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
5:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

You Decide: Proposition P 'Arch Tax'

The Katy Trail State Park runs from St. Charles to Clinton, Mo. The path sits mostly where railroad tracks once were. (photo from MO DNR)
file photo

On April 2nd voters in St. Louis City and St. Louis County will go to the polls, to among other things, vote on whether to pass Proposition P – a 3/16th of one-cent sales tax increase which would benefit the Gateway Arch grounds, regional trails and greenways through Great Rivers Greenway, and city and county parks.

Host Don Marsh talked with people on both sides of the issue.  Peter Sortino is the chairman of the pro Proposition P campaign and Jennifer Bird, a Republican Committeewoman in St. Louis County, is opposed to the measure.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:51 am
Thu March 28, 2013

People And Peace-Seeking: Behind 'Israel-Loves-Iran'

The original photo posted by Ronny Edry, a graphic designer and teacher from Israel, about a year ago.
Credit (Courtesy Euphrates Institute)

The animosity between the governments of Israel and Iran is significant.

Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once compared Israel to a cancerous tumor which should be “cut-off.”  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel would be “eliminated,” and that the country has no roots in the Middle East.

Israel has drawn a line in the sand and is threatening preemptive action to prevent an Iranian nuclear capability.

Two people from their respective countries, however, are engaging in peer-to-peer diplomacy, putting aside  hostility.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:05 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

St. Louis American Newspaper Observes 85th Anniversary

Dr. Donald M. Suggs, Publisher and Executive Editor, St. Louis American
Courtesy: St. Louis American

The St. Louis American has a circulation of 70,000 and is the largest weekly in Missouri targeting African American readers.  It reaches 40-45 percent of black households in the St. Louis metropolitan area.

It has received top national honors for journalistic excellence several times and it was named the best African American newspaper in the country in 2006. 

Host Don Marsh spoke with Dr. Donald Suggs, the principal owner, publisher and executive editor of the newspaper for the last three decades.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:55 pm
Wed March 27, 2013

Archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson Unravels The Mysteries of Stonehenge

Photo of Stonehenge taken in 2003
(via Flickr/Rhubarble)

For many years, it’s been thought that Stonehenge, the ancient monolith in southwestern England, was created by Druids around 460 B.C.  

New research shows that is incorrect.  “Even today, a lot of people think Stonehenge is connected to Druids.  We are very certain from radon carbon dating that it happened before,” said British archaeologist Mike Parker Pearson, Professor at the Institute of Archaeology, University College London and leader of the Stonehenge Riverside Project.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:14 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Are Missouri Children Over-Diagnosed With ADHD?

(via Flickr/e-MagineArt.com)

Medication is often a routine treatment for children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD).

A recently released report by the Centers for Disease Control shows nearly 9 percent of Missouri’s children are diagnosed with ADHD and that about 80 percent of them receive prescription medication for the behavioral disorder, a rate second only to Mississippi.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:44 pm
Tue March 26, 2013

Talking To Children About Sex And Teen Pregnancy Addressed In New One-Man Play

Solo Performer Tim Collins
(Courtesy: Tim Collins)

Talking about sex is often a difficult conversation for parents to have with their children.

A new one-man play, entitled The Big Talks, performed by solo theater performer Tim Collins seeks to demonstrate effective ways in which parents can communicate with their children about sexual health and teen pregnancy.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:11 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Clayton Native Finds A Career In The Circus

Duncan Wall
Sarah Fishbein

At one time or other, almost every young person has had a desire to run off and join the circus.  But in Clayton native Duncan Wall’s case, it wasn’t until he was a junior in college and was “blown away” by the contemporary circus he attended in Paris, that he got the circus bug. 

Wall's background included sports and theater and he was attracted by the combination of the two.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:23 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

A Revival Of St. Louis’ Streetcar System? Proponents Say It Could Happen By 2016

(Missouri History Museum)

St. Louis has a long had a special relationship with the trolley.  It’s a relationship immortalized by actor and singer Judy Garland in the film Meet Me In St. Louis

Currently, there are independent efforts in St. Louis to revive the presence of a trolley, or as some proponents say, streetcar. 

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Wed March 20, 2013

NPR's Andy Carvin Talks Revolutions: Journalism, Social Media And The Arab Spring

NPR's Andy Carvin
(via NPR)

NPR's senior social media strategist Andy Carvin was our sole guest today on "St. Louis on the Air." 

Carvin touched on his beginnings, his role as a "information DJ" and how he pieces together truth in real time.

How does he describe his job?

Carvin said one of the best ways he can think of to describe what he does is a "journalistic test pilot."

"I use the word storytelling because...not everything I do could be considered journalism."

"Someone once referred to what I do as 'information DJ-ing.'"

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St. Louis on the Air
8:34 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

Water Availability and Global Agriculture

Dr. Roberto Lenton

Last summer’s drought in the United States, and particularly here in the Midwest, would lead one to ask if there is enough water to meet the world’s needs.  According to Dr. Roberto Lenton, Professor of Biological Systems Engineering and Executive Director of the Robert B. Daugherty Water for Food Institute at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln, the answer is “yes.”

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