St. Louis on the Air

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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
1:33 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

German Immigrants Set Out To Build A Utopia in Missouri

In 1833, two men from Giessen, Germany, decided to immigrate to the United States where they hoped to create their own utopia with the freedoms and democracy they desired but did not have under an aristocracy. They recruited hundreds of others and formed the Giessen Emigration Society.

“It was the year 1834 when 500 Germans came over here to Missouri with the big idea of creating a German state as a new state within the United States of America,” Peter Roloff told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:25 pm
Tue November 18, 2014

A Look At How Vigilante Justice Shaped Missouri

Author Joe Johnston
Credit Courtesy of the St. Louis County Library

From the Louisiana Purchase through the Civil War, Missouri was shaped by vigilante justice.

“The state was filled with people before there were laws and lawmen,” author and historian Joe Johnston told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Tuesday. Johnston’s latest book, “Necessary Evil: Settling Missouri with a Rope and a Gun,” chronicles the implications of vigilantism in the state.

Missouri was part of the 1803 Louisiana Purchase. After Louisiana became a state in 1812, the area became the Missouri Territory.  

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St. Louis on the Air
1:42 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

Mental Health Trek Documentary To Premiere At Film Festival

'Walking Man' will debut Monday night as part of the St. Louis International Film Festival.

In 17 days, Mark and Eric Norwine walked 200 miles across Missouri. They hope that the documentary about that trek will help change how people talk about mental health.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:39 pm
Mon November 17, 2014

New Homeless Facility To Open In St. Louis

The former Garfield School in St. Louis has been renovated and will open Wednesday as Garfield Commons with 25 apartments for single chronically homeless adults.
Credit Google Maps

When Garfield Commons, the former Garfield Elementary School in St. Louis, formally opens this week, it will provide 25 apartments for single homeless adults and assist 40 homeless and HIV-positive people annually.

“The individuals who are moving into Garfield Commons are coming from a chronically homeless background, as well as folks who have had recurring issues with substance abuse, folks who have significant mental illness,” program director Adam Pearson told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Monday. “We’ll be providing both housing and supportive services.”

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St. Louis on the Air
1:16 pm
Fri November 14, 2014

Police Chiefs Discuss Ferguson, What's Next

St.Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson, left, and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar prepare for Friday's "St. Louis on the Air" interview at St. Louis Public Radio.
Credit Jason Rosenbaum / St. Louis Public Radio

 When St. Louis Police Chief Sam Dotson and St. Louis County Police Chief Jon Belmar stopped by “St. Louis on the Air” on Friday, part of a weeklong media tour, they sought to stress that they have a plan and that their departments were working with protesters and community members.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:10 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Meet St. Louis’ Forgotten King Of The Movies

King Baggot
Credit Wikimedia

The St. Louis International Film Festival, which opens tonight, will pay tribute to the man considered to be the first movie star. Today, he's largely forgotten.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:07 pm
Thu November 13, 2014

Conference To Address Political Dysfunction At National, Local Levels

Credit Wikipedia

Political dysfunction has been bandied about for several years, but its meaning remains unclear. That’s the first order of business Friday at the Political Ethics Conference at the University of Missouri–St. Louis.

“One of the reasons that we decided to do the conference was precisely because everyone complains about political dysfunction, but you ask five different people what it is and you’ll get five different answers,” Wally Siewert, director of UMSL’s Center for Ethics in Public Life, told “St. Louis on the Air” host Don Marsh on Thursday.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:44 am
Thu November 13, 2014

When Did You Last Use A Manual Typewriter?

Produced in the early 1900s, the Smith Premier No. 2 typewriter has a double keyboard — capital letters are separate from lowercase letters. It's not a visible typewriter: The keys strike under the carriage, so the typist could not see what he was typing.
Credit Erica Smith

“St. Louis on the Air" online producer Erica Smith is oddly excited about typewriters, so we’re letting her run with it.

While Henry Goldkamp told "St. Louis on the Air" listeners about his typewriter-based project and book "What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?," we asked about your typewriter stories.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:22 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Analysis: Missouri Could Gain $38 Million From Same-Sex Marriages

Credit Kurt Nordstrom via Flickr

The average cost of a wedding in Missouri is $22,343. Same-sex marriage is, at least for now, legal in Missouri. So what does that mean, economically?

Last week, a federal judge in Kansas City and a circuit court judge in St. Louis struck down Missouri's ban on same-sex marriage. 

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St. Louis on the Air
1:41 pm
Wed November 12, 2014

Figuring Out What The Hell St. Louis Is Thinking

A typewriter for Henry Goldkamp's "What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?" project sits in the Central West End in 2013. Passers-by were encouraged to anonymously share their thoughts.
Credit Erin Williams / St. Louis Public Radio

In 2013, Henry Goldkamp decorated St. Louis with 40 typewriters. Each of the manual typewriter stations asked passers-by to tap out their thoughts.

Goldkamp dubbed the project “What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?” and has published a curated book of responses. The book, also called “What the Hell is St. Louis Thinking?,” will be released on Nov. 22.

So what is St. Louis thinking?

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