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
5:10 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

Why It's Important For Fathers To Be Part Of Their Children's Lives

Markel Davis, 12, with his father Marvin Davis. Marvin Davis is the Fathers' Support Center's 2014 Father of the Year.
Courtesy Fathers' Support Center

For 16 years, the Fathers' Support Center of St. Louis has helped fathers take a more active role in their children’s lives. The idea is to help children by helping fathers, said CEO Halbert Sullivan.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:31 pm
Tue June 10, 2014

Discussion: Can 'For The Sake Of All' Report Change Policy In St. Louis?

Credit Courtesy For the Sake of All

Final Report: For the Sake of All

At the end of May, the "For the Sake of All" research team published its final report on the health and well-being of African Americans in the St. Louis region, a multi-disciplinary study led by  Jason Purnell, an assistant professor with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis.

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St. Louis on the Air
6:13 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

The Winners and Losers Of Raising The Minimum Wage

Fast-food workers protesting outside the Wendy's on Gravois Road in south St. Louis in May 2014.
Credit Jess Jiang/St. Louis Public Radio

After the city of Seattle voted to raise its minimum wage to $15 an hour earlier this month, the discussion over the pros and cons of raising the minimum wage continues to heat up. In Missouri, the minimum wage is $7.50 an hour, 25 cents higher than the federal minimum wage of $7.25.

Most can agree there will be winners and losers if a wage increase happens in Missouri, but who the losers would be and the overall effect on the economy still remain up for debate.

Lindenwood University economist Howard Wall is against raising the minimum wage.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:22 pm
Thu June 5, 2014

Missouri Veterans Remember D-Day And Final Months Of War In Europe

Harris Gerhard, left, of Webster Groves and Clem Igel of Ballwin. Gerhard, 92, was a flight engineer with the U.S. Army Air Force in ETO during WWII. Igel, 90, was a sergeant in the army who participated in D-Day.
Camille Phillips/St. Louis Public Radio

Friday marks the 70th anniversary of D-Day, June 6, 1944. On that day, Allied forces began the push to end the European front of World War II by landing in Normandy, France. Thousands died that day. Those that survived are now in their 90s.

Two St. Louis area veterans, Clem Igel and Harris Gerhard, shared their stories on Thursday's St. Louis on the Air. The show also included George Despotis, who is collecting the oral histories of World War II veterans. Jefferson City veteran Richard Gibbler spoke with Marshall Griffin about his experiences.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:24 pm
Wed June 4, 2014

Going Green At Home With Native Plants: Tips To Build Native Habitats Into Your Landscaping

Purple coneflowers are native to Missouri.
Credit Courtesy Missouri Botanical Garden

The Missouri Botanical Garden annual Green Homes Festival is this Saturday at the Kemper Center for Home Gardening. One of the focuses of this year’s festival is gardening with native plants, or “naturescaping.”

Using native plants is environmentally friendly because it works within the existing ecosystem, explained Jean Ponzi, Green Resources Manager at the EarthWays Center of the Missouri Botanical Garden.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:50 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Are You Studying Effectively? What Wash U's 'Science Of Memory' Tells Us About The Best Way To Learn

Credit via Flckr/Caleb Cherry

In an era where high-stakes tests have increased concern over test anxiety and introduced debate over the merits of teaching to the test, it may seem odd to promote a teaching method called “test-enhanced learning.”

But according to research conducted by psychologists at Washington University in St. Louis, the best way to improve learning may be taking more tests, not fewer. The researchers studying memory have found that incorporating quizzes and self-tests into the learning process increase the amount of material students are able to remember long-term.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:35 pm
Mon June 2, 2014

New Book, Film Commemorate 70th Anniversary Of D-Day

Allied troops landing at Normandy on D-Day, June 6, 1944.
Credit via Pixabay/U.S. Army

This Friday will mark the 70th anniversary of D-Day: the day 160,000 Allied troops landed on the beaches of Normandy, France, in a bid to invade Nazi-controlled territory on the western front. More than 9,000 Allied soldiers died that day in a battle that paved the way for Nazi surrender the following year. Many civilians and Resistance fighters were also involved.

D-Day: Normandy 1944

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St. Louis on the Air
7:24 pm
Thu May 29, 2014

Discussion: The Broader Implications Of Changes In Normandy Schools

Credit (via Google Maps screen capture)

The Normandy School District is undergoing a series of changes that have broad implications for education throughout the St. Louis region.

Thursday on St. Louis on the Air host Don Marsh led a wide-ranging discussion about what those changes mean for the future of education in St. Louis. The conversation began with St. Louis Public Radio education reporters Dale Singer and Tim Lloyd.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:52 pm
Wed May 28, 2014

Women In Politics: Why Hillary Clinton Is Unlikely To Become President

Hillary Clinton in 2007.
Credit via Flickr/MarcNozell

If Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016, will she win? According to political science professor Farida Jalalzai, the odds are not in Clinton’s favor. Jalalzai recently wrote an article for the Washington Post elaborating on that thought.

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St. Louis on the Air
4:42 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

High School To College Transition Center Opens For A Second Summer In St. Louis

A scene from the St. Louis Graduates High School to College Center in the summer of 2013.
Credit via Flickr/STLGraduates

There’s a lot more to going to college than getting an acceptance letter. There’s finding financial aid and housing. There’s paying the first tuition bill and turning in immunization records. And then there is the big picture question of what college makes the most financial sense for your family.

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