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.

Follow the show on Twitter @STLonAir

Subscribe to our e-newsletter, The Talk Studio, to receive previews of upcoming guests, highlights from the most-talked about shows, and questions from our producers.

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.

Local Host(s): 
Don Marsh
Genre: 
Composer ID: 
5182a94ee1c876c646471715|5182a93be1c876c6464716bd

Pages

St. Louis on the Air
4:21 pm
Mon December 3, 2012

Author David Nasaw On Myth-Busting The 'Womanizing, Nazi-Sympathizing, Vilified' Kennedy Patriarch

Author David Nasaw

When the Kennedy family approached author David Nasaw asking him to write a biography of Joseph P. Kennedy, father of the nine Kennedy children, he tried to say no.

“I said over and over and over again: you don’t want me to write this book. I’m a crazy-obsessive researcher - I’m going to find something the family doesn’t like,” Nasaw told “St. Louis on the Air” guest host Jim Kirchherr. “[But] they said, ‘Anything that you write is going to be better than the garbage that’s out there.’"

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
3:52 pm
Thu November 29, 2012

First Amendment Champion John Seigenthaler In St. Louis

John Seigenthaler
(Courtesy Photo)

John Seigenthaler is a journalist and champion of the First Amendment.  He was previously an editor and publisher of The Tennessean in Nashville and was the founding editorial director of USA Today.  Prior, he served as a special assistant to Robert F. Kennedy during the 1960s, when Kennedy served as U.S. Attorney General. 

During his time as a special assistant, Seigenthaler was involved and injured while trying to protect some of the freedom riders in Alabama.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
1:31 pm
Wed November 28, 2012

Calvin Trillin Analyzes The 2012 Election In Verse; We Promise You Our Poetry Is Worse

Author and Kansas City native Calvin Trillin
(Photo By: Richard Stamelman / Provided By: Random House)

The guest on today’s program was Calvin Trillin.  He’s a guest of top billin’.

He talked with host Don Marsh.  It was an interview, which despite the political climate, was not harsh.

Trillin is a journalist, humorist, and author of “Dog Fight: The 2012 Presidential Campaign in Verse.”  It’s a volume of poetry, concise but not terse.

Trillin was born and raised in Kansas City.  Discussion of politics is witty, and focuses less on Obama than it does on Mitty.

Related Event

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
4:15 pm
Tue November 27, 2012

Increasing Our Understanding Of The Brain

Brain Sculpture in Bloomington, IN
(via Flickr / Ali Eminov)

While it may be well established that our brains command our actions, it’s becoming increasingly clear that we can have greater control over the message.

Increasingly, research shows people can take steps to protect the health of their brain and as one aspect of that, may be able to sidetrack compulsive behaviors such as eating disorders.

The Missouri Eating Disorders Association is one agency which provides education, resources and advocacy to bring understanding and support to those treating or affected by the disease.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
12:26 pm
Mon November 26, 2012

Legal Roundtable: St. Louis Firefighters, Sexual Orientation Discrimination, Etc.

Saint Louis Historical Old Courthouse
(via Flickr/mike matney)

A group called Missourians for Equality is interested in gathering petition signatures for a ballot measure which would make it illegal to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation.

Plus, St. Louis firefighters won a big decision in the Missouri Supreme Court.  The ruling allows them to live outside city limits if they’ve been with the department for at least seven years.

Those are just a couple of the topics for our monthly legal roundtable.  Host Don Marsh talked with a panel of legal experts including:

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
12:16 pm
Wed November 21, 2012

Holidays Present Opportunities To Preserve And Share Family Memories

Published Grannie Annie authors and artists who attended the annual author reading / art show / book signing at Left Bank Books this past June.
(Courtesy: The Grannie Annie)

Public radio listeners are familiar with weekly Friday segments from StoryCorps in which family members and close friends talk with one another, sharing memorable stories.


And as we head into the holiday season and families begin to gather, we’re reminded of opportunities to take full advantage of documenting and preserving family histories and stories.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
2:09 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Missouri Ranks Among Worst States For Widening Income Inequality

(via Flickr/SodanieChea)

Within approximately the last twenty years, Missouri ranks among the worst states in which the gap between rich and middle-income households has widened.  That’s according to a new report by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and the Economic Policy Institute.

As we approach the Thanksgiving holiday, we also take note of the report’s finding in which the gap between the very richest and the poor is even larger with the top 5 percent of Missouri households having an average income 11.7 times that of the bottom fifth.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
1:59 pm
Tue November 20, 2012

Update On Mo. And Ill. Delegations During Lame-Duck Congress

U.S. Capitol, Capitol Hill, Washington D.C.
Evan C. Parker Via Flickr

The lame duck Congress is now in session and while historically known as a time of inaction, the large task of avoiding the “fiscal cliff” is ever-present.

The fiscal cliff is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts which would take effect on January 1, 2013, primarily due to the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts.

Host Don Marsh talked with Rob Koenig, the St. Louis Beacon’s Washington D.C. correspondent.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
12:26 pm
Mon November 19, 2012

Next Steps For ACA After Mo. Voters Reject Health Insurance Exchanges

(Judy Schmidt, James Gathany / CDC)

On November 6, 2012, Missouri voters overwhelmingly approved Proposition E, which prohibited the Governor or any state agency from establishing or operating a state-based health insurance exchange without legislative or citizen approval.

The Affordable Care Act, however, moves on toward full implementation in 2014.

Host Don Marsh talked with Sidney Watson, Professor of Law at Saint Louis University’s Health Law Policy Center, and Ryan Barker, Director of Health Policy for the Missouri Foundation for Health.

Read more
St. Louis on the Air
3:19 pm
Thu November 15, 2012

St. Louisan Elaine Viets On Her Newest Mystery Novel, Experiences As St. Louis Columnist

Elaine Viets
Don Crinklaw

Many St. Louisans remember Elaine Viets from her time as a columnist for the St. Louis Post Dispatch.

In the 15 years since she left the city, she has become a prolific and New York Times best-selling author of mystery novels.

One of Viets’ series features St. Louis mystery shopper Josie Marcus.  The series debuted in October 2005 with “Dying in Style.”  “Murder Is a Piece of Cake" is her eighth adventure.

Host Don Marsh talked with Viets about her new book and experiences in St. Louis.

Related Events

Read more

Pages