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
8:32 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Colleen Starkloff Continues Advocating For Rights For People With Disabilities

Colleen Kelly Starkloff

Colleen Kelly Starkloff has been on the forefront of the disability rights movement ever since she met her late husband, Max Starkloff, in the nursing home where he was confined due to a disabling car accident. Still a young man, Max was determined to live independently and help others in his situation do the same. 

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St. Louis on the Air
6:54 pm
Thu July 11, 2013

Paraquad: Empowering People With Disabilities For Four Decades

Paraquad CEO Aimee Wehmeier

When Aimee Wehmeier took the helm of Paraquad this past January, she was only the third CEO in the organization’s four decade history. Born with Muscular Dystrophy, she has used a wheel chair since the age of four and even served for a number of years as the MDA St. Louis Poster Child.  At age eighteen, she was able to go to school in Columbia and live independently for the first time. She feels that her life epitomizes the story of Paraquad, one of the country’s largest and oldest centers for independent living and is in awe of her new position.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:06 pm
Wed July 10, 2013

Why Is Talking About And Planning For Death Important?

(via Flickr/Jamiesrabbits)

Some of the most important decisions one can make in life are about death.  They are legacy decisions which require advance preparation about how end-of-life wishes should be carried out.

Many of the decisions involve terms such as probate, will, trust, medical directive and power of attorney.   According to Stephanie Payne and Melissia Riddle roughly 70 percent of the population does not have all of their end-of-life paperwork in place.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:05 pm
Tue July 9, 2013

Medical Advice For Living A Lengthier And Happier Life

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Modern medical science has brought us closer than ever to the so-called Fountain of Youth.  Advances in our understanding of what it takes to live a lengthier and happier life have allowed us to do just that.

Host Don Marsh talked with Dr. John Morley, Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University.

Among other things, they discussed work Morley recently authored about everyone older than seventy getting screened for frailty, a problem that affects between 5 and 10 percent of those in that age group.

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St. Louis on the Air
7:42 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

High School Films Screened At Cinema St. Louis Filmmakers Showcase

Pentimento - St. Louis Story Mapping Project Training Session
Dan Parris

Dan Parris believes that filmmaking is a great activity because it incorporates every kind of art.  He shares his passion for film with high school students in his role of Project Director for Pentimento: The St. Louis Story Mapping Project.  An initiative of the Midwest Center for Media Literacy in cooperation with Speakup Productions and Studio STL, the project enables inner city high school students to learn the art and business of filmmaking. 

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St. Louis on the Air
5:31 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Cultural Leadership’s 9th Transformational Journey

Cultural Leadership Class 9 with Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in Washington, D.C.

When Karen Kalish founded Cultural Leadership, one of her goals was to create “trouble makers of the best kind.”

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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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