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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Lobbying
4:30 am
Wed April 10, 2013

Mo. Legislators Received More Than $330,000 From Lobbyists In Two Months

Infographics: Explore the Numbers

In just two months this year, Missouri legislators and state-wide officials received more than a third of a million dollars in gifts from lobbyists. Expensive meals, basketball tickets and clothes are all common gifts to the people that craft our laws and govern us.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:34 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

Why Saying ‘I’m Not A Math Person’ Can Be Harmful, Efforts To Improve Math Literacy

The O'Fallon Township High School (IL) Robotics Team competes in a FIRST Robotics competition
(Courtesy: Eric O. Curry)

For years, the three R’s of a basic education have been reading, writing and arithmetic.

While there are some indications that American students are faltering in reading and writing, especially worrisome is arithmetic.

Among the world’s industrialized nations, the United States is far down the list on math proficiency and math literacy, well behind such countries as Liechtenstein and Slovakia.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:36 pm
Mon April 8, 2013

A Father’s Struggle With His Son’s Addiction, Why David Sheff Says Addiction Is A Mental Illness

Author David Sheff
Brent Nagel

David Sheff is a journalist and New York Times best-selling author. 

In 2008, he wrote a memoir, Beautiful Boy: A Father's Journey Through His Son's Addiction, about how his family dealt with his son‘s methamphetamine addiction.

In a new book, Sheff argues that addicts suffer from an illness and are not simply victims of their own bad choices.  “We must acknowledge addiction is an illness…and not just bad behavior…because we punish bad behavior…we treat illness,” Sheff writes.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:19 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Engaging The Next Generation Of Leaders: Clinton Global Initiative University Comes To St. Louis

President Bill Clinton
UPI

In 2005, President Bill Clinton established the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI).  The goal of the ongoing project is to “create and implement innovative solutions to the world's most pressing challenges.”

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St. Louis on the Air
5:32 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Caroline Kennedy On Poetry and Youth Literacy, Addresses Possible Diplomatic Appointment

Caroline Kennedy

Caroline Kennedy and her brother John grew up in a culture of words and reading.  Their mother was particularly fond of poetry dating back to experiences as a child with her Grandfather.  On gift-giving holidays, she requested that her children select and recite a poem rather than purchase a gift, which helped them develop a sense of language and rhyme.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:26 pm
Wed April 3, 2013

Newly Reelected Mayor Slay Says City, County Must Collaborate To Avoid Failure

Mayor Francis Slay
(UPI file photo)

Later this month, on April 27, St. Louis mayor Francis Slay will become the longest-serving mayor in the city’s history.

With more than 81 percent of the vote, Slay won his fourth term as mayor yesterday, besting a candidate from the Green Party, and prior, defeating two primary challengers including Board of Alderman president Lewis Reed.

“I love this city dearly and I really love the people more than anything,” Slay told host Don Marsh.  “I like what I do and I’ve got a good team and I’m looking forward to the next four years.”

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St. Louis on the Air
4:35 pm
Tue April 2, 2013

Did St. Louis Leaders Let Its Greatness ‘Slip Away?’

(via Flickr/NathanReed)

When it comes to successfully or unsuccessfully governing and managing communities, leadership decisions can make or break a city or region.

St. Louis has been cited as a city “that let greatness slip away over the 20th century.”  That’s the contention of Colin Gordon, Professor of History at the University of Iowa, in his book, Mapping Decline…St. Louis and the Fate of the American City.

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St. Louis on the Air
5:39 pm
Mon April 1, 2013

Legal Roundtable: Gay Marriage, Drones, Contraception, Etc.

(via Flickr/mike matney)

The U.S. Supreme Court, last week, heard arguments on two gay rights cases which may produce landmark rulings. 

The Missouri legislature is considering banning the use of drones by journalists while the University of Missouri Journalism School is teaching students how to use them.

And, Missouri’s contraception exception law is no more – at least for now.

Those and other topics were discussed as part of our monthly legal roundtable.

Our guests:

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St. Louis on the Air
5:40 pm
Thu March 28, 2013

You Decide: Proposition P 'Arch Tax'

The Katy Trail State Park runs from St. Charles to Clinton, Mo. The path sits mostly where railroad tracks once were. (photo from MO DNR)
file photo

On April 2nd voters in St. Louis City and St. Louis County will go to the polls, to among other things, vote on whether to pass Proposition P – a 3/16th of one-cent sales tax increase which would benefit the Gateway Arch grounds, regional trails and greenways through Great Rivers Greenway, and city and county parks.

Host Don Marsh talked with people on both sides of the issue.  Peter Sortino is the chairman of the pro Proposition P campaign and Jennifer Bird, a Republican Committeewoman in St. Louis County, is opposed to the measure.

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St. Louis on the Air
10:51 am
Thu March 28, 2013

People And Peace-Seeking: Behind 'Israel-Loves-Iran'

The original photo posted by Ronny Edry, a graphic designer and teacher from Israel, about a year ago.
Credit (Courtesy Euphrates Institute)

The animosity between the governments of Israel and Iran is significant.

Iranian Ayatollah Ali Khamenei once compared Israel to a cancerous tumor which should be “cut-off.”  President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has said Israel would be “eliminated,” and that the country has no roots in the Middle East.

Israel has drawn a line in the sand and is threatening preemptive action to prevent an Iranian nuclear capability.

Two people from their respective countries, however, are engaging in peer-to-peer diplomacy, putting aside  hostility.

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