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.

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St. Louis on the Air
1:05 pm
Thu July 4, 2013

‘We The People…’ UMSL Professor’s New Book Highlights What The Framers Were Really Thinking

A painting of the George Washington leading the Constitutional Convention in 1787
Painter Junius Brutus Stearns, 1856 / via Wikimedia Commons

Encore Presentation: This program's original broadcast was on March 19, 2013.

Having existed and endured for more than 225 years, the U.S. Constitution and the intent of those who created it continues to be a hotly contested topic.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:39 pm
Wed July 3, 2013

Local Ties Highlighted In St. Louis Author’s New Book ‘Sisterland’

Author Curtis Sittenfeld
Joesphine Sittenfeld

Curtis Sittenfeld has sold nearly two million books.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:31 pm
Tue July 2, 2013

In Depth: How Will The Court’s Gay Marriage Rulings Impact Missourians?

via Flickr/BluEyedA73

Gay rights activists view the recent U.S. Supreme Court rulings on same-sex marriage as a victory.

In two 5-4 decisions, the Court struck down the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) and effectively put to rest California’s Proposition 8 ban on same-sex marriage by ruling that its supporters did not have standing to challenge a lower court’s ruling that the measure was unconstitutional.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:34 pm
Mon July 1, 2013

The Gateway Arch: Architectural Wonder & ‘Example Of Failed Urban Planning’

Eero Saarinen under a model of the Gateway Arch in 1957.
Used with permission from Yale University Press. From Eero Saarinen Papers Manuscripts and Archives, Yale University Library, Photograph by Richard Knight

Author and historian Tracy Campbell views the Gateway Arch as an architectural wonder which draws millions of tourists to St. Louis, though he also argues the landmark is “an example of failed urban planning.”

To make way for the monument, nearly forty square blocks of riverfront property were demolished.  The demolition began during a public ceremony on October 9, 1939.

City leaders only gained traction for the project once it was framed as a monument to President Thomas Jefferson.

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St. Louis on the Air
12:30 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

An Exit Interview With Talk Of The Nation Host Neal Conan

Talk of the Nation host Neal Conan.
(via NPR/Antony Nagelmann 2001)

NPR has announced it will no longer produce the popular political call-in show Talk of the Nation. St. Louis Public Radio, along with other member stations, will be replacing this program with an expanded version of WBUR Boston’s Here and Now, an afternoon ‘magazine-style’ news broadcast show.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:36 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Discussing Programming Changes With St. Louis Public Radio GM Tim Eby

An on-air sign at St. Louis Public Radio.
(Kelsey Proud/St. Louis Public Radio)

Will be updated with the audio of the discussion with Eby following the program.

As we announced earlier this week, St. Louis Public Radio's programming schedule will be changing in several ways soon, beginning on July 1.

Don Marsh speaks with St. Louis Public Radio Director and General Manager Tim Eby today about the changes. 

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St. Louis on the Air
10:03 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Bob McCabe Retires After Almost 25 Years At St. Louis Public Radio

St. Louis Public Radio's Morning Edition Host Bob McCabe is retiring after nearly 25 years at the station.
Credit (St. Louis Public Radio file photo)

Our Bob McCabe will be leaving and taking his trademark slippers with him on Friday as he retires after almost 25 years at St. Louis Public Radio.

We've all loved working with Bob and will miss him tremendously - as we're sure many of you will miss hearing him each weekday morning.

We spoke with Bob on St. Louis on the Air:


Here's a little video tribute to Bob our Spencer Reed put together. We hope you enjoy it and join us in wishing Bob, our "radio man," the very best:

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St. Louis on the Air
8:08 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Michelle Loyet Unravels The Mysteries Of Afterlife In Ancient Egypt

Mummy from "Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science"
Saint Louis Science Center

The Saint Louis Science Center’s current exhibition Lost Egypt: Ancient Secrets, Modern Science has sparked an interest in the afterlife in ancient Egyptian culture.  Earlier this month, Michele Loyet, Adjunct Professor on Near Eastern and Egyptian Archaeology  at Webster University, spoke at the Science Center on the topic of mummification in Egypt.  She was Don Marsh’s guest on St. Louis on the Air to talk about the afterlife tradition in ancient Egypt.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:03 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Douglas Brookes Explores St. Louis’ Summer Travel To Lake Huron

Douglas Scott Brookes

Douglas Scott Brookes and his sister are the fifth generation of their family to spend their summers in the very same place – a cottage built in 1885 on southern Lake Huron in Michigan.  During a visit, he discovered a diary kept by his great-grandmother from the years 1911-1915. After transcribing it, his interest was piqued enough to begin research on the history and traditions of the area. Among other things, he wanted to find out what prompted so many St. Louisans to spend their summers in Port Huron, Michigan.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:46 pm
Mon June 24, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Affirmative Action, School Transfer, Phone Data Collection, Etc.

Scales of Justice
(via Flickr/James Cridland)

The top legal issue in the day’s news was the U.S.

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