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
4:30 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Senator McCaskill On Dr. Oz, Weight-Loss Scams And Obesity In America

Credit Claire McCaskill's Flickr Page

U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., received a lot of attention last week for her pointed questioning of TV celebrity physician Dr. Mehmet Oz during a hearing on weight-loss scams. She spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh today about that hearing, and her concerns about obesity in America.

“I think it is irresponsible for a doctor of medicine who understands science-based research to tout anything as a miracle pill for weight loss,” said McCaskill, explaining that she thought Dr. Oz “sometimes blurs the line between entertainer and doctor.”

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St. Louis on the Air
3:43 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Can Francis Howell Say No To Normandy Transfer Students? Attorneys Discuss This Issue And Others

Credit (via Flickr/James Cridland)

The Francis Howell School District announced Friday that it will no longer accept student transfers from Normandy. State law requires schools to accept student transfers from unaccredited schools in the same or an adjacent county, but come July 1, Normandy will have no accreditation status.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:24 pm
Thu June 19, 2014

How Did The Danforth Plant Science Center Attract European Seed Company KWS To St. Louis?

BRDG Park at Donald Danforth Plant Science Center in St. Louis County.
Credit Courtesy Donald Danforth Plant Science Center

Out of all possible locations in the United States, German seed company KWS chose St. Louis as the site of its North American headquarters. What made St. Louis stand out from the rest?

According to Donald Danforth Plant Science Center President James Carrington and COO Sam Fiorello, KWS was attracted to the St. Louis region because of its community spirit and because of the world-class research facilities available at the Bio-Research & Development Growth Park (BRDG Park) on the Danforth Center campus.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:11 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

Outgoing FOCUS St. Louis Director Says St. Louis Is Beginning To Think As A Region

Christine Chadwick, founding executive director of FOCUS St. Louis.
Credit Courtesy FOCUS St. Louis

After 18 years at the helm, Christine Chadwick is stepping down from her role as executive director of FOCUS St. Louis at the end of June. She has led the organization since 1996, when it was formed out of the merging of two nonprofits, Leadership Center of Greater St. Louis and Confluence St. Louis.

Today on St. Louis on the Air she spoke about the mission of FOCUS St. Louis, its role in the region and what she plans to do next.

Next Steps

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Health, Science, Environment
4:08 pm
Wed June 18, 2014

What Is Ichthyosis And Why Has It Led One St. Louisan To Hike 2,600 Miles?

Brian Gass on the Pacific Crest Trail
Courtesy of Brian Gass

 Brian Gass is a bit different than many of the people he encounters hiking the Pacific Crest Trail. He spends a lot more time concerned with his skin. Gass has ichthyosis, a rare genetic skin disease that manifests itself as thickening or thinning of the skin, sometimes giving a scaly appearance or becoming very dry, flaky and itchy. For Gass, it requires copious amounts of lotion, long-sleeves, and frequent night-hiking to avoid the sun. Gass talked to St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh earlier this week from Lake Tahoe.  

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St. Louis on the Air
6:23 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

What Should Transportation In St. Louis Look Like In 30 Years?

The Stan Musial Bridge
Credit (Kristi Luther/St. Louis Public Radio)

From horses, trolleys, trains and steamboats to bikes, cars, buses and planes, the ways St. Louisans get from place to place have undergone a lot of changes over the years. In years to come, even more transportation changes are inevitable.

As the administrator of federal transportation dollars, the East-West Gateway Council of Governments plays a big part in deciding what those changes will look like.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:12 pm
Mon June 16, 2014

St. Louis Author Ridley Pearson On Poaching, Publishing And His New Book 'The Red Room'

St. Louisan and best-selling author Ridley Pearson.
Credit Sarah Crowder / courtesy photo

St. Louis author Ridley Pearson is no stranger to the New York Times Bestseller List. But in writing his books (of which there are many) he aspires to more than popularity.

“I try to always put a social issue under my novels without getting on a soap box so that when you end my novel there’s also something you want to go Google or go learn about,” said Pearson. By introducing his readers to social issues such as poaching or the illegal art trade, he hopes he inspires his readers to get involved, talk to their senators or donate money to a good cause.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Discussion: Mo. History Museum's New Leader Says Transparency Has Improved, Charts New Course

Credit From video by Nancy Fowler

Two months into her role as president of the Missouri History Museum, Frances Levine is making her presence known as she works to move past the controversy surrounding her predecessor.

Former museum president Robert Archibald resigned in 2012 amid questions about his compensation and the purchase of contaminated land on Delmar Boulevard.

Levine spoke with St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh about the future of the museum.

Museum Governance and Transparency

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St. Louis on the Air
5:43 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

New Documentary Explores “White Flight” In Spanish Lake

Credit Brent Jones/St. Louis Public Radio

In 1990, the population of the Spanish Lake community in north St. Louis County was 80 percent white and 20 percent black. By 2010, the population was reversed: 80 percent was black and 20 percent was white.  Today, much of the township lies empty.

In what is being called an “unflinching” documentary, film director Phillip Andrew Morton takes a look at the causes of this population shift in the film "Spanish Lake.” It premieres Friday, June 13 at the Tivoli Theatre.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Why It's Important For Fathers To Be Part Of Their Children's Lives

Markel Davis, 12, with his father Marvin Davis. Marvin Davis is the Fathers' Support Center's 2014 Father of the Year.
Courtesy Fathers' Support Center

For 16 years, the Fathers' Support Center of St. Louis has helped fathers take a more active role in their children’s lives. The idea is to help children by helping fathers, said CEO Halbert Sullivan.

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