial War Museum via Wikimedia Commons)

Winston Churchill is famous for making political speeches, warning of political peril ahead. He warned Great Britain and the world of the dangerous rumblings coming out of Germany during the 1930s as well as when Communist Russia began to expand its reach after World War II.  At that time, Churchill warned the world of the "iron curtain" descending across Central and Eastern Europe.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:57 pm
Mon September 9, 2013

St. Louis Researchers Connect African-American Health Problems To Poverty, Lack Of Education

(Courtesy National Cancer Institute via Wikimedia Commons)

First Brief: For the Sake of All

A disproportionate number of African Americans in St. Louis live in poverty and lack a high school education. African-American St. Louisans also have a higher death rate than white St. Louisans.  According to a multi-disciplinary study currently under way in St. Louis, there is a connection between the two trends.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:24 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Legal Roundtable: The Gun Bill And The Veto Session, Connor's Non-Compete, Pujols Libel Case, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

During next week's veto session, Missouri legislators will likely attempt to override Governor Jay Nixon's veto of the gun bill (H.B. 463), called the Second Amendment Preservation Act. Missouri Attorney General Chris Koster has announced that he agrees with Nixon's override, stating that the bill violates the Supremacy Clause of the constitution. If put into law, the bill would conflict with federal gun laws.

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

Despite Funding Challenges, St. Louis Researchers Find Ways To Study Rare Diseases

A peripheral blood smear of sickle cell anemia.
(via Flikr/Ed Uthman)

Just as with most things in life, when it comes to researching diseases, there is strength in numbers. Most funding goes to researching well-known and wide-spread diseases such as cancer and heart disease. 

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St. Louis on the Air
3:45 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Chief Of Staff Jeff Rainford On Impact Of Local Control Of Police

Jeff Rainford, chief of staff to Mayor Slay (file photo)

As previously reported by St. Louis Public Radio, management of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department officially returned to the purview of the City of St. Louis on Saturday.  After the at times contentious process to regain control, and a 152 year run under state management, the city can now look ahead to the impact local control will have on St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:40 pm
Tue September 3, 2013

Is St. Louis Ready For Possible Retaliation For U.S. Action In Syria?

Logo of STARRS, the St. Louis Area Regional Response System
(Rachel Lippmann/St. Louis Public Radio)

With the likelihood of a U.S. strike on Syria, some are saying the country may come under a terrorist attack in retaliation. What kind of attack could take place, and how ready is St. Louis to weather it?

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