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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Coming up this week:

Monday: A discussion about building a sense of community within neighborhoods. What works? What doesn't?

Tuesday: A discussion about climate change just after a UN panel released a new report saying major action is needed to curb greenhouse gas emissions. We’ll also hear the personal stories of some St. Louis residents and their interaction with climate change, including that of a local seasonal park ranger at Crater Lake National Park in Oregon.

Wednesday: A discussion about the ongoing volatile situation in Ukraine.

Thursday: A conversation with Missouri native, actor and activist Ed Asner, who will be in St. Louis later this month. Among other things, he’ll be performing his one-man show, a tribute to FDR, presented by New Jewish Theatre.

And a discussion with Mayor Francis Slay and local architect Dan Jay about a ‘thought experiment’ of what it would take to raise St. Louis’ population to 500,000.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:44 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Challenges, Opportunities For Increasing Access To Mental Health Care

(Flickr/neil conway)

Earlier this week, prompted by the mass school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, President Barack Obama announced a series of measures aimed at curbing gun violence.

Among the proposals is increasing access to mental health care.

All too often access to mental health care is scarce.  Sometimes, the only place people can get care is if they are arrested and charged with a crime.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:51 pm
Wed January 16, 2013

Candid With The Carnahans: End Of A Political Dynasty?

Robin Carnahan and Russ Carnahan
Alex Heuer / St. Louis Public Radio

For the first time in a long time, no member of the Carnahan family is holding public office in Missouri.

Secretary of State Robin Carnahan left office earlier this week after deciding not to seek re-election last November.  Her brother, Congressman Russ Carnahan (MO – 3), served four terms in the U.S. House of Representatives.  After re-districting, he challenged Congressman Lacy Clay in the Democratic primary and was unsuccessful.

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St. Louis on the Air
8:53 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Leonard Slatkin On 'Conducting Business'

Leonard Slatkin
Sean Sandefur

Leonard Slatkin has strong ties to St. Louis. His father, conductor and violinist Felix Slatkin, was born in St. Louis and joined the St. Louis Symphony when he was still a teen.  The younger Slatkin’s first conducting position with a major symphony orchestra came in 1968 when he was named Assistant Conductor of the St.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:24 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

New SLMPD Chief On Developing Relationships, Major Issues

Chief Sam Dotson
(St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department)

Sam Dotson is the new chief of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

He comes to the position after spending about twenty years with the Department.

Dotson joined host Don Marsh for a wide-ranging discussion.  They talked about taking the reins of the St. Louis Police Department as it prepares to transition to local control and about making the force one which is fully up to speed on 21st century policing practices.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:23 pm
Thu January 10, 2013

Citizen Science: Local Efforts Contribute To Study And Preservation Of Many Species

Monarch Butterfly in Flight, "Flight of the Butterflies" opens at the Saint Louis Science Center on January 18th
SK Films

Citizen science is a growing opportunity for non-professional and amateur scientists to participate in professional research.

There are numerous opportunities for citizen science in the St. Louis area and engaging in such endeavors can contribute to protecting environments and preserving species.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:40 pm
Wed January 9, 2013

Inequality Persists In African American Community, Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Julianne Malveaux
(Photo Courtesy: University of Missouri - St. Louis)

A leading advocate for equal rights argues infant mortality, access to education, and unemployment remain major issues of inequality in the African American community.

Julianne Malveaux is a labor economist, author and political commentator.  She is also the former President of Bennett College, a historically black college for women in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Host Don Marsh talked with Malveaux in advance of her speech at the University of Missouri – St. Louis to commemorate the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:08 pm
Tue January 8, 2013

Suggestions For Living A Lengthy And Healthy Life

(via Flickr/Jennifer Boriss)

Health issues often become more prominent as people age.  Many of them are avoided or at least postponed; and much of living healthfully has more to do with attitude than it does medicine.

Host Don Marsh talked with geriatrician Dr. John Morley, who is Director of the Division of Geriatric Medicine at Saint Louis University’s School of Medicine.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:13 pm
Mon January 7, 2013

In Depth: Mo. Lawmakers To Consider Medicaid Expansion, Arming Teachers, Etc. In 2013

Missouri Capitol
(Marshall Griffin/St. Louis Public Radio)

The Missouri legislature convenes this Wednesday.

The hallmark issue may be Medicaid expansion.  Topics of tax credits and arming classroom teachers are also expected to come up for debate.

Host Don Marsh talked with St. Louis Public Radio’s statehouse reporter Marshall Griffin, St. Louis Beacon political reporter Jo Mannies, and University of Missouri – St. Louis political science professor Terry Jones about the upcoming session.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:50 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

St. Louis Consular Corps Helps Foreign Nationals

St. Louis, MO is a Sister City of Stuttgart, Germany. The St. Louis Consular Corps helps facilitate Sister City initiatives
Wikimedia Commons / Andreas Praefcke

The St. Louis Consular Corps helps citizens of other countries with a variety of issues including obtaining visas, medical emergencies, exchange student programs, and deaths.

At any one time there are thousands of foreign nationals living and visiting the St. Louis area.

Host Don Marsh talked with John A. Wright, Board President of the St. Louis Consular Corps and Honorary Consul of Senegal, and Lansing G. Hecker, Honorary Consul of Germany.

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St. Louis on the Air
3:01 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease: Former Chesterfield Woman Writes Memoir

Author Stefania Silvestri
Alex Monti Fox

When Stefania Silvestri was 14 years old and living in Chesterfield, her father, who was 48 years old, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease.

At that time Silvestri, her mother, and two sisters became caregivers.

Host Don Marsh talked with Silvestri about her struggle at such a young age and how her father progressed into more severe forms of dementia.  Her memoir is, “Beside the Mountain: Finding Strength and Courage Through My Father's Early Onset Alzheimer's Disease.”

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