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.

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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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St. Louis on the Air
1:05 pm
Mon September 2, 2013

Encore: St. Louis Businesses Contributed To War Effort, Spurred Job Growth During World War II

Rebroadcast from June 13, 2012.

A conversation with Arthur Herman, author of Freedom's Forge: How American Business Produced Victory in World War II, about the contributions of American business during the second World War, with focus on St. Louis area businesses.  

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St. Louis on the Air
5:12 pm
Thu August 29, 2013

Twitter, Square Co-Founder Jack Dorsey Kicks Off 'Let's Talk' Series For Small Businesses

Jack Dorsey, co-founder of Square Inc.
(Courtesy Square Inc.)

One of the hurdles small businesses face is the potential loss of a sale if they don't have the infrastructure in place to accept credit card and debit card payments.

St. Louis native Jack Dorsey, CEO of Square Inc., a mobile payments device company, makes that hurdle easier to jump but he says the company has more to offer than concrete tools of the trade.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:22 pm
Wed August 28, 2013

The March On Washington And Its Impact On St. Louis: How Far Have We Come Since 1963?

Civil Rights March on Washington, D.C. on August 28, 1963. Photograph by Rowland Scherman for USIA.
(via Wikimedia Commons / U.S. National Archives and Records Administration)

In the summer of 1963, hundreds of thousands across the nation converged on Washington, D.C. to march for jobs and freedom.

Meanwhile, back in St. Louis, local civil rights activists were gearing up for a demonstration of their own: a picket line and sit-in at Jefferson Bank, also calling for equal employment for African Americans. Despite being located in an African American neighborhood, the only African Americans employed by the bank worked as janitors.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:58 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Remembering The Great Flood Of 1993: From Chesterfield To Valmeyer

Water patrol cruises the Mississippi River during the flood of 1993.
(UPI/Bill Greenblatt)

In the summer of 1993, flood waters from the Missouri and Mississippi Rivers broke levee after levee in the St. Louis region, covering large swathes of land, destroying property, disrupting lives and creating hazardous conditions.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Mon August 26, 2013

Discussion: What Do New Scores Mean For The Future Of St. Louis Area Schools?

Townsend Elementary School students in class.
/ KWMU Staff

The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) released its Annual Performance Report for Missouri school districts last week. It is the first year in which schools were assessed under new standards. The results disappointed many local leaders and leave plenty of room for improvement for a number of St. Louis area schools, including St. Louis Public Schools.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:25 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Senator McCaskill: 'Sexual Assault Reform In Military Before End Of Year'

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri.
(via Flickr/SenatorMcCaskill)

U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill of Missouri says one of her priorities when Congress reconvenes in September is to approve legislation reducing sexual assaults in the military.  While McCaskill explained accomplishing the task is a team effort, she said there is one primary disagreement with her fellow Democratic colleagues.          

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillebrand from New York wants to take prosecuting decisions away from commanders while McCaskill, on the other hand, wants it to be handled through the chain of command, with more accountability.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:50 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Thomas Jefferson: Founding Father, Champion Of Liberty & Owner Of Slaves

Thomas Jefferson by Rembrandt Peale, 1805
(Courtesy Collection of The New-York Historical Society)

As the author of the Declaration of Independence and the third president of the United States, Thomas Jefferson is seen as a champion of liberty. Yet during his lifetime he owned more than 600 slaves and at the time of his death, more than 130 slaves were sold to pay off his debts.

An exhibit currently on display at the Missouri History Museum elaborates on this paradox.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:24 pm
Wed August 21, 2013

250th Anniversary Of St. Louis Inspires Museum Exhibit '250 in 250'

James Eads, self-taught engineer and constructor of the first bridge to span the Mississippi River. One of the 50 people in the 250 in 250 Exhibit.
(Courtesy Missouri History Museum Collections)

In recognition of the 250th anniversary of St. Louis, the Missouri History Museum is compiling an exhibit called "250 in 250," highlighting 50 people, 50 places, 50 images, 50 moments and 50 objects.

"I suppose the easiest thing for us to do would have been to do an exhibit on the city's founding," said Jody Sowell, director of exhibitions and research at the Missouri History Museum. "But we really wanted to come up with something that would cover that whole span of time, and really show the richness, diversity and complexity of that history."

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