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.

Follow the show on Twitter @STLonAir

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.

Local Host(s): 
Don Marsh
Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5182a94ee1c876c646471715|5182a93be1c876c6464716bd

Pages

St. Louis on the Air
4:58 pm
Tue November 26, 2013

Young People Develop Writing Skills, Preserve Family History

Illustration by Autumn Caito for "Remember Me" by Miles Bassett.
(Courtesy The Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration)

When families gather for the holidays, it can be an opportunity to tell stories and pass on memories. For the St. Louis-based Grannie Annie Family Story Celebration, that provides a possible treasure trove for young people to build writing skills and forge strong family bonds.

Every year, The Grannie Annie publishes a volume of family stories written by students in the fourth to the eighth grade.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
3:40 pm
Mon November 25, 2013

Legal Roundtable: The Death Penalty, The Loop Trolley, Red-Light Cameras, Etc.

(via Flickr/James Cridland)

The state of Missouri carried out its first execution in nearly three years last week, after a delay caused by the need to develop new execution protocols.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
5:14 pm
Thu November 21, 2013

Journalism And The Public Trust: The Recurring Role Of Jayson Blair

Jayson Blair from the documentary "A Fragile Trust."
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

The systematic plagiarism and fabrication of then-New York Times reporter Jayson Blair a decade ago represents one of the most flagrant and grievous breaks in journalistic trust in modern times. It was a black mark against one of the World's flagship newspapers when his deception was revealed, prompting a detailed retraction from the Times and internal restructuring within the organization.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

New Novel by 'Joy Luck Club' Author Amy Tan Explores Love And Abandonment

The picture of Amy Tan's grandmother that led Tan to wonder if her grandmother was a courtesan, circa 1910.
(Courtesy Amy Tan)

Recorded Saturday, November 16 at the St. Louis County Library.

Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club and other novels centered on the mother-daughter relationship, visited St. Louis as part of a tour for her new book, The Valley of Amazement.

In front of an audience of several hundred fans, she spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh about the novel, her writing, her life, and her belief in ghosts.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
9:58 am
Tue November 19, 2013

The Lost Art Of Letter Writing, Or, How You Texted Your Mom In 1863

The first page of a letter written by Alfred S. Hartwell in 1864.
Credit (Missouri History Museum)

In the age of emails, texts and tweets, we take a look back to a time when the handwritten letter was the primary way people communicated across long distances.

In his book To the Letter: A Celebration of the Lost Art of Letter Writing, author Simon Garfield examines the role of letters throughout history – a role that now must adapt to current technology.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
4:31 pm
Mon November 18, 2013

March Of Dimes Turns Research Focus To Preventing Premature Birth

(via Flickr/Joshua Smith)

When Reggie Rideout's daughter Maya was born seven years ago, she weighed just 1 lb. 15 oz.

"I was aiming for a St. Patrick's baby and ended up with a Christmas baby," said Rideout. Her daughter was born at 27 weeks. “I was just so unprepared. And I’m a planner....All of a sudden, not only are you not pregnant anymore, but your baby is very sick.”

Despite Maya's tough start, she is doing well now. "She's a first-grader. She's healthy and intelligent. You would never look at her and know she was born actually a little over three months early," said Rideout.

Read more
Education
4:00 am
Mon November 18, 2013

Rising Student Debt Could Be An Economic Drag

_J_D_R_ Flickr

In Missouri, the average student loan debt for people between 25 and 34-years-old has increased by about 120 percent over the past eight years. In Illinois, that number has jumped more than 140 percent, according to a report from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis.

Nationally, student loan debt has topped the $1 trillion mark, surpassing credit card debt and auto loans.  

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
4:34 pm
Thu November 14, 2013

New Films Examine Role Of Public Defenders, St. Louis Ex-Con Turned Court Worker

Image from Gideon's Army, one of the films being screened during the 2013 St. Louis Internationl Film Festival
(Courtesy Cinema St. Louis)

Two new documentary films showing at the St. Louis International Film Festival are taking on the perception and work of public defenders in the criminal justice system.

“I think the biggest public misconception about public defenders is that we don’t care and we are poor attorneys, poor meaning we don’t do a very good job and we don’t know how to try cases,” said Brandy Alexander, assistant public defender for the 20th Judicial Circuit in Florida.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
5:20 pm
Wed November 13, 2013

Advocacy, Transparency, Objectivity: A Debate On What Constitutes Ethical Political Reporting

Journalist Jeremy Scahill speaks to Blackwater protestors in 2008.
(Via Flickr/Richard O. Barry)

Should a journalist strive most to be fair and objective? Or should his or her primary goal be transparency? Can a content-producer be both an advocate and a journalist? What is the role of the press in the future of democracy and what should its journalistic ethics be?

These are questions news outlets and individual journalists alike must answer as they navigate the future of journalism in the United States, and the topic of discussion during the Second Annual Public Ethics Conference at the University of Missouri-St. Louis on Thursday, November 14.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
4:46 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

How Do We Foster Media Literacy In Today's Digital World?

(via Flickr/Jason Howie)

With the advent of smart phones and tablets, media messages are now ever-present. And with social media, Internet television, satellite radio, blogs and self-publishing in addition to traditional print and broadcasting, the number of media messages out there is also ever-increasing.

That makes it all the more important that people have the ability to critically deconstruct the messages the media convey.

Read more

Pages